The Truth About Power Cords and there "Real" Price to Performance


This is a journey through real life experiences from you to everyone that cares to educate themselves. I must admit that I was not a believer in power cords and how they affect sound in your system. I from the camp that believed that the speaker provided 75% of the sound signature then your source then components but never the power cord. Until that magic day I along with another highly acclaimed AudioGoner who I will keep anatomist ran through a few cables in quite a few different systems and was "WOWED" at what I heard. That being said cable I know that I am not the only believer and that is why there are so many power cord/cable companies out there that range from $50 to 20-30 thousand dollars and above. So I like most of you have to scratch my head and ask where do I begin what brand and product and what should i really pay for it?

The purpose of this discussion to get some honest feed back on Price to Performance from you the end user to us here in the community.

Please fire away!


 


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Here's a used "Reference"  MC for $375.

https://www.usedcable.com/synergistic-research-reference-ac-master-coupler-x-series-active-15-amp-ie...

Not sure what the difference is between it and the standard MC.
Vista1868 commented about system quality symmetry with interconnects should equate likewise with power cords.

A quality, clear stream of power coming into a component is not the same as a signal stream from that component. In fact, in simple terms, it only empowers the component’s ability to do what it can...nothing less and nothing more. It will not emphasize its flaws.
As for an excellent power cord regardless of price, check out Grover Huffman’s. I’ve tried several cords and his performs just as well as the high cost standards by Audience, Nordost, Audioquest, and the other usual suspects. It’s true.
http://www.groverhuffman.com/powercords
Mike Morrow asked me to post this. He was one of the 27 cord companies Jay Revied.


Regarding power cords, we at Morrow Audio also do not fully understand howthe last few feet from the wall outlet to the equipment can make a difference. But, it is a real thing that can be heard. My personal noticeis that most power cords that come with equipment are made of poor quality copper, so replacing with a good qualitycord will make a difference. There is also a lowering of the impedance when using higher gauges, providing a betterpower transfer to the equipment. The connectors are likewise of much higher quality than the equipment manufacturerprovides, again providing better contact and power transfer. RFI can likewise influence, this lessened with propertwisting of the wires like in our power cords. All these things add up, providing the sonic changes and improvementsthat one hears. - Mike Morrow
@tweak1 

"I probably have several thousand dollars of cables in the closet, most have little to no resale value."

Your closet has my curiosity piqued.   :)