Level 3 Reference Series Power Cord is our jaw dropping triple 8 gauge "top-level" power cord. This cord is probably the best sounding affordable power cord made. It provides huge dynamic impact, maximum bass weight and authority, very open sound with full harmonic structure coming from a black background, and does so without causing any problems such as colorations. This is by far our customers' most popular power cord choice. You can see the entire line-up HERE.
Level 3 Highlights:
- Only $330 for 3 foot and 5 foot lengths
- 7 foot and 9 foot lengths available HERE
- 30 day risk free trial
- Oxygen Free Copper wires with impurities reduced down to 5 parts per million
- 24 square mm of Copper (cable's total cross sectional area) = three #8 AWG build
- Integrated noise filtering technology
- Proprietary Oxygen Free Solid Copper plugs
- Probably the best sounding affordable power cord made
- Easy to bend into shape making them highly manageable
- Made in USA (one at a time in Lake Elmo MN)
Wall Plug Options:
- North American wall plug comes standard
- Schuko wall plug is optional (click HERE)
IEC Plug Options:
- 15 Amp IEC plug comes standard (fits most audio components)
- 20 Amp IEC plug is optional (click HERE to view)
A Power Cord can Improve a Component's Sound if it Can:
- Provide an unrestricted source of power into the audio component
- Restrict the amount of noise on the power mains from getting into the audio component
- Provide a fast path for noise generated in the power supply to get out of the audio component
Each of the many wire strands used to hand build an ANTICABLES Power Cord is drawn in a way that forms the wire into a cross sectional molecular shape which allows noise coming from the component's power supply to quickly escape the component on the skin of each wire strand. In doing so, the ANTICABLES Power Cords help to keep the component's own power supply noise from contaminating the music.
This processed wire also has the great advantage of time smearing any noise traveling in the wire in the opposite direction, thus reducing the amplitude of noise getting into the audio component from the wall outlet.
Our customers, who are already running third party upgraded power cords as well as power conditioners, are reporting getting better sound, not only by replacing their existing power cords but also by bypassing their power conditioner altogether. The ANTICABLES Power Cords appear to be so good at restricting the flow of noise from the wall outlet, that the power conditioner is not additionally beneficial. And, when the ANTICABLES Power Cord is plugged directly into the wall, it has the ability to do a better job of getting the noise out of the component's own power supply, as well as doing a better job at providing unrestricted power to the unit. In most instances, best sound is achieved with a direct connection to the wall outlet.
Sound Improvements Typically Heard Include:
- Greater dynamics
- Darker background
- Sounds "more natural"
- Greater bass extension
- More tuneful bass
- Greater high frequency extension
- Less high frequency electronic signatures
- Digital sources will sound much more analog like
- Much more resolving of music information
- More relaxing
- Deeper soundstage
Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 ANTICABLES Power Cords provide all these sonic improvements, but to an even greater and greater extent as you move up the levels.
We believe the ANTICABLES power cords are capable of sonic improvements that can be described as "system changing". For example: When listening to music for enjoyment, we changed from listening to 80% analog (vinyl), to listening to 80% digital after adding a Level 3 ANTICABLES Power Cord to our reference CD player. This then created motivation to improve our analog source which now equals or betters the digital source, (but it took a $6,500 upgrade to do so).
Quantifying and Comparing Sound Improvement:
One of the most difficult questions to answer is how do the power cords sound, and how do they compare to each other and to other offerings. All three ANTICABLES Power Cord levels and two other well known and well designed after market power cables were compared in three different systems against the stock power cords. Below is a rough average of how they scored on a scale of 1 to 10. Our best advice is to buy the best scoring power cable that is within your system's budget.
Customers who are interested in doing this comparison themselves should contact us. We are willing to loan out any of these power cords for 30 days after securing their retail price.
Where to use ANTICABLES Power Cords:
Since it is improbable that one would fully dive into investing in ANTICABLES Power Cords for every component in a system, the natural question is how to best invest progressively in ANTICABLES Power Cords. For the most cost effective strategy, we recommend this priority list:
- Source (CD player, DAC, and phono preamplifier)
- Digital transport
- Power Amplifiers
- Turntable Motor Supply
The design process of the ANTICABLES Power Cords involved first developing the best power cord possible, which became the Level 3 Reference Series Power Cord. Time was then spent researching ways to reduce the material and labor costs while maintaining an offering that could still stand on its own and still out perform the competition at its price point.
