I had good results with the SC Magic power cord on my Audio Refinement CD Player. I did not care for the SC Digital power cord on the same player. Don't know about the Pre.
I recently purchased a Signal Power Cord for my Audio Refinement amp and was instantly blown away by the improvement in the soundstage it gave over my stock cord.
"instantly blown away" is significant - so you may indeed have problems with dirty power or gear interaction. I doubt the manufacurer of the amp would sell it with a stock power cord if a tremendous improvement could be had with such a simple change. Have you considered trying the power cord you already have with each component (A/B testing) or an active power conditioning unit that you could use for all you gear?
Another thing to check would be to unplug all gear that you don't need....it is possible that a dirty SMPS power supply somewhere is inducing noise into the rest of your gear through the mains - TV's use quite a bit of power and can dirty the mains.
So I bought the HD DVD player and I see the female end into the player is like something I have never come across before. It is sort of half square/half round. I was wondering if anyone knew the name for that connection. It's a lot smaller than a typical 15 amp female. I was hoping on upgrading the power cord to it but know I don't know if such an upgrade exists??? Thanks
I think you'll need to use an adapter if you want to try and 15A IEC. You can review possible candidates here:
I'm not saying you should buy frome Gene (although he is a great guy) but you'll probably find the necessary model from his offerings. I use one on my OPPO dvd player with good results.
For my Oppo I made up my own power cord using Marinco ends and heavy duty 12 gauge insulated wire from a local hardware store. I have better cords within some of my systems in the house but have not had the time to audition them on the Oppo. I would say that the bass is better defined - not stronger but much easier to follow. Its easier to pick out the bass player in the soundstage. If you get an adapter at least you can try a number of cords to find out which one works best for you.
Same here. I have Frank's Digital Power Cords on my Outlaw Model 990 HT Processor and Marantz DV-9600 universal player. Each replacement added to the sound and video. I told Frank that when I replaced my PS Audio power cords with his Digital Power Cords, I noticed a 2dB increase in sound in the system using my Radio Shack meter. His power cords are relatively inexpensive to purchase and will his return policy, it doesn't hurt to try and see if they do make a difference in your system.
I have the Signal cable digital reference pc on both my transport and processor. Significant improvement over stock and a steal for the price. Quieter backgrounds, cleaner, yet richer, less digital artifacts... all the buzz words we use for improvements; other cords are probably as good, others still better, but can't imagine better bang for the buck for such an improvement, and Frank is always easy to deal with. Happy Lissn'n.