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pstrisik 11-04-2015 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by SteveSem (Post 738436)
What is the collected wisdom on the power cords that come stock with the Inspire Amps. I have been reading a lot about the need for good quality power cords in these types of amps. Even folks who are generally skeptical about the value of cables once you reach a good quality plateau, seem to think that power cords matter for tube amps. Has anyone done any comparisons between the stock cord and any of the upgraded ones that are available?

I'm of the mind that, once you get above a basic quality level, you won't likely be able to tell the difference. I bought Pangea cords when I could get a good deal on them. Mostly for the peace of mind and appearance. They typically cost me $40-$60 each.

And, unless you are running a good power conditioner, you would be feeding an expensive power cord with power that came though basic house wiring anyway. I don't think any power cord can make the A/C signal better than what it is fed.

My .02.

Simonatsea 11-04-2015 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by SteveSem (Post 738436)
What is the collected wisdom on the power cords that come stock with the Inspire Amps. I have been reading a lot about the need for good quality power cords in these types of amps. Even folks who are generally skeptical about the value of cables once you reach a good quality plateau, seem to think that power cords matter for tube amps. Has anyone done any comparisons between the stock cord and any of the upgraded ones that are available?

I tried all my shunyata cords with them. Venom 3, venom 3s, snake bite and diamond back.
The diamond back sounded the best, I actually preferred the simple black cords provided by dennis over the venoms. Marginal gains to be had from my experience.
I found the pair of diamond backs used for $50 cnd each. Pangea use cardas copper and are cheap enough to try out as well. I Dont really recommend the venoms though.


http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p...psm567mdxb.jpg

SteveSem 11-04-2015 08:10 PM

Thanks guys. I like Pangea as well. I picked up a nice batch of interconnects at a yard sale a couple of months ago. I didn't know what they were. But they looked cool and well made. I subsequently realized what they were when researching power cords more generally.

FloridaBoy 11-06-2015 08:16 PM

I found that power cords make a bigger difference on digital sources. I use Harmonic Technology AC11 cords that I've had for years on my amp and pre.

Interconnects do make a big difference and finding the right ones is a personal thing. I got a couple of pairs of Impact IC's from Audio Sensibility. Simple single crystal copper with good RCA's. Very nice if copper is your thing. *I* never liked silver or silver plated copper...especially with digital. YMMV.

IMHO, there is no direct correlation between high price and sonics.

ismelllikepoop 11-16-2015 06:37 PM

still waiting to pick up my new speakers and fire up the inspire set. Random question, my set has pretty crooked and uneven rca jacks, is that typical for these? And dumb question but which order does it go from linestage input vs output to the amp?

pstrisik 11-16-2015 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by ismelllikepoop (Post 740955)
still waiting to pick up my new speakers and fire up the inspire set. Random question, my set has pretty crooked and uneven rca jacks, is that typical for these? And dumb question but which order does it go from linestage input vs output to the amp?

I would say no. A photo would be helpful though. Have you looked through the thread or ebay listings for photos of the rear of some of his amps? He is generally pretty meticulous.

And, I just happen to have a pic of the back of my LP-2 with jacks labeled...........

http://i.imgur.com/9pE7yLI.jpg

ismelllikepoop 11-16-2015 09:16 PM

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Thanks for the photo, here's a photo of mine. Almost tempted to get an lp2 made in matching almond since it kinda irks me. Here's a photo of the amp I got as well, anyone know what the tube-rolling options for this guy?


http://www.audioaficionado.org/attac...s-inspire9.jpg



http://www.audioaficionado.org/attac...ps-inspire.jpg

pstrisik 11-16-2015 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by ismelllikepoop (Post 740984)
Thanks for the photo, here's a photo of mine. Almost tempted to get an lp2 made in matching almond since it kinda irks me. Here's a photo of the amp I got as well, anyone know what the tube-rolling options for this guy?

Not as bad as I imagined when you first described it. I can see how it could bother me though, particularly if I wanted it for the long haul. Going for an LP2 would also give you the updated model. I don't know what Dennis changed going from the one to the two though.

On the other hand, the RCAs are on the back and they aren't that out of whack. You would know it was there but wouldn't see it at all unless you were looking.

Most likely the sound will be stellar either way!

As far as your amp, it's EL84 based? I'm not familiar with that tube and suspect our amps are fairly different, so can't help much there. Anyone else have one of the EL84 based Inspires?

jscottyk 11-17-2015 12:28 PM

Thanks!
 
Hello Everyone,
I'm new here and have not yet made a proper introduction over in Personal Introductions but I wanted to say a quick thanks.

Recently I started exploring the idea of a SET tube amp and ran across you folks and the discussion of Dennis Had's most recent work. After a week of diving in I recently picked up one of this Fire-Bottle KT-88 amps from eBay. In a word, amazing.

I'm still working my way through all 111 pages of this thread and learning a ton. Thanks for all the great information.

-Scott

jdandy 11-17-2015 06:56 PM

jscottyk.......Welcome to Audio Aficionado. :wave:


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