Better link to system.
Thanks for the tips. I am also putting together diy power cords with some success. I just can say yes its worth the effort if u have the time and patience working with the project. Mine has proven to be a worthwhile substantial improvement in my system sonically in every parameter,
and it has awoke my little 1.8 watt SET Integrated Amp to new life.
I hope others will carefully give it a try and do more diy for power cables and ic's as well.
Another tip is installing Deflex pads on the outside of the sleeve and tighten down with tie wraps and then cover up with heat shrink tubing.
The Deflex will really drop the noise floor way way down and add as a great damping material for ic's and I suppose speaker cable and power cords. Although I have only tried it on my power cord with tremendous success.
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your experience. I need more info. I will email you.
I know I saw somewhere, someone was using 4 awg. It may be you. I was reticent to try 4 awg, but with your encouragement I think I will.
I was going over my system in my mind today and realized I need at least 7 more power cords. A custom USB cable, some speaker wires and a pair of ICs to compare with my carbon.
Well I am sure you could, but I would feel a little bit weird doing so.
The un-named, but well known, cable manufacturer listed above has graciously shared some of their research (possibly intellectual property) and results with the audio community allowing me, and others, to benefit from our DIY efforts.
I think building a cord so similar to their's and selling it for our profit would be a disservice to the manufacturer.
Now if you had built a few as you experimented your way up the chain and did not need some of them. I think moving those along to someone who did not have the skills nor interest for DIY, at a nominal price for your labor and materials, MIGHT be OK.
But as an ongoing "retail" enterprise, well I am not so sure.
Additionally, these cords are quite labor intensive, when done correctly. What I would have to charge to get me to build them for others, might not make them any bargain at all.
Just my $.02 (before the coming hyperinflation) on the subject.
As to the cost of a 4 AWG grounded cord.
While the parts could be under $70, given the hours it takes to do it correctly, and factoring those hours away from family, friends, or what other activity I might be doing, LIKE LISTENING TO MY SYSTEM, I imagine I would want $750 to $1000 per cord. And then it still might be difficult to get me to build one for someone else.
At that price there are a lot of extremely good power cords on the used market that I am sure would compete well with my 4 AWG DIY and might even have a much better synergistic effect in certain systems.
Having built 6 of these cords, so far, and now with plans for some additional experimentation and at least as many more to build, I think what the manufacturer charges for their cords presents a VERY FAIR VALUE.
They are really easy.
I made them over 15 years ago. I think I got the idea from Michael Greene and his "audio flags", corner tunes and other things.
I took some wall insulation fiber glass, from an extra roll I had laying around, and removed the aluminum. Then I went to the fabric store and bought some really cheap fabric. Then I asked my wife to show me how to use her sewing machine.
I made a bunch of the right triangle shaped cloth sleeves. I used some scissors to cut the fiber glass to fit, stuffed it into the sleeves, and then sewed up the short length of the triangle. Done, completed, and used for the next 15+ years very successfully to kill slap echo.
I use push pins to put them up. It takes just two.
I have a 6 page word doc with 9 pictures, some simple captions and the link to the manufacture's 30 minute video on assembly.
It is about 3 mb. Email me if you would like a copy.
If your email severer will not accept a 3 mb let me know and I will see about breaking it into 6 smaller pieces of a page each.
I had a guy ask me what tubing was used. I didn't really know. I bought all the different sizes I used at Home Depot in 10 foot rolls.
I Just checked. The vinyl tubing, which is reinforced with nylon thread, is for low pressure water use is made by Watts.
The price tag/skew lists www.watts.com. I checked there but did not quickly come across their water tubing.
Several have asked me for the Word doc with pictures. I have that as a single file, which is about 3MB or six individual pages that are 0.5 to 0.8 MB each.
It is easier for me to send the all inclusive file, however, if your email account will not allow you to get a file that larger just ask me to sent each page individually.
The first DIY or non stock power cord I made consisted of 12/2 romex, a cheap dime store male end and the stock iec from the crappy Quad 63 power cords.
Quite the improvemnt.
This led me to numerous experiments with different ends and wire configurations.
I never could better my Annacondas, however I did get very good results with top of the line male and female connectors and cables from Furutech, but that wasn't cheap.
My suggestion is to replace the molded ends on stock cords with better ones from Furutech,WattGate,Oyaide etc.
Then experiement with cabling choices.
The other tip, is that once you settle on a pleasing sound, replace all your power cords with this recipe.