Darkclouds: are you still in OC? PM me if so, and we can see if we can have coffee or something at UCI.
My surmise is that powercords make a big difference when there are RFI/EMI problems and not otherwise (since the power comes from a lousy power company line in the first place etc.). But it is hard to know whether you have subtle interference problems until you try stuff with good shielding.
Darkangel: Your avatar is pretty interesting as well.
Is that "Vampirella"? My kid brother was her assistant (head of fan club or some such) for a while--no kidding! His regular job is being personal assistant to Alice Cooper (no kidding!), but while Alice was in detox at one point, he had to work for Vampirella instead (what's her real name--Cassandra Peters, or some such?)
Rick seemed like a great guy to deal with; I hope the shipping isn't a problem. How did you decide on the reference cords? I was going to get the cheapest, then asked about demos/returns, then got confused about what was best for me at the price.
I seem to be conversing with the darkside of head-fi!