Originally Posted by Jonas2
Like PooperScooper said, won't play here in the U.S. - can you summarize it?
I found the video--here iss the summary.
He used microphones and recorded his stereo and swapped out the power cords (ALL of the power cords) and took the recordings and uploaded them to youtube.
I figured that out then jumped to the end for his "advice" Basicallly, to get the best improvement you should change out all of the power cords for everything to get the best performance improvement.
The British pound to USD conversion rate is 1.25 a pound so the 4,000 pound power cords he tested would run us $5K each here in the states.
As far as listening to stereo systems recorded on microphones--we used to do that back in the mix tape cassette era. Sure! Hey man, I bought a new stereo...want to hear it? No worries my brother, I made a recording on cassette with microphones so enjoy! Happened all the time--as it it never happened--not once and you would get thrown out of the building if you did something like that. When I made my mix tapes, it was CD to tape in and I never thought of using microphones to record the CD... ever.
For some reason, some people believe that recording that way then compressing it on Youtube is an accurate way to check audio gear. Uhhhh.... yeah, listen to how amazing my speakers are on Youtube... I'll pass and avoid any channel that implies that doing that through Youtube helps with anything. Instant fail there!
The comments under his video do give me hope for humainity and their technical literacy--they ripped him a new body orifice! Along the lines of hey mate---you "fixed" my passive power cord problem for the last meter but what should I do about the 100 meters in the walls of my building and the miles of power lines going to the power company?
Other comments were more electrically related as it was explained WHY power cords don't matter, have never mattered and why they never will matter. A few comments about "your system does not resolve enough" and that sort of thing
although I'm not sure what level of system you need to get the full, accurate Youtube videos right. I guess it must take thousands of pounds or something.
In the greater scheme of things, his "test" was very poorly done and Youtube and microphones recording are what you are listening to in reality. His very stronly implied conclusion is the more money you spend on power cords, the better sound you get as long as you replace all the power cords. He did not say if my router needed those power cords, does my laptop need one also? Throw another one on the AVR, the BluRay player and (of course) my two sub amps so I had better save up 30,000 dollars to replace them all.
Oh wait, I would not use an audiophile power cord even if it was free. I tend to believe actual electronic manufacturers and UL/CSA might know a bit more about the laws of electricity and what their equipment needs to get optimum performance. At the most, I might replace one when damaged with a hospital grade version to get better durability...maybe.
Blame all those physics, electronics and math classes... years of science classes have corrupted me!