Simple and Effective Upgrade for Wall Wart Power Supplies

I recently purchased a new DAC that is powered by a 12V wall wart power supply. In trying to extract the best sound from the new DAC, I turned my attention to the power supply and power cord. Upgrading the power cables on my other pieces of equipment yielded great results, so why not try it with my DAC?

I looked into upgraded power supplies and was quickly overwhelmed by the number of options and reviews and I wasn’t really in the mood to drop more money on my source at this time. I reasoned that the little cable that runs from the power supply to the DAC could be improved on but it’s all one piece and I didn’t want to rip anything apart. I had a spare C7 connector power cable lying around and tried to figure out how to include it in the chain. I went on Amazon and purchased an adapter to go from a “female C7” connector (proper name: C8) to IEC connector. I bought another adaptor that went from “female IEC” (proper name: C14) to a NEMA electrical outlet style plug that I could plug the wall wart into. I hooked everything up, turned on the system, and let it warm up. I now had a high end power cable upstream of the wall wart, instead of directly plugging the wall wart into the wall outlet.

The first track I put on was “Bloodflood” by Alt-J. If I had to sum up the improvement in sound I heard from my improved power supply chain, that word would be: ridiculous! There was so much more slam to the music. Dynamics improved along with better instrument separation and a 3D soundstage became more apparent. Since I had a spare power cable laying around, the total cost for this upgrade was $11.16. I highly recommend you give this a try if you haven’t done so already.

Happy Listening!
I use a jell-pack battery with a charger. Total cost <$100. With many different voltages available just divide the VA rating by the current drain of the device and you'll have the hours of play before a charge. It's surprising how a small battery will power one of those devices for several hours. I bought a charger that works for many different voltages of lead acid batteries. The connectors are easy to find.
The noise floor then drops beyond anything you've ever heard. Nothing is cleaner than battery DC. I use if for wall wart powered phono preamps.
I have used the Chinese Power supplies in my System. they are a great improvement over a wall wart. I was reading one of the hifi forum one night on power supplies, and someone was talking about using a power supply that the ham radio people use.  So i thought I would try one. It was a huge improvement over the Chinese power supplies,  now I have six of them.  I highly recommend you try this.
@docknow, thanks for the heads up on Part 2. Didn’t know about that one.

rollin and fusion, thanks for the input on power supply upgrades. Much appreciated. 
FWIW change the outlet to a medical grade . You can find decent ones in the $40 range . I have Hubbell’s and they put a death grip on my power cords . 
Trouble with a pre-built power supply is it’s a one-size fits all scenario. You would be paying for all the parts of a multi-voltage output design, but only using one voltage. That wasted money could have gone into fortifying the design for your specific application. My builds cost me around $35 for a phono preamp power supply built from scratch. I could make 3 of my power supplies for the cost of the chinese power supply, so going chinese is not a good solution from an economical or performance standpoint.