The Level 2 Performance Series Power Cords use the same proprietary solid copper AC Wall Plugs and IEC Inlet Plugs, but less ANTICABLES power cord wire strands per connection. The goal is achieved and the Level 2 ANTICABLES Power Cords prove to be a very well balanced and natural sounding middle offering. Like its big brother, the Level 2 cord is constructed with nothing but high purity oxygen free solid Copper from end to end. No solder is used. No platings are used.
The Level 1 ANTICABLES Power Cords use the same technology but with even less ANTICABLES power cord wire strands per connection. In doing so, the tonality starts to tip toward "lean". To compensate for this tonality shift, the AC Wall Plug's and IEC Inlet Plug's "Hot" and "Neutral" contacts are Gold plated which tends to fatten up the bass. The "Ground" plug is Rhodium plated to keep the Gold colorations from becoming too prominent and helps liven up the sound, without causing too much brightness to the music. Plating the solid Copper plug contacts lessens the power cord's ability to resolve low level musical information, but getting the tonality correct at this price point is more important.
Reviewer Ron Brenay of New Record Day said:
"With the Level 3 Power Cords, the bottom of the barrel octaves seemed to hit a bit harder, and everything sounded more controlled."
"...I was able to detect dynamics render with more clarity and precision."
"...I threw the entire ANTICABLES loom into the mix (Level 2 speaker wires, Level 2.2 RCA ICs, and Level 3 Power cords), and got as close to what I would consider a full blown Hi-Fi system that still offers serious value and does not cut any critical corners. I typically see Clayton (of Spatial Audio), paired with Red Dragon and ANTICABLES at the shows. And when I heard their room in Newport (T.H.E. Show), I had the feeling this was going to be the combo to beat."
"...I pressed play and got the party started. I ended up with a holographic midrange and enough detail to bring excitement to any party."
"...With the entire cable loom covering the whole rig, the ANTICABLES are no nonsense, outside of the box way of thinking. Paul has a good thing going with his ANTICABLES and what impressed me most is we didn't even clime all the way up his line-up to make all three systems sing to their full potential. Priced conservatively across the board, I can say with a straight face, that his cables offer true value. In one word, I think ANTICABLES offer clarity. I heard it in my very first New Record Day review, and I heard it all over again more then a year later."
"...With the big rig rocking, everything about both the Sprout and Sphinx combos were bested in every possible category. All the nuts and bolts with the sound stage were tightened up. Dynamics dropped bigger bombs. Detail was even handed and provided just enough sparkle to keep things interesting, without sounding thin or sterile."
"...Texture and tone of cymbal hits were ballsy and robust, and smashed their way through the mix the way they are suppose too. Electric guitars popped with bite & body. Fine line details lead to goosebumps and grins. Call it system synergy, call it what you want, bottom line... this is where the magic show turns to reality."
See the full review HERE.
A few Real Testimonials:
"I wanted to write you to let you know Paul, I removed the Level 3 power cables from my amplifiers (500w IcePower Monoblocks) and installed two very nice Cardas Clear Power cables.... well, the Cardas should be called "No Power Cables" because all that deep and meaty lower register grunt pooped out."
"I would like to say, I had a group of people in my home to witness this, as my entire system is comprised of Anticables. (These folks are NOT audiophiles), They began with, "what are all those strange 'cords' behind your stereo. After a little explaining, the question of "is it worth it?" came up. So then they all start in on me with a little teasing, about how my wires appear to be from outer space and so on. So I offer a demonstration."
"I played a horn and drum heavy offering from My B&W reference disc. They are all quite amazed. Comments such as "I can tell where they are standing!" "You can hear how big the drums are!" now I had them very interested."
"Next I remove your Reference Level 3 power cords, and switch in a pair of Cardas Clear Power cables. Then, replayed the same track. Suddenly you would have thought we were hearing Zonk music from Lets Make a Deal...they all looked at each other in disbelief. A friend of mine looked at me and said "I never would have believed those 'cords' were for anything more than looks."
