certainly I am a little slow on the uptake, but I don't understand what series cabling is. Can you explain it a little better? thanks.
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Same story. I’ve implemented IC’s in series for quite a while. Mixing and matching different wire design allows for tweaking - similar to blending spices when cooking or grapes for making wine. Sometimes, the ingredients brings out the best of each - other times, the worst. Currently, I’ve paired up one IC that is very smooth with minimal dynamics with another IC that is detailed with excellent dynamics. So far, so good. For RCA terminations, barrel connectors are needed.
I have experienced something similar with sound stage being constricted and harmonics disappearing. That kind of piggy-back does not last long in my system. As I say, this takes a lot of trial and error. Have you actually experimented with series cabling? I would be interested in knowing the details.
Glad to hear there are others doing the same thing I am doing. I knew I could not be the only one out there. As noted above, yes, the worst can also be brought out if the combination is a bad one. I just combined 2 XLR interconnects -- one with thin sound, the other with good harmonics. The result has really surprised me -- an opening of the sound stage with full harmonics and great detail. Like changing a component.
In like your analogy to blending spices when cooking. This is very much a matter of creating the right blend and discovering what blends well with what. Often, simply reversing 2 cables can make a huge difference. The difference may not always be pleasant, but there are many permutations to be tried out along the way before the best reveals itself.
I guess you could say I went the opposite direction. I don’t use ICs at all. I don’t use power cords. I don’t use speaker cables. Oh, and no wall outlets. And no connectors, either. I don’t need fuses. Or transformers or large capacitors. I don’t use AC house power. I don’t have electrical ground. If thine eye offend thee pluck it out. 😀
I'm currently bi-wiring my speakers with a combination of Wireworld & Anti-cables. I had assumed that the improvement using both (over either singly--even connected bi-wired) was primarily due to the larger amount of wire involved--especially since they're over 20' long. Perhaps there's more to it than that?
Anyways, I'll drop matching wires to the bottom of the list of things to worry about.
sabai---I got Mogami's with XLR's just to use with my subs, where full-range good sound is not necessary. Since I have them anyway, I thought a comparison to Kimber Hero, Silver Streak, KCAG and KCTG would be interesting. Have you seen the video series of Paul McGowan setting up the new PS Audio listening room? In one of them he said he intended to run Mogami balanced ic's from his sources over to the power amps and Infinity IRS speakers. In the next video in the series he told of being inundated with emails from outraged viewers! Also from Bill Low at Audioquest, who offered to make him a nice loom to use instead.
And a cable with other characteristics besides frequency.
I have not seen this video of Paul's. I have not been able to find it yet. Do you have a link?. Paul's company makes some great products. I have his DS DAC and PerfectWave transport and will be upgrading to the new DMP transport eventually. But Paul seems to live in another world at times. One example was his intransigence regarding tube pre-amps -- until Bascom King came along. How could one hold out for so long? This is a mystery to me. And now he wants to use Mogami interconnects? You have to be kidding. I wonder where he has been living for the past 10 years. In a PS Audio cocoon?
I myself do the same with my search for a high quality speaker wire, but at a reasonable price. I start with a one foot pair of the top of the line MG Audio Design's speaker wires. Although they have listed a 6 foot pair of them for $4800, they will sell the public a one foot pair for, again, only $900. These are the very sam spesker wires that Arnie Nudell and Paul McGowen use for their own mono amplifiers. Anyway, I attach them to my speakers. Between the MG Audio Design wires and my amplifier I use 18 gage Jenna Lab's own hook up wires. They go for $6 a foot. I began with one Jenna Lab hook up wire attached to each of the MG Audio Design speaker wires. Through experimentation, I now am using 3 of the 18 gage Jenna Lab's 18 gage hook up wires to each MG Audio esign's wires. That is 12 Jenna Lab'shook up wires total. I myself needed long runs of speaker wires as my audio gear sits right next to my chair to my right. Anyway, I am using 18 foot lengts of the jenna Lab's wires for my left speaker-that's 6 individual 18 foot length's of them. for my right speker I am using 6, 10 foot length's of them. The total cost comes to $1915 for the equilivant of a 14.5 foot pair of speaker wires. The end result is basically the equilivant of a 14.5 pair of the top of the line MG Audio Drsign speaker wires. I really works. I discovered this originally when I had a one foot pair of Shunyata's own top of the line speaker wires and some runs of the Jenna Lab's 18 gage hook up wires. I could easily demonstrate this speaker wire combination to anyone interested. I believe that all I would need to do is to play either my Day/Sequerrs FM Studio Tuner or one of my McIntosh MR74 FM tuners to demonstrate my wire solution. That's all I would need. Of course with my Oppo 105 or Thorens TD125-Rabco combo it would even be more apparent. Anyway, anyway interested has the information for free.
I'm currently using the Mogami gold IC's balanced since it's a long run to The BHK 300 mono amps discussed above (dealer alert). Discussing the balanced only - can anyone whoose heard these suggest csbles they liked better? I know true 600 ohm balanced designs are supposed to mitigate cable differences more than single ended.
That being said, many years ago Soundsmith told me that the balanced cable that goes from the strain gauge cart to their energized pre amp didnt make a difference and sure enough it did.
emailists, it is Ralph Karsten of Atma-Sphere who feels a true balanced connection between two truly balanced circuits (most commonly the pre-amp output and power amp input, of course) mitigates or even completely removes the sound of the inter-connect from the system. At one Ask The Designers forums at a Stereophile Show, I asked the cable designers assembled to respond to Ralph's comment. Only Ray Kimber did, saying that a balanced line removes the noise present in both channels, but that was all.