Originally Posted by Clevor
Has anyone noticed any improvement in 2-channel sound on the BDP-95 by upgrading the stock power cord? I've seen two pro reviews on the subject, both positive, involving the Shunyata Alpha Digital power cord ($450) and the Essence Reference II cord ($2000). But the latter cord is 1.5 times the cost of the the unit! I am using the Oppo as the DAC for my 300B SET amp. I am also looking into upgrading the power cord on the amp also, but was wondering whether it's worth it on the Oppo. Any low budget (<$400) recommendations are welcome.
Funny thing you bring that up
I believe that a power cord can degrade what's coming from the outlet; but not improve it.
I wired my house myself when we built it in 1980.
The circuit that my stereo system is on is a dedicated 12-2 run from the breaker.
My town has it's own electric utility, so the power is of pretty good quality. (I think)
So I built my own power cord out of 14-3 romex with an IEC female and a common grounding male.
I have not noticed any difference with my Rotel RX-1052; but the A-B testing was done when the DIY cord was brand new. (If the whole break-in thing is not snake-oil, too.
I used to think it was; but I have my doubts after a few pairs of interconnects seemed to improve with age. Psychoacoustic adaptation?)
When I plug the thing into the Oppo, I think I think I notice a little more sparkle from the cymbals. I don'r want to switch back and forth too much to prove/disprove it; because
sometimes my BDP95 is silent when it starts and I don't want to tempt fate.
So maybe I'll make another cord or replace the Oppo 18g with the Rotel 16g.
By the way, the DIY cord is plugged directly into an outlet; while the manufacturers were into "filtered" surge protectors. That might have made a difference.