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Old 11-01-2017, 12:53 AM
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Default Which cables provided the best sound upgrade?

Which cables provided the best sound upgrade in your system in order from best to least noticeable? Not brand (even though I'm curious), but what type of cable?

Power, XLR interconnect, RCA, speaker, hdmi, usb, cat5/6, etc.
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Old 11-01-2017, 12:55 AM
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Commonly, the hierarchical benefits go like this (most to least):

Power
Speaker
Interconnects

That's assuming you have addressed your power -- power is numero uno critical in laying the foundation to the entire system.

Best Sir,

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Old 11-01-2017, 03:28 AM
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Commonly, the hierarchical benefits go like this (most to least):

Power
Speaker
Interconnects

That's assuming you have addressed your power -- power is numero uno critical in laying the foundation to the entire system.

Best Sir,

Bob
Yes, that is true, power cables are the most important.
Without them, your system can not work .
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Old 11-01-2017, 03:46 AM
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I thought speaker then power then xlr.... that was my experience with AQ Wels.
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Power
Speaker
Interconnects....

Definitely...
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Commonly, the hierarchical benefits go like this (most to least):

Power
Speaker
Interconnects

That's assuming you have addressed your power -- power is numero uno critical in laying the foundation to the entire system.

Best Sir,

Bob

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Old 11-01-2017, 11:49 AM
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Commonly, the hierarchical benefits go like this (most to least):

Power
Speaker
Interconnects

That's assuming you have addressed your power -- power is numero uno critical in laying the foundation to the entire system.

Best Sir,

Bob
I Agree, just replaced 5 power cables and heard a substantial improvement.

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I am currently looking to replace the Parasound power cable, lots of choices out there....

What do AA folks prefer....Silver, copper, coated copper.........etc??
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Unlike signal cables, the conductor material itself is not the key parameter for power cables; what matters is their ability to 1) deliver current as fast as possible (dynamic transient current delivery) and 2) ability to reject noise and keep noise from escaping from the cable and contaminating other components and unshielded cables.

Shunyata Research uses a very pure from of copper, OFE Alloy 101, for their power cables, for example. I'm using a full set of their power cables for my system and I admit to be being biased towards their products because I'm of the view that their products are based and designed on a truly deep scientific, materials sciences, and physics domain knowledge and understanding. As well as patents. And as a scientist myself, the way Caelin Gabriel thinks and designs products just works for me, as do his products.
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