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Old 05-25-2018, 02:43 AM
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Default Audioquest Aspen vs Oak

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Audioquest Aspen vs Oak.
Everything is similar but the PSC/PSC+ vs fully PSC+.
Of course there must be an audible difference, but... I can't imagine that this difference is more than just a slight one.

Experiences anyone?

(Could get an Aspen for a really good price from a dealer who's quitting with AQ. I could send it to AQ to let them shorten it and doing from Single- to BiWire.)
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Old 05-25-2018, 01:11 PM
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I own Audioquest Oaks, very pleased with them. I auditioned a few cables around them in price (don't recall exactly which, I believe Comet and Castle Rock were 2 of them) The differences were very subtle, even the difference between the Oaks and the relatively inexpensive DH labs Silver Sonics wasn't much.
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I could probably do a demo, my friend has the Oaks, I have the Aspen (and Wel).
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I could probably do a demo, my friend has the Oaks, I have the Aspen (and Wel).
Do it please.

I'm very curious what happens to the bass and the highs.
The AQ Fire is my connection between Pre and Amp. It's resolution is fantastic. But now i'm missing a bit on the bottom... The overall sound isn't overanalytic, but it tends (!) to be on the lean side on "normal" songs and movies. I mean, it's not really lean, but it could be "fuller".

My dealer lend me the Aspen for some days, so i know the characterics approximately. But it was before i installed the Fire...

Maybe the Oak is remarkable better in everything.
Could get an newly Aspen for a really good price. But have to send it to AQ as it's too long and not BiWire.
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I have Aspen in my system and did a direct comparison to Oak. Oak was a bit more pronounced in the mids and highs. Aspen has a slightly warmer character. The
requirements of your system, personal taste and cost out weigh the slight differences between these cables. I have not spent the extra $1000.00 for Oak.
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Thank you!
Did you notice anything regarding "speed"?
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This is my way of putting things into perspective:

The Oak compared to standard Home Depot 12g copper wire was a smaller delta than the delta between the oak and the wel. I’d expect the aspen to be pretty close to the oak.
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Thank you!
Did you notice anything regarding "speed"?
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I ordered the Oak today. With the Carbon-DBS. Eeexxxccciiittteeeddd.
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I ordered the Oak today. With the Carbon-DBS. Eeexxxccciiittteeeddd.
Congrats!
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