"Your cables became the topic of the evening. People wanted to touch them, they wanted to understand them. And everyone commented on how much more attractive your AntiCables power cords were."
"None of them could understand how a cable made music sound so real!"
"Then I really blew their mind again, I connected one of your power cords into the back of my television...and threw in a bluRay... they all began to chatter about the COLOR, MY GOSH! And 3D references were being thrown around about my non-3D television. I spend my money on audio...not TVs."
"So it seems this Power Cord is a jack of all trades, and a master of drum. I turned a room full of skeptics into believers, except I had done nothing- It was all the work of your wonderful creations. Thank you Paul, You are now my go-to guy for all my IC and power needs."
Don Banhart, Yreka CA
"I just wanted to tell you of my experience with the Level 3 Power Cord that I purchased several months ago. I was expecting to hear a positive, yet subtle improvement in my system when I added it to my CD player. The results have been anything but subtle."
"I initially noted that the bass was deeper and fuller and the background was quieter. Within a short period of time (a few hours of play), I noted that the midrange was warmer and that a veil of distortion (that I had never even known was there) had lifted. The dynamics were now greater and the music was much easier and more enjoyable to listen to. Everything was fantastic except for one thing. The high end seemed to be missing some of its excitement. Cymbals were now pushed far into the background and were barely noticeable."
"I was about to contact you to ask how to remedy this, when I remembered that in the instructions, you suggested bypassing the power conditioner and plugging the cord directly into the wall outlet. So, I tried this. Wow! The cymbals were immediately back! My system sounded far better than it ever had, and this was on the very first day of using the Level 3 cord! It keeps sounding better and better." "Like I said earlier, I was expecting a positive, but subtle improvement in sound. What I have experienced has truly been "system changing". I just can't thank you enough for this amazing product. Sincerely,"
Richard Bennett, NY
"I just received the Level 3 Power Cord and installed it in my system (integrated amp)."
"It is no exaggeration to say this moves the music (not only the sound) to another level. Such an openness, sparkling, details abound. You really get pulled into the music."
"Impossible to skip to the next track."
Prof Jan Leysen, Belgium
"I just installed the Level 3 power cord two days ago and it fits perfectly. I didn't think I would notice any difference in the sound but it does sound better than the Zu power cable. I can't really identify what is better about the sound, but I feel like I'm more engaged emotionally."
Normand Field, NC
"Please share with Paul that the Level 3 power cord definitely improves the sound of my system. Thank you for your help, I did receive the cable on Saturday. Best,"
Jim Emerson, MD
"I want you to know that the power cords just bested both the Shunyata Venom HC and a PS Audio Lab cable. I literally just confirmed the test while typing this."
"In fact, these cables were easily bested by the AntiCables power cords. The difference was that profound."
"You may have to spend thousands even to match these."
"I can't wait to hear the USB cables."
Rob Priore, MA
"I must start by thanking you for making such "affordable" goooood sounding wires. Feeling very lucky to have found your site after much searching for good not breaking the bank kind of wire."
"In the few cables I got in the first shipment (Level 3 Reference Series Speaker Wires, Level 4.1 Reference PLUS Xhadow XLR Balanced Analog Interconnects, and Level 3 Reference Series Power Cords), I hear a great potential for my system. It has never sounded better. It easily outperform a newly sold cable loom retailing at 50,000$."
"Making room for more wires... New orders coming soon. Best regards,"
Thomas Nilssen, Norway
"So after 3 years with your original speaker cables, I visited your site and saw all the new products and decided to replace your original speaker wires with new ones as well as updating my power cables and amp interconnects."
"The improvement is nearly unbelievable - right off the bat I had to turn my sub (that supports my Maggies) way down since the speakers had a whole new octave available. Like getting a whole new system. Honestly can't describe all the improvements (and with no break in period)."
"Keep up the great work, thanks again."
Nick Porcella, NY
"My initial impression was the sound stage created by the Magnepan speaker suddenly becomes much deeper and a little bit wider, with very good spacing and layering. With my favorite small Jazz assembly this took some time to realized. But when listening to classical music, it became very obvious that your great Power Cord has done an incredible job to my humble system!"
"I've never been a big fan of classical music. Now I realized that it's not because classical music are very boring to me. It's my system that could not render the often more complex musical passage of classical music. Your Power Cord has totally change my impression with classical music and makes me keen to explore more classical title."
