Originally Posted by Gizmologist
I am STILL waiting to hear from the magic cable crowd exactly what they THINK happens to the direct current voltage and current output from the power supply after switching to a mega buck 6ft AC cable and specifically HOW it alters the audio signal parameters. Nothing subjective please; actual repeatable numbers and specifically what test equipment that is available ONLY to the esoteric cables hawkers that no other manufacturer or testing lab has access to.
Originally Posted by beaveav
As has been pointed out by Gizmologist, how would a power cord even have an effect? Don't people realize the audio product (amp, DAC, AVR, whatever) converts the incoming AC to DC before doing anything with it??
If I were designing, selling them to would be power cord enthusiasts, I'd consider demonstrable aspects (aside from the aesthetic goodies that increase expectation bias);
Low pass filtration, removing potential
line side garbage
Insertion loss-ample cross sectional area, as to in no way impede current, or contribute to voltage drop
Some measure of reduction of potentially negative external field interaction (be it shielding, twisting, whatever)
Negligible reactive component associated with the above measures
Clamping pressure w/the female end
Corrosion resistance plating/materials
Maybe there's more ...
Now, the expectation bias components;
Phenomenally cool packaging, wood box, velvet interior, w/window top placing massive male connector prominently visible (phallic thing I reckon)
Garden hose size, yet mega stranding and other techniques create super flexibility.
Some slick heat shrink (or even the big thick cold shrink) covering spec grade Hubble/Leviton, pick your poison (literally).
Some well crafted add copy clearly laying out what is to be heard and experienced upon first listen.
I'm sure there's a lot more ....
All in fun gentlemen, Nyal handles himself in a gentlemanly manner, and is a solid contributor here, whom I respect. The above is merely devil's advocate, my cords are all stock. My take, essentially everything matters, just to varying degrees