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Old 08-18-2019, 02:04 PM
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A little update on my system which has not had any upgrades in a couple of years. That’s almost an eternity for an audiophile.
In the last few months I replaced most of the shunyata cords with Audioquest Firebird and hurricane cords.
Replaced the AQ wild blue interconnect with WEL between Pre-Amp and amps.
Lastly, just upgraded the ARC REF250 to REF250 SE.

System sounds pretty good now. Thinking about adding an Aurender music server in the near future.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:41 PM
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A little update on my system which has not had any upgrades in a couple of years. That’s almost an eternity for an audiophile.
In the last few months I replaced most of the shunyata cords with Audioquest Firebird and hurricane cords.
Replaced the AQ wild blue interconnect with WEL between Pre-Amp and amps.
Lastly, just upgraded the ARC REF250 to REF250 SE.

System sounds pretty good now. Thinking about adding an Aurender music server in the near future.
Very nice, and welcome to AA! But you do realize that this thread is sorely missing something... Pics!
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Old 08-18-2019, 06:01 PM
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Hi Marc,

Long time member just don’t post as much. I think there are some photos in the first page of the thread. Photos are a few years old and need some updating.

Rich
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Old 08-18-2019, 06:27 PM
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Thoughts on the audio quest cords?
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Speakers/Cables > TAD R-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL 212 SEs (2x)
Power > Accuphase PS 1230 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints under as much as my bank account can then accommodate
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Rental (while the room is being built): Accuphase E650 replaces the C3800 and A200s. All of the other stuff above that's usable, except the turntable stuff. Using TAD CR-1s, rather than the R-1s.

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Old 08-18-2019, 07:02 PM
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The AQ cords sound more dynamic and have more detail in my system. I replaced most of my shunyata sigma HC and Alpha HC cords.
The AQ Firebird has similar characteristic as Hurricane just a bit more detail
but at 2x the price. Hurricane is the best in terms of performance to price ratio.
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Old 08-18-2019, 07:02 PM
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Double post

Last edited by New guy; 08-18-2019 at 07:05 PM. Reason: Double post
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:16 PM
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Hi Marc,

Long time member just don’t post as much. I think there are some photos in the first page of the thread. Photos are a few years old and need some updating.

Rich
Sorry, it popped up on my phone and looked like a new post! Got it now.
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Old 08-30-2019, 05:57 AM
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New guy, can you be more specific about Hurricane vs Firebird? Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:13 PM
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Hi johndoe,

I am not very good with audio adjectives. When I first hooked up the Firebird, I didn’t hear much a difference from Hurricane ford, but when I did a back to back comparison of the cords, the difference became more obvious. The FB sounded less veiled. The instruments had a bit more air, decay and detail. It has similar sound to Hurricane just more refined. I was told by AQ that FB’s performance is closer to the Dragon than Hurricane. The difference was enough that I am adding two more FB cords to my system.
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