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Old 03-05-2021, 09:25 AM
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Default Is Venom v14 PC digital really best for turntables?

Read a few posts about the designer of the Venom V14 digital cable recommending it for the turntable power supply, regardless of price of turntable. That seems like a pretty emphatic statement by the designer of Shunyata cables. I am glad to hear that type of openness and honesty by the designer. I would like to know if anyone has any real world experience with using that type of power cable with their turntable and what results were discovered. I have a Transrotor Apollon TMD turntable completely maxed out with three motors, PS Audio P12 and Aesthetix IoEclipse with dual power supplies (PCs are black mambas on the Io).

Having an impression over the years of getting the best power cord that one can afford for all components, the rationale by the designer seems to be contradictory to my informed impressions. I mean this in a most positive way. If I can save a few dinero, euro, pounds, dollars, on my next splurge, that’s okay with me. What are your thoughts and experiences? BTW, getting ready to splurge on either sigma NR2 or alpha NR2 for my amps. Thnx.
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Old 03-05-2021, 12:16 PM
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Read a few posts about the designer of the Venom V14 digital cable recommending it for the turntable power supply ... I would like to know if anyone has any real world experience with using that type of power cable with their turntable and what results were discovered.
I'd also be interested in other's experience. It would be easy to argue that a PC on a turntable power supply should have no influence on the sound, but I've been too surprised by other things in our little hobby to blindly accept that.

Years ago, at the recommendation of an audiophile friend, I replaced the PLC that shipped with my VPI TNT turntable to an SDS. (I got a sweet deal on the SDS.) I made the upgrade because the SDS offered more precise control than the PLC and really didn't expect an audible difference. But - surprise! - I found it made a substantial improvement. Obviously that wasn't "placebo effect" at work.

So I'm curious about cables on turntable power supplies.
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Old 03-06-2021, 07:38 AM
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I’ve tried several Shunyata power cords on my Avid Acutus Reference Power Supply. Initially, I was convinced that I heard improvement going from an Alpha NR to Sigma NR and even tried an Alpha NR v2. On Caelin’s advice, I tried the Venom Digital 14 and do not feel like I lost any sound quality. I’ve sold the other cords. As much as I wanted to believe that my upgraded power supply with 1000kva transformer would be better served with a low gauge power cord, I am pleased with the Venom Digital. The Venom Digital is also shielded which Caelin says also benefits turntable power supplies. As always, ymmv.
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