Not because they are soft, and feel nice against your bum, but rather due to the fact one may actually have some beads and shells left over, for other finer things in life.
I've been intrigued by PS Audio's Power Punch offering. Looking at the price (around $70 for a 2m cord), I honestly was not expecting much. Probably a standard IEC cord, wrapped in a nice jacket, with upgraded connectors. I couldn't have been more wrong. How PS Audio can sell (and package) these cords SO cheap, is beyond me. They must truely be a loss leader, the minnow dangling on the hook - to get people to try their products (in hopes if they are pleased, they will upgrade or look at other PS Audio offerings).
I purchased two, 2.0m Power Punch cords a couple weeks ago, and have been burning them in on my single ended 211 monoblocks. (I removed my SC power cords, for the purpose of this review). The difference was anything but subtle (compared to a standard $3 IEC). Overall, the music has more weight, from top to bottom. Every note seems to have just a little more impact, and presence. It's not as though a blanket has been lifted off the system, but rather a fine film was removed. Bass speed and attack has improved slightly also.
My 211 monoblock power trannies crank out over 1000v, so unless you bury them in concrete - there is ALWAYS some noticeable hum from the transformers themselves. As soon as I connected the PS Audio Power Punch cords - the hum was cut by at least 50% - again, comparing directly to your standard IEC. Instant, noticeable difference.
Build? First rate. Very flexible, easy to route, and both ends make a SOLID, confident connection to the outlet and input.
I won't ramble on too much about a entry level product, because, well, that's exactly what it is. However, for a very small investment, the Power Punch offers real performance, at the listening chair.
Is this the cable for everyone? Probably not.
This is the cable for the Audiophile, who expects, nay demands a certain level of performance - but at the same time would like to have a few greenbacks in his/her pocket left over for posh undercrackers.
DIY Custom Line Arrays
Signet SP200 Subwoofer
Radii MMS 211 monoblock tube amps (power punch 2m)
Rogue Audio Magnum 66 tube line stage (power punch also, 1m)
AMC CD8b Transport
Meridian 563 D/A converter
Sansui TU-417 Tuna