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Which power cable are you using with Headfive

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Comments, advice please. I'm just using a Volex 17604 now....
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I am also using a Volex.
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Just a regular cheap-ass power cable (ho5vv-p) with a special layer of dust on it to reduce mechanical resonance.
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Originally Posted by Land
Just a regular cheap-ass power cable (ho5vv-p) with a special layer of dust on it to reduce mechanical resonance.
ditto. anything more is just a big waste of $$$$
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Originally Posted by Land
Just a regular cheap-ass power cable (ho5vv-p) with a special layer of dust on it to reduce mechanical resonance.
Do you find the dust layer to lower the noise floor and increase dynamics? I notice that whenever I have to take loose some equipment and happen to wipe off any dust before putting it back in, it seems to be missing something until a new layer has formed. Maybe this is what power cable burn-in is, forming the layer of damping dust.
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Do you find the dust layer to lower the noise floor and increase dynamics? I notice that whenever I have to take loose some equipment and happen to wipe off any dust before putting it back in, it seems to be missing something until a new layer has formed. Maybe this is what power cable burn-in is, forming the layer of damping dust.
Yes there seem to be big improvements. I am considering of selling cable burn-in dust, since I have lots of dust I should share it.

I am thinking of 50$ + shipping for a bag that has enough dust for a 3ft cable. The bag will be signed by me, so you know it's authentic
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ditto. anything more is just a big waste of $$$$
is this based on experience or cynicism and speculation? i've found that some cable changes make little difference and others are laughlingly obvious to the point where doubting non audio people easily pick out differences.
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is this based on experience or cynicism and speculation? i've found that some cable changes make little difference and others are laughlingly obvious to the point where doubting non audio people easily pick out differences.


I'm an Electrical Engineer btw and have been since 1994.
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A decently bulky power cord - thicker and sturdier than those chinese-manufactured freebies - that does the job so well I ended up buying a bunch of them to be used with my computers, amps and others. They cost abour AU$10 per cord.

I recently acquired a BD power cord that I decided to hook to my integrated amp (which obviously will benefit more from the improved power delivery).
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I'm an Electrical Engineer btw and have been since 1994.
put down your slide rule or calculator and listen! there are many engineers in audio who have come into this game sceptical about one thing or another and changed their mind once they started listening! (eg. ken stevens of CAT fame). some differences might be easily explained but other times there are real differences discernable to golden and tin ears alike that may or may not be easily explained. making fun of something is easy. keeping an open (but still appropriately critical) mind isn't always so.
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Originally Posted by daveDerek
put down your slide rule or calculator and listen! there are many engineers in audio who have come into this game sceptical about one thing or another and changed their mind once they started listening! (eg. ken stevens of CAT fame). some differences might be easily explained but other times there are real differences discernable to golden and tin ears alike that may or may not be easily explained. making fun of something is easy. keeping an open (but still appropriately critical) mind isn't always so.
I have a completely open-mind, but to suggest some power cables are better than others is ludicrous to me. It is saying electricity varies in quality.

Its like saying a £5000 mirror is better than a £10 mirror, not only because its built more fancifully but because the reflection is better.
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Im useing the Jellyfish power cables , nice thick and sturdy. Only 20 bucks so really not much more than the cheapo's. http://www.angelfire.com/biz/bizzyb/FROPOWER.html The cheaper price is on the main page under sales.
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Originally Posted by Chri5peed
I have a completely open-mind, but to suggest some power cables are better than others is ludicrous to me. It is saying electricity varies in quality.

Its like saying a £5000 mirror is better than a £10 mirror, not only because its built more fancifully but because the reflection is better.
the quality of the electricity can vary tremendously, what with varying voltages and noise and crud on the lines! that's why different power filters and regeneration schemes can be so effective. power cords may play off of some of that. they can be system dependent but if you have a reasonably resolving system try inserting different cords at different places, then do this exercise in another system in another place. it's likely that you'll hear differences.
and the quality of optics does vary. good glass can be costlier than stuff made to lesser specs. any astronomy buffs out there? good telescopes cost a lot precisely because of the good mirrors.
i've tried/been around swaps of interconnects, spkr cables, and pwr cords in many systems and rooms. some times the effects are minimal but sometimes they are staggeringly large.
skepticism is fine. but denial that these things can't affect the sound w/o experience is not. and a trial or two that didn't yield much is not definitive either. i am really not interested in getting into a pissing contest but i've not heard any reports based on listening experience coming from the naysayers.
keep your mind and your ears open!!!
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The only part of my setup which is powered is my DAC, which is a lead going to a transformer. My amp runs on rechargeable batteries. Everything is electrically isolated from my PC, using the TOSLINK.

See, my open-mindedness! Would it be worth getting a lead for my DAC, or would the transformer cancel out any possible advantage?
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Originally Posted by Chri5peed
The only part of my setup which is powered is my DAC, which is a lead going to a transformer. My amp runs on rechargeable batteries. Everything is electrically isolated from my PC, using the TOSLINK.

See, my open-mindedness! Would it be worth getting a lead for my DAC, or would the transformer cancel out any possible advantage?
Oh, nothing cancels out any possible advantage when it comes to power cord fanboys.
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