Originally Posted by bass excavator
Science doesn't come into play here. Science will prove or disprove whatever it tries. SVS buying "discounted" powercords wouldn't work since they would be cheaply made to keep the price in check. Just like automakers put in cheap shocks, cheap anti-sway bars, cheap tires and hand you the keys to your performance car. Enthusiasts look for ways to increase the performance given money and quality aftermarket components.
I bought Nordost's Blue Heaven power cord, tried it and it made no difference. Returned it and tried the Vishnu. Made a difference or may not have made as I was not sure. Returned that one too. Tried the Bhrama and it made a world of difference as far as a power cord would. I am not saying it sounded like two subs or anything like that but it made a solid difference. I had 30 days to return it for a full money back. I am satisfied with what performance I got.
I feel it has credibility but you have to spend money. You have to deeply look into the subject and try it. Anyway to each their own.
All the best.
While I agree with "to each their own" since this hobby can reflect so much personal taste, I disagree with the concept that "science doesn't come into play here." Science always comes into play. First of all, this very forum on which we're having this debate is called the AV Science
forum. If that's not enough, what about the fact that the whole field of audio is based on several layers of technologies, all working together to give you an end result? If you take the science out of the tech, what's have you got left?
Let's look at the power cable issue another way. The power that ultimately turns into the sounds your system emits begins many miles away at some generator. It travels through miles and miles of cables, junctions, and transformers, and then yet more cables just to get to your house. Then it goes through yards of house wiring to the breaker box and through many more yards of house wiring to get to your outlet. Somehow after travelling all that way, the power at the outlet is "clean" and "good," but then a few feet of that rascally stock SVS power cord somehow does something bad to it which somehow diminishes the sound. This is what you would have to believe in order to believe that the upgraded cord is going to improve the sound over the stock, but completely functional original cord. The reason you want to throw the science out is because this theory is so scientifically unsound.
Your car anology does not support your argument because science certainly comes into play in that area as well. Sway bars, shocks, and tires are not, or certainly should not be chosen will-nilly and simply slapped on your car, hoping for the best result. They should be chosen for their specification so that they ultimately work together to give the best performance. There's no voodoo going on there. It's science. The results are measurable in the way the car performs. Can you say the same for the changes that an audio power cable imparts on the sound? It can't be measured and it can't be reliably determined by blind tests either.
I'm probably wasting my breath throwing all this science at you. If you're convinced that you are hearing what your hearing despite the lack of logic behind it, I betting that a little science won't change your mind.