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I'm finding that the Audioquest Water XLR interconnects sound different then the Cards 5-C XLR interconnects.
Maybe everyone can help with the below statements?
1. They sound clearer or brighter then the Cardas cables
2. Seems like the bass is lacking and system doesn't have a warm sound anymore
3. Musicals and live recordings sound more open, while many average recordings are sounding shrill/harsh
4. Almost reminiscent of my Thiel speakers 3.7 I used to have
5. Almost like a double edge sword.... clearer sounding on good recordings, and harsh/edgy sounding on average recordings
Can anyone help explain what I'm hearing, or what is going on?
HI Pony - it's true that Quadlink had a LOT of warm fuzzy bass, however, it was NOT pitch accurate and was out of proportion to the rest of the frequency range as the upper end was also a bit rolled off. Now the AQ dos system is a good thing, BUT - it does NOT break in the cables. All it does is to burnish the dialectic to keep it from absorbing and releasing sound randomly. Your cables will need to run for around 40 hours for a 1M pair to sound their best. Give 'em a little time - it will be worth it!
You sound surprised that different cables would sound different. They do, and that's what you're hearing. You do need to let the cables break in for a while before making any final judgments. I usually mark my calendar for a month with new cables and try to reserve judgment until then. But it's also possible that you just prefer the Cardas to the AQ. The older Cardas was known for a warmer sound and often used to tame a bright system. Unfortunately, many audiophiles claim they want a Ferrari, but really want a Bentley. They think they want to feel every bump and hear an engine roaring behind their heads, but they really want a relaxed quiet ride. Both cars are magnificent, but don't buy one if you want the other.
But do give the AQ's a chance and they may surprise you down the road. Or not. That's the way this hobby goes sometimes. In old days, we went to the audio stores and listened before we bought. Now we buy on the internet based on reviews by people who don't even play music on their You Tube channels, not that that would help. So best of luck and I hope you will be happy with your new purchase down the road. And if not, you will have at least learned something. Hopefully.
Your speakers are bright. If you do not like that you should get something more neutral. Trying to solve the problem with the setting on a CD player is not a solution. You can certainly experiment and see but it's not a solution. If you like the brightness and not the edge. Get better cables. Talk to a dealer. The Audioquest Water cables are good but your system will benefit more from better cables.
Paradigm Persona sounded close to neutral to me. KEF Reference series is more on the warm side. You need to go to a dealership and hear what you like. There are so many options. Some dealerships will let you bring your own gear to match the speakers and try it for yourself before you make the decision.
UPDATE… so this is what I’ve found thus far. I’ve gone back and forth on now 3 filters and can reproduce the same conclusions.
HYBRID FAST MINIMUM PHASE
Does any of this make any sense?
Which one would you suggest to try next?
thanks in advance…