The cord used will yield the best performance.
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Half as much on the power cord as the component???
Gulp.....I'll admit that I've spent more on the cord than the component......but I just may be insane....at least that's what my wife tells me.....
FWIW, good inexpensive reco's from Joeyboynj, I would also add any older BMI Whale Elite. Finding the 20A IEC will be more of a challenge, though you could cheat and buy a 15A>20A adapter from Voodoo.
Thank you all. In a panic I did order a cheater adapter from Voodoo Cable. And, I do have a Audience chord (15A) I can try. I'm thinking of trying a Virtual Dynamics Nite I (15A) with the cheater...my first thought. I could sacrifice my...uhhh...wallet in the name of science and compare those combinations against a stock Shunyata. Are there any grants out there for such an experiment?
Lak & Jmcgrogan2, please explain more of how the Voodoo adaptor color's the sound. I just bought one as well. I read other reviews that is does not change the sound.
How would I know if it changes the sound if I dont have both version of the power cable in 15amp and 20amp to be able to make that conclusion?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Obviously there are a couple of ways to do this. I found the most definitive to be using the same cord, one with a 15A IEC through the adapter and one with a 20A IEC. Now as I said earlier, it is a useful tool, as it did give me some insight into power cord differences, however, when I decided on the cord I wanted and ordered it with a 20A IEC, I was able to compare the same cord with 20A and 15A IEC's. Another way would be to use the 15A cord on other components with 15A IEC connections to get a good feel for the cord's sound, then use the adapter to run it through the 20A IEC. This is a bit more difficult, but is what led me to order the cord I liked with a 20A IEC. It gave me suspicions that the adapter was altering the sound.
In general, I found there to be a slight hardening of the sound, akin to a glassy-ness (is that a word?) in the upper midrange using the adapter, as well as a small, but noticeable, loss of resolution. This is what I was reffering to as the 'smear', a sort of softening of the note attack if you will.
All that being said, I am not bashing Voodoo products, and I still own two of these adapters (you'll never know when you'll want to try them). I also own a Voodoo 15A>Nema adapter so I can try other cords on my Hydra. FWIW, I don't find them anymore offensive than other adapters, like RCA>XLR adapters. My point was just that they are great tools for experimenting and trying different cords, and that's how I feel they should be used. Not as permenant staples in a system. Of course as with all things audio, YMMV.
I agree with Johns thoughts and statements. I would have never known there was a slight difference in sonics when using my Voodoo adapter (which I still own and use on an as needed basis) if not for eventually having one PC in the 20 amp version vs. the identical 15 amp PC using the 20 amp adaptor.
I have heard a bigger difference (which I didnt care for at all) using RCA>XLR adapters. One must remember that each system and geographic location can effect all equipment differently.
Addendum to 1/8/2008, 7:37 AM, and 3:43 PM.
The VooDoo adapters are cryoed, therefore there is a long break in required, which might cause music to sound smeared or not right. That could be because the adapter isn't fully broken in. After many years of use, and 100 hours of break in, I believe my VooDoo adapters are not experiencing any loss of sound quality.