Do power cables make a difference?

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  • delkaldelkal Posts: 663
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    I've Really been doing some digging about power these days. I have very bad power in my area. I came across an interview with Garth Powell of audioquest, formerly Furman. He talked about how they measure for differences in high end power cables. I took a screen shot, and I’ve been saving it for this exact moment.

    Feast your eyes on this!
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    The funniest comment I’ve read on here is “I have no experience with high end power cords” but I’m still going to argue about something I have no experience with.... yeahhhhh ooookkkkk LOL

    So what did it sound like????
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    Yes. 18ga stock vs 14ga Shunyata.
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    is your CDP’s “new” cord heavier than stocker? Regrettably most of my gear requires modding* (an IEC socket) to swap around power cords.

  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,617
    afterburnt wrote: »
    K_M wrote: »
    MrBuhl wrote: »
    I would point out again, if it's pointless to argue, why are you arguing? People hear what they hear - I don't understand trying to convince them otherwise.


    My point, I will make it quite simple for you........
    All cable debates are pointless. People are simply arguing over anecdotal accounts, rather than something concrete or proven.

    A grain of salt type of thing.


    Then why do you comment?

    Probably for the same reason that you comment on my comments....?
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    Did you order a Shunyata Venom 14 from Music Direct yet?
    K_M wrote: »
    Probably for the same reason that you comment on my comments....?

  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    K_M wrote: »

    No, simply saying, pointless to argue it.

    Yet, here you are with unsolicited arguing about how he didn't hear what he heard because it can't be proven to YOU.

    If it's pointless to argue, why did you even respond to this thread? That's rhetorical, no need to explain :s

    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    K_M wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    Sometimes 'proof' isn't necessary. Do you think the sun will appear again tomorrow? Sure you do. There is no proof that it is going to - you simply can't prove it. However, with deductive reasoning, our expectation is that it will. Day in and day out.

    Deductive reasoning would lead me to believe that all cables have a signature that presents itself on the sound, whether it be neutral or a coloration. When multiple people with different systems present similar experiences, you can deduce that the cable has an impact on the sound.

    I used my deductive reasoning to expect a recent cable thread to turn into an argument. Why? I have no proof of it, but the patterns lead me to believe that we have gone way too long without one.

    I guess I was right.

    Do you think there is maybe frustration, over not being able to give a more definitive proof, that an individual's account is verifiable, or something entirely different?

    The proof for YOU is YOU trying it for yourself. Not someone else explaining their experiences.

    Why does anyone need to prove it to YOU? Why can't you prove it to YOURSELF. That's how we all experienced it.

    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    He's afraid that if he tried it and liked the changes, then he would have to come back and say we were right?

    I can't think of any other reason of why he hasn't ordered a cable to try.
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    edited April 2018
    Firstly knowing her (based on her time here) she would never try it. On the off chance that she did, and noticed a difference she would either A) never admit or B.) come up with reasons why even though she heard a difference it wasn't worth the $$$ or effort or yadda, yadda, yadda.

    Some people are content with what they have and others like to chase that last 2-5%. If you choose to be content that doesn't mean the others that chase that last 2-5% aren't correct in finding some of that last 5%.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    *Her, sorry.

    For $100 it seems like a bit of a no-brainer. I've certainly wasted $100 on stupider things.

    After I heard the improvement to the stereo imaging, and the sweet sensation that came with it, I was only wondering why I had used the stock cable for the past 5 years. Should've dabbled with aftermarket power cords much sooner.
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    edited April 2018
    I think we all had that revelation at one time. She's mostly here to be a contrarian on many subjects. Sort of an arm chair quarterback. All this based on her posts over the years. She only comes out when these types of threads pop up, and she always wants proof.

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,887
    Clipdat wrote: »
    *Her, sorry.

    For $100 it seems like a bit of a no-brainer. I've certainly wasted $100 on stupider things.

    Like 100 dollar dacs?

