I wanted to replace the stock power cord on my 60 watt integrated amp and was wondering if I should purchase $200 new cord here on A'gon, or purchase a used cable for $100-$200 already broken in?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Again my budget is under $200!
01-07-09: Mechans Try the cheapest but best secure feeling cord that I tried for a sense of what might be the end result of switching. Since then my expense budget for cabling went way up. My favorite cord now however will almost certainly reach your limit or be a bit more. I now use the Audience Top O the Line AC cord the equivalent of the Au 24. The best cheap cord to try with little risk is just a few bucks. It is the "Absolute Power Cable" from GTT audio. A simple but very well made cable with very good terminations. I think they are continually available for the special sale price of $49.99 ordered directly. If you suddenly get rich use a continuous cast Ohno sigle crystal cable by Vampire or Neotech amonst others. If you want to get your Significant other hysterical I like the whole Cardas Golden anything, but expect a certain warm coloration and have a strong rationale at the ready to calm her down. The best resource is the lending library of used cable is available from The Cable Company used cable division. They can steer you into a cord to suite your taste with an incredibly comprehensive knowledge base. Good Luck but I think your ICs and speaker cables make the biggest change. Power cords are only as good as the power they are fed and if you have "dirty" or wavering voltage you really need a good conditioner and dedicated lines. However that propostion will run a log more dollars than you have in your budget. Mechans (Threads | Answers | This Thread)