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post #16 of 65
I have a Zu Mother I won at auction and am happy with it, I guess (it sure seems like it sounds better than my old generic black cord).

But I really have to wonder about expensive power cords. On the other side of that wallplate is probably some poorly insulated, thin copper wire through which the power has travelled a long ways. It seems like money would be better spent with a good power filter (or some other really heavy magic box) than 1-2 meters of super expensive wire with the ultimate shielding.

Strikes me as kinda like putting a super high-tech, titanium firehose sprayer at the end of a cheap plastic garden hose. :/ I don't have a nice power filter, by the way (just an 1100 series Monster power bar), so I'm pretty much talking to myself here as I consider laying down the money for another one of these fancy power cords.

I am fairly certain that the place I'd rather have super shielding and so forth is the signal between my source and amp (and then between the amp and the speakers/headphones)...which is why I spent a fair amount on interconnects first.
post #17 of 65
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Originally Posted by Scrith
Strikes me as kinda like putting a super high-tech, titanium firehose sprayer at the end of a cheap plastic garden hose.
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Kudos for such a comparison :P
You can spend that much to remodel your room wall power line :P
~warning, stay away from this thread. Any longer viewing will cause unprecedented money spent on power supply.
post #18 of 65
You should think about replacing your wall jacks too, no sense in spending mucho dinero if its plugged into a .69 cent Home Depot special. PSAudio, Furutech, Wattgate and ACME have some offerings available ranging from $30-$100+
post #19 of 65
Thread Starter 
i am living in an apartment .
post #20 of 65
Perhaps invest in a power conditoner? Seems a waste to plug that sexy cord into the elcheapo wiring in a house.
post #21 of 65
Thread Starter 
yea i probably will, but not until i sell my headroom max .
post #22 of 65
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perhaps the statement power cord is a godsend to overly bright/harsh/sibilant systems? mine has successfully calmed down a pair of headphile xrs (they were extremely harsh and sibilant in previous incarnations of my rig)...
post #23 of 65
How much did that cord cost anyway?
post #24 of 65
Thread Starter 
got it off audiogon...370 for 3m
post #25 of 65
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Originally Posted by Scrith
But I really have to wonder about expensive power cords. On the other side of that wallplate is probably some poorly insulated, thin copper wire through which the power has travelled a long ways. It seems like money would be better spent with a good power filter (or some other really heavy magic box) than 1-2 meters of super expensive wire with the ultimate shielding.
Exactly... If you are not going to have a power regenerator or conditioner inbetween the killer power cable and the wall, what is the point?
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Originally Posted by Scrith
I am fairly certain that the place I'd rather have super shielding and so forth is the signal between my source and amp (and then between the amp and the speakers/headphones)...which is why I spent a fair amount on interconnects first.
Makes you wonder why some people seem to like the magwire nakeds so much though doesnt it?
post #26 of 65
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yea i will try power conditioning when i have spare cash, but i am quite satisifed with my system now...consider the cord actually filters some of the noise and crap out.
post #27 of 65
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Originally Posted by tiberian
yea i will try power conditioning when i have spare cash, but i am quite satisifed with my system now...consider the cord actually filters some of the noise and crap out.
post #28 of 65
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Originally Posted by bpm3k
Description on his power cord:

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The outer jacket of the xStream acts as a filter to actually clean the AC power. Ferrite, a ferrous material that acts as a noise filter, is impregnated in the Statement’s outer jacket and the cable cleans as it delivers unrestricted power to your equipment.
http://www.psaudio.com/products/xstr...t_overview.asp

Wether it actually does that or is just a marketspeak is another matter...
post #29 of 65
If the noise is already "in" the power, how is the the cable supposed to "distingush" noise from "pure" power?
post #30 of 65
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Originally Posted by dffman2001
If the noise is already "in" the power, how is the the cable supposed to "distingush" noise from "pure" power?
Among the most common forms of noise entering the AC power lines are RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) and EMI (Electro magnetic interference. Both mostly consist of very high frequencies. The fact that the power cord's jacket is impregnated with ferrite makes the whole length of the power cord an RFI/EMI filter. Once you filter out those frequencies, then a cleaner 120 v - 60 Hz sine wave is left.

Also, besides noise in the power outlet, I bet there's also external interference produced by the nearby laptop in his setup. His new power cord might better shield the ac power entering his amplifier from all sources of interference his system might be exposed to.

Keep in mind, paradoxically the best power cords (and power conditioners for that matter) best show their benefits when conditions are worst. In setups with clean power and no major sources of interference nearby, their effect in final sound is much harder to detect.

Same as in a water filter. If water you pump into your filter was pure in the first place, the filter does little if anything to it.
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