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I'm assuming these power cables are only worth it if you are connecting them to something like a PS Audio Powerplant. Connecting them to the wall directly probably wouldn't be worth it?

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A/B Testing
When I upgrade some part of my system the improved SQ is pretty obvious.  I listen to each component maybe twice before making a decision, and I sometimes never go back to the lesser component - if the difference is that clear.  One way of doing this is to listen to component "A" and then wait an hour or two to listen to component "B".  If the difference is clear after a couple hours, you know you've found a good solution.  However, some components and interconnects require 'close' A/B testing, meaning that I test one after another without delay and sometimes still have trouble telling which one is 'better'.  I don't think it is worth paying a lot of $$$ if I can't hear the difference.  On-the-other-hand, I can understand the appeal of using blindfolds and restraints especially if done with the assistance of one's girlfriend . . . :eek: 


Edited by Rico613 - 6/16/14 at 12:44pm
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

I'm assuming these power cables are only worth it if you are connecting them to something like a PS Audio Powerplant. Connecting them to the wall directly probably wouldn't be worth it?


 



the power cable will do whatever it is that it does regardless of what power source you plug it into. Whether different power cables do the same things differently (assuming they are wired correctly) though is a point of contention.
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On-the-other-hand, I can understand the appeal of using blindfolds and restraints especially if done with the assistance of one's girlfriend . . . :eek: 

 

My preferred method is to blindfold and restrain my girlfriend, then grab her credit card and use it to pay for upgraded power cables and other audio equipment.  With this approach you should immediately hear a difference in sound quality without the need for any fancy A/B testing.

 

If the sound does not become harsh or strident but instead remains smooth and pleasant you may have found your 'end game' girlfriend.

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the power cable will do whatever it is that it does regardless of what power source you plug it into. Whether different power cables do the same things differently (assuming they are wired correctly) though is a point of contention.

 

Yeah, that's what I thought. My question was more about the latter.

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Are these powercord effects based on blind A/B listening tests? Shouldn't be that hard to setup such a test if you have a buddy or significant other to help. Sounds like the GS-X would be a perfect instrument to collect such data ...

 

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A/B Testing
...  On-the-other-hand, I can understand the appeal of using blindfolds and restraints especially if done with the assistance of one's girlfriend . . . :eek: 

 

ROFL :biggrin: .

At least someone has got some humor before this power cable discussion gets into the usual infighting stage.

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If a power cable is built to proper standards and the optimal gauge, then it should do its job of transmitting power from the socket to the transformers in the GS-X. The power supply in the GS-X does all of the hard work.

 

For interconnects, we know that high capacitance can cause problems. We can then conduct experimental double-blind listening tests to observe this principle in action. Solution: low capacitance interconnects are standard.

 

I am not aware of any similar principle regarding power cords (beyond amp vs gauge, which has nothing to do with the materials of the wire). But if an exotic cable does make a huge difference with the GS-X, then this finding should be robust to double blind tests with friends who don't know anything about price or construction of a cable. I might try to collect this type of data in the future.

 

Edit: yes, the discussion about blindfolds has been hilarious. I don't mean to start any fights - just a curious listener.


Edited by tvolpe1600 - 6/16/14 at 1:48pm
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.  On-the-other-hand, I can understand the appeal of using blindfolds and restraints especially if done with the assistance of one's girlfriend . . . :eek: 

*1

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Initial impressions, the GSX has more of most things. More transparency; separation and micro-detail, deeper bass; more textures in bass notes, more dynamics, including micro-dynamics. Surprisingly, the GSX has an incredible sweetness to the upper frequencies, almost tube-like and very unlike most SS amps I've heard (this is testament to a well designed SS amp). That being said, the WA22, with the right tubes, isn't a slouch either. The WA22 has that tube lushness in the midrange and excellent PRaT; it's incredibly musical and draws you into the music; although not as neutral as the GSX. Technically, the GSX is the better amp but for me, both are keepers.

 

 
Congratz!  What tubes are you using with the wa22 mainly for this comparison?  I tend to think wa22 and gsx2 will compliment each other very well but it seems they are more alike than different from your description?  Looking forward to more of your impressions and thoughts on both!
 
Thanks!
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Congratz!  What tubes are you using with the wa22 mainly for this comparison?  I tend to think wa22 and gsx2 will compliment each other very well but it seems they are more alike than different from your description?  Looking forward to more of your impressions and thoughts on both!
 
Thanks!

While the WA22 and GS-X Mk2 may compliment each other, make no mistake about it, the GS-X Mk2 is in another league altogether. :smile:

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While the WA22 and GS-X Mk2 may compliment each other, make no mistake about it, the GS-X Mk2 is in another league altogether. :smile:

 

Nods.  Only reason to have both would be to have something around to remind you where you came from :O

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Nods.  Only reason to have both would be to have something around to remind you where you came from :O

:p Nice one.

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Snaps! Burn

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While the WA22 and GS-X Mk2 may compliment each other, make no mistake about it, the GS-X Mk2 is in another league altogether. smile.gif

Nods.  Only reason to have both would be to have something around to remind you where you came from :O

That's why I kept my wa6se maxxed.

I did get tired of chasing tube combos and decided to go solid state as a one time bang. And thus is how my gsx came to my collection.

.... Now to upgrade my nuwave....
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Originally Posted by tvolpe1600 View Post

If a power cable is built to proper standards and the optimal gauge, then it should do its job of transmitting power from the socket to the transformers in the GS-X. The power supply in the GS-X does all of the hard work.

For interconnects, we know that high capacitance can cause problems. We can then conduct experimental double-blind listening tests to observe this principle in action. Solution: low capacitance interconnects are standard.

In the world of hiend, assumptions never work, listening is the only way to tell the difference. Any powercord above 50 should be properly made up to the standard so what's the point of a 500 one? How about a 5000 one?
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