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AudioQuest NRG-2

High-quality replacement AC power cable (10 ft.)

14 Reviews | 1 question - 5 answers

Item # 703NRG210F

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Our take on the AudioQuest NRG-2

A growing number of high-performance audio and video components come with a detachable AC power cord. That's a useful feature because it gives you the flexibility to upgrade to a higher-quality cable. It may surprise you, but simply replacing your component's stock power cord with AudioQuest's NRG-2 low-distortion AC power cable can noticeably improve your system's picture and sound quality.

Plug in to better picture and sound quality

A growing number of high-performance audio and video components come with a detachable AC power cord. That's a useful feature because it gives you the flexibility to upgrade to a higher-quality cable. It may surprise you, but simply replacing your component's stock power cord with AudioQuest's NRG-2 low-distortion AC power cable can noticeably improve your system's picture and sound quality.

Why power cords make a difference

The AC power that feeds your gear is really the foundation of your system's audio and video performance. Even if you've plugged your components into a power conditioner to clean up the current coming out of your wall, a flimsy stock power cord can act as an antenna for airborne interference that subtly degrades high-resolution audio and video signals.

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Advanced materials and construction for lower distortion

The NRG-2's advanced "geometry" features an inner circle of three 19-gauge conductors surrounded by an outer circle of ten 21-gauge conductors in a self-shielding counter-spiral configuration. All conductors are solid long-grain copper. Solid conductors eliminate interaction between wire strands, which is a major source of distortion in an AC power cable.

Make sure it fits your component

The NRG-2 works with most components that come with a detachable two- or three-pole "IEC" power cord. That includes many high-performance A/V receivers, audio separates, DVD players and Blu-ray players, as well as many TVs and most video projectors.

Product Highlights:

  • length: 10 feet
  • low-distortion replacement AC power cable (3-prong connector for wall outlet,
    IEC connector for component)
  • for audio/video components with a 2- or 3-pole IEC-type AC connector
  • thirteen solid long-grain copper conductors: three 19-gauge and ten 21-gauge
  • Counter-Spiral Hyperlitz geometry provides self shielding against external noise sources
  • textile braid cable cover
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 10' power cord with 3-pole IEC connector on one end and 3-prong AC plug on other end

Wow. Pretty sure I can tow my boat with this power cord. Using it for my SVS sub. Does it sound better? I don't notice but who looks cool. On the serious side, it's so thick, it's not very maneuverable and does not bend easily

Sergio, Sarasota, FL


AudioQuest NRG-2 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(14 Reviews)

Great cable for entertaiment systems

can man from Bronx, NY on 1/13/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent build. Very sturdy and durable, as for most Audioquest cables are. The sound quality is good but not great. A lot better than a stock power cable. Would definitely recommend this cable for TVs, game consoles, DVD players and the average stereo listener. For HiRes music audiophiles and sound quality extremist, I would consider a different choice in brand and/or specialty. The frequency response is not that balanced. It doesn't push out all the frequencies with the same power. Adds a pinch more air as well. Something noticeable to a audio mixer/master. Hypothetically, I would be more interested in a Audioquest Diamond power cable.

Pros: High quality, durable, no modification necessary, nice energy flow.

Cons: might be too stiff at times,

AudioQuest NRG-2

Sergio from Sarasota, FL on 3/2/2017

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Wow. Pretty sure I can tow my boat with this power cord. Using it for my SVS sub. Does it sound better? I don't notice but who looks cool. On the serious side, it's so thick, it's not very maneuverable and does not bend easily



Thick solid cord

Donald from Tonopah, NV on 9/29/2016

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This is serious well-built power cord. With the AudioQuest power cords I see more of a difference in picture quality than I hear in sound quality.

Pros: Solid and very well made.

Cons: I don't hear any difference, but that could change after a little burn in time. As always, price is a drawback, but you get what you pay for.

Excellent power cord

Pat S from Clinton,UT on 7/17/2016

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This is an Excellent power cable it is constructed using THE best materials and the difference is actually visually noticeable! compared to the "stock" cable, It really was surprising to see the difference of the picture from the blu-ray player! I would not hesitate to buy this cable again! Thank you Crutchfield and AudioQuest!

Pros: NON

Cons: NON

Pleasantly not surprised, and that's a good thing.

Nicholas from Buffalo, NY on 5/15/2016

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Audioquest produces great quality stereo cables. I purchased this product to replace the standard power cables for my guitar amp and clean power supply. The NRG2 works as advertised and is worth the extra cash.

Pros: Flexible

Cons: None

High quality cords by Audioquest that have made a big difference!

Larry T from Schaumburg, IL on 3/28/2016

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Greatly improved surround sound coming from my Denon AVR X2100 In Command 7.2 Receiver!!! Wow the sound has improved drastically by adding the Audioquest Power Cord as it has also improved the picture clarity, color and depthness on my Samsung 65" 4k curve TV. I also added an Audioquest NRG-1 power cord on my TV as well. Enjoy quality that will be added to your picture and sound investments.

Pros: Purchase these power cords from Crutchfield's and enjoy your picture along with your sound and or music that you will definitely hear and see the difference! Almost at times, as if your experiencing a live performance!

Cons: None


Ron from Denver, CO on 11/2/2014

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I was doubtful but it works as advertised




Anonymous from Mn on 4/16/2014

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Used on my denon x4000 helped a lot made music nice and crisp and clear

Pros: Looks how it is built


Audioqust NRG 2 Power Cable

Tsgt2007 from New Windsor, NY on 3/11/2014

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I replaced my cheap power cable with the Audioquest NRG-2 because the factory cable was always loose on my Adcom GTP 860 and it will turn off . No more problems. I noticed a more clean sound after installing this cable. Very very well built...

