This link: http://www.bongomania.com/ESP-test.exe (self-extracting zip for PC) http://www.bongomania.com/ESP-test.zip (regular zip for Mac or PC) contains a set of recordings, for you to listen to and compare. Very large file, please be patient while it downloads. Much explanation is needed! First, if you don't yet know what the point of this test is, please check out this LOCKED thread: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/esp-musiccord-786890/ The file contains four clips, numbered 1-4. All are .wav's, originally recorded at 24/96. Huge thanks to JimmyM for providing the source material! All of the clips started with a single 24/96 recording of some different bass lines, with no processing. All of the clips were then processed identically except for one detail: the power cord. The signal path is: laptop soundcard --> FEA Dual-Band Limiter (to deal with the peaks from slapping) --> H&K Blues Master preamp --> recording computer. The Blues Master contains a tube preamp and a 1-watt tube power amp with a dummy load, so it is good for emulating a full tube amp for this test. The power cord was used to power the Blues Master preamp. Prior to the recordings I ran the ESP cord 24 hours a day for about a week, powering a desktop PC, to "burn it in" according to manufacturer instructions. At least one of the clips was recorded with the preamp powered with the ESP MusicCord PRO power cable. At least one of the clips was recorded with the preamp powered with a super-cheapo 18 AWG power cable of the same length as the ESP. What this means is out of the 4 clips, there may be 1, 2, or 3 of them with the ESP cord, and there may be 1, 2, or 3 of them with the cheapo cord. I have put up a poll here allowing you to pick which track(s) you think were done with the ESP cord. Again, maybe there's only one, maybe there are three, who knows. One potential problem with this particular round of testing is I drove the preamp into much more distortion than I wanted. It's still a perfectly good test, but some people will want to hear a very clean tone for careful listening purposes--so I will make sure "round 2" later this week is all about clean tone. PLEASE do not engage in any further debate about who is or isn't an idiot for any reason whatsoever. We are all monkeys. I'd like this thread to be an open, fair, unbiased opportunity for people to ascertain for themselves whether the ESP cord makes an audible difference--whether or not science validates it, and whether or not a famous endorser validates it! And again, this is only round 1 of the test. There will be more variations and versions. I will reveal the truth about which track is which in... let's say... 10 days.