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Recommend power cable <$150

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Any opinions about the Audioquest NRG-X3 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055ONLZC), for upgrading from a stock power cable, versus the PC-1.5 cable from Grant Fidelity (http://shop.grantfidelity.com/PC-1-5-Performance-Power-Cord.html)?  I tried asking at http://www.head-fi.org/t/603086/review-grant-fidelity-tubedac-11/165#post_9303970 but no response.

Will also consider the "Deluxe Asylum" cable from Take Five Audio (http://www.takefiveaudio.com/mall/shopexd.asp?id=1079), and I've seen several positive comments about the Shunyata brand (http://www.shunyata.com/Content/products-PowerCables.html).

Thanks for your suggestions, and any links to other good options under $150 USD.


Edited by coolbluesurface - 3/30/13 at 6:36pm
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I would also consider the Analysis Plus Pro Power Oval. It's a 12 AWG (overall) power cable with a braided silver-plated copper shield, which should be very effective at keeping unwanted EMI / RFI from leaking out or getting into the cable. I use this power cord in my system, replacing the stock one that came with my CD player.

 

3 ft. length is $99. Because it's part of Analysis Plus' pro line, they're mainly sold at guitar shops or music stores. The Cable Company also carries them.

 

http://www.analysis-plus.com/pro_powercable.html

http://www.customguitargear.com/ap-pro-power-oval.html

http://www.thecableco.com/Product/Pro-Power-Oval-11352
 

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Thanks for your input.  I'll also look through the site at thecableco.com that you linked to, and its affiliated site usedcable.com.

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I will probably just start with the Pangea AC-14SE (http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PGAC14SE&variation=2) or Pangea AC9 (http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PGAC9&variation=2) for now.

Then I'll also keep an eye out for good deals on even better cables in used condition at http://www.usedcable.com/Catalog/Power-Cable.
 

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The Shunyata Venom 3 is another good one.  I have all Shunata power cords in my system.  I use the Venom 3 Source on my computer/server. 

Their Venom 3 Source is 14 gauge and is good for source components like DACs. http://www.musicdirect.com/p-86433-shunyata-venom-3-source-power-cable.aspx

Their regular Venom 3 is 12 gauge and is good for amps. http://www.musicdirect.com/p-9670-shunyata-venom-3-power-cable.aspx

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Cool, thanks for the links.  I'm a confused about which type of cable is best suited for the Grant Fidelity TubeDac-11, since it has both DAC and amp functionality, but I assume either will help.

post #7 of 10

Your component only draws about 20W, according to the website. A 14 AWG cable is perfectly fine.

post #8 of 10
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Thanks yage, I appreciate the help.
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Originally Posted by coolbluesurface View Post

I will probably just start with the Pangea AC-14SE (http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PGAC14SE&variation=2) or Pangea AC9 (http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PGAC9&variation=2) for now.

Then I'll also keep an eye out for good deals on even better cables in used condition at http://www.usedcable.com/Catalog/Power-Cable.
 

 

I use the AC-14SE on my modded Shanling CDP and the AC-9SE on my Woo WA-2 headphone amp.  I first tried the AC-9 and AC-14SE on my amp and found that the AC-9SE was well worth the extra spend.  Tighter extended base and slightly better sound staging and detail. 

 

Cheers!

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Interesting, thanks for the note. Yeah I will probably try them both. I went for the Pangea AC14SE for now, but plan to buy several AC9 for my speakers. I'll also try the AC9 on my DAC to see if it makes a difference from the 14SE.

However, I'm a little hesitant about the diameter of the AC9.  I have heard people say that it's so big it's like a gas station (petrol) hose :p  The size of the AC14SE is probably as large as I would want to deal with in my setup, which is located on the main table in my living room where I work on a computer from my couch.

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