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Chord Company Shawline Purple Power Chord 13A IEC Mains Cable
“I listened to a Power Chord on my CD player and then got two more to use with my pre and power amplifiers. I heard more detail but it was the improvements in dynamics and control that really impressed.”
The Power Chord mains cable (like so many of our cables) came into being just after the Signature speaker cable. This was our first shielded speaker cable and it taught us so much about the use of and performance improvements that a high frequency effective shield could bring.
The Power Chord uses the same high frequency effective shielding as other Chord cables, and like other cables with high frequency effective shielding the improvements are easy to hear and pretty universal. There is better definition, bass lines are clear, dynamic and easy to follow. Voices are more convincing and rhythms hang together better.
Try a Power Chord on your source component but be prepared to experiment. If you start with just one you should try it on all the equipment you have. You may find the biggest result comes from connecting your amplifier first. It will be easy to hear where it works best, and it will be easy to add more Power Chords as well.
We didn’t produce a mains cable for a long time, and it wasn’t until we had produced the Signature speaker cable and understood how important high frequency effective shielding is, that we felt we could make a mains cable with a consistent performance.
Conductors: 3 X 14 AWG high purity multi-strand copper conductors.
Configuration: Parallel conductor layout, dual layer floating shield
Shielding: Dual layer high frequency effective braid and foil combination shield
Jacket: High density vibration damping outer jacket
There’s more to making a mains cable perform properly than fitting the right plugs. We did test a lot of IEC plugs before fitting the one that we do, in listening tests it was clearly better than the others. What really surprised us though was just how much influence on sound quality the routing of the conductors within both the IEC and mains plugs had.
The Power Chord is available fitted with UK and European mains plugs. Other types may be available to order.
Use it with
Built with hi-fi components in mind, the Power Chord worked every bit as well on home cinema processors and amplifiers and turned out to be rather good with high definition screens and projectors as well.