Power Cable for CDP

Hi all. For the last 2 years I’ve been using Oyaide Tunami 2 power cables on amps, CDP and power distributor. Anyone who knows these knows they they are an outstanding 10AWG OCC virgin copper cable. Sound can be best described as detailed, lush and FAT. Conceptually I get the need to feed a hi power amplifier with as much power as you can; usually only achievable with a heavy gauge power cable.

I’m considering using a lighter gauge cable (13AWG) for source and wondering if anyone has any experience in mixing cable gauges depending on equipment connected to the cable? Am I likely to get more speed, air, instrument separation etc?



I've had pretty good success with just audioquest's NG X3 cables. The Thunder is on my amp.

@audioguy85 same here, all the cable nonsense started when my dealer, exasperated that I had no decent cabling, gifted me an Audioquest NRG Y3 cable. It sat in my hifi drawer for a year before by pure chance I tried it, just to make fun of « dumb people who believe in this nonsense » with a friend who was visiting. Result: ended up buying a full set of Audioquest power cables and conditioners. Entry level Audioquest is seriously good and should’t be dismissed like that just because of price, especially the NRG Z3 which is a terrific and very balanced cable for its price.

@habermas the AQ Z3 is a great cable, i use it from the Niagara 1200 to the wall socket, an AQ NG Edison receptacle.

So- I went for the the Neotech Nep‑3003 iii shielded silver plated, UP OCC copper and mated it to IeGO silver plated IEC/Schuko. 

Did I achieve what I wanted? Yes.

Did I get more than I bargained for? Yes. Glare. Still barely 10 hours on it but detail in spades, incredible speed, massive sound stage marred by a bit of glare. I'm hoping a few hundred hours burn in will remove the glare.

Perhaps mating it to pure copper connectors would remove the glare, but my next upgrade is going to be a new CDP. Anyone any experience of the Musical Fidelity current NuVista CD?