"The fantastic result of your Level 3 Power Cord with my amplifier has encourage me to try them on other component. With your power cord at the preamp, my CD player has never sound better. Will it still can be benefited with your Power Cord?"
Answer: Yes, digital sources usually provide even greater sonic gains than amps and preamps.
"I'm also interested to try them on my Audio Research Reference 150 stereo amp but hesitate to do so as I've tried with other power cord with even poor result compare to the factory cord. A reviewer swear by the power cord from Sain Line System which ARC use for their product development but the price has stopped me."
"To me, anything more than $500 for a piece of power cord were "unthinkable"
"Thanks for your truly value for money products,"
KC Wong, Malaysia
"I replaced a motley collection of I-Cs and DIY speaker cables, some years ago, with your original I-Cs and speaker wires back when they were available at one level. They served me well and represented a real improvement in my enjoyment of music. Earlier this year, I started to upgrade the original spaghetti of your cables and the Discovery AC cables I'd been living with. On your recommendation, I bought two Level 3 AC cables. I run one from a dedicated wall outlet to a well reviewed filter/surge protector. The other runs from the filter/surge protector to my DAC."
"These two cables have happily improved my system and I will replace the cables that feed my transport and integrated amp for further improvement."
"Level 3.2 digital I-C was my last cable upgrade and represented an amazing improvement. There is a place for a pair of Level 3.2 analogue cables between my DAC and integrated amp. I look forward to the improvement I know they will bring."
"I had bi-wired my speakers to the amp with your original speaker cables. The speaker manufacturer subsequently recommended a single wire configuration for a relatively short run. I did that with no apparent degradation of sound quality and sold the extra pair of cables to a fellow audiophile who was floored by what they added to his system. I then replaced the OEM jumper straps at the back of my monitors with a short set of your Level 2 Jumpers for sweeter highs and improved ambience. I look forward to replacing my current pair of speaker cables with a pair of your Level 3 speaker wires."
"I apologize for my long winded spiel. Long story, short: I love what your products contribute to my enjoyment of music and I do share."
Miguel de Freitas, CA
"I ordered 5 more of your power cords (all Level 3), that is how much I believe in them. And I can't wait to get them in to my system. I am excited. You do a fantastic job!"
"Your's are the best power cords I have come across, because there are no negative aspects to them. You just hear the music as it's suppose to be."
"Thanks again for making a great product. I cant wait to get them. Talk to you later."
Steven Dean, UT
"Your Level 3 Power Cord has transformed my little Arcam Solo Mini - WOW!"
"Needing to downsize, and having owned some pretty decent equipment, such as VAC, Sonus Faber Guarneri's, Audience cabling (to name a few), I got an Arcam Solo Mini and PSB Imagine B's to suit my budget and small 2 bedroom apartment. As for the Arcam Solo Mini (its a very nice all in one unit, which gets the job done very effectively), However, I knew from the past how "power cables" can improve amps/CD's."
"Upon installing your Level 3 Power Cord to the little Arcam Solo Mini, I immediately heard a vast improvement, and as the hours tick by, its just getting better and better. In short your Level 3 Power Cord has "transformed" the Arcam and lives up to what your marketing material states! In conclusion, my little Arcam Solo Mini with your Level 3 power cord has made me virtually forget/not miss my previous expensive systems (yea, its that good and that big of an improvement!!!)."
"I'm "MOST" impressed with the difference its made with little Arcam Solo Mini - WOW sums it up best."
"Have a good day"
"Thanks for making such a great product!!!!"
Mike Kletecka, CA
"Paul, What have you done? My level 3 power cord sounds so good I have to replace my other more expensive 99.99% silver plated whatever. Time to dust the cobwebs out of my wallet. Best wishes,"
Chris Whitney, CA
"We received the cables yesterday and we put them on the sound bench. Digital Level 3.1 IC, the two power cable, and level two and three speaker cable against a set of wires costing well over 10000 Euros."
"Because they need burn-in, the AntiCables set sound more forward and has a bit less body, other than that it's more transparent, faster, more unrestrained."
