Power cord

You paid a fortune for your high-end power cord and your cat thinks it taste nice.

Inside the impressive Techflex you find a some very cheap components

An inside view.

 

 

I powered my iMac with the Shunyata Hydra V-Ray, to see if it could make even a slight difference in the sound of music files streamed from therein. I admit, I so expected to hear no difference that I almost wrote the rest of this paragraph ahead of time. And I admit, not only was there an audible improvement with my computer plugged into the Hydra V-Ray, that difference was just as significant as the one wreaked on my Thorenses, and quite possibly more so. Singers had more body, instruments more substance and texture

Art Dudley Listening

 

Purist Audio Design PROTEUS XLR2

Adding a garden hose and some techflex to a Belden cable improves the sound.

 

Source: http://www.shu-ks.com/zakki/lemoxlr.html

 

Entreq USB cable

Covering a bog standard cable with a cotton sock (sorry, chancing the dielectric) will of course make it sounds way better.

 

Having an expensive power cable isn't enough

To an audiophile, there’s no such thing as ‘too expensive’ if it means an upgrade to their setup could improve their listening experience. And in Japan, some acoustic connoisseurs are now installing their own utility poles, with custom transformers, to ensure all of their audio gear is getting the purest power possible.

The Wall Street Journal spoke to Takeo Morita, a retired lawyer in Japan with a personal sound system that already includes a $60,000 amplifier, gold and silver cables, and other gear that will put your bundled iPhone earbuds to shame. But with audiophiles there’s always room for improvement, and he realized that electromagnetic interference from his neighbors’ appliances was propagating through their shared power lines, reducing the quality of the sound he was getting.

The solution was to receive power more directly from his local power grid, which required the installation of his own private utility pole. With upgraded wiring, a better transformer, and an improved circuit breaker, the upgrade can run close to $40,000, not including what your local power company decides to charge you for the privilege of private power.

Source: Gizmodo