    :wink::smile:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    edited April 2018
    Well I'm still super excited about my discovery. Anyone on the fence and using a stock cable, should try upgrading their CDP or DAC cable with one of these Shunyata Venom 14 cables.

    I'll happily report back when I add the other 4 into the mix for my preamp, monoblocks, and PS Audio Dectet (in that order). I wonder if I'll notice differences on those components as well?
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    Also keep in mind many of us have done lots of trial and error and just because you spend $200 on new cable doesn't always make it better in your rig. There are just as many misses as hits.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    That was a solid purchase that I stand behind!

    And it was $89.99 not $100!
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    Like 100 dollar dacs?

    :wink::smile:

  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 424
    Wow this thread blew up today.
    Spend enough time in this hobby and you see that every piece of the system can make a difference. I am glad to be able to hear all of your experiences to help improve my systems.
    I plan to upgrade my power cables once I get a new rack in place. Most likely Solid Steel.
    Once that’s in place I will upgrade for the following reasons.
    1. Improved system performance
    2. Ability to get correct length of cable for your systems needs.
    3. The cables look a lot nicer-(This one is from my wife)
    4. If they are quality cables they can be reused on multiple systems for years.

    In the end some people will never want to purchase or buy into cables being a difference maker. Some are cheap or haters of the subject. Sad for them.

    Maybe try some Weed or Wine with your new cables. I’m sure it could help.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,948
    @mpitogo See what you did here? Shame. Shame. Shame.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 424
    edited April 2018
    DSkip wrote: »
    I hope you're getting it from Doug! o:)

    Definitely!
    Clipdat I am looking at the rack you got. Can’t wait for your thoughts on it.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    My Herbie's feet arrive today, so with any luck I will have an opportunity to work on things this weekend. Sorry for the delay.
    dolbyd wrote: »
    Definitely!
    Clipdat I am looking at the rack you got. Can’t wait for your thoughts on it.

  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,135
    Too tired to read 8 pages... Bottom line is, no one can hear it for you - you have to hear it for yourself. If you can't/don't hear it, don't bother investing any further, but don't assume that if you can't hear it, someone else can't. And, if they can, and you can't, there's not much way of proving it to you.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,932
    Wasn't there a fad 10+ years ago about putting a quarter on the front inside edge of front speakers to help with something?

    Maybe a felt circle pad?
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 6,608
    @dolbyd I never thought of solid steel power cables. Where do you get those?
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 6,608
    DSkip wrote: »
    I hope you're getting it from Doug! o:)

    Yeah man Doug's stuff is bomb
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,745
    **groan**
    afterburnt wrote: »
    @dolbyd I never thought of solid steel power cables. Where do you get those?

  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 6,608
    Clipdat wrote: »
    **groan**
    afterburnt wrote: »
    @dolbyd I never thought of solid steel power cables. Where do you get those?

    **fiber**
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,110
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    Too tired to read 8 pages... Bottom line is, no one can hear it for you - you have to hear it for yourself. If you can't/don't hear it, don't bother investing any further, but don't assume that if you can't hear it, someone else can't. And, if they can, and you can't, there's not much way of proving it to you.

    That's why today was the first day I clicked on this thread. Been in the bustle of toooo many of these and it ain't worth my time any more.

    Enjoy the music ;)

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  • mpitogompitogo Posts: 429
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I feel like I've joined some elite group of people who have "seen the light" regarding the changes that an aftermarket power cable can bring! I'm a believer now!

    I’m just going to play Hits from the Bong after I purchase Cypress Hills Album on RSD2018. Except the hip thing is now vape. By then the aural quality will transcend 2 dimensional stereo and into altered states of consciousness as I take a page out of Skinner and Maslow.
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,023
    Speaking of power cords, it is time to go home and power the system on for tomorrow night's listening. :)
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  • dkfreebirddkfreebird Posts: 1,111
    Must of been the Audioquest Pearl.
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