Anyone ever change there stock IEC power cords?

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  1. HankM

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    I have a Denon AVR-5700 and just bought a power cord from Music Direct. I'm trying Custom Power Cord Company's Model 11, it was $269.99 for 5ft. I was gonna put this cord on my Sony SCD-777ES SACD player but the salesman told me to try it out on my receiver first.
     
  2. KeithH

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    Hank, I have never tried aftermarket power cords, but have considered trying one on my SCD-777ES. Unfortunately, my NAD integrated amp does not have a detachable power cord. Nevertheless, I have been told many times that front-end components benefit more from aftermarket power cords than do amps. The simple thing to do is try the cord on your Denon '5700 and '777ES and see which, if either, benefits more from it. The trap that you could find yourself in, of course, is if you find that both benefit signifincantly from the aftermarket power cord such that you feel the "need" to buy a second one.
    You may also consider posting this question on Audio Asylum's (www.audioasylum.com) Cable Asylum board. There are a lot of people there knowledgable with power cords.
     
  3. Mike Knapp

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    All of my equipment that has an IEC connector has an aftermarket power cord on it. Even a subwoofer. They get one the minute the box is opened. I dont use pack-in interconnects and I dont use pack-in power cords unless I am left with no other option.

    I would guess I have near 2,000 dollars or so in power cords in my system.

    Mike
     
  4. KeithH

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    Mike, in your experience, do you find that front-end components benefit more than amps from aftermarket power cords? As I said in my post above, I have read that before. I imagine it depends on the amp and front-end component being considered as well as the power cord(s) being used.
     
  5. JoshS

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    Question:

    Is there anyway to modify equiptment with a captured power cord so it will accept an aftermarket power cord?

    Sorry if off topic.

    Thanks,

    Josh
     
  6. Mike Knapp

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    Kieth....yes, based on my experience the transport or receiver/pre-amp will benefit most.
    Josh,
    I come to Lancaster County once each year to visit my in-laws. We need to meet up for lunch next time Im up there. Anything but scrapple!
    Yes you can remove a captured power cord but I have never done it. I suppose it would be a simple task other than the hole in the unit will be too small for the aftermarket cord to fit through. I think it may void your warranty as well! [​IMG]
    Mike
     
  7. KeithH

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    Josh,
    It can be done if you are handy with electronics. Otherwise, there are people who make a living modifying components. In case you have in mind replacing the stock power cord on your soon-to-arrive 'C333ES, there are a few people who do mods on this and other SACD players. Replacing power cords is just one thing they do. You can also have the capacitors and other innards upgraded. An individual by the name of Dan Wright does a basic upgrade of the 'C333ES for $350. Other individuals who do these types of modifications are Richard Kern and Ric Schultz. People on the Hi-Rez Highway board on Audio Asylum (www.audioasylum.com) can probably put you in contact with them. A number of people who frequent the Hi-Rez Highway board have had their SACD players modified, and I have yet to hear anyone complain about the results. Apparently, the modifications improve both CD and SACD playback. In any event, I imagine you can have just the stock power cord modified to a detachable IEC socket if you so desire. Just note that any modification voids the warranty.
    Hank,
    I saw your post on Audio Asylum and noticed that a few people there agreed that a front-end component will benefit more from an aftermarket power cord than will a receiver. However, most people suggested you replace the power cord on the Monster power line conditioner first. Does it have a detachable power cord?
    Mike,
    Thanks for the reply. Much appreciated.
     
  8. JoshS

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    Mike,

    That would be great, as I don't get to talk 'stereo' unless I'm online.

    Josh
     
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    What is it at the after market power cord does that the one that comes with it doesn't?

    Kevin
     
  10. Brett DiMichele

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    To install an IEC type cord in a component not set up for
    that type of cord, is not difficult, not impossible.. Just
    requires some mechanical and electrical skills.
    You would need to take the cover off the component and
    de-solder the stock zip cord and remove it from the chasis
    of the component. Then you would need to get an IEC female
    terminal (perhaps rat shack sells them) and then you would
    have to cut the metal of the component with a dremel or some
    other tool that allows you to work metal. You would need to
    do this so that the Female IEC terminal snaps into the chasis.
    Of course you would have to cover all of the electronics
    with plastic and mask it off.. Any metal shavings left behind
    on a PC Board or other electrical component could cause
    a melt down. And also you have to factor in if there is
    physicaly room to mount the new terminal into the case of
    the component.
    I'll stick with my stock Zip Cords.. I guess I am not a true
    "audiophile" yet [​IMG]
     
