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DNM Reson is my preferred unbalanced RCA IC. THey always seem to sound the most coherent and lively end to end and in particular through the critical midrange and draw me in the most as a whole compared to others I use. Currently using these throughout my main rig for both digital and phono sources and from pre-amp to amps.
ALso use MIT, Harmonic Tech, Monster, Audioquest.
Mapman (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Best: - jade audio hybrid ic - kci silkworm ic - shunyata py ... Pdreher
I had home depot cables then i heard my friend's cables he g ... Tpreaves
Various Synergistic Research cables, the Bybee Ultra PC and the ASI Livelines (entire line). I use cables in series and parallel. The results are superior to using single cables -- if the synergy is right.
Sabai (Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
So far, in my system the most dramatically positive cord cha ... Bigshutterbug
I guess jaw dropping could be good or bad. Went from Purist Audio Aqueous to Audience Au24e (speaker and interconnect) - WOW talk about extremes.
Ended up selling both and going to Kubala Sosna Fascination - the prefect balance in my system.
Meiwan (Answers | This Thread)
Morrow ma-3's! have had a number of various cables in my sy ... Deanz
Van den hull works with any system, neither adds anything no ... Quadophile
Probably the most jaw dropping expeience i've ever had with ... Jmcgrogan2
After blind testing cables with a scoring system for over 30 ... Musicxyz
I've had a few jaw dropping experiences with cables. my lat ... Bander
*welcome back to the board, john* biggest positive impact i ... Opus88
My only jaw-dropping experience with cables was thirty years or so ago when I replaced my manufacturer-supplied wire interconnect with an Audioquest Ruby IC. What a difference! I believe there is a magnitude of difference between cables worth hundreds, maybe thousands (maybe?). But I still can't believe the megathousand dollar cables that some cable manufacturers try to foist on gullible audiophiles. I use mostly Kimber KCAG and Tara Labs Quantum and they're just fine for me.
Tonykay (Answers | This Thread)
Yeah, when i went from monster m1 speakers cables to homegro ... Theduke
NVS Sound Silver 1 power cables: Literally re-writes the rulebook for what power cables can do. After a year, I still ask myself "How?" Descriptors seem to provoke disbelief and anger among audiophiles.
Jade Audio Reference Platinum/Gold IC, Hybrid Gold IC, Vermeil Gold SC: JD stumbled upon the formula for putting the sound of a good tubed amp into a wire. The Reference line is uncompromising.
Rtn1 (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Never had one. Jaybo
My experience matches Jaybo's. Maybe it's because I upgraded very gradually over the years, but I can't say that switching cables has made the type of difference you're describing. Now if I had upgraded directly from a generic patch cord to my current Kubala Sosna or similar quality cables, I might have had the kind of reaction you're asking about.
Rcprince (Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Some three decades ago perhaps, swapping my common for the d ... Glenfihi
I was most impressed with the kubala sonsa emotions. but the ... Xti16
My two "holy crap" wire moments came (1) from movi ... Mezmo
I agree kubala emotion and elation tested very well in our b ... Musicxyz
Masterbuilt Signature power cords
I had previously installed the Masterbuilt speaker cords and interconnects to good effect. I then tried installing the MB powercords on my Spectron monoblocks in place of Shunyata Python CX powercords. As soon a I powered up the first Spectron, it was obvious that the quality of realism had taken a huge leap. Since then, I acquired Double Kronzilla's, using them in a biamp configuration, all with the MB cables. The Krons, like the Spectrons, love the Masterbuilt power cords.
Without exception, every time I demo the difference for audiophiles or casual listeners, there's the same reaction. Oddly enough the first words are usually "holy crap" or equivalent.
By the way, I got the same result replacing Anacondas elsewhere in my system.
My word of advice is once you've tried the Masterbuilt cables, you'll miss them if you don't keep them.
Kernelbob (Answers | This Thread)
I replaced the stock pc on my mac mini. just screwing around ... Blazerfan
Musicxyz, i am very interested in your observations about hi ... Sabai
We have tested asi and we thought they had a unique sound an ... Musicxyz
Musicxyz, thanks for your observations. i could not agree mo ... Sabai
Replacing the Audioquest phono cable going from my TW Akustic Raven One to the Fosgate Signature phono pre with Synergistic Tricon Analog. It was then I realized how fogged and dull everything was before but only with the before/after comparison.
Mrmitch (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Morrow audio's ma3 xlr and sp3 biwire took my sessions to a ... Jdub39
Musicxyz, have you also listened to the cheaper hidiamond s ... Tawa
Purist venustas praesto interconnects dead quiet,wonderful d ... Ebm
To be honest hd makes a great cable but there are many great ... Musicxyz
Musicxyz, i have had the hidiamond carbon 2 xlr digital cabl ... Sabai
Clarity Cables are the best I have tried in my system and I've tried MANY! No other cable has the midrange quality and the ability to portray an actual instrument within a 3D landscape. I'll give the analogy of Clarity Cables as tube like and the others I've tried as transistor like, thin sounding with very little flesh on the bones.
Even with a 100% change in all of my electronic equipment, Clarity Cables has still reigns supreme...
