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Thank you both for your responses. I will look into the cables suggested. Any other recommendations?
Thorman - stupid noob question for you. On the VH site, Chris is offering 15 Amp or 20 Amp versions of the power cord - I have seen these 2 selections on other cable sites, too. How does one determine which version is needed??? :-o
Also, are you using the Virtual Dynamic cable for your CDP and the VH Flavor 4 for your amp?
Power cable for CDP makes a big audible difference in how your system sound, in many cases even more so than cords for amplifiers. The important thing is knowing what you're trying to achieve with your system. Are you wanting more warmth and smoothness, or a faster and livelier system. Knowing your preference will make recommending a cable easier.
I really don't have any complaints about the way my system sounds now with stock cords. I've read a lot about how the "right" power cord can improve the sound of a system so I want to try some different cords to see if I can hear a - hopefully positive - difference.
A warm, smooth, fast & lively system sounds like what I want. :-) Are these really contradictory audio terms, or is such a system impossible to configure? Serious question - I have a lot to learn.
FYI, I emailed Don of DCCA last week; I'm still waiting for a response. :-(
I emailed Virtual Dynamics Tuesday and received a response yesterday. They no longer sell the Nite 2 cable, as I suspected, but say that the Nite 3s are an improvement over the Nite 2s all across the board. They are (currently) just slightly above my price range, but I may try a Nite 3 anyway. I have yet to find any used Nite 2s for sale.
Received my Black Sand cables yesterday and will be getting my VH Audio Flavor 4 cable on Friday. I am still going to buy one or two more power cables - guess I'm on a roll and really want to find out if I can detect a difference between PCs in my system/s. So far I have heard no remarkable change using a Black Sand violet on my Consonance Droplet, but this is after only a couple of CDs - way too soon to make a decision. I will be able to A/B the Black Sand and the Flavor 4 this weekend, if I don't spend too much time at RMAF! :-D
If you're going to RMAF make sure to stop by the Virtual Dynamics room. I'll be there at the show and plan to visit them. Hopefully they will be offering the same deal as they did at HET in LA where if you made a purchase that weekend, there was a 50% discount. Also, they had a table of used and demo cables.
I was going to RMAF to hear Star Sound/Virtual Dynamics room. I had two after hour sessions booked but as of Tues. I'm in a cast from an Achillis heel injury.
Rick will be showing a new cable and Star Sound is debuting their new Stage Platforms.
If you have the time I would like to hear your opinion of their room since I'm very interested in purchasing a few products from both companies. Thanks.
Clio09 - I will definately be going to RMAF. I didn't realize that Virtual Dynamics would be there! I will certainly check out their room, and I, too, hope they have some demo/used cables for sale.
Irish65 - I'm sorry to hear about your injury and that you won't be able to attend. I have missed RMAF the last two years and have kicked myself for not going; I will be there this year. I will be picking up my Sistrum multi-platform from Star Sound; Robert is bringing it with him (a savings on shipping and a RMAF discount to boot.) I look forward to talking with Robert and hearing their new offerings.
Dan of DCCA Audio emailed me today. He responded to my email last week, too, but for some reason I didn't receive it. I am hoping to get a power cord from him, too. He has a great return policy and I think I will enjoy working with him.
I'm getting really excited about going to RMAF. I have read the comments/reviews of folks that have gone the last two years and it sounds like a very good, all-audio, fun festival indeed.
Glad your going to RMAF. Robert is a class A gentleman. When I told him on Wed. I could not make it he said he would wheel me around the show. He has been working with me on setting my new room up. I've purchased their Caravelle speakers and amps. Like you I wanted to save the money on shipping by attending. I was planning to pick up four of the Stage Platforms and a pair of the Stage Caravelle stands.
Virtual Dynamics and Star Sound use the same technology and science in their products. Since I plan on building a system using both companies products, that was the reason I was going to the show for an audition. Having the Achilles heel injury come at the 11th hour was a tough pill to swallow.
I've heard good things about the DCCA cables. Let us know how it works out for you.
Even though I'm not in the market for speakers I was interested to give the new Thiel CS 3.7 a listen. I have owned a few pairs of Thiel's in the past and was curious as to how this new model would compare.
Enjoy and would appreciate your feedback from the show.
I appreciate your offer and have emailed you my info.
Thanks for the suggestion, John. I am tapped out right now as far as my power cord budget it concerned.
I bought a Virtual Dynamics Nite 3 power cord at RMAF for a great price, but still spent more than I had planned. I need to settle down now!
I also need to listen to all of these cords - VH Audio, Black Sands Violet and Virtual Dynamics - to see (hear) what I think of them. :-)