@gdnrbob - I just re-read your comments from an earlier post
As, I said, when Johnny played music first through the Bluesound and then the Codex, the difference was instantly perceptible. The Codex sounded alive.
On second reading I realized this was an in-store audition, which makes a whole world of difference when assessing components,
- mainly because in the store they tend to use the stock power cable/supply that comes with the component.
- why? mainly because the do not know any better most of the time
- or they do not have the time to experiment, especially with lower priced components
- PLUS - they want you to buy the better sounding, higher priced component if they can demonstrate it "effectively"
So based on my observations while using best quality power cords on everything - I'm left wondering if the improvements of the Codewx would be as noticeable if good cables were used on both these units?
- I'm sure the Codex would have still sounded better, but having good cables on the Node 2 might have narrowed the distance between them?
I've come to a point where I take my cables with me to audition a product.
Just a couple of weeks ago I took in a power cable to assess the Bluesound Pulse Mini...
- with the stock cable it was "OK sounding" but the bass was a little muddy and distorted on a couple of bass heavy tracks
- with the better power cable there was a whole new level of clarity and control - the bass tightened up considerably and the distortion was no longer present either - it sounded like a much better unit
- and the look on the sales person's face when he heard the improvement was pretty amusing also.
Even when I purchased my latest speakers I took my amp, power cable and speaker cables to the store - I was happy - and they got their sale :-)
I've found that improving the cables and power supplies of components in the "budget end" of the spectrum can reap some very surprising and pleasing benefits and elevate their performance considerably
Whereas components that have better power supplies do not provide as much of a significant improvement because they are already operating close to their highest level.
But - all components do benefit from great cables.
I'm not knocking audio stores and their sales approach, because most stores I go into are not even aware of the benefits of great cables - after all, they are there to sell products - not play with them.
There are stores that sell great cables, but trying to sell a $400 power cable for a $600 component might seem absurd - to most people :-O
So, it's up to people like me to try stuff that may sound a little "off the wall"
Just tryin' to maximize my investment :-)