Originally Posted by nick_charles
If I had a proper soundcard, software and cables to test this I would do it in a heartbeat. I have even posted in the past that if someone cared to loan me the necessary equipment to do so, I would be glad to do this since I have quite a few power cords from quite a few companies at all different price ranges (of course price being insignificant to how it sounds in ones system).
I've heard this from a few people who deal in science, that it could be that the safety ground pin of the power cord is what is causing all of the differences we hear, and there is no other earthly reason a power cord should make any difference whatsoever. I need to take a cheap power cord, break off the ground pin and try it, then compare it to the power cords I feel perform the best.
Interestingly enough, PS Audio sells power cords where you can unscrew the ground pin for this very reason, but this should not be done if your chassis doesn't meet Class 2 specifications. If your chassis meets Class 2 specifications, you don't need a safety ground which is why none of the mass consumer gear uses it. Even though some high-end audio companies make components that comply to Class 2 specs, they still use the standard IEC connector, because it's the "audiophile" thing to do, even though it's anti-audiophile minded. Sadly, if they don't put a safety ground in there yet it meets Class 2 specs, audiophile consumers will think it's flawed and won't purchase it because they don't know otherwise.
Edited by IPodPJ - 3/22/11 at 10:25pm