I have the Sony SCD-1 and use the Pure Note Sigma, $300. Sounds better than some cords that cost many more dollars.
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I just tried a power cord by a local designer in NYC on my Sony SCD-777ES. I own the JPS Digital, Audience, TG Audio SLVR, Elrods, Foundation Research, JPS Power AC, etc and for $200 it was hard to ignore. Beat the lower priced cords and was pretty competitive on the others.
Email me and I will get you the info
I'd suggest either the TG SLVR at the high end of your price range (which is the most I want to spend on these things as well) or the cable Bigkidz is referring to, a very well-thought-out design at a comparatively low price with which I am replacing all my non-TG SLVR cables, as they sound quite similar in my system and are all FLEXIBLE, a big point for me. Still haven't had a shootout between the two, but comparing power cords isn't my cup of tea. You can e-mail me about the "mystery cords" as well, if you'd like.
Tek, the best thing to do is measure the AC potential with any new piece of gear as just need a cheap multimeter, decent earth ground and a cheater plug....Go to www.boundforsound.com and print the article for checking this under "tweak of the week"....The problem manifests itself in poor imaging as all the gear is hooked togther via interconnects and just one piece with high AC potential will mess up the whole system....If the AC is backwards you can attack it two ways; get inside the unit and swap line and neutral or order a cord which will fix the problem....Lots of folks don't like playing around inside their gear so I sell quite a few reversed polarity power cords....This is the sort of thing dealers used to check before most of them just started selling sealed boxes......