to cut or not to cut: help

i just purchased an Air Tight Atm1 amp which has a captive AC cord. My dilemma is that I can find nothing wrong with it but have a shi load of aftermarket cords just waiting to be used if I cut the cord and install a Removable IEC socket. I worry that I may change something that is so right, if I cut the cord. In the past I have cut cords and installed IEC sockets and each time there was an improvment, albeit, I was not 100% happy with the product to begin with. With the AirTight, I am 96% happy, and so far have not found any faults. What would you do?
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Justlisten-Well if you decide to chop it off I would unplug it :) but I do see your dilema-how ever if I were you I would use my normal "if it ain't broke don't fix it" logic, but that's just me. That being said I have upgraded many times when things were working fine-just wanted change; if my hair wasn't falling out I would be pulling it out!!

A great musicians knows when NOT to play a note. Silence can speak volumes. A great thespian knows when NOT to act. There's real power in a correctly used dramatic pause. Does a great audiophile know when to leave well enough alone?
Before you cut, answer this question: Do you think a well-respected company like Air Tight would intentionally use a power cord that would make their product sound BAD? And then compound the problem by making it non-user serviceable? If you like the amp, trust the designers and leave well enough alone.
Just my .02
Air-Tight seems like nice equipment. If you screw it up, you've ruined a nice piece.

Where do you obtain your Removable IEC socket kits? I'd like to do this to one of my components.

In all human endeavors there is a "particle' of risk"-- Mark Twain, paraphrased. If you change the PC is it possible to put the original back in? Your question really is an exercise in "risk management" or maybe tolerance for potential downside. It seems to me that if you can install a new IEC, then you could likely re-install the original-- if needed? No? Or at the very least, there are about 700 powercords out there to try. Good Luck. Craig
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Go for it. Cut the cord about 6 inches from the back of the unit, and retain the stock pc remnant. Install an IEC on the stub and start your pc auditions. If none of them work any better than stock, then you can always reinstall the remnant onto the amp, either by splicing or complete internal replacement. As long as you have the skill for this type of procedure, then the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. The gains could be rather significant.
Just my .02
Good luck.
Ah yes, the slings and arrows of outrageous audiophilia nervousa, making that vaguely fatiguing whizzing sound as they go shooting by, narrowly missing the slight but growing crust of tarnish beginning to occlude those once-golden ears....

I've often wondered about doing the same thing with my C-J MV-55, and the captive cord on it ain't perzackly impressive, to say the least. However, the amp sounds just great the way it is. But then I think about how much of a difference my Synergistic Master A/C Coupler made on my old Classe Seventy - and then I think about how much better an amp the C-J is *even with* its dinky cord! And then there's the fact that there ain't no room that I can see inside the chassis for mounting the darned IEC receptacle (yeah, I went ahead and got one, from Michael Percy Audio, Stenho). So: do I really want an IEC "pigtail" hangin' off the back, connected to some 10X-the-diameter aftermarket garden hose? What would the neighbors think?! What would a buyer think?! So there you have it - I've done nada, frozen as I am, coccooned within the chilly comfort of my existential angst....