Mains lead for sub

sceptic

Active Member
I've read in these extremely informative forums that the performance of my Paradigm PDR10 sub would improve if I changed the supplied mains lead.
Can anyone advise me what lead would give a discernable improvement and where I can buy it.

I don't want to go to Russ Andrews and pay £25 for no improvement. This happened with their 4-way extension. :mad:

cheers
 

Jase

Distinguished Member
Hi

Forum member Stranger (Ken) had a kettle lead on his Paradigm sub, seemed to be an improvement over the standard one. Not tried it myself though! Looking into mains cables etc at the moment.:)
 

sceptic

Active Member
Originally posted by Jase
Hi

Forum member Stranger (Ken) had a kettle lead on his Paradigm sub, seemed to be an improvement over the standard one. Not tried it myself though! Looking into mains cables etc at the moment.:)

Thanks Jase

A silly question - where can I buy a kettle lead?
 
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MikeK

Guest
Originally posted by sceptic
I've read in these extremely informative forums that the performance of my Paradigm PDR10 sub would improve if I changed the supplied mains lead.
Can anyone advise me what lead would give a discernable improvement and where I can buy it.

I don't want to go to Russ Andrews and pay £25 for no improvement. This happened with their 4-way extension. :mad:

cheers

Depends what improvements you are looking for!

Personally I suspect you'll find it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever, unless there is something physically wrong with the one you already have. However, a standard kettle lead is only a few quid, so if you don't get any improvements, you've not really lost very much if you decide to try one.
Nick the one off your kettle first and see if it makes any difference (if you have a kettle with an IEC lead that is)

If you have any real problems with your mains, there are usually real world solutions, without having to resort to hocus pocus :)
In most cases though, there really isn't any problem in the first place - no surprise then that the cures have no effect!
 

sceptic

Active Member
Tried a lead from a spare kettle and, to my amazement, an improvement that was discernible to two people in a blind test.

I've always been sceptical of claims for improvments with leads, cables, etc. so this has surprised me.
The bass seems tighter and less boomy.

Maybe I can experiment further and convince myself that it's worth paying Russ Andrews £25 for a lead.

Anyway, I'm pleased with my cheap upgrade :D
 
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MikeK

Guest
Ha ha!! mine too!! :) :)

Are the connectors on the "new" lead cleaner/shinier than the old one, and did it seem a tighter fit when you pushed it home?

Whether it really makes any difference in the end or not, I still keep all my connections clean and tight where possible!
It doesn't cost anything, and I really can't see it could possibly do any harm!
As a consequence, I've never really used dirty/oxidised/loose etc connections, so I can't really say whether keeping them clean makes much (if any) difference - however, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence around that suggests it might - and as it's easy and free to do....then why not?


As for your new lead - well you've got what you feel is an improvement for free (or very cheap) - end of story!!
There's quite a few people who believe that RA power leads offer a discernible improvement too - in my experience they don't, but remember that's only one opinion from a sea of them out there, and I've not tried one on every conceivable piece of equipment in 000s of different homes!
 

Mark Ward

Active Member
Kettle Leads

I also remember reading somewhere, possibly in RA's Power & the Glory brochure, that simply changing the fuses for 13A ones can improve clarity.

I gained greater picture & sound detail from my TV by chopping off the old lead and adding an RA Yellow power leads to my 32" Panasonic.

I have to say that the difference adding RA leads to my Lex/Arcam setup is less clearly defined.

I'm not sure whether any improvemnt is real or merely placebo because you're listening harder.

Mark.
 
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GaryG

Guest
From Russ's Free Tips on their website www.russandrews.com/mains.html

Which mains lead should I replace first?

Ideally all the mains leads should be replaced, but if you have to choose then the following list shows the best order for replacing leads:

1. CD player* or your primary music source. CD players are the most sensitive to RFI on the mains and show the biggest improvement.

2. Pre-amp

3. Power amp

4. Tuner (and any other music source).

*If you have a two box CD transport and DAC do your CD transport first and then your DAC.

The longer PowerKord's are more effective than the shorter ones at rejecting RFI and therefore sound better. A further improvement is to use a PowerKord distributor block and plug the PowerKord mains leads into that.

In my experience a single lead doesn't offer much of an improvement, go the whole hog and get a lead for all the kit or don't bother.
 

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