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Best Audiophile Power Cables

When it comes to audio and cables, there’s no denying that the science of sending electrical impulses through copper strands to drive a simple coil & magnet motor that’s attached to a cone is technology that’s been around for a while. Over the decades, each aspect of audio reproduction has been refined, with the goal of achieving Hi-Fi sound, where the gear gets out of the way and lets you hear the mix as the person who mastered it envisioned you would. Audiophiles are prone to doing whatever it takes to get as pristine sound as they can, and even something as mundane and detached from the signal chain as a power cable factors into the equation.

The claims made for justifying the cost of high-end power cables roughly fall into three categories. First are the claims a copper power cord is somehow filtering electrons, getting them to behave better. This is doubtful and would need to be proven through rigorous testing that for some reason cannot be achieved through scientifically accepted methods like AB/X blind testing. Following that is the notion that the real upgrade is using a wider gauge than the OEM cord and adding shielding—this can be valid if you are also buying a longer power cable than the OEM provides. Lastly, there is an aesthetic factor to audiophile power cords. Simply put, no other power cords have this over-the-top aesthetic. If you can’t hide your power cords, why not buy ones that look good?


If nothing else, audiophile power cords make regular power cords look really wimpy.

While the question of whether a power cable can alter the sound of a audio component is the source of endless debate, for the sake of this list we will stay away from such claims. But longer, thicker power cables that impress the guests are, fortunately, rather affordable if you shop on Amazon instead of going to a high-end audio boutique retailer. And if brand cachet matters enough to justify a heavy premium—just as it does with watches, sunglasses and women’s handbags—you can always opt for the offerings of Audioquest.

With the caveat that the power cables shipped with your gear are likely as good as they need to be, if not as long as you need or as attractive as you want, here are some selections for upgraded power cables (on Amazon).

1. Top Pick - WAudio 10 AWG Hi-End HiFi Audio Universal AC Power Cable Power Cord US Plug - 6.6 feet

Erase any doubt that your power cable can carry enough current by going with this 10-gauge beast. The 6.6-foot length gives you the reach to make that connection to your power conditioner or wall outlet. This cables also shielded to reject EMI and RFI interference. This cable comes with a 30-day moneyback guarantee and five-year warranty.

2. Recommended - D'Addario Accessories 12 AWG Power Cable - 10 feet

Nothing overly fancy here, this one does not have the aesthetic appeal of some other cables. However, this 12 AWG power cable is 10 feet long, making it a great option if you need a longer cable for a high current amplifier or other high draw device.

3. Reliable: Hospital Grade Power Cord, 14 AWG, 15 Amp / 125 Volt, 10 Feet

“Only” 14 gauge as compared to the above power cables, but this is a hospital grade cord. Aesthetically it’s very plain, but the price is only slightly higher than commodity power cables and you get a cable that’s designed for mission critical applications—if there’s any environment where you would not want a power cord to fail or negatively impact performance, it’s a hospital. If it’s good enough for an operating room, it’s good enough for your stereo system. Available in 6, 10 and 15-foot lengths.

4. Luxury Option - AudioQuest - NRG-Z3 Power Cable with PSC Conductors, 6.6 feet

If you are the sort who can afford to spend big bucks on power cables, Audioquest can accommodate. The NRG-Z3 does not list gauge but it does make various claims about how its design lowers impedance and helps reject RF noise. Get bragging rights from your choice in power cables, along with a brochure full of technical mumbo-jumbo you can memorize to impress your friends. Get Audioquest.

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If yuh hafta ask the price, yuh can't afford it...$35 fer 3 feet ain't too much, is it.

I wouldn't mind colorful well-built power cables, but wife dislikes visible cable. Maybe convince that cat would like. Anything goes for cat--finest foods, bottled water, grooming, etc. So, there yuh go.
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OK, a better power cord seems unlikely to improve sound quality. But I can't totally dismiss the possibility. I've done my share of silver and gold connectors and Wonder Cap upgrades over the years and have been mostly pleased with the results. I know many people feel that any perceived improvements are psychological and maybe they are, but I prefer using gear that I like the output from.

So I found the Audio Quest cord on Amazon with a 30 day return. When I have a chance I'll audition it and if not amused send it back.

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But... miles of cheap 14/2 cable between your audiophile plug and the electric company. What sort of nonsense is this thread!
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I find the max amps that something will draw find a cable that is rated for that amperage in the length and color I need and purchase it, no further thinking goes beyond that lol... so Im good with monoprice cables and the likes.

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But... miles of cheap 14/2 cable between your audiophile plug and the electric company. What sort of nonsense is this thread!
No no no, you don't understand. This is for TRUE audiophiles. These people have Tesla Solar Roofs installed with Tesla Power Walls upgraded with AudioQuest super-caps. They have also hired AudioQuest electricians to replace that garbage that home builders use with pure silver 000 Guage AC wiring tuned to a precise 60Hz. These electricians wear EMI shielded coveralls to ensure that the wire is not contaminated with stray WIFI signals.

Coming soon, AudioQuest will be selling audiophile grade solar filter film which is applied directly to Tesla solar roofs. This film filters out variances found in normal sunlight so that the solar panels only get audiophile grade sunlight.

