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I hope their expensive power cables are far better. Their interconnects are certainly good. Yeah, that seems to be the trade-off. I feel like the reveal has truer color than most. But overall not as dimensionally layered. Do you have experience with the top Acrolink cables from Japan? Too subjective without any real testing, concentrate on things like good room treatment instead of imaginary differences in power cables.
I just upgraded to the standard power cord for my Bryston 4B3 made a big difference. It was quiet before but not everything is just clearer and more relaxed. Great choice of cables. Wonderful cables. No Black Sand Cable? A little surprised given they are the go to for a few folks including myself. The bouchez, flavor, color, everything just works right away. And hardly any burn-in time!
I find that it is especially good for the great post-Romantic composers, like Wagner. The Wagner Tuben now sound like they are meant to sound! The tonality and timbre on the Signature Cottonmouth are currently untouchable. Amazing work by Jonny putting together the perfect recipe of gold, silver, and OFC. Or maybe because they can be bought directly from AS has somehow disqualified them? Many audiophiles use their cables.
Probably because OCC Copper is very tough to beat. I believe I did send an inquiry to Audio Sensibility. And many others. Jay, This review is not even remotely useful. There were no tests done. You just arbitrarily told us about what you think theses cables sound like. You could have tested the differences and showed what electrical changes were between each cable but instead this article is just filled with non since.
Is this your standard answer when your methods are scrutinized? Where is the elegance and clarity in your responses? How can we take you seriously when you present zero data and react like a five-year old when asked? Beautiful reply Jay! Many thanks for your efforts in your listening review of these cables. But please stop the dissing of those of us that can hear differences, be it good or bad. Go get some friends somewhere else or even better , as Jay suggests — get laid.
I think it is safe to assume Jay did the most extensive power cable review roundup. Not even close. Given the amount of hate mail I get from the trolls over the years, your comment provides encouragement, Bob. I also understand how boring that could be and it might not feel like its worth your time. Making your review unhelpful for people who would rather see charts and graphs. We write comments here to help you write better reviews that we would like to read.
We focus solely on subjective impressions…. Which we both know is true. Your cynicism? Maybe you are a moron. There were plenty of constructive comments, but your comment was utterly useless. I have to keep it real. If I had the equipment, I would measure them in a heartbeat. No question about it. If you had I would have cut you more slack. I was brought to the article via a google suggestion and had high hopes to find some interesting reviews on power cables only to find you listing your opinions on them nothing else.
Then I read comments and find you being rude to other commenters for wanting the same thing as I did. You should probably look into getting some sponsors for new equipment to test with as it will go over better with both sides and lead to a much better review process and less stress for you. This site has and has always been based on subjective impressions.
So you have to learn to manage your expectations before posting an irrelevant comment. The answer is: Never. And I have no problems calling your ass out. I follow a lot of hardware reviews. Its expected that the hardware was tested or measured in some way.
A couple quick things, and I apologize ahead of time if this seems too combative. If you believe the answer is yes, then by all means, shop by specs and I wish you all the best. This hobby is the absolute epitome of subjective evaluation and experience, so just enjoy the journey.
The sound should be the same as there are no differences in the signal coming out of the other end. If there were differences in the sound you could easily demonstrate changes by recording the play back and you would see different outputs from the speaker. You would see the changes in the output.
Less treble more bass and easily could show that the sound is now heavier. They cant market a product as better if their proof proves them wrong. There are things he could do to make this worthwhile. Testing build quality of the cable listing there features such as rated for x amount of amps and voltage.
These would be helpful to both camps without resorting to sounds like x to me. Ryan, go ahead and prove it to yourself. Then go hide in a corner. The burden of proof fall on you and your testing methods are what we are critiquing. I can be expected to be lazy. I have nothing to prove its your article to defend not mine. I want to be lazy! But if you have free suggestions, I can try. I enjoy and find your reviews very helpful, but this one especially resonated with me because I find cables one of the most difficult elements to shop for for.
Any dealer I know only carries a couple of brands and invariably has no extras that can be borrowed because any decent business will want to keep no or low inventory , hampering any meaningful comparison. Ultimately, I always like to hear things for myself, rather than relying on a recommendation. Your review of the Au24 SX was spot on in every respect, especially your comment about organ music — the organ passage on my Phantom of Opera CD knocked me out of my chair.
