power cable

I got a great deal on a power chord. My question is do I use it on the streamer or the amplifier?


Try it on both to determine which placement is better. Someone’s ears on this side of the keyboard can’t determine that. Have fun with the experiment.

Certainly try on both. But power cords for amps tend to be different than for components. Emphasis’ for a component power cord is shielding, emphasis on a power cord made for an amp is capacity… lots of metal. 

What gauge is the cable? If it’s 14 gauge, you probably need to stick with sources. I’d it’s 12 gauge or bigger, you can use it anywhere.

It doesn't matter and if you have someone to assist in blind testing, you'll realize that.

Be open to the possibility that the new cable may not perform better than your current cables on either component; just because it seemed like "a deal" doesn't mean that it was one for your system.

Yes builder3. Chords are for music. Cords are for electrical purposes.

But then the power chord comes in.

"A power chord play is a colloquial name for a chord in guitar music, especially electric guitar, that consists of the root note and the fifth, as well as possibly octaves of those notes. Power chords are commonly played on amplified guitars, especially on electric guitar with intentionally added distortion or overdrive effects. Power chords are a key element of many styles of rock, especially heavy metal and punk rock. Wikipedia"

Come on guys, you know exactly what he meant. 

Power cord upgrades to amps tend to produce the greatest effect, and can be huge. For instance, my Audio Research Ref 160s comes with a very heavy copper 20 amp power cord. The first and all subsequent power cords I tried were much better, but many pushed the sound tonally, ever so slightly. It took me a year of occasionally trying something different until I found the perfect match… and it was way better. It was an Audioquest Hurricane. Absolutely no tipping of tonal balance, much quieter, more dynamic.

Yeah, usually the power amp, though it can depend on the cord and on the equipment. For me it is Purist Audio Dominus Ferox, either power amp or integrated, either SS or tube. I have Top Gun from Custom Power Cord Company on the sources. The Dominus works great everywhere but especially on power amps. Heard good things about Shunyata and some Audioquest cords but never tried them.

@guitarlenn55 - if your system in on the budget end of the scale - use it on the Source components

Budget oriented source components tend to have poorly designed power supplies so good cables will pay more dividends, whereas the amp will have a more substantial power supply. so the cable will not have the same impact

The further up the scale you move then you have to spend a lot more on a power cables to make a similar impact on a source or amplifier

Regardsw - Steve

  1. Source (CD player, DAC, and phono preamplifier)
  2. Digital transport
  3. Power Amplifiers
  4. Preamplifier
  5. Turntable Motor Supply

Paul Speltz of Anticables suggests the above.  But see what works for you.

Unless current power cables are of poor quality (e.g. very thin, or noise-prone), you will not hear any difference. That's true based on physics. However, the new cable may give you better sound based on imperfect human-being nature, which tends to go to some destination you hope.

Why, om earth, many people try to waste their hard-earning money to believe some maker who makes snake oils?

Basic cables with good shield and copper thickness (also basic prices, e.g. $20 -30 per cable) are NOT WORSE than $1,000/cable!

Let's think the cable as water pipe at home. Do you think 100% pure real gold pipe can give you exotic water, which can makes your body strong?

What about water through regular copper pipe (certified for house building)?

The water should be less tasteful because the water comes through less expensive pipe?

We all need to be smart not to waste money for buying unnecessarily expensive cables, not limited to the cables, but any audio components.

If you really hear life-like sound from your audio system, first try to get reputable nice speakers AND have a nice listening room. The bigger room, the better sound (usually though not 100%).

My amp is YAMAHA MX-1 (got it as used @ $400, 10 years ago), speakers are Vienna Mahler. No pre-amp, just volume control between a 15-year-old CD player and the amp. Sounds amazing!!!


Lots of opinions, which is a good thing. At this point I'll just try it and if I don't hear a difference I'll just sell it. That's why I purchase second hand. Not much of a loss if any.

If you want to know what goes into making a good cable take a look at this thread

What Makes a Good Cable

Regards - Steve

+1 simply try it - it’s the best way to discover what “you” subjectively like in “your” audio chain.