Originally Posted by kesa32
chasw98, is it worth tossing the sometimes flimsy pwr leads that come with power amps and hardwiring in somthing heavier and bypassing that extra connection point as well? l have'nt heard of many people doing it so l'm just curious as to whether it would help with peak power delivery at all, l'll be interested to hear what you and others thoughts are on this .
This question can lead to the snake oil boutique power cord discussion which can go crazy. I took a common sense approach. If you want to bypass the SJE connector built into the back of the amp and make your power cord 'permanent' so that it cannot be unplugged, yes, it will be according to numbers a better connection than a pluggable connection. Will it be an audible difference? Highly unlikely.
I went so far as to buy Belden power cords that come under the 'Volex" name and are available at www.carlton-bates.com
. Model 17604 is 3 cond, 14 gauge power cord. I then cut the end that plugs into the amplifier and replaced them with Schurter brand connectors. The cords are around $8-$9 each and the connectors are $4-$5 each. Shipping will kill you if you order one at a time.
So to answer your question, I tossed the flimsy power cords but kept the input connectors on the amp. Now realize that all of this doesn't mean squat if you are hooking this up to a 20 amp circuit with a wall plug rated at 15 amps and the internal house wiring is 14 gauge. I bought 20 amp Hubbell hospital grade outlets and wired 4 dedicated circuits with 10 gauge wire and run no more than 2 amplifiers per circuit. All my low level equipment is powered by a 2.5kw Balanced Power Transformer to cut down on noise.
In the end, does it make a difference? I believe all the little tweaks I have done to my power system add up to an audible difference. If you take each one by itself, they help and build a good foundation. Hope this helps.