Review: Ernie M's (Subaruguru) DIY Power cord/PCK 12 Power cord
This has been a wonderful addition to my stereo system. In relation to its cost ($35, +$3/ft above 5'), by far the greatest tweek I've ever done. It has added warmth, improved the bass/midrange/treble and has elevated greatly the pleasure I've received from listening to my stereo. It has added refinement and has removed all traces of glare/harshness I had w/my previous PC.(An XLO which I upgraded w/better IEC/AC connectors. Least expensive model that I purchased 5 yrs ago.) The quality of the Belden 83802 12awg. wire is superb. It has an excellent shielding
braid around the wire. (Also another foil sheilding wrapped around the wire.) The connectors which are supplied w/ the kit are surprising good and provide good electrical contact to the wire. (Also, solder is not used, unlike the unmodified XLO which I was previously using. On IEC connector.) I like the design of this DIY kit because the 12awg. solid THHN ground wire(Slight extra $)is wrapped around a plastic tubing(which the Belden wire is enclosed in). This isolates your ground wire from close proximity from the hot conductions, which I believe helps sonically. The kit is fairly easy to assemble but you must be careful not to cut into the inner braid shielding located benneth the cable jacket. If you are unsure of your abilities, one could be made by Ernie at a slightly higher cost. Also, decide if you want to order the "Switched Safety Ground Wire (12 AWG THHN w/ switch!) $3/PCK. I personally did not use any switch because I was using this PC w/my Jolida int. amp which must be grounded at all times. In conclusion, this is a great product/price and person to deal with. I could not imagine before I ordered one of these PC kits that it would bring such an improvement to my system. Please don't get me wrong, the XLO was a fine PC w/the upgraded connectors, but this is vastly superior product. Recommend very highly. Bill
Jolida JD 102b, JM Lab Chorus 707, Creek T43 Tuner, CAL Icon MkII, MMF-5 TT, VDH 102 interconnects, Cardas Quadlink 5-c spk. wire, Tice Solo AC/power condition.