Thanks, all. Yes, it should help. If I do swap, I’ll likely leave it for no other reason than because my rack is meticulously cable-managed, and running any new cable in the rack is time-consuming.
I know it helps to use quality power cords for everything from the Power Plant, but what about going to the Power Plant. I searched the Power Products forum, and found nothing from Paul (or other Administrator) stating this. How would a higher quality power cord (with more/better shielding) help the Power Plant?
Didn’t have my grounding pin in my Prelude, but PS Audio sent me one (several) and just received it today. Will replace my standard cable with the Prelude in the coming days, but don’t expect to hear a difference. How would I know? Even if I were to play a 20 second piece of music, run to the rack, swap cables at the wall and P5, re-queue the same music and listen, 100 seconds or so would pass, and how would I remember what I heard? I think that amount of time would invalidate any accurate AB listening test. The placebo effect would come into play a great deal.
That’s why, my original question was, should a Prelude help. If so, that’s good enough for me. I’ve just never read anything from PS Audio saying that a better cable coming… wait
Well, I feel like a ma-roon. From the P5 instruction/user/manual:
“We strongly recommend the use of a PS Audio PerfectWave AC Power Cable (such as the AC-3, AC-5, or AC-12) with your Power Plant 5. In addition, a PS PowerPortTM AC receptacle will be very beneficial to the overall performance of the Power Plant 5. For more information please visit: www. psaudio.com for a complete list of our AC Power Accessories, including those mentioned above. While the supplied power cable and a regular duplex receptacle is adequate for the task of feeding unadulterated AC into your system, it is not going to provide pinnacle performance. Choosing any PerfectWave AC Power Cable and/or an upgraded receptacle will affect significant performance improvements”.
There we go! Good enough for me! I’ll be swapping to my Prelude, and will be happy whether I hear a difference or not.
Thanks again to all for your inputs.