Guest Bret Posted January 14, 2004 Report Share Posted January 14, 2004 Somebody call the men in the white coats who fit the jackets you wear backwards. I need a rock and roll doctor.I have spent most of my "audio life" making fun of audiophiles. I love the sound of a half-speed mastered or Japanese pressing of a record as much as anybody, and sure, you really can hear the difference in 12 gauge wire and 18 gauge on a "big" amplifier playing big-bass recordings, but when I see ads for $250 amplifier power cords I just sorta smile quietly to myself and marvel at how right PT Barnum was. . . "This way to the Egress."So this friend of mine who often remarks, "The experiment continues," just for funsies picked-up one of these high-performance power cords. He got it used and cheap figuring he could always resell it for at least its purchase price. The "equal-fool" theory.I "defied" anyone to be able to hear the difference in a 1 meter power cord connecting an amplifier to the wall socket at the end of a 100' run of Romex from a cheap circuit breaker being fed by a supply that browns-out every time the neighbor's A/C cycles on. I laughed. I grinned a lot. I issued great proclamations and expressed opinions, and gave sound reasons why this pursuit of a better power cable was foolish; after all, by the time the AC gets trough the transformer, the caps, the amp circuits, the final outputs, and down the speaker wire it can't possibly resemble the AC out of the wall. That's what all that stuff in the amp is for!Thinking that it even might be possible to hear a POWER cord is just lunacy; pure and simple lunacy. "Morons! Maniacs! Brain-baked acid heads having flashbacks hear this stuff. Naive and gullible innocents might "buy it," but then they sit in pumpkin patches waiting for "The Great Pumpkin," too," I suggested to myself.In a blind test, where I had been "set-up" and predisposed to hearing no difference by a multi-layered lie, in which I did not know which power cord was which -> On "hearing" the expensive power cord for the first time (not knowing which cord was which, remember), without anything BUT the power amp's on/off switch and the power cord being touched, within three piano notes my first impression and the first words out of my mouth were, "I'll be damned. . ."Now, my friend says he can hear a difference in the dynamics of a single note. I cannot. I'm sure he can hear it, or believes he can, but I cannot. What I could hear, very clearly, was a blackness before and after notes. The note just appears out of nowhere and decays into nothingness. It’s a palpable nothingness. There’s so much nothing that the nothing was really something.If I were to try this test listening only to a forte passage of Berlioz's Requiem I'd just about bet I could not tell any difference. Listening to "Cat Scrath Fever" would likely be another fruitless test, but listening to this solo piano was fruitful. Definition. Amazing. So there must be *something* going-on with these cables. It's going to take a surgeon to remove my foot from my mouth.Go ahead, tell me I've lost my mind because I'm already pretty receptive to the idea.Bret Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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