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Old 02-05-2012, 07:37 AM
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Glisse, Thanks and I agreed about mix and match matters. It did happened before,
just introduced some rodium plated plugs into the system and I don't like the change.

I can borrow AQ WEL to try, but as Transparent Ref XL is tailor made to components, so no chance.

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Rhodium has a real edge to it when new, which seems to take 200 hours or so to calm down. Gold starts warm, and stays that way. Funny that such a small part of the signal chain can make such a difference.
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Toga - I had WEL Signature balanced IC at home for a couple of days, on loan from a friend.

WEL doesn't sound like your typical silver cable - meaning it is not bright and lightweight. If anything I would describe it as extremely transparent and neutral. It has also world class soundstaging, LF performance and resolution. It is close in performance to the Nordost Odin - which may not have the bass slam of the WEL, but is even smoother and slightly more open on top.

My friend ended up selling this cable and got himself the Tara Labs Zero Gold IC ($16k). Tara Zero cable wasn't nearly as fast and didn't have that openess and articulation of WEL, but in his system (Wilson Maxx 2 + darTZeel + dCS Scarlatti) which had a slight deficit of midrange warmth, the texture added by The Zero Gold cable outweighted its trade offs.

IMO if your system is nicely balanced and you do not need the cable as a tone control, you may give it a try. Just pls make sure, that the XLR inputs and outputs on your components are spaced widely enough, since the WEL XLR plugs (custom made for AQ by Australian company Bocchino Audio) are oversized, and do not fit in some components.
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Toga - I had WEL Signature balanced IC at home for a couple of days, on loan from a friend.

WEL doesn't sound like your typical silver cable - meaning it is not bright and lightweight. If anything I would describe it as extremely transparent and neutral. It has also world class soundstaging, LF performance and resolution. It is close in performance to the Nordost Odin - which may not have the bass slam of the WEL, but is even smoother and slightly more open on top.

My friend ended up selling this cable and got himself the Tara Labs Zero Gold IC ($16k). Tara Zero cable wasn't nearly as fast and didn't have that openess and articulation of WEL, but in his system (Wilson Maxx 2 + darTZeel + dCS Scarlatti) which had a slight deficit of midrange warmth, the texture added by The Zero Gold cable outweighted its trade offs.

IMO if your system is nicely balanced and you do not need the cable as a tone control, you may give it a try. Just pls make sure, that the XLR inputs and outputs on your components are spaced widely enough, since the WEL XLR plugs (custom made for AQ by Australian company Bocchino Audio) are oversized, and do not fit in some components.
Elberoth,

As you also have Sashas, have you tried Transparent Reference MM2? I'm now using MIT Magnum to the Sashas. My amps are c-j 140W monos. Thanks, Bob
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Thanks elberoth,
After i am sure my new magico are fully broken in, i will ask dealer to bring WEL for. Demo.
It is more flexible to match with many components than Transparent reference series, hence
More interesting.

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Hi, Finally I have a chance to tried WEL in my system.. wow.. what a great opportunity.
in which you may see the picture I posted in local forum. you can't read but you will see them. WEL-Done

Exactly like Elberoth said, WEL were so transparent, even more transparent than the Transparent ! The WEL power cord definitely better than Transparent PLMM2. I think
solid core concept is really work.

For IC, again WEL is more transparent than the Transparent. But Transparent is just as musical in a different way. vocal of Transparent Ultra MM2 has more weight,the overall music is warmer. But WEL is never at all cool or thin, just superb transparency
also smooth and good dynamic.

I ended up keeping WEL power cord but return IC due to limited $$$. In the future I may think about it one more time, just hope no more price increase.
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TOGA,

Did you get a chance to compare the WEL PC to any Shunyata? I am using the WEL IC but wondered how good their PC is compared to Shunyata cords. I use a couple Anaconda CX cords in my system.
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Not all silver are created equal. I replaced an Acrolink copper power cord with a Siltech silver/gold power cord, the Siltech sounds less bright. It's extended, dynamic, and sweet. Voices are strings are beautiful with them.
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TOGA,

Did you get a chance to compare the WEL PC to any Shunyata? I am using the WEL IC but wondered how good their PC is compared to Shunyata cords. I use a couple Anaconda CX cords in my system.
WEL PC sounded a bit more substantial and darker than the Anaconda CX in my system. In fact it was the exact opposite to how I imagined a silver PC should sound like. Anaconda had more HF enegrgy, it was more open and detailed, which may be a good or bad thing - depending on your system.
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New Guy,
This could be system dependent. I used to have 3 of Ana CX and 3 of Python CX,
I found that Ana CX make very thick sound and Dolby-C sound on treble. Ana CX make
piano sound like real piano, due to its thicker lower end. It really has to be use with Esoteric P03 to make system musical to my ear, but just one, no more. For me WEL PC
sound more open and more transparent, but less warm in the lower piano registers.
Now I make one more PC by buying 6 feet of raw AQ NRG10 cable and use the same
plug as WEL, the Oyaide P/C079 gold plated plugs, but with no DBS attached. this DIY is
really good perf/price ratio, but still, unable to compare to WEL PC.
It's weird that Ana CX always make rolled off top treble in my system. and big, fat but loose bass. But it does make piano sound really good.. mid is tube-like for Ana CX.
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