Pros: Excellent manufacture ! I will buy again for my blu ray and samsung LED..

Cons: None

Good cable

ryan from Muscatine, IA on 2/19/2014

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I bought this cable for my dac and noticed an immediate improvement in sound quality. Less background noise and improved dynamics.

Pros: Greatly Improved sound.

Cons: none


Star from Rapid City, SD on 11/25/2013

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I Can't tell what helped the over all sound and look, I changed My speaker wire,HDMI cables and the NrG-2 at the same time.

Pros: The best sound and video I have had.

Cons: None

Not bad at all!!

Skynyrd77 from Mill creek,IN on 11/6/2013

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It really tightened up the bass on my sunfire powered sub. I also used one on my jolida 502 tube amp.didnt notice a lot of difference there.

Pros: Great for powered sub

Cons: Hard to work with very stiff cord

Audioquest NRG-2

Leonard S. from Glendale, Az. on 6/30/2013

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I have Audioquest HDMI cables and I am very happy with them, so I decided to replace the power cable on my OPPO blu-ray player with this one. I could not believe how much better the sound and picture was with this power cord. Worth the money.


Cons: NONE

NRG-2 cable

Tom from Rochester NY on 1/16/2013

I've tried the lower end AQ NRG-X3 cables for amps and a couple other components, e.g., TW cable box -- needs all the help it can get :) -- mostly just curious. Seemed to make a bit of difference in some cases, not noticeable for others, just depended how good the supplied cables were, and you never really know that. But when I recently got an NAD T787 AVR and M51 DAC, decided that I didn't want to leave any loose ends, so moved up to the NRG-2s for those components just to make sure. Actually did notice right away that the background is dead silent, didn't notice that before. Some of it could be placebo effect, but even subtle improvements add up. I was somewhat skeptical in the past, but as my systems have moved up a few levels, I've become more of a believer in quality cables. Audioquest makes some really good stuff at kinda high, but not crazy prices. Of course, they do have offerings at the crazy price levels, but I'm not tempted to go there -- the law of diminishing returns et al...this cable seems to be a pretty good bang for the buck

Pros: Quality build, good tight connections, probably at the level of their product line where most people would notice a difference, but not at a ridiculous price

Cons: none


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The Audioquest NRG-2 Power Cord (IEC-3 Pole) uses solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) conductors in a Self Shielding Counter-Spiral Hyperlitz geometry. Solid conductors prevent strand interaction, which is the greatest single source of distortion in an audio cable or an AC power cable. The less complicated grain structure and fewer impurities within LGC copper significantly reduce distortion compared to normal high-purity copper. The Counter-Spiral geometry minimizes conductor interaction while maintaining a fixed low-inductance relationship between conductors.

Construction: The Audioquest NRG-2 Power Cord features thirteen solid long-grain copper conductors (Inner Circle: 3 x 19 AWG solid LGC; Outer Circle: 10 x 21 AWG solid LGC) inside a UL CL-3 rated green PVC jacket surrounded by a green, black, and silver flexible nylon braid.

Connectors: The Audioquest NRG-2 Power Cord features a 3-pole IEC connector on one end to plug into your audio/video electronic component and a 3-prong North American AC connector on other end to plug into your AC wall outlet.

Available Lengths: The Audioquest NRG-2 Power Cord is available in a 3', 6', and 10' length.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

am upgrading all power cords/ have not tried audioquest in past. Am comparing cables, audioquest has good reputation so thought would give them a try. [ Dr. Ronald  Mar 08, 2017 ]
I purchased this power cable because I wanted to see if other reviews I have read were in fact true. As much as I hate to admit it, (I don't believe in the cables snake oil), I HAVE been hearing more detail in my multi-channel music. Do not expect vast changes, but I have heard some small details I hadn't heard before. Other than the price, the only knock I can give this cable is the fact that the female end is kind of loose in the socket on the AVR. I would buy this again. [ Jim  Nov 15, 2016 ]
To upgrade my power supply on oppo 103D [ Lorie  Jun 17, 2016 ]
To replace the power cable on MyAmp. [ D  Jan 26, 2016 ]
Try it out [ Aaron  Mar 13, 2018 ]
Good quality and it was a gift for a friend who is and audiophile. [ Hans  Jul 11, 2017 ]
Need of longer power cable for furniture and historical quality of AudioQuest produces! [ J. PATRICK  Dec 21, 2016 ]
A must have if you want clarity and great sound. [ Tsgt2007  Oct 30, 2016 ]
High quality cable. [ Milton  Mar 03, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Hi Joe, Sorry, but I really am not familiar with that brand Cambridge. All I know is that I have definitely heard a huge difference in my Denon receiver and surround sound system with this quality power cord product from Audioquest. If it is compatible, buy it!!! [ Larry  Apr 18, 2016 ]
I would think you would be better off purchasing a longer version of the cable. 3' is very limiting. [ Jeffrey  Apr 18, 2016 ]
I replaced the stock power cable on my new Parasound Halo integrated amp and new Marantz cd/sacd player SA8005. Both units have DACs and the change in power cables has cancelled all distortion. Measured harmonic distortion across the entire frequency band is below advertise specs of .005% at half of 160 watts RMS per channel of average listening levels! [ J. PATRICK  Apr 18, 2016 ]
It would be better suited to a CD player or DVD player or similar component. For an amplifier, a lower gauge cord(carries more current) would be preferable. [ AARON  Apr 18, 2016 ]
I have three of these cables that I use with my Emotiva Stealth 8 active studio monitors and my SVS PB2000 subwoofer with awesome results. Built quality is top notch but it's the solid cores inside that feeds these amplifiers with massive and clean power. These cables are recommended for amplifier usage and should definitely be better than the stock cable that came with your CXN80. [ Derrick  Apr 18, 2016 ]