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View Poll Results: What cable do you use
Transparent 71 15.07%
Wireworld 175 37.15%
Audioquest 75 15.92%
Kimber 55 11.68%
Other 283 60.08%
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:28 PM
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My cables are from one of the sponsors on this forum, which is not listed in the poll. Shunyata
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:09 PM
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Combination of mostly Wireworld, and Audioquest speaker cables.
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Nad M12 preamp with BlueOS card, M22 amplifier. Focal Sopra 3 speakers. Salamander Archetype rack, Wireworld Electra 7 power cords, Silver Eclipse 7 XLRs, Audioquest Niagara 1000 power conditioner and Audioquest Oak speaker cables. Herbie's Tenderfeet, Cone and Hush Puckies isolation feet. GIK Acoustic's bass soffits and 244 bass trap Art panels room treatments. Sony XBR75X900e 4K TV and Sony UBP-X800 Blu-ray player

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Mcintosh MA252, Dynaudio Contour 20's, Bluesound Node 2, Audioquest Water RCA interconnect's, Audioquest Thunder HC and NRG-Y2 power cords. GIK Acoustic's Impressions Series panels and Soffit Bass traps.
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:20 AM
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Default Sewell Silverback - needing an upgrade

Sewell Silverback 12g 10ft, with banana plugs of the same name. They've been ok for my start, but it's time for an upgrade. Also the (very long, and very finicky) Neutrik connector for the REL T-zero sub.

Just got my office/library built-ins almost complete, after months of waiting, and contractor screw-ups. Now it only needs knobs & drawer pulls, and they will be out of my house! Now I will no longer be headphone restricted.



I added Pangea power cords, and have AudioQuest Cinnamon and Red River interconnects.

Questortapes74 was gracious enough to check out my space, and help me with my initial setup yesterday. A special thanks to him!

The important thing I was waiting for was to measure speaker cable lengths, and seeing what the runs look like. There will be some relatively tight bends.

This thread in particular, along with AA's "Search" function, has been extremely helpful to in finding the next step in quality upgrades.

My current leanings for my SC replacement are (in order):
Kimber 8TC
AudioQuest type 8 with Pangea spade terminations
AntiCable 3.1 Reference with solid copper spades
BlueJeans

What to do with the excess Neutrik cable after determining sub placement, and whether and how to terminate the bare ends will also be one of my next quandaries. Then I will bide my time and sweet talk (and probably bribe with jewelry, purses, and shoes) my lovely wife into a power conditioner upgrade.

I'd like to highlight the tremendous help this forum has been to those of us more prone to lurking than posting. The knowledge contained by the site would not be possible without the expertise and experiences of all the contributors.

Looking forward to continuing my journey...

Thank you again!
ShrinkySmurf
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Old 10-03-2017, 02:31 PM
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Audioquest WEL sigs for SC.

Audioquest WEL sigs for PC.

IC = still working on it, hahaha....

PS...

Audioquest and Transparent are tied!!
Hi Joey_v,
I had Wel Signature phono cable & rca interconnect and I recently decided to try the speaker cable from WEL line. Sniper sharp positioning of the instruments, lots of detail, black background, stone firm soundstage. But I feel that is somehow congested, sorry for not finding a better word. Since this is a brand new cable with barely 15 hours so far, what am I to expect in the future with the burn in process? How many hours to fully burn in? Your or somebody else's experience will be very appreciated.
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Old 10-03-2017, 09:08 PM
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Blue Jeans and Monoprice
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Currently, 2 WW Platinum Eclipse XLR's, WW Platinum Starlight 110 ohm AES/EBU Cables & Crystal Cable 1394 firewire 8 pin (edited post 5).

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Bob
The above posted 5 years ago -- a lot has changed since then -- mainly Nordost Odin 3M Speaker Cables (spade/spade), 3 Nordost Odin Power Cords, 3 Nordost .5M Valhalla Digital Cables (BNC/BNC 75 ohm clock -- verified w/dCS chief engineer, 75ohm is spec'd), Ansuz D8 Distribution "Ring Ground" Power Box & an Ansuz Ceramic Power Cable.

