Addicted to Fun and Learning
- Feb 19, 2019
- Tokyo, Japan.
Aaand you lost me... I find potential sonic differences in amplifiers (competently designed or otherwise) should a be a pretty well documented topic at this point, potentially even DACs, considering the AES documentation showing that even OP Amps alone can audibly alter sound, never mind the full circuit they’re integrated in - so I hope no one is clutching their pearls at thatat this point, even if we contend such differences are small enough to generally be ignored/not noticed by most, rather than the exaggerated/hyperbolic differences sometimes described for the sake of ease of communication.
However when we get into audible differences in power cables I’m going to step away and ask for any inkling of proof. I know well respected acoustic engineers who swear by power cables mattering, but so far I’ve personally heard nothing to suggest such, having experimented with it, and I’ve seen no evidence for it either - at least with fx. Speaker cables multiple peoples measurements (not peer reviewed etc, but it at least lends more credence than pure anecdote) have shown repeatable differences big enough to be theoretically audible... no such thing with any other system cabling that I’m aware of.
Not to mention it’s completely off topic and just calls the rest of the statements made into question.
But otherwise interesting information.
I don't believe that I started my posts off topic, I answered some questions that were at the head of the topic.
On the topic of power cables. I can give you an example. Remember CRT TV's? If you replace the fuse with an audio grade fuse the colour becomes significantly different, richer is the word. I wouldn't say more realistic but definitely richer and maybe more dense. Power cable is much the same. I don't buy name brand power cables anymore. I buy cables from reputable vendors here in Japan. The land of the Otaku. The land were we still have a bunch of leftover GI electronics such as valves. The cable I just purchased cost me 6500yen. That's less than $65. The guy has an internet shop dealing only with power cables and nothing more. Not an XLR cable in sight nor an RCA cable. Though he can make XLR's out of the same 99.9999 purity virgin copper, Australian Copper if it makes any difference. I've long since stopped buying name brand power cable as they rarely use virgin copper much less high purity virgin copper and I will only use solid core copper. Multi-Strand was made popular by Noel Lee of Monster Cable fame who used to bring his cars into the shop I used to work at when I lived in California. Multi-Strand and OFC is a total gimmick. I am talking strictly about sound. It took my new cables 2 days of 6 hours each of record playing through one of my tube amps to fully burn-in and the difference from my previous cable, VS brand new cable, VS burned in cable was significant. You're right to be skeptical. I've tried many power cords and heard very little difference. Rhodium plated plugs and sockets were better imo than thin gold plating. Furutech makes great plugs and sockets along with Oyaide.
Yes, now I've gone way off topic by further discussing power cords but this is how conversations go.
Why are you afraid of a conflicting, or alternate opinion. Audio is ultimately your personal taste. There is plenty of information out there that is based on measurements alone, some that use "vague" terms like open, airy. But we don't have any other way of describing what we hear.
I'll stop now and let you carry on Lord Victor.