I experienced everything you did. I hope they are considered good — let me know if you think otherwise. Again, thanks for such a thoughtful and insightful piece on a difficult and critical element of any good system. Thank you for your kind words, Joe. I should be doing one of these for speaker cables soon. Should be easier lol. If you have any suggestions, let me know. Yeah, I would stick to the Au24 SX power cable. The frontRow is a bit specialty for those looking for that type of sound.
They make good wire though. Thank you for not engaging the measurement trolls and smacking them straight across the face. I love measurements too, but the sound and music ultimately rule. Personally my system is not resolving enough to hear major differences in power cables. Your article will be super useful when I upgrade.
And I enjoy giving them a good beat down every so often. If you could have or can add cables form transparent or nordost to the mix would be easier to gauge as they are generally easily available to try. Those cables were actually more difficult to get a hold of lol.
There is a reason why any serious test will involve some form of blinding, in fact blinding is considered essential in medicine and for good reason; placebo is a huge factor and has been shown to affect the results of the tests. Ok sure buddy, whatever you want to think….
Wow…What an unbelievable waste of time and money. For example, from your comments, you really liked the Furutech, but seemed somewhat underwhelmed by the Shunyata — despite the latter being around 3 times the price. Does that mean that you would still favour the Furutech even if they were both identically priced? It would have been useful to include this practical consideration where any exanple was significantly more or less flexible than average. If the cable was incredibly unwieldy, I did mention that in the reviews.
The Audience stuff is probably the most flexible especially given their size and performance. If the Shunyata and the Furutech were priced the same, I would pick the Furutech every time. I actually forgot many of the prices of these cables when I did my testing — only realizing what the actual price was when I was finishing up the review. Although I personally prefer the cheap Neotech or Vovox over many of the much pricier ones due to tonality.
If not, do you think that various lengths could alter how the power cord performs i. Good questions. I believe they were only 1m to 2. But was a little surprised that the ZenWave variant sounded clearly different, even at the same length, with the same connectors, and wire. Not sure. I tested and wrote notes with systems with different grounding schemes and completely different electrical grids.
This was also with multiple listeners — not just me. We listen with our ears…Simple. Read it and learn from it. Thanks, Sunil. Source, interconnects, pre amp s , speaker cable, speakers? Jay, I want to say great reviews!! I really like how you put everything out front on what you were looking for and to the best of your ability what you wanted to get from doing all this.
It goes to show how much time and effort you put into all of this. I think you hit a lot of the marks on your thinking with everything you did in the review. So we while reviewing our own designs did very similar experiments to see what we liked and did not like about the variety of cables we had on hand. The interesting part is on four different systems we all came into liking a style of power cable individually. I think a lot of the cables tend to do similar influences on many different systems.
Looks like we share some of the same philosophies and experiences. Drop me a line at jay audiobacon. I have to admit, you quoting your own website about how you cant tell the difference between two cables in a blind test proving that a blind test is a bad test is one of the funniest things I have read all day. It does prove that there is no audible difference once you make comparisons solely on the basis of sound though, at least to your ears.
Check out this video. In the description, click on generic for the first 10 seconds, then on the Audience frontRow for another 10 seconds. I also assume that you have the decency to match levels and not do anything funny regarding the video editing process. Note that this is in terms of actual sound quality btw. I would guess a ground loop is possibly at play due to not-so-good noise rejection from one of the interconnect cables or something, it gets especially audible towards the end.
You have good ears! Thank you for confirming you could hear a difference. Levels were matched every time, the only thing that changed was the power cables. No ground loops or any funny business. Also, if you go between the generic and the Furutech DPS-4, you could clearly hear more smoothness and warmth from the DPS-4 — which is what is heard in the real world. Let me drop some knowledge on you. You said it yourself, your auditory system is unreliable past a few seconds.
But when you blind test which are usually done with quick swaps , that short term memory applies differently to different people. I only know this from experience and conducting dozens of blind tests with other people. BUT since the purpose is to purchase gear for musical enjoyment — you have to hear a piece of gear over time — and over many familiar and unfamiliar tracks.
