Comparing some mid-line interconnects - thoughts?


Does anyone have experience comparing ICs in the range of the Audioquest Cheetahs to others by say, Nordost (Red Dawn), DH Labs (Revelation), Audience (AU24)? Others to consider in a similar range (eg
Thanks
joncourage
Hmm...I wouldn't call AQ's US$1K-per-meter-pair Cheetahs to be 'midline' or midpriced, I'd call them expensive.

I just replaced 6 pieces of HomeGrownAudio's all-silver IC-4-based ICs with Cheetah. I heard more detail, less edginess, and more-real-sounding transients on orchestral percussion such as tubular bells. I've never heard your other candidates.

Also, do consider PS Audio's silver conductor IC. It's quite affordable at only $350 per meter-pair and apparently sounds very good. See 10Audio.com's review...http://www.10audio.com/psaud_ref_trans.htm
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Try Blue Jeans cables. Nothing is more accurate. Try the Belden 1505F. The price is right.
I would also try "Revelation Audio Labs".
Both the Audio Art IC-1 and Speltz Anti-ic easily bested the Blue Jeans cables Belden 1505f that I had. Much better clarity and imaging.
Several questions: what length? Solid or stranded? Shielded or unshielded? Copper, Silver or a combination? Between source and pre-amp or pre-amp to amp or phono to pre-amp? These are questions I asked myself before shopping for cables. Good luck.
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Yes, I'm sorry - that's true the Cheetah's are on the expensive side.

I should have worded my inquiry differently:

"What ICs in the ~$300-350 used price-range would compare favorably to the AQ Cheetah?"
These will be used between DAC and (integrated) solid state amp, approx. 1 meter length altho .5m might also work.

Far as copper/silver, shielded/not, I can't say - I'm more interested in what delivers the goods, in that price range, opposed to specs, I think.

I realize there's some subjectivety to this and I'm willing to try a few; I'm basically trying to build my "short list" of ones to check out.
Short list: VenHaus Pulsar, Ridge Street Audio Midnight Silver Edition. You pick: silver or copper. There
are two approaches, depending on the quality of power going to your DAC & transport. I can use silver in my system; most systems will transmit glare originationg from power line noise.

Consider first filtering the power to your digital gear and you'll be in a position to make educated choices. Don't do it and you'll end up with 'band aid' interconnects.

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09-12-06: Joncourage
Yes, I'm sorry - that's true the Cheetah's are on the expensive side.

I should have worded my inquiry differently:

"What ICs in the ~$300-350 used price-range would compare favorably to the AQ Cheetah?"

That's easy - Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference MkII.