i know its a bad idea for me to enter this thread, but perhaps it'd be good to get a perspective from someone who doesn't practice audio voodoo, but still has an open mind.
|Originally posted by jatinder
Simple physics proves that they do.
Mass spectrometers and electron microscopes - these units quite often come with particular power cords with which they're "calibrated" for use. --Jatinder
lets be careful how we speak of the physics. think about plugging in you're super $600 power cord into a power strip, then into the wall. doesn't that sound silly? then think of plugging your $600 power cord into 150' cheap copper extension cable, that is surrounded by other wiring and other interference. sounds really retarded, right? but thats essentially what you're doing. the "clean" power is coming off the power line outside, not out of your wall.
|I'm afraid I feel like siding with Ricky on this one...
|It's like saying the hose that you used to pump gas into your car affects the cars performance
on the other hand the source of power to your unit is OBVIOUSLY important, or there wouldn't be such a big deal with the power source in the amps that sound the best. what power cords/conditioners CAN offer is filtering and other networks that help get the wall power clean again.
all in all, I'd have to venture a guess based in science, my own, and my father's experience -- that a good sturdy power cable (maybe generic hospital grade, i can see why you wouldnt want the one that costs $3.50 at the grocery store) with one of those little torroids that are at the ends of monitor cable (i forget what they're made of) will make as big or bigger aide to a system as a huge expensive cable. you can get those toroids they have at the ends of monitor cable for about $10, they are are inductors that essentially become resistors at high frequency, chopping off any RF that might have gotten inside the signal. This could then conceivably reduce any oscillations and instabilities inside the amplification stage.
There. now you can both have something to think about, becuase i'm not on either of the sides on this issue, so you don't have to look at me as an enemy. as i train my ears more i hope for them to be the final judge, but when you have a huge fancy looking piece of cable that took a hunk out of your bank account, how could it not sound better to you? this is the only thing about this i fear.
The exciting and invigorating thing is getting new stuff, not the end product of what you have. thats why we're such good consumers. i'm as guilty of it as anyone.
this stuff has all been said before with much more skill, but whatever. i seem to enjoy flapping my jaw.