Originally Posted by Dave-T
I am contemplating buying some AudioQuest power cords, the NRG-2 to her exact for my subwoofer, 2 line conditioners, 2 amps and processor. My current generic power cords that came with the equipment are way to long for my setup so i am going to see if power cords make a difference. I can get a 25% discount on Audioquest stuff so some 3' power cords are in my future. I use Audioquest Mackenzie RCA connects, type 4 and type 2 speaker cable and like them all. Unfortunately AQ's HDMI cables that are CL3/CL4 rated are 13' long and I need about 5' shorter. I have considered buying two of 0.6m Carbon HDMI cables for my Oppo 203 and cable box because my 4' ones are to long. I am well aware that forum members are big fans of Blue Jeans and Monoprice which is fine. I had a Monoprice HDMI cable and optical cable and both feel apart so I moved on.
Yeah the Carbon hdmi would give you a good upgrade. Vodka would be noticeably better. All depends on your budget and how much you appreciate good video and audio playback. Audioquest is an excellent brand. Vann's online has a super price on Carbon hdmi and is a reputable dealer
I have not used Audioquest power cords. I use Synergistic Research almost exclusively. I always buy used so can get them for half price or less.
ebay is a good place to shop, but the UsedCable site is great too and you can phone them an make an offer.
Actually, the Synergistic Research Tesla Plex SE duplex receptacle is one serious upgrade at $90 new (can find them used, people keep them).
I have had several high end power conditioners and found that the Tesla Plex was a great upgrade especially if you have not high end cables yet.
So starting with the wall outlet, then get a decent high end multioutlet strip and then get power cords, starting with your front end equipment like
digital player, preamp, DAC, those front end components. But the outlet receptacle and then a power strip of the high end category will upgrade everything
thats plugged into it, including your TV/display monitor.
Let me know if you want any leads on what to get, and give me a budget limit. best regards,
ps I offered a guy on Audiogon who always has the Tesla Plex for sale a $90 delivered price to me in CA and he sold it to me.