You only live 20 minutes from The Adelphi. You have access to the largest HiFi mall in the world. David at KEF is pretty helpful. And many of those guys would be glad to blind test you on power cables. And had that shit paid for. But instead of being a good little boy and learning everything from textbooks and the internet — I take the initiative to learn for myself. Thanks Jay for such an extensive review.
Though you mentioned cables under review maintained its characters despite change of components, it would be helpful for me to know the various components being used to evaluate these cables, especially the speakers.
Thank you in advance, Tony. Same for amps. My goal was just to take comparative notes during each session. But was somewhat surprised to see the consistencies. Sometimes the notes for different systems looked nearly the same.
If a cable was dark in one system — it was relatively darker in another, etc. Nice review Jay. Yes, you can dam it up and release it in a controlled, powerful flow. Reading what Jay said about the Neotech, I got out my un-broken-in Neotech and hooked it up to the amp. Sound changed immediately. And was just what he described as the Neotech sound before break-in. Yeah, the Neotech is an interesting cable — you have to make sure the connectors are secure and that you have as much of the cable shielded as possible that foil is a little annoying.
I still want to experiment a bit more with that cable. For the money — pretty damn good. I bought mine ready-made from Neotech. An old Shunyata Python cable seems to work very well with the M Fantastic review Jay! This is a great article that I will be referencing for years to come. I think you have a very good ear for it and explain what you hear well. Your support means a lot, Bricki!
Much love. Love your work Jay, what power cable do you prefer on the Chord dave? Hey DC, many thanks. Currently stock. I was thinking you were going to use that one, as you mentioned that timbre is something you can not change after the source and this is the most accurate cable for timbre. Thanks keep up the good work! The generic power cable sounded very abrasive in comparison. The Danacable also sounded a little rough. The Acrolink and Furutech were obviously richer to my ears.
I guess everyone hears differently! Worse, if you believe he would spend his own time to make it all up or is paid by the cable companies. In fact, many of these cable companies banned me so I had to find other ways to get them in.
Also, there are plenty of other reviewers and audiophiles that are hearing the same things check the comments. Are they all crazy and part of a cult? Or are you just cynical or choosing to be ignorant? It almost always the latter. We know — because we actually tried. But for egotistic reasons — hesitant to fill that gap.
Anyone could talk about slew rates, eddy currents, impedance curves, etc. It takes a more interesting person to hear for themselves before they draw conclusions. Science does have a place but to assume you know how the human brain should react to what the charts tell you — is naive. Also, have you noticed a lot of these null tests show the same result across cables — even when the participants could clearly hear a difference? Hell, there are even headphones that measure close and sound very different.
And this is what a real audiophile cares about. My example was Iconoclast cables. Galen Gareis is an engineer who is also an expert cable designer for more than 35 years. If anyone has credibility — he would be it. He only focused on good materials, geometry, and measurements.
Different copper sounded different in his lab — not just with him, but his colleagues. So they sell variants — but are in the middle of finding out why or how the metal changes the sound. Those are admirable engineers. Before I reviewed their cables, I was a bit apprehensive at first. It actually got me to believe in better measurements. And you could probably understand why it would be silly to request measurements from reviewers anyway.
The goal is to get a sound YOU like. And this is coming from an electrical engineer. Once again, go to the Adelphi and actually listen. Stop being a robot, take the MRT, speak to the nice guys at the shops about cables, and listen for yourself. There are over 1, brands there.
This oft-repeated trope represents a real misunderstanding about how memory works. Day-to-day familiarity with your system produces the same results. When I switched from a top of the line PS Audio cable to a Neotech, I immediately heard listening to equally familiar music of course that the bass was both stronger and punchier.
Those impressions are reliable. There is a phenomenon called adaptation. Let me exemplify with something from the audio realm. I recently calibrated, video and audio, a Home Theater showroom. For audio I adjusted the reference level at 75 dB. The first few times I played a specific soundtrack the Wembley concert in Bohemian Rhapsody , it seemed very loud, though lifelike and enjoyable.
