Suggested Power Cable for Streamer

Fellow Audio Fanatics - 

I’m at the stage of fine tuning my system. It’s been roughly three years of investment, trial and error, and pure enjoyment. However, as many of you know, this hobby tends to make us obsessive over the prospect of making “incremental improvements.” 


I think it’s simply because we’ve made adjustments over time that paid off. 


I am currently using a NRG “The Five,” which is a heavy gauge power cable from a gentleman up in Canada. Great cable for the price! That said, my sense is it’s a cable designed more for power amp rather than source components like DACs or streamers. 

I’m wondering if I could improve the performance of my streamer with another cable more specifically designed for source components? If so, what cable might you recommend?  Your responses are greatly appreciated. 

I’m posting my system below for context. 

  • Innuos Zenith streamer with NRG “the five” cable 
  • Merason DAC1 with a LessLoss power cable 
  • Linear Tube Audio preamp with a cardas clear reflection cable 
  • Conrad Johnson Classic 120 with a Cardas Clear Beyond XL cable
  • Speakers - switch between Dynaudio Heritage Specials and QLN Prestige 3  

Everything is connected to a Puritan 156 with their classic cable. I will soon upgrade to their Ultimate cable which will plug directly into the wall.





@bluethinker It was eleven years ago when I did a comparison courtesy of the Cable Company. The no longer available VooDoo Audio Crystal Vajra powercord sounded best out of several evaluated  No notes on what we heard but ended up purchasing two cords.

I like Triode Wire Labs power cords for digital components. Like what was mentioned earlier they just seem relaxed and smooth without losing detail. I'm a fan of Voodoo cables but haven't tried their pcs,only ics,digital, and speaker cables.

@anotherbob Sorry, mate, but I do not believe there was ANY objective change in the sound.  Subjectively...well, the brain can be a trickster, can't it.


All - Really appreciate all the input. 

From my end, for the record, I've come to believe some details - even the power cables - do make a difference.

Have I deluded myself? I guess it is possible... It's important to be self-aware on your foibles and, I guess in this case, fetishes... 

But I tend to think otherwise. Case in point: I've read many disparage devices such as the Puritan 156. For me, adding Puritan devices made a substantial impact on quality of music in each system I'd added it to... 

Different power cables are built differently. I suspect there is a reason they'll synergize differently with audio equipment. That said, I appreciate everyone reminding me to be wise with my money. It certainly doesn't grow on trees, does it? 

With that, I've got to go get ready for work... so I can spend my money on those things that intrigue and delight me.

"Life's a dream punctuated by nightmares" - Henry Miller