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    Default Do mains cables make a difference??

    I'm off Down the rabbit hole.

    Ordered some bits from MCRU and should be made up in the next few days.

    I'll post links to the bits when I get a minute.

    SO, am I wasting my time?
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    Absolutely not.
    Had many bought in and DIY cables in various systems I've had.
    They make a difference.

    Buying an expensive one wont make a bad sounding box sound good though, more about letting you hear better what the bit of kit is capable of..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Absolutely not.
    Had many bought in and DIY cables in various systems I've had.
    They make a difference.

    Buying an expensive one wont make a bad sounding box sound good though, more about letting you hear better what the bit of kit is capable of..
    Thanks Gaz,. They are well know quality bits but not breaking the bank. I'm looking forward to experimenting although, I am sceptical for some reason.
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    Go ferret.......

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    I think that they can, but not for the reasons that are often touted in marketing. When I used to spend a lot more time building hifi bits I noticed that having a good low impedance grounding scheme could make a huge difference on performance. My current theory is that the special mains cables make a difference because they tend to provide better earth connections. Couple some good mains leads with a good block and chances are earth currents between equipment will be lower and any filtered noise can be delt with more effectively.

    Also screened cables can help especially near phono stages. If you ever wave an oscilloscope probe near some mains cables you can quite easily see the pickup on the scope.

    Cases protect against this noise, but you need a good solid ground connection scheme in order to get this noise away from the equipment.

    Interested to see what you results you get with your experiments.
    ~Paul~

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    The question you should be asking is, do they make a difference to you? No-one can answer the mains cable question as there are simply too many variables to account for. As always, trust your ears, if they make a difference then great, if not move on.
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    Question Do mains cables make a difference?

    I think so, as I doubt your equipment would switch on without them

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    Im yet to be convinced , cant see how , my home was built in the 50s with 50s ring main wiring , how can a 1mtr length of super duper cable make a difference , have you seen the wiring inside some hifi units ?


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