Now, even if I haven listened to it for weeks, I have the same impression that it could be even louder to have the same impact it had in the beginning. I bet you can still recognize your girlfriend after not seeing her for a month, but I am not so sure she still seems to you as beautiful or not as she did the first time you saw her.
Hi Jay, you described how you listened and relistened to the power cables when changing equipment, to keep your notes consistent and account for the changes introduced by that new equipment. A year is a long time, so how did you account for room modes and speaker positioning? I assume you used the same speakers throughout as they are the main contributor to the sound color in any audio setup. So I isolated the notes of each session to each room or new inclusion or exclusion of equipment.
At the end of the year, I aggregated everything to see if there were any inconsistencies. The only major inconsistencies seem to be with the Neotech and the Atlas. They sounded different when more hours were on them. The rest kept their signature — regardless of which system they were in. Although the type of components did change the degree of those signatures, the relative differences were the same.
The only time it was pretty difficult to hear these differences were with digital-to-digital components servers, clocks, etc with linear power supplies. But these were my own findings. So, is it fair to summarize this to the extent that each power cable has its own sonic signature, but that signature is somewhat colored by amplifier or other component in use?
Digital to digital components should actually be completely transparent, so no surprise there. Pretty much. Digital-to-digital components with switching mode power supplies could be heavily impacted by the power cord, however. Hi Jay, Awesome job. I have much respect for you as a reviewer. Obviously there are differences in sound in these power cords sometimes huge. You did a great job in reporting them.. Just curious if you heard the LessLoss C-marc power cords that have been getting great reviews.
Thank you, Robert. I actually did look into LessLoss last year I remember their website. I might have to do a round 2 lol. I know personally how tiring it can be switching out components that are similar and listening for incremental differences. They have a point when you look at the material costs and see what it costs to make something your self. Case in point are my modernized B and W matrix, Wires, crossover, connectors, dampening , bas filters. I have other speakers but these were the project ones.
For my cables I started by taking home some Nordost home for a trial from a dealer. Dealer said I needed to use all Nordost from start to finish. His opinion. My search to do better than stock cables led me to some Swedes that have been doing this since and are engineers first, audio guys second.
Supra cables by Jenving industries in Sweden. The cables are superb and relatively affordable. Yes I did run new wire from my fuse box on a dedicated circuit to a new wall outlet. I used Albert Porters porter ports. Amplifier builders, in particular Rogue and Oddessy, will specifically tell you in AB testing they were unable to improve the sound where they test their amps.
Both did mention to be very careful with the connectors between preamp and amp, that they are away from any power cable. I do realize you in fact promoted this in a way in the article but I felt even then the price was too high and wanted to point out an alternative brand as well as the idea that through experimentation great things can be made.
Thanks again, it was a great read. I actually had a reader send me supposedly the exact cable a manufacturer was using. When I tried to make the same cable with the wire — it didnt sound quite right. It gets a little time-consuming. Thank you for recommending Supra. Their digital cables performed better than cables many times their price. I also have a lot of their bulk Ethernet cable.
I wish I could have perfect tonal color with a tangible density to go along with it — but they seem to counter balance each other. I admire your approach and philosophy. I would DIY everything — but that I will have wait until later. And I may be lost forever!
Please let me know if there are any other DIYs you recommend. I would like to share with you my similar experience with power cables. I have not an enormous experience with power cables maybe I have heard a little less then 30 power cables , but I think enough to get to some conclusion. Most of my conclusion are very similar to yours and this is reassuring!
If you use a brighter cable at the mains, your system will have an elevated baseline. As far as body and weight, however, it seems like you could add that upstream — I found the same thing out but were very skeptical on my findings since I have thought that putting the cable I generally like the best in this same position would have the greater effect since it was leading the power to the others.
But the most important thing is as you said is that in this position it sets the tone for the others. And the most mesterious to me: cables connected to a gear, like a cd player, effect the sound of the system even if you are listening to anouther source, like your turntable.
I have tried this many times and I still prefer to think is not true but…. Sometimes, for a lot of work or for a coup de chance you can end up prefering a combination of your not best preferred cable then your preferred ones. Wow, very insightful! I wonder if that could be measured.
