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Yoby,...good day! I am not a dealer nor do I work for Elrod or any other audio manufacturer so I don't quote prices. Your profile reads that you are in the US? Where in the US are you? (Send me a PM if more comfortable with that approach). I'll connect you either with Elrod himself or one of the 2 dealers I know of in the US. One way or the other, these are very enticing power cords; can't believe what 1 did for my system that I might add I was already VERY happy with and thought I was done for quite a while on power cords (given I could not ever afford the Elrod Diamonds). Have a great day!
Lak: Great to hear from you! The EPS-3 was a whole other sonic signature and type of cable. The latest Statement Golds in the years preceding this really opened up soundstage, imaging, dynamics, energy (musical) and realism in a way that I cannot sufficiently describe…
Jayctoy: Best of luck with those cables, they are all great cables with reputation for bringing great sound to anyone who owns them!
ebm: Definitely,…most things in this hobby at mid to upper levels set one back a good amount fortunately (the sonic results) or unfortunately (for the wallet)!!!
baxman: Only touchiness on the subject is that I don’t want this to turn into either 1 or 2 active threads that are ratholes on Agon right now for those to bash anyone who spends higher dollars on cables that they hear differences from other contenders while espousing the view point that it’s all hype, we cannot possibly be hearing differences that transcend what inexpensive cables can provide, etc….The other ‘sensitivity’ for me personally is that I am not a dealer or distributor of any kind so I don’t quote prices for any reason. Elrod and I have been friends for many years but he has a strict “no direct sale” policy even for his closet friends. I always go through a dealer so I respect the model and don’t play in the grey area on any forum. Hope this makes my answer a bit more clear; anyone saying they remember the prices being expensive on what I am writing about here that are only a few weeks old on the market and the price I’m told was only recently set is obviously got an axe to grind I simply won’t ‘go there’.
Have a great day all!!!
Due to a long-running WAF-related issue with the active speaker config using an extra 2 platforms, 2 more components, 3 more power cords and 2 more pair of interconnects and any upgrade path there introducing more 'ugly audio nut stuff in the room', I had to downsize from the AERIS system complexity unfortunately. The R1s arrived just before Christmas from Japan.
Lak: Thank you very much!
Dave: Very much appreciate that and I agree the irony and humor of that last phrase are priceless. I’m sure we all know the feeling when whatever we like, be it a couple great bikes, a boat (or 2), golf clubs/pricey golf member dues, etc....all get called into question. I have 1 hobby (that costs, the rest like hiking, camping, etc...don’t),...music. This is no different I suppose from any of those other Men are from Mars things (no disrespect to the ladies who love this hobby as much as we all do).
You know what they say; death, taxes and CHANGE are the only constants in the universe :-)
John: Thank you very much! I hear the old joke playing in my head; "You want some cheese with that whine???<LOL>!!!" Definitely not a poor me story at all; just love my old setup as well!
What the R1s outline is just how damned amazing the AERIS+HDPlex+Wavelet was at 1/3 the price. The R1s do many wonderful things but they highlight just how far you have to go to get what the AERIS combo I had bring to the table; and, the R1s are missing 1/2 an octave of bass at the bottom-end (AERIS went down to 16Hz flat in my room). There are many things that the R1s do differently in the total frequency spectrum that I love to hear and respect but they are a different approach to the same musical goals I easily achieved with the AERIS and now with a lot more hard work, the R1s.
Ironically enough, this is a downsize from a system size and complexity point of view....
Oh well...back to great tunes!
Baxman: Truly sorry my multi-responses were not clear. N/P at all with your post or questions and I was not lumping you in the category from the other thread. Humble apologies from my side to you.
It comes down to the fact that I gave my word and I hold to that no matter what in life.
Send me a private message here with a number where I can reach you; happy to talk this evening and fill in some more details on what I heard/am hearing today.
No,...it did not make my current cords sound 'broken'; that would imply there is something wrong with the Statement Gold latest gen PCs, interconnects and speaker cables and 2 Statement Silver PCs that I have when nothing could be further from the truth. The new Master Series I am testing sounds that much 'more' in many key areas.
Well, it's official; I formally added a 10 ft. version of the Master Series Statement Gold to my A-02 amp and a 9 foot version between my C-02 pre-amp and Isotek EVO3 SIGMAS power conditioner. The 7 foot version has been turned in (it was on loan for testing) and is on its way to another demo situation.
All I can say is that after a lot of listening with the first cord and now with 2 in the system, and those being the only changes in quite some time since the TAD R1s arrived, I am left with only one thought; "HOW CAN A POWER CORD DO THAT?!?!?!". I don't want to step over any lines here, nor am an employee, dealer or what some people affectionately refer to as a "plant" or a "shill". I simply am extremely impressed with Elrod's cables over the years and had thought I was hearing everything my system is capable of. In short, I was wrong and there is a sound emerging from the system that is a step above (and then some) what I was already considering amazing. I'll keep my comments to this level; it's been a very good and musically enjoyable week!
I'm glad to read that you are enjoying your new Elrod Master Series Statement Gold power cords zephyr!
I can't imagine that I will ever get the chance to listen to one, though I have had a few very old Elrod EPS-2/3 Signature and Statement cords in my system over the years.
One day I may hit the lottery, so there is always a chance. ;^)
I just saw a Elrod Statement Gold cord pop up for sale on the used market.
Though I might have been tempted, as it's price is pretty high for me, but not unthinkable.
Your comment in the opening post:
Master Series Golds simply blew the doors off the latest Statement Gold generation.
managed to remove any gnawing temptations. Thank you!
Enjoy your awesome system!!
JMC,...it's great to hear from you. Just to clarify that in my original post, the phrase "blew the doors off..." was a quote of what others with the cables compared to MBX2 and Diamond had told me. My opinion is somewhat different in that the Statements Golds I own would stay in place in my system and never be upgraded as they were giving me everything I ever looked for in terms of performance, imaging, musicality of the final result of the speakers, etc.... What the Masters Series gives me are the bits that I did not know my equipment was capable of rendering, i.e. what I've mentioned below and that I've only heard from the most expensive SET gear on 2 very rarefied systems ever before.