Power cords do tend to divide opinion and some argue (including at least one dealer I know) make no positive contribution to the final sound whatsoever. Well, I’ve always been a firm believer in quality mains and that is why we manufacture our own range of high end power distribution blocks. Back to power cords though, over the years I have owned and tried many power cords including very expensive models from a popular company located in the Lake District. The power cords I’ve stuck with however are manufactured by the Missing Link http://www.the-missing-link.net/.
To my ears, these cables (I use the Cryo Reference) have no negative effects and in fact contribute very positively to the final sound of the system in a way that I have been unable to achieve using other mains cords, filters or mains conditioners. A couple of days ago I substituted the power cords feeding my mono block amplifiers with standard mains cords. The sound instantly became flat, less interesting, confused and less musical.
I suspect incoming mains pollution is the major culprit as well as pollution generated by the system itself, a CD player for example. Mains pollution will no doubt vary by location and from system to system, so it is likely the benefits gained using a quality power cord may vary. Having said that, I can’t imagine a system which wouldn’t benefit – a home loan is definitely worth considering..
Some of my System.
- Hi Spec Linn LP 12
- Albarry 1108 monoblock power amplifiers (simply stunning)
- Albarry PP1 pre amplifier (an absolute gem with a great phono stage)
- Shahinian loudspeakers (one of the most musical speakers I’ve heard)
- Atlas interconnects and speaker cables (extremely musical and not too expensive)
- HiFi In Touch solid oak power distribution block fitted with Furutech sockets
- The Missing Link Cryo Reference power cords (four in total)