As for your observation with different cables affecting the sound of a different source — that is absolutely true. I found this out when I was testing Ethernet cables. Wireworld stuff tends to be very bright. Although I could see how you could incorporate them somehow. Every cable offers something different and will probably sound better depending on how you want to balance it.
Very true. Thank you for your encouragement, Max. Jay, great write up! I know it takes a lot of time to put these together. Did you prefer the usb, optical or coax? My gut says USB. I would like to add something about Wireworld cables. I was once of your same side saying they were bright but now, after some repeated experience, I cannot affirm the same thing.
So to balance some umbalanced thing we umbalance in the other way, and this is understandable. But at the end with this kind of system we end up to some strange conclusion when we change some components. When I assemble a system that is perfectly balanced, that is not bright with all Wireworld cables things are different. The same with power cables. So at thie end when I have all wireworld cables and find components that match togheter in a way that it does not sound bright, when I chang other components or other cables things are mutch more predictable.
At the end I ended up to the concusion that Wireworld cables are the less, or one of the less, present cables in the market. I am not an advocate of the less, since when we record something we loose some small but absolutely essetial thing in the musical path that can be reinvented only by coloration in the reproducing system.
The same thing I can say for Cardas of which cables, taken in their own , I have always felt lacking in rawness or something else. After many years my profund respect for these two company has grown a lot. I have to say they havve understood somthing. For loudspeaker cables…strange beasts.
Same differences less missing essentials…. There IS a mechanical impedance-matching quality so-to-speak that needs to be addressed, accounted for -and implemented- to obtain the finest results. And that leads to the third point; the detachable AC power cord should be viewed as an integral part of the devices internal power-supply.
That would be a more appropriate and accurate way to look at it. Finally, there remains so much more to be learned and understood when it concerns cable performance phenomena. The impact that cabling has on system performance cannot should not be underestimated. It is paramount in realizing, in enjoying, the finest playback quality. Wondering if you have had a chance to listen to Signal Cables?
Great bang for the buck, although priced much lower than what you have reviewed. I found a huge difference over the stock PCs and am curious how close they may come to some of these PCs. I was leaning towards Audio Archon cables but sounds like I should consider the Neotech as well.
Also, when you do the speaker wire evaluation, it would be very interesting to see how the Duelund DCA12GA and WE 10 gauge compare to the higher priced alternatives. Hi Ken! Thanks for the rec! So, is this like Scientology for audio or something? If someone says something negative about the BS, the leader and his followers attack?
Not what some old scriptures are telling me. If religion helps you in a positive way, great. This is just the way I approach life personally. Those guys — I respect. They have a personality I could work with. Not due to a belief or an agreement. So what does that say about you, Bob? Do you often bullshit people? Are you trying to be superman? Who exactly are you trying to save? Are you looking for validation? I have listened and made a lot of power,speaker and interconnects.
It can be quite contextual. Some cables can make a good AV receiver sound excellent. I have also re wired an oppo or two, besides clock mods,etc. Funny that doctors, lawyers, software creators, business owners, financial people, all sorts of tech people, in short people who make a lot of money, live and die by numbers, spend their money on this unmeasured nonsense.
Maybe those people listen and make judgments based on what they hear. Or they automatically succumb to the placebo effect around audiophile products. Way to go Chris. Tell us like it is! Jay, great review. Impressive effort taking on 27 cables but I do like these large comparative reviews. Just to touch on a couple of the brands mentioned. One thing to note is that these three cables are all filtered. The EF cables are more raw and attention grabbing than the NR cables, and there is certainly less softness.
As I manage to remove more noise from my system I can see myself migrating to the EF cables, that is if I stay with Shunyata. The other brand is Audioquest. I would be interested to learn from anyone who has been able to try both HC and Source variants of the Hurricane whether there was much difference with different types of device.
Keep me posted! What puzzles me is your choice of length. Tried and proven many times by many people. Same thing with short interconnects and speaker cables — they sound way worse. The difference was very noticeable, with shorter cables sounding harsher and just … Kind of primitive?? Hi Jay First I must say what an impressive test you have performed! I miss words on optimized power cables connected to power regenerating devices or power conditioners and distribution to individual stereo components.