"AntiCables will be my choice as an audiophile period!!" :)
"Next week I will meet the first store for an audition, also I'm working for some reviews I'll keep you posted on both."
Giulio Marcocchi, Italy Dealer
"I purchased a 5' and 7' Level 3 Power cord from your dealer in Thailand."
"I should say, I'm pretty amazed with its result." "
I plug the 5' into my JLAudio Fathom F113 and the 7' into my Yamaha receiver."
"Even before the break-in period, I already noticed several improvement. The high which have been missing, appears. The mid low and low, intensifies."
"I replayed some movies I watched before, I can hear there are so many effects which were never there before, appears."
"On several scenes, I feel like in the midst of thundering storms, heavy rains, and it's a really full throttle experience as well."
"Lastly, it was the best investment I made because I have to travel from Indonesia to Thailand just to get them."
"Thanks for the wonderful cables! Love it."
"The 3 power cords ordered via Divine Audio (Level 3 w/Schuko plugs), are fitted and wow they are very special! Make dust of the Furutech Alpha 3. Will surely give a thorough feedback after the 400 hrs are in! Many thanks and congratulations."
Michael Lindsay, Belgium
"I received the (Level 3) Reference Power cord and all I can say is WOW. This cord rocks, awesome craftsmanship, it just blew me away. Are you going to offer a 20 amp version with a C19 plug on it? If so put me on the list. Thanks again, I will be ordering more soon."
John DeAngelis, IL
"Just got the power Level 3 power cord. Like it immediately. Very likely to order more."
Paul Lo, WA
"The Level 3 power cord is delicious. Improvement in timbre, extension, clarity, definition…Thanks,"
Paul Lo, WA
"Overall, the Level 3 power cord is simply amazing in all aspects of sound. I wish all audiophiles experience what we experience with the Level 3 power cord. Congratulations and thank you for making a great piece of audio wonder. Best,"
Paul Lo, WA
"Thank you for making me these great power cords and letting me hear all 3 new levels. I heard your early experiments with cords just over a year ago and have been waiting for your fully resolved cords since that time."
"After listening again all of last evening, I'd like you to know the result is defiantly worth the wait. Listening to both LP's and computer music I am very impressed with several significant improvements in what I'm hearing since we installed your "Level 3" power cords. I am also intrigued how your three grades of cords build on lessons learned during your design process."
"The "Level 1" cord, powering my DAC, offered a very nice improvement in tonal correctness, it seemed to clarify harmony and really helped recorded piano sound more alive."
"Your "Level 2" cord further improved resolution and detail dramatically. The new details I was hearing in some very familiar recordings was amazing, Art Pepper's sax truly sounds like a reed vibrating in the throat of a horn."
"When we installed the "Level 3" cord, I heard all of the improvements in tonal rightness and detail resolution. I also heard articulation of bass notes as never before in my system."
"So last evening nothing has been putz'ed in twenty four hours and everything is warm. I now have four of your "Level 3" cords feeding my turntable, phono stage, DAC and integrated 845 tube amp. Half way through the evening, I was in audiophile heaven. The spacial cue's were way better than I had ever heard in my system. The sound stage began in a line between my speakers and stretched into the back yard. Articulation of bass notes is wonderful, air between musicians seemed clearer and I had lost none of the resolution and tonal improvements. I'll like to have you over when they have broken in. Best Regards,"
Dan Cramer, MN
"Thanks for the tip on plugging directly into the wall. It's like another veil has been removed. The new cable with the Cantata Music Server (Stereophile Class A ranked DAC), is fabulous. Please make sure to send me the review on your Reference IC. Best regards,"
David Falbaum, MN
"I can't stand it. I can't stand it because I don't understand how a power cord could be doing what this power cord is doing in my system. I already have an awesome AC power regenerator which feeds my components pure, steady 120V AC which is perfect and clean – so, I didn't think a "high-end" power cable put anywhere between the AC regenerator and my sources and amps would make any difference at all."
Answer: Don't think of a power cord as being the last 5 feet of getting power into a component. Rather, think of our power cords as being the first 5 feet of getting the noise (that the component's own power supply circuitry generates), out of the component, so it does not get into the music.
"Despite my skepticism, Paul graciously sent me one of his new AC power cords to try out. I don't think it even has a name yet."
