|If you treat the power conditioner / plain wall socket as 'source' And the cables as signal cables, like the ones you use between the amp and phones...
Then wouldn't it be important to have a good signal coming out of the source in the first place before spending money on the cable? I.e. no point in getting the best cable to preserve the signal when it is already getting fscked up at the source
|Originally posted by markl
ICs are in the audio signal path so of course they can affect the sound. Power cables are not. They never touch the actual audio signal. BTW, I have a kick-ass source with a replaceable power cord, so that's one of the places I'm considering upgrading to a better cord.
Still need more advice here. Anyone else have any thoughts?
That was only an analogy. The power conditioner would be the source, the power cable from the conditioner to your amp be the IC--and the sinusoidal voltage signal would be the 'audio signal'.
The power conditioner having (hopefully) changed the noisy wall outlet voltage signal into a clean, sinusoidal voltage signal, it would be the job of the power conditioner to transmit the 'signal' to the amp's transformer without 'distorting' or introducing 'noise'.
Now if the power cable (from the power conditioner to the transformer!) is bad, it _might_ act like a bad IC, distort and introduce noise to the power 'signal', and undo the work that the power conditioner had done.
If there is no power conditioner in the first place, the 'signal' itself is distorted and noisy and it is less worthwhile to have a quality cable ('IC')
My so humble unexperienced opinion,