To see how big or less a role the power cables might play in the big picture. In the process of regeneration, problems on your local power line such as low voltage, distorted waveforms, sagging power, and noise are eliminated and the power quality enhanced. In such a configuration, may be one could save money and buy less expensive interconnect power cabler?
They are affordable and get a lot of credit by their owners and in tests. I think that combination would be utterly schocking impact and 3D creation. For me that filtration is necessary as I run a larger home cinema. I think if you use the NR models where you want filtration and straight EF models where you just want it straight you could probably get an even better end results. Mains filtration blocks next? How about reviewing a Shunyata Denali T v2?
How do you deal with noise from NAS, switches, routers, laptops for example? Hello Jay, and thank you for this round up. Thank you for this epic review. The best power cable review i have seen. I will give the Neotech NEP a try.
My only wish is that Analysis Plus power cables were included. Perhaps next time. I cant even imagine how you were able to pull this off! Thank you for your kind words. Found the thread. I put your review out there for all to see and many are so excited as to what you discovered and how you went about the review! Did you do any scientific tests on the products in question? Impedance, resistance quality of shielding? A friend of mine brought a power cable over to show me how it makes the amplifier generate a different sound in the speakers and it did.
The result is disappointing, different copper OFC, presumably , different metal thickness, different geometry, different dielectrics, but is sounds absolutely the same as the stock cable supplied with the amplifier. I heard with my own ears there can be differences actually there was an improvement in clarity, or I would not have bothered , but find the absence of clear rules, reproducibility, measurement based decisions very annoying.
Part of why people ask about science, physics and measurements is that these things are insanely overpriced. I agree — a lot of these cables are overpriced. I wish there were a way to measure for repeatability — but if there were, I guess everyone would start their own cable company.
Acrolink P II. I only mention this because I am building a DIY cord and want to make sure there are other options that are reasonably pried. Unsure on the IEC. Make sure you keep your cables well lubricated with snake oil. I just noticed these comments about Power Cables, and thought I would add my recent experience. I attended an Audioquest event at a local dealership in the UK.
Again, everyone in the room could tell the difference. I am not an engineer, so cannot explain why the power cord makes difference. Just keep an open mind, go and have a listen! Although most of them are harsh and fatiguing over time. Gauge seems to have some correlation here. As you have reviewed, many expensive cords alter the sound signature way too much and cannot be used on multiple components in same system due to additive colorations.
At the end of the day, the goal is personal emotional involvement with the music. Everyone hears a difference when they are told there will be one. Blind test…see who hears a difference then. Remember monster HDMI cables? Everyone could see a difference.
Outed as utter rubbish. No difference. Now on verge of bankruptcy. Go figure. Barnum do the talking:. That being said, I still am. Second is component matching. Placement, room treatment ect. I often see that. Rooms are studio DEAD. I found that quality cabling, pure copper, pure silver. He had all the goodies, ALL Mcintosh, all expensive, all fairly new. Matched stuff right? YES it was. It took 2 months to get white noise, pink noise, and the ear bleeding brightness out of the system.
Every PC in that system had to be upgraded. The power outlets, wire and grounds all had to be upgraded shielded and grounded component to component as per MARINE application requirements. Finally after 3 plus months, it sounded as good as it did in his home. What does the guy do? He moves the Boat to another Marina. Did it change the sound? YES it did, for about 2 weeks and it settled in. Everything I found to be wrong could be measured, documented and repeated.
I know from other reviews and a couple of email exchanges that we have similar tastes, and that was reinforced here, for example by your comments about the Sablon and the Snake River Cottonmouth. I do have a couple of questions:. The choice for each end is an option. It is not only in the range of this review — and up to at least recently used in the highly regarded PS Audio listening rooms — but selfishly because I have a slew of them and it would have helped to have that reference point in your comments.
I agree. In one out of a thousand times you may hear a difference if you happen across a cable that is making a poor connection or has a loose crimp. With all of the complicated connectors on some of these high dollar cables it is much more likely that any difference you can notice is due to high resistance in the expensive cable.