A Nordost Valhalla Tone Arm Cable provides the bandwidth highway of the SME V tone arm to the C1100.

I have yet to try an Ansuz Diamond Power Cable & Ansuz Ceramic XLR which is sitting in a box in the corner. No time to audition/A-B at present.

For the most part, I'm in the "other" camp.

Best Sirs,

Bob
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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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Old 10-22-2017, 12:41 PM
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Default Kimber 8TC speaker cables!

I’m not meaning to open one of those age-old can of worms here, but you have another neutral party converted to the “Cables really do make a difference!” camp...

Wow! Just finished connecting new speaker cables. Took out the Sewell mentioned above, and replaced them with Kimber 8TC. Holy Mackerel, Batman!

Let me preface this in a couple of ways. Being relatively new at this, I don’t pretend to have a trained ear. However, in the office staff refers to me as “Horton” because they say I hear everything. I have also been able to subconsciously find trained listener’s system was off center, confirmed by measurements and others afterwards. I trust my own ears. The next point would be that my system is not the most revealing (see my signature), probably primitive by some standards here (but I am slowly working on that). It’s relatively small system in a small space (home office/library), but it’s what I have to work with.

With that, both before and after, I placed on what apparently has become my reference CD: Gorrilaz’s Demon Days. I have turned to that because the wide range of frequencies and sounds. The cliche... hearing it for the first time all over again can be true. I don’t know how else to say it, but: My brain smiled. Then, I smiled.



It is that obvious to me. I am a believer. One change in the system, an isolated variable, and I experienced that “sonic smile.” A part of my brain lit up in a healthy way. I am convinced this is not placebo, and I do know a thing or two about placebo. I am not generally the suggestible type.



I am hearing things I never noticed before, especially on the upper end (I have yet to replace my sub cable, but that is next). Percussion is crisper. The inserted sound effects are clearer. Voices are smoother when they are meant to be, and the rough & staticky effects on other voices are even more what they were meant to be.

I’ve heard high end cable in high end systems, but never experienced this isolated variable phenomenon. As I said, “I trust my ears.” Cables do make a difference.

Thanks again to everyone for their contributions!

Best,
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Old 10-22-2017, 01:30 PM
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As a new convert -- now comes the expensive part. Take it slow and you will reap rewards.

Best Sir,

Bob
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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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Old 10-22-2017, 01:41 PM
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Having owned many and auditioned/borrowed from the vast library of The Cable Company , including most but not all cables out there for almost 30 years being in this hobby, Transparent stood out the most. That’s what I used in my systems at the pinnacle and that’s what I would use today if building another. As always, YMMV... and there are many others for other tastes and systems.
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Luxman D-06u SACD.
Roon/Tidal.
Bryston BDP-Pi

PrimaLuna Dialogue HP EL34

Speakers: Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary




Headphones:

ZMF Auteur Blackwood, Audeze LCD-3, Audeze LCD-2C, Sennheiser HD600, HD650, Fostex TH-X00EB, E-MU Teak

Headphone Amplification: SPL Phonitor 2730, Audeze Deckard, PrimaLuna Dialogue HP, Luxman L-590AX Mark II, Woo Audio WA6

Source/DAC. Roon/Tidal.
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Hi Joey_v,
I had Wel Signature phono cable & rca interconnect and I recently decided to try the speaker cable from WEL line. Sniper sharp positioning of the instruments, lots of detail, black background, stone firm soundstage. But I feel that is somehow congested, sorry for not finding a better word. Since this is a brand new cable with barely 15 hours so far, what am I to expect in the future with the burn in process? How many hours to fully burn in? Your or somebody else's experience will be very appreciated.
Cheers
Let it burn in. I do not feel lacking in anything
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