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[Poll] A poll on whether Power Cords make a difference

Discussion in 'audio' started by duckworp, Jun 14, 2018.


Do Power Cords Make A Difference?

  1. Yes they do make a difference

    145 vote(s)
  2. No they don't make a difference

    166 vote(s)
  3. I don't know

    53 vote(s)
  1. duckworp

    duckworp pfm Member

    A recent thread runs to 33 pages on the eternal debate on Power Cords.

    I would be interested in a Poll to determine what most people believe.
  2. Muttley2

    Muttley2 pfm Member

    According to my ears yes.
  3. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    I have never heard any difference which I could be certain was not expectation bias.

    I have also never read any convincing explanation of how such cables can make a difference
    Sgt pepper, Wiicrackpot and Timcat like this.
  4. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    I’ve clicked “I don’t know”, in truth I do know but it’s not a straight answer. If we’re comparing screened vs non screened cables, then yes, there can be a difference. I’ve had minor issues with mains hum in an active system with lots of signal cables running close to power cables, having screened cables resolved this completely. That aside, mains cables with a sufficient current capacity for the item they’re powering will make no difference. They’re jewellery, that’s all.
  5. SteveO...

    SteveO... Well-Known Member

    Same answer and reasoning as the previous post.
  6. whatsnext

    whatsnext Naimless

    Can the pole be restarted with the option sometimes but not always?

    A noble effort though I didn’t vote
    Errol likes this.
  7. MVJ

    MVJ madvinyljunkie,Professional Plonker & PFM Member

    I have had standard issue cables right up to expensive cables over the years and quite frankly I have never noticed a difference between them.

    The biggest difference has been to my bank balance, When buying them costing lots of money then selling them not so much money. :(
    Timcat and narabdela like this.
  8. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    I suppose I’d have to answer ‘don’t know’ as I have never bothered to find out, and have absolutely no inclination to in the future.
  9. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    They make a difference, because you can’t power your gear without them. :D

    On a more serious note, they are way way down on the list of priorities, but can make a slight difference, in some circumstances. I suspect this is down to RFI suppression. Get decent quality *shielded* cables, like Supra LoRad, LAPP, or Belden, then let’s see if any differences can be spotted blind. Maybe experiment with using a ferrite clamp at the IEC end of the cable...
  10. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    I do, but only once the power cable has been through my unique and patented cable massage programme.

    If anyone would like to take advantage of my programme I am offering to massage two cables for the price of one whilst the World Cup is on. So for just £99 I will massage not one but two of your cables and post them back to you.
  11. Its not possible as long as:
    The cable is of reasonable (standard) quality copper and is fit for the correct current required.
    In the UK all (general) house mains are ring circuits (IIRC is max 32 amp) and are wired up with hundreds of meters of 2.5mm T&E cable (twin & earth) which costs about £1 per linear meter. How can a fancy 1,2, or 3m length make any logical or practicable difference. Physics is physics.
  12. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

  13. john & Jake

    john & Jake Jake was smarter than me

    I would agree that screened cables could make a difference and I am about to go down the screened route as I have a little hum in my active system.
    Surely when the hum is eradicated the driver will work a little better.
  14. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    Buy the most expensive cables even if you can’t afford them, support ‘the industry’.
    Timcat and MVJ like this.
  15. Keith, sush... i see some Furutech IEC plugs in your 'for sale' trade pics ;)
  16. Purité Audio

    Purité Audio Trade: Purite Audio

    Yes I am selling expensive foo these days, I have some boxes filled with cat litter, I mean rare earth minerals are you interested, if you can’t hear the difference you are either deaf or your equipment isn’t resolving enough!
  17. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    Oh he will sell foo music servers, foo trade ins etc., just not admit or agree that they will make any difference to the buyer.

    At least he isn’t pushing Amarra software, for instance, as sounding better now though.
  18. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

    I tried listening to my system once without the power cables plugged in. No hiss, no hum, just an inky black background. Awesome. The room felt a bit chilly though.
  19. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    I've been told..... that a seemingly innocent massage, can lead onto other less savoury activities. I think full disclosure is required..
    L&N republican likes this.
  20. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    I can assure you, Mull, that my cable massage is strictly professional. I even wear gloves.

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