ABX testing with AQ Dragon power cords

I was talking to my dealer about how good the system sounds that he sold me. I mentioned that I had tried some new speaker/interconnect cables from a local amp/cable manufacturer & both I and the company boss agreed that there was little discernible sound difference between his cables & mine. He couldn’t understand why. He also told me that my room acoustics were amazing, top notch. He’d like me to bring my cables (& his) to his listening room & we’ll compare there. That’s for next week.

My dealer said that in his 40 years this has never happened & he was ready to rise to the challenge. He said he would send me a couple of AQ Hurricane power cords to try on my amp/pre and I’d be amazed. I said why bother, send some Dragons. He told me to connect them to my amp & preamp & I should be amazed within 10 seconds of comparing. Today I received a Dragon HC & Source power cord. I listened to some music I’m very familiar with through my Lumin T3 playing FLAC files from the attached USB. Then I swapped the amp & pre to the Dragons and listened to the same songs. No difference that I could tell. So I redid the test, one song at a time, switching back & forth. Still no difference.

I invited two neighbors over (separately) and asked them to look at my FLAC library & choose a song that they knew well. I played that for them with both sets of power cords. One said he couldn’t hear any difference between the two. The other said that one (mine) sounded like it had slightly more treble, the other (Dragon) sounded like more bass. I played a third version (turned out it was mine but he didn’t know) and he said that was the bass version. He was wrong & admitted that the differences were so small that he really couldn’t choose between the two.

I called my dealer & he asked if the difference was earth shattering. I told him no & he asked how that was possible when he just sent similar cables to another customer last week with a similarly priced system as mine & that guy said that the SQ improved 50% and was ecstatic. I said that that guy must have decided already that he was going to buy them and determined that for that money they must improve the sound. My dealer said that either my ears are those a near dead 95 year old or his last 40 years experience have been a sham. I suggested that he was selling & demoing a product to people that had a propensity to believe it worked & therefore it worked for them. I offered to have him drive here (4 hour drive) and listen for himself & I’ll swap cables while his mind is blown. We may get there yet.

I hesitate to post a photo of my listening room as experience tells me that those that are strong proponents of cables will pick it apart and blame a myriad of other crap  rather than recognizing that the 3 of us heard no difference on a high resolving system situated in a room would good acoustics... but here goes.


McIntosh MC462/C2700, Pure Fidelity Harmony TT, Gold Note PH-10/PSU-10 phono stage, Lumin T3/Sbooster, Sonus Faber Amati G5 speakers, Sonus Faber Gravis V sub.



There's nothing lacking with my experience or my system.  But I should not have said that bit about pointless arguments.  For that I apologize.

Wow, what a stunning system in a fantastic room the OP has.  Too bad this thread went off the rails, but as many others have posted, if you don't hear a difference, stick with your excellent Mogami cables.  Good for you to try different wire.  I wish wire didn't make  a difference, but often it does.  

I have a Don Sachs Raven preamp and his 300b monos, which both have balanced circuitry end to end.  I was connecting the two components with decent Black Ice XLR cables until Paul Speltz sent me his new top of the line XLR cables for an audition -- which Don Sachs uses in his system,  and I was utterly blown away with the improvement in the SQ, instantly revealed.  I have swapped cables for years and this was a real "ah ha" moment placing these XLR cables in my system.  Never ever in my audio experience has a cable provided so much clarity to the sound of my system.  The point is that you don't know what you are missing if you don't try different cables, because some can make a huge difference.  BUT, don't lament not hearing a difference when you swap cables... it might mean that your existing cables are revealing enough.  Be wary of dealers that over promise and under deliver.  

The OP's claim certainly serves an important social function: It reassures non-believers that they don't have to spend money on expensive cables :-) Unfortunately, in my system cables do make a difference, especially power cords... But a friend of mine has a system based on vintage Tannoys, he tried hard to upgrade his system with upmarket cables - all in vain, so perhaps it is system dependent.... However, OP's system does not look like that at all. 


But a friend of mine has a system based on vintage Tannoys, he tried hard to upgrade his system with upmarket cables - all in vain, so perhaps it is system dependent....

Hmm, I happen to know a fellow here @lalitk with Tannoys who has done a little cable swapping, perhaps he would like to chime in? 

In a way, this is kind of amusing.  

Many chide naysayers as their perception is not universal and get angry if they say we cannot hear what we hear.  Seems like some of these same people are a bit incredulous because the OP didn’t perceive/hear as believers expected- kind of like hypocrisy.