All of this combines to create an acoustically perfect power generation to speaker chain of audiophile grade components available only from AudioQuest.

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Any UL listed IEC power cord of the proper gauge is as good as any snake oil out there.Speaking of a fool and his money- check this out. https://www.cruzefirstaudio.com/maestro A Hubble hospital grade receptacle costs about $10 and is as good as it gets.
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This is the real deal in high quality electrical wiring https://www.hubbell.com/hubbell/en/P...8600/p/1636155
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No no no, you don't understand. This is for TRUE audiophiles. These people have Tesla Solar Roofs installed with Tesla Power Walls upgraded with AudioQuest super-caps. They have also hired AudioQuest electricians to replace that garbage that home builders use with pure silver 000 Guage AC wiring tuned to a precise 60Hz. These electricians wear EMI shielded coveralls to ensure that the wire is not contaminated with stray WIFI signals.

Coming soon, AudioQuest will be selling audiophile grade solar filter film which is applied directly to Tesla solar roofs. This film filters out variances found in normal sunlight so that the solar panels only get audiophile grade sunlight.

All of this combines to create an acoustically perfect power generation to speaker chain of audiophile grade components available only from AudioQuest.
I stand corrected. I wonder if all that helps reverse tinnitus! If So, I need a second job.
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This is the real deal in high quality electrical wiring https://www.hubbell.com/hubbell/en/P...8600/p/1636155
I outfitted all the outlets in my theater build that have actual a/v equipment plugged in with high quality Hubbells. Not so much for the idea it may improve quality but to ensure tight connections and better build quality for the long haul than the cheapo basic outlets used by home builders.
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I have upgraded all my home appliances to audioquest. my toast is crunchier ,my vacuum cleaner is suckier and my water boils extra hot.
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I like how they post it from a generic account so you can't hold anyone accountable. AVS was founded by an enthusiast but since sold to a faceless conglomerate. Have you ever tried using this site without an ad blocker? It's literally cancer. There are still a lot of respected and knowledgeable people here but this kind of thing just makes me want to jump ship.
It's almost as if you are commenting without actually reading the post... but to be honest the spicy comments are fun.
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It's almost as if you are commenting without actually reading the post... but to be honest the spicy comments are fun.
I read the post. You are still promoting these scammy companies and making money on the affiliate links..
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I read the post. You are still promoting these scammy companies and making money on the affiliate links..
Some people amused, others triggered. That's power cords! World's not going to end if someone buys the big, thick, snake-skin patterned first choice without expectation of sonic improvement, or opts to go hospital grade for a 10-foot cable.

If they buy Audioquest, that's on them and is akin to buying expensive sunglasses just for the brand.
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Some people amused, others triggered. That's power cords! World's not going to end if someone buys the big, thick, snake-skin patterned first choice without expectation of sonic improvement, or opts to go hospital grade for a 10-foot cable.

If they buy Audioquest, that's on them and is akin to buying expensive sunglasses just for the brand.
This is a fair point, although fashion companies are typically a bit more honest about the benefits of their offerings whereas Audioquest is one of the scummiest.
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Some people amused, others triggered. That's power cords! World's not going to end if someone buys the big, thick, snake-skin patterned first choice without expectation of sonic improvement, or opts to go hospital grade for a 10-foot cable.

If they buy Audioquest, that's on them and is akin to buying expensive sunglasses just for the brand.
You are right the world is not going to end if someone buys a power cable.


But let's use another example: Say I run a health blog and I promote someone else's fake but ultimately harmless Covid cure and make money every time someone clicks the link. Should people be upset at me?


You are running an AV Science website and now promoting literal snake oil products. Hopefully you can understand why this would upset people.

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^^ And why it hurts your credibility.




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Some people amused, others triggered. That's power cords! World's not going to end if someone buys the big, thick, snake-skin patterned first choice without expectation of sonic improvement, or opts to go hospital grade for a 10-foot cable.

If they buy Audioquest, that's on them and is akin to buying expensive sunglasses just for the brand.
In case you hadn't noticed, the world IS ending because stupid people are blindly making bad, uneducated decisions.
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You are right the world is not going to end if someone buys a power cable.


But let's use another example: Say I run a health blog and I promote someone else's fake but ultimately harmless Covid cure and make money every time someone clicks the link. Should people be upset at me?


You are running an AV Science website and now promoting literal snake oil products. Hopefully you can understand why this would upset people.
While I'd like to think of buying expensive audiophile cables as being akin to a disease, I am not willing to "go there" in terms of acknowledging that analogy. One is a serious public health issue, the other is spending way too much on something for a hobby. So please, no COVID analogies, OK?
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People can spend all they want, its just when they recommend others waste money that I have any issues.


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IF you asked me... they deliberately post stuff like this.... so they can catagorize all more expensive stuff as a waste of money,,,,,,,,,,, so they can more easily sell, the truckloads of cheap stuff.......... that really are like throwing money into a land fill. One thing for sure...... as a purchaser is it highly unlikely you will misplace a 300.00 power cord.... but everything else...... people will waste hours upon hours looking for it.

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