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First venture into the world of HiFi mains cables

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    Posted: 29 Nov 2019 at 7:57pm
I finally succumbed to trying a HiFi mains cable. It’s a marmite topic, people either seem to wax lyrical or flatly refuse to even contemplate such a notion. So I bought one from a UK supplier that’s build like a ships hawser. Very high quality build, high purity conductors, screening, ferrites both ends and connections that look and feel like they’d withstand a nuclear blast.

So, very well build which you’d expect for the £250 it cost. Expensive but I had to finally find out for myself. To test it I left it plugged in to a source component for 6 weeks listening as usual to the system.

After week 6 I swapped back to the “kettle lead” that came with the device. No difference, no difference what-so-ever. Nothing, zilch, zip, nowt for good or ill.

I’ve approached this with an open mind and invested a decent amount of money in the experiment with a hope to hear a difference good or bad.

I’m actually pleased because I finally scratched an itch and found I don’t need to make further investment in this area. More money for music and GS components.


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Hi Ernie, just curieus but...
...you have experienced differences in sound between several interlinks and/or speakercables Question

Edited by Cyreg - 30 Nov 2019 at 11:14am
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It does defy logic that changing the last metre or so of 10s of kilometres of mains cabling, transformers, switches etc in the distribution network will bring any improvement to the sound.  The fancy mains cable supplied with my old Audio Analogue Maestro CD player made no discernible difference and it was a pita to route due to it's bulk.
I too remain a little more than sceptical of the benefit.
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Originally posted by BackinBlack BackinBlack wrote:

It does defy logic that changing the last metre or so of 10s of kilometres of mains cabling, transformers, switches etc in the distribution network will bring any improvement to the sound.  The fancy mains cable supplied with my old Audio Analogue Maestro CD player made no discernible difference and it was a pita to route due to it's bulk.
I too remain a little more than sceptical of the benefit.

Quite, but it was an itch I needed to scratch a what if scenario, am I missing out? Turns out that no I’m not. 

To answer Cyregs’ question, yes speaker cables and interconnects do make a difference in my experience. I remember changing my naca5 cables to nordost. Like night and day.
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I’m a convert to mains cables in the right context. In my studio (detached from the house and it’s own power) I really can’t hear a difference. However, a friend who lives in an apartment complex has a system that clearly benefits. Is it because of noise rejection? Cables made a worthwhile difference for him, and when he added a regenerator it went to another level of quiet. 

Everything he owns plugs into the wall.

Most things I own have an external power supply (PSU1 and Proprius external supplies). That would surely make a difference in noise rejection, yes?

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