Does the SR power cable sound the same day and night? Do others? I just got this cable and I have the exact same impression. The other reviews are great! I support you because there are a lot of This power cable is clogged in the highs and lacks the richness of the lows. The sound is described as dense, but lacking in sonic detail. The Shunyata Sigma Digital cable has a good high frequency extension and a very good balance of sound.
Awesome reviews,thank you for your efferts,any thoughts on Audio Envy cables ,your opinions matter. Second on this. I am almost ready to buy a full loom given how much I liked their speaker cable, but would love to know the thoughts of the cable master. Having done that myself I found no difference in decent cable and a more expensive one. I very quickly learned to see through the marketing bullshit the author of this article likes to spout and spend my money on speakers and amps.
Jay — I really admire your courage and tenacity in standing up to these wallies. Excellent reviews! As for the countless dummies posting on here… the 21st century flat-earthers… when will they ever understand that listening to music is not some kind of scientific exercise? Imagine trying to measure why Maria Callas is an infinitely greater soprano than Anna Netrebko? Now that would be real nonsense, that would be crazy stuff.
Frans Hals and Jan Vermeer were both Dutch masters active in much the same period. They used much the same materials, the same grounds, the same linen canvas, the same oils. The paintings of Frans Hals are jolly trivialities, the paintings of Jan Vermeer are timeless and sublime. When living human beings listen to music — how on earth can that experience be measured?
Talk to doctors, surgeons and physicians. They have huge scientific resources at their disposal, centuries of experiment and research behind them. Wow, Pete. I might have to quote you in a later article lol. What a terrific cord! It also feels good to support a local company, the Kimber HQ is just a 30 minute drive for me. Thank you for this great comparison.
After reading the reviews of every cables, I found that the Kimber PK10 Palladian is probably the best cable for me. I would like to know your opinion about the connector options. Gold vs Rhodium plated on this particular cable? I contacted Kimber directly but their answer left me even more clueless. I like both in timbre … this is why I like ultimate more I want to hear accurate timbre with life like. The biggest issue with cable reviews it is only accurate for one with similar components.
I still pay attention, and if someone raves about one, I will check it out. Great review overall. Another variable….. I have had a power cable totally dull my system, or make it too hot. Verified in two other systems by non cable. That you actually sat down and physically listened,removed,listened, removed, 27 odd power cables.
Funny how no power cable manufacturers provide any measurements of their cables, this itself has me utterly convinced that it is BS and only stupid people with money to spend and the want for something pretty buy into this nonsense. Jay, I believe your original intentions were honorable, and that you have a huge amount of time invested in PC testing for your personal system.
Ergo your strong and emotional defense of your work. Sure, cables can sound different, though why would you want to change the sound using a PC? So, IMO, even promoting the concept that you can fix your rig by changing the sound with different cables is not only anti-audiophile, but bad for this hobby overall. See audiophile tax. Your research would be better spun as an example on how stay away from colored and pricy PCs. Audiophile , is to tweak your rig by matching components whose characteristics and combination you happen to like — then find the most neutral cable possible so as to not mess it up I admit that it took me a few decades to learn that — duh.
To compound matters, your rig is the only reference used, so useless to most — because the same cable might sound different in theirs. Therefore, it was not, IMO, out of line, to beg you politely to provide a common denominator spec. It was otherwise well written. The fact that the cables sound different is enough reason for exploration. Instead of finding the most neutral cable…how about finding a cable that you enjoy?
From my experience, the right cable makes the difference between being fully engaged with my stereo…and not. We hear the same things. But we each enjoy different cables. What a great article! I came across it because I need to buy a longer power cord for my Shunyata Hydra 6 power distributor because of a stereo reconfiguration.
I have a general question I would like to ask. In your opinion, would using an alternative to the Shunyata power cable impart a sonic difference to all the units plugged into the distributor? Thank you, brother, and thank you again for your article. Thank you for a great review and insight Jay, well done. Have you come across of Omega Mikro cable, there is no much review about it, I heard from a friend it is amazing cable. A good quality copper line power cord from Clearer Audio with the RF suppressors is all you need.
Finally got ahold of a Kimber PK10 Palladian, the older version, which is the same as the current one except for the cover and upgraded Wattgate connectors. You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.
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