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diy cables confused

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by miggsy, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. miggsy

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    well i have been reading posts the last couple of days and i see people are making there own power leads well im a little confused are all you making new leads to feed each item ie dvd plasma amp etc


    or something else

    i apologies if this is a stupid question but this is all new to me
     
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    Some people are indeed making up power cords. These replace the bog standard power cord that comes as standard.
    Saves on spending a small fortune on 'manufactured power cords'
    Like a lot of things in Hi Fi the jury is still out on whether it makes a blind bit of difference or not.
     
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    what are these blocks im reading about then??
     
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    Power distribution blocks basic ones are what you buy from Argos etc. Offering surge protection and little else.
    Go further up the food chain and they turn into power conditioners essentially cleaning the mains power.
    It's worth ascertaining whether your mains supply is really an issue before buying anything more than a surge protector.
    If you don't have a problem most conditioners won't do anything.
    If you do have a problem with mains interference then adding a seperate ring main or a dedicated spur to your existing system is often a better way of tackling the problem than buying an expensive mains conditioner.
    Things like mains cables and mains conditioners should really be 'if I need one' rather than must have to make the hifi sound good.
    Room accoustics and careful positioning of speakers will have a more pronounced effect on the overall sound of a system.
    I didn't say it doesn't become complicated......:)
     
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