Want to stick my toe in the "power cord" pool...

daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 440
edited July 26 in Wanted (WTB) Classifieds
I recently acquired a McCormack DNA 225 for a very reasonable price. I am loving the amp more every time I listen to it, and I am thoroughly impressed with its build quality. The only thing I find odd, is the power cord that came with it seems of relatively small gage, considering the output of the amp.

Which leads me to considering an upgraded power cord. In complete honesty and disclosure, I have never been a believer in high end power cords. HOWEVER, I am willing to admit that that is an ignorant point of view, having never used a high(er) end power cord, and experienced the potential difference for myself. SO, if anyone has an old higher end power cord kicking around, I'd like to give one a try. I don't know that I'd be willing to go above $200-$300 for my first one, so if any of you have one you could let go in that range, let me know...

Thanks for your consideration.
Too much stuff to keep track of.

Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,307
    I started with Pangea, but once I experienced a Shunyata Venom power cable I was hooked. The Venom HC for amps is in your range, new. The Cable Company will give you a few dollars off.

    Good luck.

    https://www.thecableco.com/Catalog/Power-Cables

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    Lumin S1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-20 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon for source, Denali 2000 (2) for amps
    Shunyata Z Anaconda XLR analog ICs, Z Anaconda speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables
    Revelation Audio Cryo-Silver Reference DB-25 umbilical power cable for preamp modules

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 440
    Good lord... I thought $600-$800 was the upper limit. Therefore, I thought $200-$300 would put me almost in the mid-range. I am determined to try one, and I appreciate the source. If there are no members looking to sell one, I will order a new one.

    Thank you!
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,520
    Take a look a Cullen Cable, namely the Gold. There are several of us here that have numerous cables from Patrick, and we are quite happy.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,346
    Screw the specs
    Parlor: Yamaha RX-A2030*Parasound Halo P5*Parasound Halo A-31*Parasound 2250v2*Emotiva XPA-200 Gen1*LSiM707 Fronts*LSiM706c Center*LSiM702f/x Surrounds*Monitor70 Series II Rears*Monitor40 Series II Presence*SVS PB2000 Sub X2*OPPO BDP-103D*Sony PS3*Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray*Samsung-55" LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV UN55H7150AFXZA*TEAC TN-300*Wireworld Solstice cables*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*

    Dungeon: Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*Usher N-6361*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*IFI nano IDSD* Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

    Head gear: Sennheiser HD 558*Audio-Technica ATH-M40x*Sennheiser HD 598 Cs*Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7*Philips SHP9500S*

    Hello Kitty boombox

    Spares: Yamaha RX-A1040*Emotiva XPA-1L Gen2 X2*Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2*CSiA6 Center*Monitor40 Series II*SVS PB1000 Sub*Sony BDPS6500 Blu-ray player*POS 37" LCD*Douglas Connection Furez 12 AWG 2 Conductor*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*


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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,422
    I might have a few demo Wireworld units laying around but need to check. I think for a starter Cullen is a good move. Shunyata will take a different approach than Cullen and not flavor the sound as much. I prefer the uncolored approach.
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    Speakers: Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, iFi LS3.5
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • how about a ps audio detect first? (or with DSkips WW)
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,489
    Harmonic tech pro11, even Steve McCormack himself suggests upgrading the power cord. Buy used and save some coin, new prices on cables is ridiculous.
    legacy Focus 20/20
    Butler tdb 2250
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    Pioneer BDP 320
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 14,691
    I'm a HUGE FAN of PS Audio, and Wireworld.

    I've owned Pangea and while nice, the connection just wasnt as tight as I'd like at the IEC. The thicker cables would NOT twist either without a TON of extra cable and area to bend.

    I sold my Pangea AC-14, and both AC-9's and moved to all PS Audio AC-3's. I wouldn't mind a PS Audio AC-5 at some point, but am super happy with the AC-3's and they are well under your budget of 200-300.