"Since my pre-amp has its own outboard power supply which is fed clean juice from the AC regenerator, I figured replacing the hefty stock cable from the pre-amp's power supply to the pre-amp would be a good place to start... fully expecting proof that it would be a waste of money to keep it. I'm a little embarrassed to admit how very wrong I was."
"I sat in the sweet spot and put on one of my favorite reference tracks, Aqua Marine by the Isao Suzuki Quartet, on the superbly recorded Three Blind Mice label – a track I've listened to critically for 25 years or so. In the first few seconds I had an experience we audiophiles live for: eyes closed, jaw dropped, and shaking my head in disbelief that there was so much material in that familiar cut that was hidden from me for decades! Once I stopped muttering something about it being just a "#$%&*! power cord," I got sucked into the aliveness of the performance more deeply than ever before."
"This is not a minor upgrade or small tweak – even my wife, who heard it from the next room said she was very impressed and that she's never heard it sound as good (please understand, that to me is the best part of this story) – this is a game changing improvement accomplished using only one cord. It almost scares me to think how my system will sound when I replace all of them!"
"OK, some details: Musicality and ease, which was excellent to begin with in my relatively expensive rig (see below if interested in my set-up), is now almost overwhelming in its ability to engage my full attention. The extension of the bass into new depths is shocking (really), with such natural articulation that I can "see" the way this guy is holding and moving his cello as he plays! The way the music hangs together in space, the clarity, the detail (OMG, the detail...), the sizzle and shimmer of the cymbals, the long, trailing decay of a note from a plucked string... everything has been improved so dramatically and I still don't understand how, even though Paul really tried to explain it to me. From now on, Paul, just tell me it's magic and I'll believe you."
"Thank you Paul, you keep surprising me with remarkable products at great prices. This cable will not be coming back to you, ever."
"My Gear: Ortofon Cadenza Bronze, Excalibur 3 tone arm, Townshend Rock 7 turntable, VAC Standard LE Preamp, VAC Phi 200 amplifier, PurePower 1050 AC Power Regenerator, Von Schweikert UniField 3 speakers with two REL T5 subs. Driving the AKG K702 headphones is a Raptor tube amp by Ray Samuels Audio. AntiCables speaker wires, interconnects, autoformers and one lonely power cord."
Alón Sagee, San Francisco Audio Society President
"Definitely better straight to the wall, than through the V-ray (power conditioner), on my cascoded F5 amplifier."
"Switching your cord from the conditioner to the wall, l restored the sense of seperation of the performance/instrument timbre from the acoustic. Prior they were bundled together one and the same."
"The V-ray should not restrict dynamics according to Shunyata; indeed my 350 watt Musical Fidelity (prior to needing service) sounded better through the V-ray than the wall. So some other synergy mechanism must be at work here. The game is a foot! I'll try through my DAC next week."
"BTW, my speakers are Paradigm Signature S2, Audience Au24e cables, Audioquest Sky ICs, and Stealth sextet s/pdif."
Brian Schiebe, MN
I want to apologize for writing this so late... I fell asleep on the love-seat (big compliment) listening to some of my favorite and most familiar CD's last night. My wife, Judy, awakened me, and as I was heading off to bed, I realized that I had to write you with my actual listening impressions of your new AC cord."
"All that I have to say after a short 24 hour break-in is: UNBELIEVABLE! Your AC power cord is making me reevaluate my previous audio paradigms! I can't seem to wrap my head around the wonderfully positive effect it has made in my audio system, and that it will only get better as it fully burns-in. I never would have believed that an AC cord would make such a difference. My normal prejudices lean towards filtering and isolation [in combination with AC power cords] to improve the overall sonic qualities of any audio system."
"Not any more! This new AC cord of yours is absolutely amazing. With your AC power cord in the system, I don't need the additional filtering and isolation anymore. Actually, my system sounds better without them now."
"Paul, I have been privileged to hear some of the best AC power cords, and yours is now at the very top of my list! Even more poignant is that this rave is based on only having ONLY ONE of your astounding AC cords in my system..."
"Congratulations! You have once again broken down the boundaries of what we perceive and hear. This AC cord of yours will [literally] set the audiophile community on its ear. Best regards,"
John Allison (Allison Dynamics), MN
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