Wig (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
This is an expanded version of my earlier post about the hid ... Sabai
My latest acquisition, m.i.t. oracle speaker cables have le ... Tmsorosk
While delivering a pair of Cirrus to a customer in Dallas this weekend we had the chance to do some cable swapping. His prior speakers were forward and edgy, so he had the system setup to be as laid back as possible. Speaker cables he had were Ridge Street, not sure exactly which ones ... but we swapped in some silver/gold speaker wire from Downsize Audio and it was an immediately noticable improvement. The system went from closed in and dark to more dynamic and open. I'd say the silver/gold Downsize cables were an across the board improvement.
Vapor1 (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Wywires v3 with standard xhadow plugs. Im sure its delicious with the bybee upgrade but the standard "silver" series is jaw dropping itself.
Gopher (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
My jaw dropped when i saw the price of odin. Mike60
mike60: laughed my a$$ off! my jaw dropped too! Musicallyinclined
Mike60, mine also, especially after hearing their demonstrat ... Tbg
1m & 3m teo balanced xlr-xlr cables - for two reasons: 1. u ... Hornguys
I had not heard about these cables until i read another thre ... Musicallyinclined
Any of his creations whether it is his power cables, interco ... Morningstaraudio
Hornguys, regarding your point #2, actually the teo audio st ... Essentialaudio
Why wouldn't you want to hear the speaker cables essential? ... Musicallyinclined
Musicallyinclined, it was said tongue in cheek. They are expensive: a 2m pair of Standard are $16k, while a 2m pair of ParaHelios (Reference) are $28k. Longer lengths are a lot more. One of my customers had this to say:
"Well, I knew it was a mistake to borrow the Reference [ParaHelios] speaker wire from Teo Audio and I did it anyway. Again, what is the point of upgrading electronic components if you are not really getting nearly what your current gear can deliver? Every step up in Teo Audio cable reveals more about what your components can deliver from the recording. More focused and clear vocals and instruments. Better bass. Expanded soundstage. Timbral accuracy. I find myself turning the volume down because everything is so much easier to hear when it's not smeared. I didn't know the sound was smeared till it wasn't! A remarkable product."As you might have guessed, he purchased a pair.
As for dealers in Ontario, you might contact Taras of Teo Audio for a referral, 613-546-1631.
Essentialaudio (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I recently purchased a set of placette audio speaker cables ... Erndog
Thanks essential, i will contact taras this week. Musicallyinclined
Mogami 2549 for unbalanced rca and mogami 2921 for speaker. Sbrownnw
The "right" cables really depends on the specific system (components, roon acoustics, etc) and particular taste of the listener. I have rarely experienced cables that seem to work well in most systems. The more extreme the capability of the cable in certain aspects of performance (e.g., "fast and detailed"), the worst that cable seems to be in a system where those qualities do not need to be boosted.
The closest thing I've heard to as a univerally "great" cable system (I heard it sound great in three completely different systems) involved NBS Black Label interconnects and speaker cables. Too bad these are extremely expensive.
I suppose another surprising experience involved speaker cables made by the turntable manufacturer Basis. I heard those swapped for XLO Limited cables in a friend's system. Inexplicably, the system sounded considerably louder and more dynamic (not subtle) with the Basis cables. In my system I also heard an increase in volume over the NBS cables I use, though in other respects the sound was not an improvement, in my opinion. Still, I am amazed at the subjective loudness increase given that all cables have extremely low resistance.
Larryi (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
They are all just wires with minor variations in performance ... Dave_b
Over the years i now beleive the dielectric matter as much, ... Stevecham
Signal cable, the silver resolution series. used to use mi33 ... Jkorten
Crimson. beat kimber select (speaker and interconnect), and ... Devilboy
My eye opener was switching speaker cables from nordost flat ... Dhcod
I recently heard a cable loom of zensati cables at a show. t ... David12
I'm still curious how one "hears" any cable? sure ... Jcote
Cables are no different than other components, and make as m ... Branislav
I posted something last night but apparently it didn't take. ... Devilboy
Jcote: i disagree. everything in a system has a signature ... Devilboy
Jps labs aluminata ic's, jps labs kaptovator power cables, p ... Correo
My computer audio system consists of an asus laptop feeding ... Freediver
My master built (by delphi aerospace) speaker cables and int ... Thankful
I have the same high opinion of the masterbuilt cables, inte ... Kernelbob
Atlas cables end of story the best. Hocheye
Lessloss anchorwave loudspeaker cables. i went from kimber ... Aaronknock
I have heard a lot of cables. i have reviewed many. i don't ... Mrtennis
Not IC's or speaker cables but jumper connectors for my integrated. DIY using Neotech 21ga hookup wire and Neutrik/Rean RCA plugs. Plugged them in and hit play on the transport and was stopped in my tracks on the way back to my seat. Just two pieces of three inch wire and a pair of inexpensive RCA plugs. I now fully appreciate wire now. Soon I'll be ordering Neotech IC's from Take Five.
Pixelphoto (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Having a jaw-dropping cable experience means the predecessor ... Ohlala
My jaw drops when i see the asking price for some cables. o ... Mapman
\_/ ditto !!!!!!! Tpreaves