    Another option as mentioned by @DSkip is Wireworld stuff and they are good as well. He's a dealer so he can get you whatever you want from their menu, as it were. Also Cullen Cable, which I have no experience with, so cant recommend a specific model but its an option....

    Those 3 are well within or below your budget by a fair mark.

    Lastly Mark I know you have to remember @helipilotdoug makes and sells custom powercables.... so thats another route open to you, and I think you still run some of Dougs IC's in your system too :smile:
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  • LegenderLegender Posts: 319
    Even a brand new low end $100 Shunyata Venom will make a difference. Like you I was not a believer until I tried it. Try it and you too, will become a believer.
    Music: Marantz AV7005 - Yamaha MX1000 - Denon BDP-1911 - SDA 3.1
    Theater: Denon 3808 - B&K 7500/Emotiva XPA-3- RTi12, CSi5, RTiA7x4, PSW505
    Sleeping: Denon 1906 - Harman Kardon 2400 - SDA 2
    2 Channel: Parasound JC-2, Parasound JC-1; Oppo 103; PS Audio Perfectwave DAC, Polk LSiM705, SVS SB13 Ultra
    Office: Dell Optiplex, Emotiva XDA-2, Adcom 5500, LSiM 703
    Spares: Yamaha CA-810; LSi 15; Kenwood Basic M2a, Yamaha M60/M80
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,489
    legacy Focus 20/20
    Butler tdb 2250
    Cary Xciter dac
    Joule LA-100
    Pioneer BDP 320
    Sony 4k 55 850c
    FX 500 surround
    Acoustic zen Satori SC's
    Pioneer elite vsx21
    Sonos-Cullen mod.
    Audio Metallurgy GA-0 digital
    PS Audio Quintet
    Analysis Plus crystal ovals
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2's IC
  • LegenderLegender Posts: 319
    Plenty of options in your price range here.

    http://www.tmraudio.com/products/power-cables

    A simple power cable upgrade can make huge sound changes. Highly recommend a little toe dipping... but after you hear it, you'll be taking the full plunge I'm sure.
    Music: Marantz AV7005 - Yamaha MX1000 - Denon BDP-1911 - SDA 3.1
    Theater: Denon 3808 - B&K 7500/Emotiva XPA-3- RTi12, CSi5, RTiA7x4, PSW505
    Sleeping: Denon 1906 - Harman Kardon 2400 - SDA 2
    2 Channel: Parasound JC-2, Parasound JC-1; Oppo 103; PS Audio Perfectwave DAC, Polk LSiM705, SVS SB13 Ultra
    Office: Dell Optiplex, Emotiva XDA-2, Adcom 5500, LSiM 703
    Spares: Yamaha CA-810; LSi 15; Kenwood Basic M2a, Yamaha M60/M80
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,602
    Can't believe no one has linked thread: http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/178085/treasure-trove-of-goodies-for-sale-two-daughters-getting-married-this-summer#latest

    MIT shotgun AC1 is right in your price range but much more new...
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 1,883
    ^^ that's your huckleberry! ^^
    VA HT HK AVR20II, Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD, Polk Audio RC80i / Polk Audio CSi3, 60" Panasonic Plasma, Nordost / Signal Cable A2 / Wireworld / Pangea / Magic Power
    VA 2 Channel , McCormack DNA 0.5 (SMc Gold) Amp, MFA based Cocci Tube Preamp, Polk SDA2BTL (fully modded), A/L 1000VA Dreadnought, Canare 4s11 SDA cable, Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD, Music Hall mmf 5.1 Turntable, Vincent Pho-700 Phono Pre, MIT S3 IC's / MIT Shotgun S3 Speaker Cables / Pangea & Signal Cable MP power
    Noggin Schiit Valhalla, Pangea, Phillips Fidelio X1, Polk UF8000
    LA Toobs Dodd Audio 50wpc Dual Mono Amp, Eastern Electric MiniMax Preamp, Polk LSIM705, Marantz DV8300 SACD, VPI Nomad Turntable w/Ortofon 2M Bronze, MIT AVt3 Speaker & RCA Cables, Pangea & Signal Cable MP power

