A proper power cable will allow an electrical device to operate as it was designed.
A poorly-constructed power cable made with the cheapest materials known to mankind will degrade sound quality by starving the power supply. A current-choking, voltage-dropping piece of shit power cable will do this to your gear, be it a guitar amp or an Audiophile power amp.
Level Zero Integrity
The Overkill Power Cable will allow a device to operate at level Zero.
Zero represents peak efficiency. Performance cannot exceed the factory specs. The Overkill Power Cable will provide Level Zero Integrity. In other words; peak efficiency.
What's in your wall?
The quality of the wiring in your wall will determine the quality of power your amp is fed. The very best a power cable can do is to not foul the power available within your walls. The power cable's shielding is useful only between the outlet and your amp's socket.
What Is It?
The Overkill Power Cable is a custom-built, shielded, high-current power cable made to order. It's basic design was inspired by Industrial Robotics requirements, and it's protective outer shell was inspired by Aviation construction requirements.
What's In It?
The Overkill Power Cable is constructed with premium and proven materials end to end. Rhodium-plated plugs, heavy-gauge pure copper (OFC) wiring (10awg, 12awg or 14awg), high-efficiency shielding, custom copper, platinum or black/brown-colored nylon braided sleeving and heavy-duty glued heat shrink.
There is no magic or mystery in the Overkill Power Cable. No re-wording of basic design elements to sound esoteric, no pretentious or religious rhetoric, no claims of "proprietary technology," no BS, just a solid build based upon industrial and aviation standards built with excellent but affordable parts and designed to outperform the typical cheap Chinese OEM power cable without costing you more than a nice pair of leather shoes.
So, without magic, what truly separates my power cable from the magician's power cable? One word: "technique". Even the lowly power cable needs to be tweaked to command it's best performance.
Why Do Overkill Power Cables Make A Difference?
It's all about current flow. The typical OEM power cable is 18awg, but power amps tend to consume a lot of juice, thus a heavier gauge wire is necessary for efficient operation. Front-end devices benefit more from the advanced shielding in my light-duty wiring (14awg) than the increased power flow.
Electrical devices tend to emit noise from their power supplies. This noise (EMI) can be induced into the unshielded factory power cable and then become part of the sound as hum, buzz or hiss (self-noise, or self-pollution). The shielding on the Overkill Power Cable routes this noise to ground instead of back into the device resulting in an overall cleaner sound. This is why high-frequency details become more apparent. Increased clarity is simply the reduction of noise.
Do Power Cables Have A "Sound"?
Many power cable makers would have us believe that we can hear their power cables in the music, and some even use the word "musical" to describe their cables. This is absurd. A power cable is an electrical conduit from the wall outlet to the electrical device to ground. Music signal does not pass through it. Any improvements heard in a system with an Overkill Power Cable are due to reduced noise from the shielding and easy-breathing of the power supply because of the heavy-gauge wiring. That's all there is to it. Clean, free-flowing power allows an electrical device to operate as it was designed.
Why Do Mfg's Ship With Inadequate Or Poorly-Constructed Power Cables?
To save money. I imagine that now most Mfg's simply assume that the owner is going to spend a ton on an upgraded power cable anyway, so why bother wasting money on it? Just throw in a cheap Chinese 18AWG unshielded power cable to verify the device will actually power up and call it good.
Why Use An Overkill Power Cable?
According to Overkill Power Cable owners:
For Guitarists: Stronger midrange. Smoother top end. Enhanced touch sensitivity. Minimized buzz/hum. Road-worthy construction quality.
For Bassists: Move from Rolling Mud to Rolling Thunder. Road-worthy construction quality.
For Audiophiles: Lowered noise floor. Tighter bottom end. Enhancement of dynamic "speed". Less cost. Aesthetics.
For Mixing Engineers: Improved accuracy reduces mixing time. Time is money.
Because of the heavy-duty nature of some of the materials I use (namely, the heat shrink), the end results can be a little unpredictable, though the performance is always unbeatable. Because of this, no two cables I build, even two of the same length, will be exactly the same. Each cable is unique, and not particularly "perfect", but will perform perfectly, look beautiful and last a lifetime........guaranteed.
Just be sure and clean the plug, outlet and socket contacts once or twice a year with contact cleaner.
Why Does It Cost So Much?
I don't mark up my materials. I don't use cheap materials, nor do I use over-priced, unproven materials. My cost is your cost. I only charge for my labor, and it takes several hours to build one cable.
Why Does The Overkill Power Cable Compete So Well With The Big Boys?
Because the Big Boys have NOT re-invented the wheel. They only claim to have, and charge for magic and mystery. Many cable-makers tout their own patented technology, but never disclose the patent numbers. Is this because they're using someone else's patents, or are they simply lying?
All Overkill Power Cables are branded and serialized by hand, and documented. All electrical components are UL Listed, among many other industrial certifications.
By the way, I could charge $4350 for one power cable and actually make some money, but that's not my style. I want people to buy my power cable because they want the real thing for a fair price, and I want to dominate the industry.
The scrawny thing (18awg) in the center is the normal power cable that ships with electronic equipment. This one came with my professional 300 watt studio monitor power amplifier. My power amp is getting long in the tooth (needs fresh caps), and will not even function with it's original power cable anymore, but works perfectly with the Overkill Power Cable. I leave the amp as it is because it makes a great test mule.
What To Expect
Based upon all of my clients' initial reactions thus far, one can expect to find himself speechless after opening the package. The material quality will knock your socks off. The tactile experience will make you smile. The beauty will stun you. The craftsmanship will turn you against every other power cable maker in the world.
And when you plug it in.........
Well, I've been told my power cable is the biggest upgrade one can make (for the money).
I do not waste money on a fancy wooden box adorned with gold-infused lettering, or other fancy stuff that does nothing for my cable's performance or durability. I ship in a basic sealed envelope in a larger padded envelope. No frills, no gimmicks, no waste. Just performance and quality at a great price.
Companies who tell their customers to give their cables 500 hours of use to break in are charlatans, especially the ones who claim their cables have been cryo-treated. Take a cable down to near absolute zero to harden the metal, and then tell people they need to heat up the cables for 500 hours to help them perform their best. Wow. The contradictions are endless.
Cryo is used to harden metal for hand tools and brake rotors to make them more durable. Is it wise to harden portable electrical wiring?
Furthermore, how would you even know if their cable had been cryo-treated? Does the cable feel brittle like it may break?
Anyone could say they cryo just to jack up the price even higher. If you must have a cable cryo'd most facilities will only charge you $20.
Also, there is zero evidence that cryo improves conductivity in wiring. I searched high and low for proof, and found none.
Some of my clients have informed me that their power supplies run a little hotter than they did with the factory power cables. This is normal when current flow is unrestricted.
The Silence Test
To determine with your ears how much self-noise your system has, just play a CD, put it on pause, max out all gain stages, then put your ear up to the tweeter and listen for hiss, buzz or hum. Do this on both channels. With the Overkill Power Cable you will hear a decrease in self-noise over the factory power cable.
Another marketing trick used by magicians is to describe a "patent-pending" wire/plug prep technique used to enhance "musicality". In other words, they spray DeOxit onto the wire ends and the plug contacts before installation. Yep, "patent-pending" use of contact cleaner. Is it possible to patent common sense?
Doubt (or refusal of facts)
Naysayers proclaim that heavy-duty shielded power cables don't make any difference (without ever having tried one), but if this were true, then why is the design the standard in ALL industrial environments?