When discussing power amps with Richard at Shunyata, they promote going up their line for power amps vs with line level components. Venom is at the bottom of their line. NR is a good idea. Be patient and you can find Alpha NR used and a rare 15 amp Sigma NR.
I would hope that they don’t fall for “this crap” without purchasing with full refund rights for at least 30 days and find the difference worth the monetary outlay. Buy , listen and decide for yourself. Personally, I’m not a big fan of buying a single power cord and expecting a large difference. I purchased a power conditioner with cables and this made a large difference in my house. Upgrading to higher level cables within the power system made lesser differences. Easiest upgrade noted on main power amp.
The difference a power cord can make in your system is very large, particularly on the power amp. Power cords like interconnects and speaker wire can be considered in a couple different ways: quality and effect in your system. My meaning here is that greater quality usually means a greater impact on the sound quality… but it does not mean the effect is positive to your system / to your ear.
Generally you must try some different ones. I recommend the lending library at the cable company or local dealer. I would try used cords. Include Cardas (a bit warmer) and AudioQuest storm series. Typically you get used at 50%… putting you in a much higher quality category. The AudioQuest Storm series has taken the community by (sorry) storm… they are such a big jump forward in sound quality. Also, I recommend DHLabs… they make really great products in your price range.
My experience with the lower end Shunyata has not been good… as in, they just don’t seem to be much of an improvement… at least in the systems I have tried them in.
On my system, I spent a year trying different cords until I found the AudioQuest Hurricane, not in your price range. But the effect was so profound and did exactly what I wanted… complete transparency, with a dead quiet background. Adding power cords to my components had a much smaller but important impact. I used Transparent on those and they did exactly what I needed them to do. And these all replaced Audio Research’s very heavy duty stock 20amp cords… the difference was really important and very positive.
@johnto Flip that idea around. It is the first 5-6 of power that your component sees on it's way to the power generation source. I hypothesize our components are making a fair bit of noise internally, which propagates back into the your house AC, and into your other components. The better cords filter out more of this back propagation. I have found the Shunyata NR cords to provide a noticeable improvement in sound quality. This hypothesis (not original to me) might be the reason why.
Let’s ignore the comments from these different jasonbournes when it comes to cables and keep the discussion on track instead of feeding their egos and they’ll go away on their own.
@sinatra what amp are we talking about? What’s the rest of your system? It’s very hard to describe the sound of a cable unless you try it in your system and hear what that sonic signature is.
I agree with the posters above recommending going up shunyata line on a used market (Delta or Alpha) and trying several different power cords from other manufacturers.
The comment on The Venom by Shunyata for a power amp rings true. I use Acoustic Zen Power Chords and the Krakatoa ll were fantastic for source components but fell apart sound wise when I went to A bias on my Plinius. I tried a Cardas Golden Reference and it held its own on the amp but Eventually bought an Acoustic Zen Gargantua ll and it takes everything I throw at it.
I have never tried a Wywire power chord but I do use his Diamond Co axial on my Transport to DAC. Good quality great sound.
Get something up the chain if you are going to slap it on a high power amp.
I am currently using Shunyata Venoms and Cullens, and am thinking about upgrades. There has been a lot of enthusiasm for Zavfino speaker cables, does anyone have experience with their power cables? The marketing sounds good. 😀
I also would be interested in thoughts on the merits of using longer power cables. I have seen comments that shorter ones may not be as effective.
Powercords do matter, but they can only degrade sound. Once you get an adequate power cord, the sound will not be degraded.
Many expensive power cords have all kinds of fancy claims and when you ask them what gauge they are they say "14, anything more than that is a waste" which tells me they don't understand the issue.
But don't think you can tune the sound with a power cord. If you are trying to tune your sound with power, you are degrading sound with inadequate cord.
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