    Dodd Mid Level Preamp ("on the bench" w/Charlie)
    Polk SDA1c modded
    Soundcraftsmen PCR800
    Yamaha YP-D6
    Bottlehead Foreplay (modded)
    Signal Cable Silver Resolution IC's
    Audible Illusions L1 Preamp
    McCormack DNA-1 Power Drive Amp
    Eastern Electric Minimax CDP
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,428
    I've noticed a greater difference with power cords on my source components. The least difference I noticed was on my amp. But I think it all comes down to how the power supply is designed. Not saying there wasn't one, because there was, just to as dramatic as the others.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii , Eastern Electric minimax phono pre, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries mini, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,486
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  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 747
    edited July 27
    Make your own.
    3 screws & a DMM for a continuity test.
    The purple 6 conductor older XLO reference 2 with Furutech Silver IEC & Copper male AC plug is bang for buck off the charts if you can source it.

    Find longer than you need & make more than one depending on length needed.
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  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 747
    edited July 27
    Kimber pk10 is worth a mention.
    Used $$.
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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,428
    Yep2 wrote: »
    Kimber pk10 is worth a mention.
    Used $$.
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    I've actually ditched my 800$ power cords for all diy cords a friend of mine makes. All in at about 300 bucks a cord (6 footers), including furutech rhodium connectors. They smoked my store bought cords in every category.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii , Eastern Electric minimax phono pre, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries mini, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,486
    Well sheeit..... I'll take some boogered up #10 drop cords...saw them up and add some chromium cabonate male and female terminations on either end.
    $187!
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 747
    edited July 28
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Well sheeit..... I'll take some boogered up #10 drop cords...saw them up and add some chromium cabonate male and female terminations on either end.
    $187!

    Thats the "Farmer's Tan" talking...
    Dont knock it till you try it.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,486
    Yep2 wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Well sheeit..... I'll take some boogered up #10 drop cords...saw them up and add some chromium cabonate male and female terminations on either end.
    $187!

    Thats the "Farmer's Tan" talking...
    Dont knock it till you try it.

    Damn your eyes, Judas.
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 440
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Can't believe no one has linked thread: http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/178085/treasure-trove-of-goodies-for-sale-two-daughters-getting-married-this-summer#latest

    MIT shotgun AC1 is right in your price range but much more new...

    I pmd the seller of the AC1 to see if it's avail...
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 440
    I have purchased the MIT AC1 from Greg - I am excited to try it out, and I will definitely post my impressions.

    I sincerely appreciate all of the suggestions. I am very handy, and have a rather extensive electronics bench. However, As a self professed power cable "skeptic", I feel that my first impression of the difference a power cable can make should come from an established "known quantity". I have other MIT products, and I am thoroughly impressed with their build quality and attention to detail.

    Thanks again for all the great info - sounds like i may be heading down another fork of the rabbit hole... :smile:
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,486
    I keep eyeballin' the Wireworld cords. They have some good reviews on their entry level goods.
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 440
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    Can't believe no one has linked thread: http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/178085/treasure-trove-of-goodies-for-sale-two-daughters-getting-married-this-summer#latest

    MIT shotgun AC1 is right in your price range but much more new...

    Thank you for the lead on this cable, btw :smile:
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,602
    No problem man! Hope u enjoy it. And definitely post your impressions!
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,428
    If the power cord is anything like their cables/interconnects, then you're in for a treat. Hopefully.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii , Eastern Electric minimax phono pre, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries mini, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,441
    I think I have a few older Shunyata's laying around, let me check.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • all this power cable talk had the effect of a couple more PS Audio cables on the way.
    Thanks. ;)
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
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