Have you or @wig or @grannyring compared the VH/Neotech OCC Copper vs the VH OCC Silver ? The 18awg is pricey at $40/ft and if one has to make a double run, it would be very expensive. Any comparison would be helpful.
@debjit_g - I believe @grannyring prefers the Silver VH Audio over the VH Audio copper.
I tried the silver on power cables for source components and preferred it over the VH Audio copper
But if you are planning to use a "naked" signal wire in teflon tube / cotton tube / silk tube then for me the VH Audio Copper is extremely good.
Otherwise I found the Neotech solid copper with Teflon to sound better than the VH Audio copper with AirLok insulation
But again, others preferred the sound of the VH Audio Solid copper.
You hear some of us extol the virtues of the various wires but there really is not a great deal of difference between them, Personal preference plays a part and different systems plays a part, but in the end they all sound extremely good.
There is a $limit to my "insanity" so I'd go for the copper and use the savings to fund the next cable :-)
Hope that Helps Steve
Aside from the variable wire type selections, the sonic attributes of the Helix design concept in general enabled me to actually re-discover my "older" (80’s) CD recordings in a very analogue, musical way, big surprise🙄
I’m a huge Frank Marino/Mahogany Rush fan, my rock recordings in the past Never, Ever sounded anything near to what they do now.
Everything is well separated, quiet, with ambience, subtle ques, additional details and a relaxed, easeful presentation (better than the LP counterparts) which is saying a lot for Digital.
My wire order finally arrived, thanks to the Post Office speedy one month service.
I’m moving up the food chain and building another Helix PC for my CEC transport this weekend.
@rx8man - I just took a look at the CEC lineup and they are very nice units - which one do you have?
You should hear significantly more details with improved clarity, better dynamics and more spacious imaging.
But sometimes the amount of improvement depends on how good the power supply in the component is.
Having said that - my Bryston B135 integrated, that has three independent power supplies for preamp and L/R channels, surprised me by improving significantly across the board.
Also, Bryston is a company that is known for its quality power supplies, so you can never predict the outcome - you have to listen
Keep an ear out for what I call "venue acoustics" those little reverberations and echoes of the instruments.
On one recording I have of a classical quartet recorded in a small concert room, you can clearly hear a bus drive by in the background - something I had not heard before these cables
Looking forward to hearing your observations
I think you are in for a real treat :-)
Regards - Steve
I’m already hearing what you describe, a car horn blowing outside, someone scuffling or coughing in studio.
Haven’t heard a mouse fart yet🙄
You’re totally correct about power supplies, good, better, best will pretty much determine percentage of sound resulting.
Your cable recipe really works, thanks much.