Hi Williewonka, I asked this with the interconnects also, but what do you think that these are better than or comparable too :)
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Yping - Gershman vs Magico?- I would not offer an opinion on this because
they were connected to very different systems.
They did both sound very neutral, spacious and very dynamic. Based on
their price I would venture to say the Magico should sound better, but
unless I have heard the two components in the same system/environment
then any assessment is based on recall and not really valid.
Also, comparing an $18k speaker to a $3.5k is not really a fair comparison.
Although the Sonogram is an outstanding speaker - the Gershman GAP
828 might be a better choice to compare to the Magico.
Re: what speakers cables are they better than? - they were significantly
better than my old van den hul d352 with Furez bananas and they also
sounded much better than a pair of very expensive Cardas cables.
I might be trying a pair of Purist Audio in a couple of weeks - I'll keep you
Hi Williewonka, very interested and look forward to reading about the Purist Audio/Essence gZero6 speaker cable comparison :)
So your review is essentially with the Gershman Acoustics Sonogram speakers. Do you now still feel the need to upgrade your speakers to something better... say Gershman GAP 828 speakers?
Yping - At this point in time my system is performing at a very high level thanks in large part to all of the cables I have.
For the time being I'm quite happy to enjoy my new found "nirvana" - until I walk into my favourite hi-fi store and get blown away by considerably better sound.
Depending on what kind of music you like, other worthy contenders in the speaker department are the Tannoy models Stirling, Turnberry and Kesington. For something more modern looking - take a look at the Definition range
They don't suit everyone's ears, but for many - they are the last speaker they buy.
I actually prefer the Tannoy's mentioned above much more than the Gap 828, they are better suited to my musical tastes. They convey voice significantly better than most other brands for some reason, and they can handle large orchestral pieces at significantly higher volumes than most, without being fatiguing. They are not perfect by any means - they tend to have a smaller sweet spot for one thing and you have to toe them in significantly more (so I'm told) than most other speakers to get the image depth. But once you have the correct alignment they sound so sweet.
One thing about the Sonograms - they may be Gershman's "entry level", but they should be viewed as a high performing speaker for the smaller listening room, like mine. The differences between them and the Gap 828 are, to my ears, quite small when considering the volumes I tend to listen at. The 828's may be significantly better with a more powerful amp in a larger room and different musical tastes.
So, I don't believe I will not be upgrading any time soon and when I do it will probably be to one of the Tannoy's
yping - if I had unlimited financial supply I would upgrade everything.
But right now I have to get my ears acclimated to the new sound, such that any future upgrade will be based on intimately knowing exactly what my current components sound like and where they are falling short.
Until then all upgrades are on hold
I do have a tweak on the TT - upgrade the RCA to the Harmony RCA range
Anyhow - isn't this hobby supposed to be about the music :-)
Yping - I thought I'd provide you with this update....
I finally got around to installing a pair of Pure Harmony onto the silver litz loom on my audiomods tonearm.
The improvement were staggering - yes staggering!!!
The improvements really highlighted how good my system really is - specifically the resolution. It is much finer and bring to the forefront the superb image and spacial accuracy that the system is capable of.
Combined with the Essence gZero6 IC's and SC's, the system now provides superb reproduction of those extremely fine micro details that contribute to realism.
I now know just how good my speakers really are and I don't believe they have reached their full potential.
The one component I might consider upgrading right now is my DAC, which does not match the realism currently experienced from the analogue side of the system.
But the speakers, amp, phono and TT are definitely staying where they are - together with the cables :-)
Yping - I've now used the gZero3 SC and gZero6 IC and SC on three different systems of vastly varying budgets - from $4k to $50k.
Each time the I provements were very similar
- improved bass controll and extension to the low end
- improved dynamic performance
- improved imaging
- smoother extended high end
- significantly more clarity across all frequencies
- a more neutral and natural sounding presentation
My solid silver IC with Silver Harmony RCA's were outperformed by the gZero3 and my solid silver IC with the Pure Harmony were outperformed by the gZero6 IC's.
Both the 3 and the 6 use copper conductors, so to outperform my silver IC's in both cases says a lot about the cable architecture of the gZero line
And yes - I agree with the review - the gZero6 are deservedly their pinnacle product and produce an amazingly realistic reproduction with a more spacious image, having more seperation of instruments within that image.
Yping - many of todays components/systems are capable of significantly better performance once the right cables are installed - particularly power cables.
Even my $350 Yamaha mini system performed so much better once I upgraded its power and speaker cables - it's a cracking little system now.
Maxima95 - Contact KLE Innovations for suppliers. Their list is growing daily
For the RCA's I know you can order them from Parts Connexion. They might even do a special order for the cables for you, but it would take 3-4 weeks to complete, since they have to do a special order from KLEI.
They also have a few others around the world, but I do not know which ones.
KLE Innovations are very good at getting the product out to you - e.g. from Aus to Canada takes a couple of weeks from the time of the order.
But they are well worth the wait :-)