I have a PS Audio Statement Xstream on my SLI-80F1 . Can't say I hear any difference. I just happen to have an extra one lying around the house so I figured why not use it.
Capt369 Your welcome. I would stick with the stock cord if it were me and put my money into some other upgrade. I had the same experience with my conrad johnson amp/pre-amp. That being I didn't hear any difference by upgrading the power cord from the stock supplied unit. But I know how it is to want to tweak things.
The only place I heard a discernable improvement in a power cord upgrade was on my cd player (highly modded SCD-1). The improvement was a lowered noise floor (much blacker background).
Great Integrated by the way. I really enjoy mine.
I use an Audience Au24 on my Cary pre but I am not a huge fan of spending tons of money on PCs. If I were buying a PC now, I would give the Cullen Circuit guy's products a very serious look. They claim to have been the OEM for some pretty high flying quality PCs. Other than that the usual suspects of decent well made PCs are what I would look for.
I don't know what I was thinking when I bought some more costly cords, as I honestly haven't noticed a real difference on my dedicated circuits. I do find that IC's and speaker cable make a big difference and think your Cardas choices are good ones. I do use silver ICs on my sources though.
Samzx, at least with the cardas pc try, you can usually recoup your money selling used on here if you don`t care for it. Bobby P. of Merlin fame uses all cardas for his speaker`s internal wiring, master rc`s, ic`s, pc`s and sp. cables.
I do consider him a true master of his craft and at least try his suggestions. They`ve certainly paid off so far.
Yes I forgot to second the tube roll. My preamp's character changes immensley with tube changes. I happen to collect 6SN7s and bought my pre because it used them. I was thrilled when I found the rolling did reflect the tube's qualities. I ended up using some top notch Sylvania W's to no ones surprise. I need not extoll their virtues here they have been lauded over many times. I do like the Brimar CV1988 which are not the usual Australian made for export type which are just so so. These are the british tubes with black glass.
Thanks guys, but I`m lovin` the cardas gr pc on my cdp and the cardas golden on my sli-80.
Tubes next. Thanks for the 6sn7 tips, Mechans, but I`m gonna have to go a little lower budget for now on tubes after buying the sli-80 and cardas golden wires all the way around. Gives me something to look forward to.