Another Power Cord Subject??

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  1. DanielSmi

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    Ok, just wondering with everyone talking about powercords, do they make 2 prong versions my VSX-49TX and Velodyne HGS-10 both have detachable 2 prong powercords so are there any good powercords our there that are 2 prong. I can't see myself spending more than 200 on a powercord so no 10,000 suggestions please. How about monster cable I have their HTS 5100 and that has their powerline 300 cable and that is the thickest cable i've seen that's like an inch thick. I know I can by them independently are those any good?

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    I would think you might have better uses for $200 than upgrading a subwoofer's power cord. But that's just my opinion.
     
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    I haven't seen any two-pronged power cords. I would like to switch out the one on my DVD player, but that is a very small two-pronged as well. I guess the only way to do that would be to switch out the recepticle on the back of the dvd player.
     
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    Hi Daniel. I have the 49tx and a aftermarket powercord. Don't worry about the powercord being 2prong or 3pronged. It's a standard IEC outlet which means practically everything will work. And the powercord makes a difference on the 49tx IMO. However my powercord still doesn't fit the 49tx all that tightly. Surprisingly the stock powercord that came with the Anthem MCA30 amp that I'm trying out fits snuggly.
     
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    Hi Daniel. I have the 49tx and a aftermarket powercord. Don't worry about the powercord being 2prong or 3pronged. It's a standard IEC outlet which means practically everything will work. And the powercord makes a difference on the 49tx IMO. However my powercord still doesn't fit the 49tx all that tightly. Surprisingly the stock powercord that came with the Anthem MCA30 amp that I'm trying out fits snuggly.

    Oh and I would buy a Monster Power powercord.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Mike,


     
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    That's cool Saurav, I understand where you are coming from, and respect that. [​IMG]
    To me it just seems like he may as well have asked, "what's the best way I could spend $200?"
     
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    Hmm, good point. He asked about power cords, and I suggested something else. I guess that technically qualifies for a threadfart, right? I'm an objectivist now! Oh, the shame [​IMG]
     
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    If one has a component which utilizes a 2-prong IEC adapter (yes, it is considered an IEC adapter even though it is flimsy and found on a lot of consumer source equipment- one can source this thread to investigate this 2-prong plug http://www.audioasylum.com/audio/twe...ges/43709.html
    Well, if you have such an 2-prong plug on you gear, Harmonic Tech and Mike VansEvers offer an adapter so you can use an aftermarket 3-plug power cord in unison with this adapter.
    The Harmonic adapter ,which I use for my DVD player with a ZU Birth cord, can be found through any HT dealer. The Model # is HT ACA-C-7 power cord adapter. It ulilizes their single crystal copper and runs about $49.
    The VE unit runs a bit more, about $60-$70.
    I recommend the HT adapter.
    But, I am in total agreement with Saurav when it comes to room treatment as the essential start to improve your sonics. By far the biggest bang for the $ when it comes to improving your systems audio presentation.
    But power cords are also very important, as your audio signal is "refined AC", so to speak ;^)
    BOK
     
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    Thanks Brian. I actually found that thread while searching on AA today. I also talked to Jim Wong, and he said the price is now $60 for that adapter. Yowza!
     
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    Mark,
    I purchased my HT adapter from www.audionut.com quite a while ago. A call in person may net you a < $60. charge. Nice people to deal with (see Bob, the owner). See site for phone#.
    Also, www.amusicdirect.com sells HT cables and cords. They have a "private sale" (10% off) going on now (Phone-1-800-449-8333) but you best call them and state you are using "media code PC02". It might work, as the sale is for "preferred customers" (ya right!). A sale is a sale.
    If you are absolutely stuck with a captive power cord, then I would recommend to all to purchase the Highwire Power Wrap. It can be sourced at the above listed amusicdirect.com. As they say, you entwine your captive power cord through/around this device and it is "VERY effective in absorption of A/C born interference". Two sizes-- one for thin fixed cords, the other for aftermarket cords (thicker). I use two, one on amp, one on RPTV. And these wraps are VERY effective. They really are, no BS'ing. A must, IMO, for fixed cords, as they deal with RF interference as well. They will do a nice job on one's RPTV, which are nearly all fixed cords (flimsy, in other words). Cost- $24.99 ea.
    Good Luck,
    BOK
     
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    Brain,
    Thanks for the wealth of info there, I really appreciate it.
    Very valuable.
    Philip,
    I don't know all the reasons why but I found this on AA a couple of days ago, and there are actaully a few more explanations that I can post from there as well.
    Posted over at AA
    Posted by Ole Lund Christensen (i) on June 09, 2001 at 12:14:40
    In Reply to: Re: Do Power Cords really make a difference or is this just snake oil? posted by 9fold on June 09, 2001 at 08:38:38:
    Some years ago a dealer wanted to show me the major improvement in sound caused by using a new power cord.
    I was politely saying no, do not waste my time. But he insísted, and as he was an importantant dealer for my products, well I accepted to listen to a track on a CD, and then letting him change the power cord, and listen to the same track again.
    Having a B.Sc.E.E degree I knew that nothing would happen, and he was just victim of the placebo effect and a "snakeoil" cable distributor.
    So my brain was trying hard to ignore the message from my ears, I was hearing a major improvement of the sound.
    But as the truth is more important to me than my pride, I had to admit to the dealer, that I heard this improvement he was raving madly about.
    I left the shop, and spent 6 months trying to figure out what was going on.
    When the power has traveled 20.000 meter through standard cheap cables and connectors and fuses from the power plant to the shop, why did the last 1 meter cable matter?
    One day it hit me hard, it does not make sense because I am asking the wrong question.
    the right question is: Why does the first 1 meter matter?
    And the answer comes easy: Because the source of the problem is inside the power amplifier, it is not 20.000 meter away.
    The power amplifier generates a lot of noise from the rectifier, and
    the current in the power cord is very distorted.
    So the power cord is an antenna, radiating noise to all other components and interconnects.
    So a shielded power cord reduce the radiation, and different connectors and cable designs affect the high frequency signals.
    Today all this is standard science stuff, which you are required by law to measure to get EMC/CE approval in Europe, and there is lots of laboratories that measure this every day.
    So I have learned to listen and consider carefully the next strange idea.
    http://www.AudioAsylum.com/forums/h...ages/24303.html
     
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