corndog71 wrote:I have been impressed by Shunyata's experiments which show that last few feet can make a difference. Not impressed by their prices but they gotta get paid somehow.
It makes sense in a certain untwisted sort of way. Think of the high end power cable or outlet as serving the purpose of a passive choke, straightening out the electrical kinks and lining up the electrons while filtering out the big chunks you'd rather not hear before they hit the equipment. Bonus points if they help eliminate any stray RF or interference from the rest of the system, similar to the benefits you might find by twisting pairs. No different concept really than a hum filter if you think on it. With a high end outlet (hospital grade) it's more about the security of the connection than anything else - lot more contact area working in your favor there.
And don't laugh ... there IS such a thing as "audiophile grade" romex ...
And only $16 a foot for 10-2! You also need to figure in the special outlets that can handle that gauge gracefully.
Or, if you're feeling that's a bit over your budget, Diamond Handywire is rumored* to be very quiet compared to most other generic type "romex" wire ...
Bit more reasonable at around $80 for a 100 foot roll of 12-2. That's what I used for my dedicated line to the listening room.
* I say rumored, because I've not been able to do an A/B comparison as to whether the more expensive romex made any difference. I'll go so far as to say it doesn't seem to have hurt any.