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Message started by roggae on 03/10/12 at 14:47:04

Title: WTB new power cord
Post by roggae on 03/10/12 at 14:47:04

But I'm unsure where to start. Do I really need to spend $150-$300 to get a quality power cord?

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by Lon on 03/10/12 at 16:10:56

Well, the Decware cords are a great deal for the money, in my opinion. It's not subtle the difference they bring to to the table, and the improvements keep bringing results when other changes are made to power conditioning, isolation etc.

I was a skeptic some years back but I have come to really believe in the benefits of a great power cord.

My Audio Cables (MAC) actually makes the Decware cords. You can purchase their cords on audiogon auctions very reasonably. For example right now:

http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/search2.pl?seller&Pcwizard

So I would say the answer is "No, you don't have to pay so much."


Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by roggae on 03/10/12 at 18:01:36

Thanks Lon. I've always seen reasonable prices on that MAC gear. Any thoughts on isolation transformers?

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by Lon on 03/10/12 at 18:53:30

I use isolation transformers in my second system, the Tripplite model that Steve recommended. I moved to them after a PS Audio P300 quit on me and used them in the main system for years, and then replaced them with a PS Audio Power Plant Premier. The Power Plant Premier REALLY dealt with my power problems. The isolation transformers helped to. I personally would recommend saving money towards a power regeneration component like the PS Audio. . . . I think it makes a larger improvement.

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by roggae on 03/20/12 at 23:54:22

I ended up buying the trip lite. It's all hooked up now. What should I expect? Should I plug surge protectors into the isolation transformer?

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by Lon on 03/20/12 at 23:57:30

I would just plug your components directly in . . . how is that sounding?

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by roggae on 03/21/12 at 00:04:32

It seems like its sounding better. Better resolution and maybe a bit more weight but I really don't know. What am I supposed to notice?

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by roggae on 03/21/12 at 00:11:05

If I am already using this: http://www.teradak.com/en/product_view.asp?ID=208 with my squeezebox is the isolation tx overkill? I might just plug that into the wall and use the open slot for my DAC. Thoughts?

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by Lon on 03/21/12 at 00:12:13

That sounds like what you would notice!

Title: Re: WTB new power cord
Post by Lon on 03/21/12 at 01:50:39


roggae wrote on 03/21/12 at 00:11:05:
If I am already using this: http://www.teradak.com/en/product_view.asp?ID=208 with my squeezebox is the isolation tx overkill? I might just plug that into the wall and use the open slot for my DAC. Thoughts?


I'd try both ways and keep the way that sounds best.

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