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Old 07-14-2019, 12:58 PM
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Default Best of Class vs. Uniformity

Over the last few months, I've made a serious investment in the power conditioning/delivery aspect of my audio system. This has included the purchase of a number of Shunyata Venom HC and 14 power cords, a Denali 6000/S conditioner and even one Venom Defender (so far). Pleased with my discerned sonic improvement in my system, I then purchased my first Shunyata interconnect -- one of their HDMI cables and am again very happy with the result. Generally, I have always done as much research as practicable for me before purchasing a component -- even a cable. In this way, for example, I recently decided to use WireWorld's CAT 8 Ethernet cables, and a few years ago I opted for a MIT phono cable.

My assumption is that no one cable supplier is capable of offering the best performance (at a comparable price) for every application. However, particularly in Europe, a growing number of audio equipment manufacturers do offer complete audio systems, including the cabling, and no one can argue with the resultant quality of those systems.

This has caused me to wonder: is there any benefit to be gained by having an audio system essentially "wired" by the cables of just one manufacturer?
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Main System: Theta Casablanca IV preamp/processor; Wadia 8 CD transport and Digimaster DDC 2000 DAC (w/all updates); Theta Compli CD transport; Oppo UDP-203 disc player; Lumin T2 music server/DAC; Roon Nucleus+ core (w/Teddy Pardo LPS); SOTA Sapphire turntable (w Premier FT3 arm and AlphaGenesis 1000 MC cartridge); SugarCube SC-2 non-destructive "click and pop" removal device; McCormack Microdrive phono preamp; Magnum Dynalab MD-102 FM tuner (w/MD-205 Signal Sleuth FM antenna amplifier and ST-2 FM antenna); Krell FPB 200c, FPB 250mc and KAV-250 power amplifiers; Revel Ultima Studio (2 - L&R), Voice (1 - center) and Embrace (4 - surround) speakers; Revel Sub-30 (2) and Velodyne MiniVee 10 (2) powered subwoofers; Transparent Audio Super speaker cables; various Shunyata, Kimber Kable, MIT and WireWorld interconnects; Shunyata [original] Hydra, Hydra 2, Denali 2000/T and Denali 6000/S power conditioners; various Shunyata Sidewinder, PowerSnake, and Venom power cords and Venom Defenders; Richard Gray's Power Company Substation; ExactPower EP-15A voltage regulator; Luxul AGS-1024 switch; Sound Anchor amplifier stands (2); and Billy Bags equipment racks (3).
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