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Affordable Hospital Grade / Green Dot Power Cords

post #1 of 85
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I lost a bid on an audiophile power cord I was interested in buying (for around $100.00), and decided that I was going to try to find some less expensive alternatives.

I found a place that sells UL-, CSA-approved Hospital-Grade, Green Dot AC power cords very inexpensively.

Today, I special ordered (they were out of stock of the 6-foot length) a 14-gauge power cord for US $10.40. I may wind it through a ferrite loop to eliminate electrical noise from my sump pump and refrigerator (I do that now with my stock cords and it has worked quite well).

The prices are as follows:

6-foot length: US$ 10.40
8-foot length: US$ 11.65
10-foot length: US$ 11.98

When you call (1-800-669-8090) make sure to ask for Katherine at extension 135. She was very nice, and buying through her helps her out.

Visit this page for more info:

Quail Electronics

NOTE: I have no affiliation whatsoever with Quail Electronics (or Katherine), other than as a recent customer.
post #2 of 85
Interesting, be sure to post a review.
post #3 of 85
I have tried experimenting with putting in a Russ Andrews standerd powerkord in the xpsu from musical fidelity. It made so much difference that I am now having to buy another one for the cd player to replace it doh Still at least it gives me a chance to upgrade to a better spec one
post #4 of 85
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Originally posted by davidcotton
I have tried experimenting with putting in a Russ Andrews standerd powerkord in the xpsu from musical fidelity. It made so much difference that I am now having to buy another one for the cd player to replace it doh Still at least it gives me a chance to upgrade to a better spec one
What's a Russ Andrews standerd powerkord? Any web site with more info?
post #5 of 85
The website for Russ Andrews is a bit um out of date is the kindest way of saying it!

Basically its a powercord for the cd players and amplifiers with a detachable cord. They are also only available for the english market I THINK (not a hundred percent certain on that!) They do three types.

Yello This is the budget version at £29.99

Standard £75.00

High Current £120.00 This is the beefy version (umm beefy!) which I have just ordered today, got a weeks wait for it

They basically improve sound by cancelling the rfi from other equipment.

Hope that helps, good luck with the search on yours whichever you go for!
post #6 of 85
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info, David. I will likely use the ferrite loop to help cancel out RFI.

I'm looking forward to receiving this hospital grade green dot cable, but it may be another few weeks still since they were out of stock of the length I wanted (six feet), but they had a bunch of eight-footers and ten-footers I think.
post #7 of 85
David, £120 for a power cord! I could get a X-pre for that! And does it really make that much difference? I have never believe in power cord making a difference, may be because I have never tried it. But if I was going to spend £120, I would buy a Kimber/Oson power block instead. They are only £80 and I can use it for my Marantz CD player as well.
post #8 of 85
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Originally posted by raymondlin
David, £120 for a power cord! I could get a X-pre for that! And does it really make that much difference? I have never believe in power cord making a difference, may be because I have never tried it. But if I was going to spend £120, I would buy a Kimber/Oson power block instead. They are only £80 and I can use it for my Marantz CD player as well.
I almsot spent over $100.00 for a power cord, and I know that's not much in the audio world. But, heck, I'm going to give this $10 cord a try with a ferrite loop. We'll see....
post #9 of 85
I felt that they did! If you arnt sure then Russ Andrews does do a 30 day money back guarantee so you havnt anything to lose really if you are trying it in the x-psu! With the cd player and amp you have to cut the attached power lead (whilst the power is off duh! ) and wire a male iec plug to it, then you attach the powerKord. I also got a 10% off discount which took it down to £108.00!!! This was a special offer for regular ( ) customers...
post #10 of 85
Another budget favorite with the audiophile power cable crowd is the Volex 17604 (2 meter) or 17605 (3 meter). It has a molded plug and molded 15 amp IEC connector (the standard size on equipment with an IEC socket for the power cord). It's made of Belden 19364, which is a great power cord cable. Newark, Allied, and Carton-Bates all sell it on line.

If you want to get fancy, Bob Crump suggests cutting the plug off and replacing it with a Pass & Seymour 5266-X plug, also available and Newark.
post #11 of 85
Cutting the power cord? no way! I still have 3 and half years of warranty to run, I'll cut it after Christmas 2004!

I don't really want to hassle of sending stuff back so I never really buy electronic equipment online or mail order. The only electrical thingI bought online is my MD walkman, but that can be fix by my local Sony shop anyway if needed.

I got a 10% off email thing too! and I never even bought a thing from them, only got their catalogue to have a browse (some of his views and take on HiFi is complete oposite of most people believe).
post #12 of 85
For upgrading power cords, have you thought of going down the DIY route? Have a glance at the www.tnt-audio.com site, and look for the shielded cords (Merlino, I think it's called?) The hardest part is finding shielded cable.
Another interesting project is the Hydra mains distribution plug, which allows four cables to be run from the one socket with the minimum of low-quality connections. They cost a very reasonable £7 from Maplin too.
HTH
Andrew
post #13 of 85
And another thing!
Cutting the original power cord won't work as well as soldering a new one directly into the back of your cdp/amp etc. But soldering is scary...
Andrew
post #14 of 85
No, not cutting the plug off the originally-supplied cord. Cut the molded plug off the Volex replacement cord, and install the Pass & Seymour on the Volex cord instead.
post #15 of 85
Thread Starter 
Man, you DIY'ers are another breed. I can't imagine cutting anything off my stuff!

Having to twist the collar on a locking RCA is about as close to DIY as I want to get!

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