What do the Audience Conductor e speaker cables sell for?
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Yes that is always an option. I don’t think I'd ever spend more than 500 on speaker cables and I can’t even do that at the moment. I ordered some jw cryo nova to try so I’m hoping that works well in my system. Just looking for any budget options that are in the same sonic neighborhood as the audience.
I tried Clear Day and AudioArt, best of both , on acoustic music the CD is overly bright and the AA is much better on the overtones that make a String Qt sing . Tried on both tube and SS systems on Totem, Gallo, Meadowlark and Rega speakers with Cd's and vinyl . AA better ,not that Clear Day is not good .
Other speakers , other music etcetc etc , you might find otherwise .
Good to know. I have Gallo CL-3 powered by and Audiozen Alchemy hybrid integrated. Paul already got back to me. Apparently the single run will not work well for me and, in fact, he strongly recommends the double shotgun for my speakers/amp. When you say you tried best of both, do you mean the top model of AudioArt?
I've used Clear Day double-shotguns on Totem Forest speakers. In my system with various amps, the Totems could be hot/harsh...esp. w/certain CDs. It took quite a bit of experimentation to tame their highs. Part of that taming came about when I switched to Clear Day speaker cable. Not commenting vis a vis Audio Art but the Clear Day cable was NOT bright in my system. I think "silver is bright"is a questionable audio truth that has legs mostly because it gets repeated so much - rightly or wrongly; i.e., with or without first hand experience to base the comment on. The Clear Days were a wonderful relief from the Morrow Audio SP-4 cable I had been running. The Clear Day wire provided great heft to the music (like it put on 20 pounds of muscle). Don't read that as meaning things slowed down, however. Detail was very good but not hard edged. Imaging was superb. They provide a very pleasing musical experience. Paul is great to deal with and has a good return policy. Worth trying just to see how they are in your system. BTW - I did recently audition Audience Ohno cables from The Cable Co. Wasn't impressed and sent them back. At some point, I'd love to try a pair of Audio Art cables. Schubert has been very consistent in his praise of them. Good luck in your search.
thanks for your input. My experience with silver is limited, however I do own a pair of DIY (made by ebay seller) solid silver IC's that I love and beat out a few name brands in my system. My experience echoes yours sonically. I have a good feeling about Paul's cables so I'm sure I will give them a try at some point.
Do you have mono block amps close to your speaker? If so, I have a pair of Audioquest Volcano (only 3 feet long) which seem to sound way better than my Audience Conductor..
These AQ cables were sitting in a box in my garage for the last 10 years. I took them out last month have have been using them because I sent in my Audience Conductor cables to be re-terminated to banana-on-amp and spade-on-speakers. They should be back in a week or 2.
After listening to the Audioquest for the past month I have a feeling it will be hard for me to go back to the Audience. However, I made the bonehead decisions 15 years ago to chop the 6 foot Audioquest to two 3 foot runs. Now I am stuck and the application for which I was using the Audience Conductor speaker cable, my desktop system (speakers on desk) will not work long term with the Audioquest. This is because I have to put the Peachtree Nova 150 integrated amp between the speakers on the desk due to the sort length of the wire. This give me limited desktop space to work. So I am going to have to go back to the 6 foot Audience Conductor.
So if a mono block is what you have. I likely have a better speaker cable that I could sell. Contact me if you are interested. I will go through the A'Gon motions of selling a cable.
Hey there, I’ve auditioned tons and tons of speaker cables and agree with you that Audience is amazing. I got some used AU24 in the end.
The cheapest that I thought came closest were Black Cat’s entry level speaker cable, of which I tried the MK1 of these; now called Silverheart MK 2 https://blackcatcable.com/products/silverheart-speaker-cable-banana-terminated
Preferred them to Clearday in my system.
P.S. I did try hard to find cheaper Audience "clones" from various UP-OCC and OFC cables (Neotech, Acoustic Zen, Mogami) but only the Black Cat cable got closest to the AU24.
Thanks for the Duelund and Black Cat suggestions. I am in the middle of auditioning JW Cryo Nova and Clear Day along with the Audience and my Canare. Depending on the outcome, I may try those 2 suggestions also.
btw, it turns out the Audience Conductor e is a used pair and the price the dealer is asking is $500 for the 2m pair.
Zu audio auctions off their older products on ebay. If you are patient and keep bidding what you are willing to spend, eventually you'll win one of these auctions. I had to bid on 5 pairs of 10 ft Libtecs before I got mine for $80 + S&H. I think the reduced price was around $1,200 when new. I think they sound great; but I've never heard Audience.
thanks for the heads up - I'm following that auction to see where it ends up.
Update: The Clear Day Cables are very very good and transparent but maybe not quite what I'm looking for. The Audience still has more snap to the sound with transients and a little more color in the midrange, in a good way.
The JW Cryo Nova is very interesting and I'm not sure about it yet. Luckily I have more time with them. They made me aware of distortion on some Tidal tracks I wasn't aware of, so now I'm trying to figure out if it's something in the chain or the UMG Watermarks. ugh.
Audience are excellent but expensive cables. I am using Cardas Neutral Reference cables which I purchased new from the Parts Connection cheap because they are no longer being made. Different than Audience, but good. You can read reviews of the Neutral Reference, and one review compared them to the Audience cables, so you can read about their differences. The bottom line is you have to try them in your system to see if they work for you. They also need a lot of break in time to sound good.
I'll check those out. Update, I sent the Clear Day back (what a great guy Paul is. Super nice) He makes great cables for reasonable prices, just not exactly what I'm looking for. I also returned the Audience to the store I borrowed from. I think I'm keeping the JW Cryo Nova as I got to the bottom of the distortion issue. It was the NOS Philips tubes I rolled into my DAC. The orig tubes are back in and the system sounds amazing. The JW might not be the end game, but they are quite good and very engaging to listen to in my system. For $60 they are dirt cheap, so either way they are staying.