Thanks for the nice review! As you noted the cord does sound pretty good out of the box but it does benefit from burn in and will continue to improve up to about the 400hr. mark. Enjoy and Happy Listening!
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Ozzy, I would be interested in your impression from time to time on the power cord's sound as it approaches the 400 hour mark. Let us know if you decide to keep it on a certain component. I also am currently evaluating this Tel Wire power cord and am impressed with its clean and neutral performance. I will give my impressions after it burns in for a while. I would imagine that the Oyaide connectors will probably take longer to fully break in than the cord itself.
I just wanted to add a note that after further burning in this Tel Wire power cord on my Pilot tube amp, I have found the sound to be very clean, extended and dynamic. I have never yet liked the colorations imposed by most of the Oyaide connectors, but this new P-004 and C-004 has very little coloration when attached to this cord. The overall transparency and neutrality is quite pleasing to my ears at this juncture. I'm starting to just focus on the music as opposed to listening to the sonic colorations imposed by the cord itself.
allow me to throw my $.02 in:
i find this to be an excellent power cord for line level components...high draw amps might need a bigger gauge wire to accomodate more current requirements (as seen in ozzy's impressions w/ the pass amp), but the cord seems to shine w/ preamps & sources. must say i've used the TelWire on a Modwright 36.5 (and an EMM CDSA) i have in for review and found it to be a wonderful partner: VERY tonally balanced (those P004 / C004 connectors are awesome--i use them everywhere), dimensional, and a pleasure to use.
and that point re: "pleasure to use" isn't just relevant to equip swappers like me. the point Clio09 made re: flexibility should not be understated---if you are using source gear (i.e. CDPs) with any sort of roller-type footer, it behooves you to try this cord. while the same basic characteristics of the cord apply equally to preamps & CDPs, the thing that makes this cord an easy recommendation for CDPs is that any sort of rollerball footer is regularly screwed up under the CDP by virtue of unequal torque & weight load that larger & bulkier cords provide on one quarter of the unit. the TelWire cord is extremely light & flexible and thus very 'Rollerblock-friendly' and enables the self-leveling feature of rollerblocks (et al footers) to maintain their effectiveness.
even if you don't use rollerblocks, this cord is a fine option for line level gear and for the $$ its a terrific deal. if you do use rollerblocks and find them frustrating, this is a terrific cord for matching and getting the most out of your component + footer combination.
(and from my perspective, i've seen vibration control become equally important in my rig as cabling, at least w/ the CDPs i've used on the rack i'm using)
Rhyno makes a good point about the Tel Wire cord's effectiveness on preamps and line level components. This has been my observation as well.
I don't believe it's gauge is large enough to be optimal on high current amplifiers, but this is only my opinion. In my system, I have found cords of at least 9 gauge to be most effective in this application.
Yes, it's about the most flexible cord I have ever used.
Sold my Stealth cables and bought another Tel Wire. Rhyno is right on about the roller blocks. I use the FIM isolators under my transport and DAC and they were hard to keep level with the Stealth cords. One had to really distribute the weight of the cable and that required hanging them by fishing line (the things we do in this hobby). No such need with the Tel Wire.
Even though I agree with Tvad and Rhyno about the use of the Tel Wire on amps that draw high current, the cable didn't sound bad on my amp when I was burning it in. Maybe Chris can come up with a 9 or 10 gauge version of the cable. I for one would certainly give it a go.