Upgraded Power Cord for Oppo BDP-83

default -- Mon, 07/27/2009 - 13:35

Has anyone tried a different power cord with the Oppo Blu-Ray player?
I have tried a Shunyata Venom, and was surprised that I preferred the standard power cord that comes with the Oppo. The power cord with the Oppo was a little cleaner and more distinct sounding, but not bright. I know the Venom seems to lean toward a little softer sound with more bass output, and a tiny bit of sizzle in the treble.
However, I have used this exact same Venom cord in my amp with good success, and also with my turntable. I removed the one from the turntable to test with the Oppo.
Has anyone else tried any A/B comparisons with different power cords and found one they liked with the Oppo? If so, could you describe the difference in sound it produced versus the Oppo cord.
Thanks in advance.

Sam -- Mon, 07/27/2009 - 14:56

What is your associted equipment? Are you using oppo as a cd transport or using it's analogue outputs?

JLeeMD (not verified) -- Tue, 07/28/2009 - 12:22

How long did you leave the Venom in your system.  In my experience, power cords need a couple of days to "settle in" during which time the sound changes quite a bit.  FYI: Shunyata is having a 50% off sale on their Diamondbacks (reg $250).

PPAT (not verified) -- Tue, 07/28/2009 - 13:16

The Shunyata cables are broken in from months of frequent use. I am using the Oppo only for blu-ray, and for sacd and dvd-audio and DVD. So using the 7.1 analog outs into my my NAD amp.
I have fed the power into a Richard Gray 400, plus a PS Audio Quintet, and also just into the wall. Same results each time. The Shunyata made no discernible improvement to sound or image, even though it makes a great improvement over the stock cable for my NAD T753 and my CA 840C, and also my Linn Axis turntable. All those benefited, and this in direct A/B comparison. Not so with the Oppo. This is good, it means some savings on a power cord, but unusual in my experience to find a decent stock power cord.

JLeeMD (not verified) -- Tue, 07/28/2009 - 13:35

I am not referring to cords that are new vs. broken in.  Even with power cords I have used for years, if I change its application to another component, it takes a couple of days for the cord to "settle in" during which time the sound changes quite a bit.  In the past, I would swap out a cord and listen for 30 minutes to decide if I liked the results or not...now I wait a few days before passing judgement.

Paul -- Wed, 07/29/2009 - 12:10

Yeah, I probably should leave the cord and try for a few days to see if this changes. Had not tried past a few hours. Thanks for the tip.


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