Anticables and the Jumper Effect: Or how I learnedto stop worrying and love my system!


Over the last 2 years I’ve changed my system up a bit and played around with various speakers and cables. Finally, the speaker that won my heart was the JBL 4429. Dynamic, neutral and low distortion at any SPL’s. They can fill my listening space from side to side and floor to ceiling with that “In the Club” sound which I crave. But how I would coax the best results from them would remain to be heard. I absolutely love my Krell Vanguard and my Yamaha S-2100 SACD Player, so tweeking would be relegated to the cabling and speaker placement. FYI, I use Deer Creek Audio custom stands for the 4429’s. Trial and error plus frustration led me to try Anticables products...one at a time. First was the level 3 power cord which finally unleashed the amazing potential of my Krell. Next was the Interconnects, for which I chose the level 3.1 XLR’s, again moving my system closer to unbridled performance. Lastly was the speaker cables and jumpers ( I have expensive single run speaker cables which I was hoping would do the job well so I tried the jumper/single run Anticables Level 3.1’s). Here is where it became a bit shocking. The Anticables jumpers with the MIT speaker cables sounded great, but not quite involving enough. Then I put the Anticables speaker cables in and realized I was on the right tack. I could hear deeper into the mix and the extension and detail was phenomenal, but...something in the upper midrange just didn’t sound right. There was a peakiness in the upper mid band and a lack of warmth in the overall presentation that bothered me. What to do? I decided to swap out the Anticables jumpers with my MIT Magnum jumpers which I had used previously. Holy Mother of God, what a huge leap in SQ and presence!! The midrange and bass took on a scary realistic weight and warmth without sacrificing detail. The results were flabbergasting...I could hardly believe how much better the sound had become, as if a new amp had been inserted! Almost tube like roundedness and texture. So what’s the take away from this experience? Audio is still the great unknown frontier where only through experimentation can we uncover the hidden realities that lurk just below the sonic horizon:)
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I am so glad to hear the strong reports on Anticables. I really enjoyed talking to the owner and was impressed with his knowledge. Has anyone tried the upper level interconnects? I am re-wiring and re-capping my 6 way speakers and just put $600 worth of parts into my old NAD amps and pre amps. I'm looking to get the best sound I can out of all this old but good equipment. Currently running Audioquest Waters interconnects and BlueJean 10 gage speaker wire, in a Bi-amp configuration. Any suggestions? Anyone have any experience in my stuff versus Anticables??? Thanks!
Funny you mention the silver content. With the little experience that I have with silver, I have found that I like the copper sound better. Warmer and richer. By top tier, are you referring to the 6.1 interconnects? As for speaker cables, I can't or won't afford the 5.1's but will opt for two pair of 3.?'s for Bi amping. I am using RCA connectors. Which cables do You recommend? Thanks, Michael