Which cables and power cords ?

krelldog

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I currently have an XP-17 Phono...an XP-12 Pre, and a 250.8 amplifier. I'm using all Audience cabling and Power Cords.

I'm curious as to what other cabling/power cables work well with Pass Labs ?

My Power cords are all AU 24 SEi's ...

My interconnects are all AU 24 SX.

What cabling and power cords work well with your Pass gear.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies.

Krelldog
 

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I’m using Acoustic Zen PC on amp and preamp. I haven’t tried anything else.
I do have some shunyata interconnects ordered. Canare 4S11 for speaker wire.
I just received Signal cables PC for my balanced power unit, nicely made in the US too.
I spent my cable allowance on another amp, so i Need to start again.. Then I plan on
getting shunyata PC’s.
Signal PC 10ga $89
 

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I currently have an XP-17 Phono...an XP-12 Pre, and a 250.8 amplifier. I'm using all Audience cabling and Power Cords.

I'm curious as to what other cabling/power cables work well with Pass Labs ?

My Power cords are all AU 24 SEi's ...

My interconnects are all AU 24 SX.

What cabling and power cords work well with your Pass gear.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies.

Krelldog
I use Transparent Audio Gen 5 signal and power cables for my components. On my Pass Labs x250.8 amp I use TA Reference PC and Ultra XLR interconnects. On my primary system I use the XL cables. I find that TA brings brings more life to my system, much more musical and natural harmonically. I have no experience with Audience cables. The TA power cords seem to work best with their own power conditioners and may not be compatible with other brands power conditioner.
 

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I currently have an XP-17 Phono...an XP-12 Pre, and a 250.8 amplifier. I'm using all Audience cabling and Power Cords.

I'm curious as to what other cabling/power cables work well with Pass Labs ?

My Power cords are all AU 24 SEi's ...

My interconnects are all AU 24 SX.

What cabling and power cords work well with your Pass gear.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies.

Krelldog
Hello Krelldog,

I'm using Audience AU 24 SX, Low-Z phono from tonearm output to the XP-27 phono preamp. Then AU 24 SX normal IC from XP-27 to XP-32 preamp, with very good results. Also AU 24 SX between my Berkeley RS DAC and XP-32. Because I use MIT speaker cables, I have matching long MIT IC's between the preamp and my XA-160.5 amps. So, I think you are doing well with what you have going right now. Other ICs of merit with Pass gear would be Zenwave D4 and the OCC version of Belden Iconoclast. When considering the Zenwave offerings, I have found the D4 as being the most neutral and resolving vs the other DX versions.

On the power cables it is very hard to recommend, since every power system and ambient noise threats will interact differently with your equipment and the low level interconnects. You can think of the power cables as being a threat to the system, given radiation given off (rectified harmonics of the system's equipment and downstream users) of them and at the same time victims, since they can pick up fields of other cables and ambient RF noise. I'm using Shunyata, Etron Alpha HC power cables BTW, but temper that knowledge with my previous comments on power cables. Power cables seem to have a large influence on the overall tonality and spectral balance of the system. That said your speakers, speaker cables and listening environment will come into play on what power cable may suit you best.

You can check out my Members "About" page tab for a full listing of my equipment for other cables that I use.

Hope this helps,
 
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Transparent Audio Reference series upwards
That's the trouble I find with Transparent and MIT. The top of the line products sound excellent and the rest are not so competitive. This is not true with other brands, at least not as pronounced. Just a weirdness I've found in the cable world.
 

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That's the trouble I find with Transparent and MIT. The top of the line products sound excellent and the rest are not so competitive. This is not true with other brands, at least not as pronounced. Just a weirdness I've found in the cable world.
II have experience with MIT cable products and I totally agree with your assessment.
 

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whats wrong with the power cord that came with the unit?
They are usually at minimum gauge, wrong length, minimal Shielding if any, connections at both ends...
I think most high end manufacturers realize the user will replace power cord and just supply a cost Effective solution.
 

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I have used other aftermarket power cords and although they alter the sound, sometimes not for the better. The power cords that come with the unit I would have to think that the engineer that designed it would do so with the stock power cord. I would think they would listen to it.
 

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Upgrading the power cords on all my components was one of the best things I did to improve the sound.
 
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