Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by cskippy, Mar 18, 2016.
Well, not at all.
Speaking of true believers: 11k Verdersteen speakers, crazy expensive monoblocks, probably thousand $ power cables plugged into $5.99 receptacle, most likely wired with 6c a foot romex. And a bowl of rocks, I am sure collected by Neil Armstrong from the surface of the moon and blessed by Dalai Lama, to stop the demons of "dirty power" from invading the audio system. I want all of it.
I need to vent about something....
Why the fuck people have to make really thick/hard as a dick to bend power cables? It makes fitting those cables hard in the back. I pulled out my Pangea Audio Power Cables because they are hard at times to bend them the way I want. I hurt myself once pulling out a Tributaries Power Cable from my rack.
Kind of want me to go back to the crappy "included in the box" cables. If there's a power cable that's on the cheaper side and easy to bend, sign me the fuck up.
The Pangea AC-9 is stupid big. I had to rig up a sling using a twist tie connected to the faceplate screw to keep it from unplugging itself. Ended up getting rid of it for reasons you listed. Never noticed a sonic difference between that and the slightly more manageable AC14SE. It was impressive looking though.
Exact same experience with Pangea. I now don't bother with "Audiophile" cables,
I do like the bottlehead DIY one though, for the mere fact that you know what's inside it.
Diy home depot 14 gauge with your choice of connectors or made in mexico (if you can find)14 guage shielded Volex for about $12. Have not tried the China Volex ones but read they are not as good.
I made these monstrosities a couple years ago...
It took forever to do the sleeving and braiding, but so nice and super flexible. The top one is an 8-strand opposing dual square braid. The bottom one is a six strand round braid. Connectors are Furutech, whatever the former flagship was before they upped it.
Technically, you'd want the pro equipment rubber cable HO07RN-F with adequate cross section.
Flexible, durable and as thick as you need.
What happens if you can't build cables worth of crap?
Most of the connectors for power are a clamp/screw type. It's not very difficult to make your own if you know how to use a screwdriver.
duh, ya buy one
I think DIY is the best option.
I do not believe in good sounding power cables cables, but I certainly experienced crappy power cables that introduced hum and distortion. There are two ways to go: start buying expensive power cables or DIY.
Buy a small roll of Belden Shielded E3462, some IEC connectors and power plugs from a reputable manufacturer, like Schurter for example. Each time you need a power cable just cut a piece and tighten up six to ten screws, it cannot go wrong.
Even a long cable will not cost you more than $25 and you know what's in it.
If you want a relatively flexible cord: Belden 19364
If you're okay with something a little stiffer, but with better shielding, insulation material, and heavier gauge: Belden 83803
If you think most of this stuff is stupid, but want something durable and well made: Monoprice Hospital Grade
Do you hear any differences between the 8 braid & 4 braid wire cables?
Not particularly. I just paid attention to geometry to minimize whatever electromagnetic voodoo there could be. I used the 8-braid for amps simply for the higher effective gauge.
the oyaide ofc power cables are pretty flexible, the furutech power cables however are the exact opposite and a pain to work with but are still my favorite.
The Supra Lorad cables are pretty flexable and do not cost a fortune.
I cannot say that I have noticed any difference between it and normal cables. It does seem to emit a lot less EMI than the stock cables and since I am running them pretty close to my speaker wires, I thought it does not hurt.
$4.88 a foot. Not bad. Throw a couple nice connectors and shrink wrap on the end and you’ll have a nice cable. At least as good looking as this:
(Image credit to Nordost website. Purveyors of sonic purity for the masses)
I am posting to knock the stupid spam post off of the last post for this category. also, I use Supra Lorad on my diy cables. Nice stuff.
Sarcasm. Not spam. Attempt at humor at expense of over priced power cables.
I’d actually consider going this route.
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