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Old 03-29-2018, 08:53 PM
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Default What cables are You using for Your Dan D’Agostino components

Having visited some of High-End shows I noticed that exhibitors use a lot of cable brands with Dan D’Agostino components: Transparent Audio, Synergistic Research, MIT, Shunyata (see photo).
Personally I gone for Transparent Audio Cables for IC and Speaker cable, but have not decided what power cords to choose.
What is forum mates experience on the cables with Dan D’Agostino products?
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BD/SACD/CD player OPPO 205 (which also works as home theatre processor),
Preamp:Dan D’Agostino Progression preamp,
Amplifiers: 2 Dan D’Agostino Progression monoblock power amps,
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexx,
Power unit: Nordost QBase Qb8 Mark II, QKore 6 earth unit
Audio Cables: Transparent Audio G5 Reference SC and balanced IC, the rest are all G5 Ultra
Power Cables: OMVLabs, Nordost
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:14 PM
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Boy, some would put up with Monster Cables (for a while anyway) to get that system!
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:53 PM
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All Shunyata here: power, interconnects and speaker. I was happily using them before the arrival of my Momentum and so far have heard no reason to change. I heard the Momentum at the dealer with Transparent and it sounded very good, but frankly I have no desire to have fat cables with big turtles sitting on my floor - the space is crowded enough.
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Old 03-29-2018, 11:30 PM
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I am pleased at running a full loom of Nordost Valhalla 2 Power, XLR, Speaker with QKore6 and in the process of adding QB8 MKII, QX4, then done, finished, complete, no more, ever...
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Amplification: Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amp and Monos | Boulder Phono 508
Speakers: Wilson Alexias
Cabling: Nordost Odin/Valhalla 2; Power, Interconnects & Speaker | Ansuz; C2 Power & Interconnect | Audioquest Diamond RJ 45’s
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A number of years ago, was fortunate to in-home audition Nordost Odin (or really unfortunate for what transpired years later) power cables and speaker cables for a week before I had to send them back to Nordost HQ.

I was floored, dazed & amazed at the time but couldn't afford them; always had that experience in the back of my head and with a devil & angel on each shoulder reminding me.

Finally, pulled the trigger for them on my previous amps/preamp and during the transition to Dan D'Agostino kept everything after hearing the Dan D'Agostino Stereo amp with the same power cables and speaker cables on the Alexias V2's at my dealers event late last year (I did send the power cords back to Nordost HQ for 20A amplifier reterminations on equipment side).

So, I'm all Nordost Odin Power Cables on amps and preamp to answer your question.

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Amps: Dan D'Agostino Progression Monos on 20A dedicated breakers.
Preamp: Dan D'Agostino Progression Preamp.
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler).
Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono stage with XLR Output Option & with Nordost Tyr 2 P/C and Tyr 2 XLR's.
Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/SME V arm & Nordost Valhalla TA cable, Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge & Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X 1921 shelf, Stillpoint Ultra SS under dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack. HRS NA100's under Ansuz D8 Power Distribution Bar.
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia in Argento Silver/Black grills.
Power Cables: 3 each 2.5M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps & preamp. Nordost Valhalla V1 on dCS Transport.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8) fed by Ansuz Diamond Power Cable.
Power Outlets:Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) duplex outlet, GTX Wall Plate & Duplex Cover (x2).
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference with 4 Nordost Sort Lifts.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini and Mono amps. Nordost Valhalla 2's 110 ohm Digital AES/EBU on dCS internal connections and Crystal Cable Firewire 1394 cables on dCS.
Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
Headphones: Selling - 6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
RCM: Audio Desk PRO
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.

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