  11. Saurav

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    Just wanted to throw something in that I'd been thinking about a while ago. I remember a post on a thread some months ago when someone said something to the effect of "I can't believe that a manufacturer would make a component worth thousands of dollars and then compromise its performance by putting in an inadequate power cord". I guess that statement was somehow supposed to be "proof" that power cords therefore could not make a difference, another of the innumerable "I can't understand it therefore it does not exist" lines of thought.
    Anyway, here's the thought I had - a $30,000 Ford Mustang's performance is quite noticable enhanced by adding a $500 aftermarket exhaust, or a $500 aftermarket intake, or any number of mods. So, there's a pretty good example of a manufacturer deciding to put "inadequate" parts on a product - at least, inadequate in the sense in which the term was used in the previous quote, meaning something that wasn't the best possible choice for the component in question.
    That's interesting, if you think about it, because very few people think it's strange that someone would take an expensive high-performance car and then spend more money modding it to make it better. However, plenty of people would be aghast if someone bought a $5000 amplifier and then took it apart and started modding that.
    And my post isn't about whether power cords make a difference or not, it's about peoples' reactions to modifying audio equipment, so please let's not drag this thread down there [​IMG]
     
  12. Brett DiMichele

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    Saurav,
    Please don't use cars as an analogy, that is a very poor
    example of manufacturers using specific items. There are
    MANY factors that influences a Car manufacturer to use a
    certain exhaust design or a certain intake design that an
    aftermarket manufacturer may be able to better design. But
    when that better intake system causes a catastophic engine
    failure due to water ingestion etc etc.... See where I am
    going?
    A/V manufacturers have no reason NOT to include a quality
    power cord. The cost of these thousand dollar cords does
    not reflect thier manufacturing costs ($0.30-$20.00 at most)
    [​IMG]
     
  13. HankM

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    Thank's Keith,
    Audio Asylum is pretty cool. I will try the cord on my cd player first and then go from there. I might get a new wall duplex too. I like your home theater pics also. How does the Sony 444ES sound with the 777ES cd player?
    No, the Monster PLC does not have a detachable cord[​IMG]
     
  14. Mike Knapp

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    There are aftermarket "super parts" for damn near everything you buy. You can by "super bulbs" for your frickin' house lamps, more memory for your computer (why doesnt every computer come all tricked out?), even up-graded shoestrings for goodness sake.

    The reason not to use the best quality power-cords is that MOST consumers dont care or dont believe they make any difference so why have the added cost on your product? Manufacturers put shitty interconnects in the box with their gear as well for the same reason, or how about that wonderful FM antenna that comes with a receiver? You think it works as well as an outdoor mast installed one?

    I cant think of too many things that couldnt be made better by adding an aftermerket something or other to. Power cords are no different.

    They DO alter the sound. I hear it. Some people cannot hear what they do but I am not terribly concerned with other peoples hearing acuity (a variable) or equipment resolution (another variable)....only my own.

    Buy what you hear, dont what you cant, no sweat either way. Done.

    Mike
     
  15. Brett DiMichele

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    Mike,

    Exactly.. No sweat either way.. You swear by them..

    I don't and we can still get along just fine.

    The only problem I had was with Saurav's comparison

    to aftermarket car parts, When you start talking to

    me about cars you are speaking my native language and

    I "know" why manufacturers place certain restrictions

    inline on an engine.. It's not about cost either.
     
  16. KeithH

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    Hank, it's too bad the Monster PLC has a fixed power cord. I don't use the Sony 'V444ES with the '777ES. The 'V444ES is just for DVDs, DVD-Audio, multi-channel SACD, and VHS. I have a stereo system in the same room as the home-theater set-up with an NAD C 370 stereo integrated amp. The '777ES/NAD C 370 combo with my Totem Arro speakers sounds very good. [​IMG]
     
  17. KeithH

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    Here is my question regarding power cords. Like Hank, I too have a Sony SCD-777ES and have considered upgrading the power cord. Audio Advisor has a few power cords available for under $200. At present, I have my '777ES plugged into a Belkin surge protector. Given that I don't want to buy a power line conditioner and don't want to plug the '777ES directly into the wall, would a sub-$200 power cord improve the performance of my '777ES when plugged into the surge protector? I am particularly interested in a couple sub-$200 Kimber Kable power cords. Thanks in advance.
     
  18. Saurav

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    [​IMG]
    It always happens or ends up going down this path. Like moths attracted to fire.
     
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