Currently using a Pangea AC9? ..... Not really a good match for the type of amp you have.The AC9 is designed for high current amps. Its brutal.
You need something more nuanced with excellent smooth detailed sound. I would look at the Pangea AC-14SE MkII. And, go for two meters even if you need a short cord. It could sound better. I had an AC9. Got rid of it. I believe your amp would sound better with the AC -14SE Mkll. The Cardas copper it uses can make your amp sound sweet and open. http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=PGAC14S2
I have had a bunch of modestly-priced PC over the years, including several from Pangea and Signal Cable in my fairly high-end system, and none of them made a wit's worth of improvement in the sound of my system. However, recently I bought a Shunyata Venon 3 PC for $100 and a Silnote PC for $120 and both were a very worthy improvement in the sound of my system. I also bought the Cerious Technologies Graphene Express PC for $350 and it is even better than the Shunyata and Silnote PC's. I will say that with all three PC in mentioned that the improvement in sound was immediately apparent when they were swapped into my rig... the improvement was clear as a bell from the get-go. I scoffed at the notion of PC for years, but I am now a complete devotee. All these PC can be auditioned with 30-day return policy.
I have limited experience with trying different cables but I can tell you that I have had several Richard Gray Power Cables and never was sure they made a noticeable improvement in sound.I decided to take the plunge and invest in 2 Shunyata Python 20 amp cables for my ARC amp and pre.I was sold on them after 15 min of listening.They really got rid of that low level noise that I never knew was there.I was hearing things in the music that I never before.There are literally hundreds of cable companies out there and many make fine cables but I have only tried 2.
Thanks for all the advice, opinions, & information. I took a chance (as well as your advice on not spending a lot) & bought the ConneX-79463 power cable from Parts ConneXion. This is a silver plated OCC cable with carbon fiber/rhodium plated ends. The sound is great. Much smoother, wider, deeper, dynamic, & 3D than the Pangea. I'm not sure if they cook them before selling them but as mentioned by Whitestix above, the improvement was immediate.
genez, I tried the AC-14 before on this amp & for whatever reason (it was only a meter so that could be it), it didn't really improve anything. I currently have that going to my preamp & it's working well, although I'll probably but another ConneX-79463 to try there as well at some point in the future.
Again, Thank you!
The power cable I use and like very much is KLEI gPower3 AC power cable. I find the resulting sonics to be very natural, real, resolved, and it has made my listening experience even more very enjoyable.
Thanks boxer12. I was looking for a simple replacement cord,as the one that came with my integrated is somewhat loose on the female end and is only 18 G. I did find this one after I posted. I think it is as good as I'm going to find without going totally high-end. There seems to be little available between $20 and $120 and I simply don't believe you can make electricity better than what comes from the wall with the last 6" of conductor.
I spent my money making sure the dedicated circuit that my system is on is as simple and short as possible, with 12 G and a good, clean ground. Of course, I could be wrong. I just wish I had a friend nearby that I could a/b with to find out.