Power Plant will give more improvement than cords. PP will reduce noise and fix ac distortion. Cords will help reduce noise pick up or emission but it can't fix low line or distortion.
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Power Plant may give the greatest improvement but only in conjuction with decent cords i.e. those that reject airborne r.f.(kimber), otherwise there is a danger of the improvements gained by the p.p. being diluted. So buy cords first then p.p. You could always wrap-up the original cords for christmas presents!
I would recommend the power cords.Far too many power plant/conditioners affect the power drawn by the component.Any time you insert a device into the electrical delivery system,you will deal with capacitance and inductance.This will effect the ability of a system to draw necessary current/voltage from the wall outlet.Unless your local electric company is absolutely terrible,you will probably be "throwing the baby out with the bath water".Many cords and conditioner/plants are available with retun policies.Don't leave home auditioning without one.
This is only my opinion and you know what that is worth.
I certainly cannot comment on what happened with the two previous poster, since I wasn't there, but I would consider their experience to be an anomoloy.
I'm not sure what PP you are asking about, but I have used a tice PowerBlock for years and the results have been remarkable. I am sorely tempted to check out the PS Audio PP's. Everything I have seen indicates they are very well worth the cost.
Are you looking for several PPs, just one for everything, or one for the front-end? All of these questions will affect your ulitmate decision.
Not to push the PS Audio, but there are many of them available at reasonable prices here. You could try one and if it doesn't work out resell it.
I have DIY PCs on all my gear, and the improvement was obvious, but still think the best improvement will be with the PP.
The Foundation Research LC-1 and LC-2 passive and dedicated in-line conditioners are pretty phenominal in what they do. They take full advantage of dedicated lines, do not have the current limitations of many to most other power conditioners, are very small, and come with their own built-in power cable.
Not to mention they cost only about as much as a good power cable and they do no harm sonically (not many can say that) and have virtually eliminated any trace of negative sibilance in my system, among other sonic benefits.