Sean, I have not tried the AlphaCore speaker cable. Maybe I should give it a listen. Right now, I am ecstatic with my Coincident CST 1.0 to the midrange and tweeters, and the CST 0.5 to the woofers. But, I should definitely see how Ralph's feelings translate into my system. Maybe, I can try a pair from The Cable Company.
Although, the more I think about it, he shows his electronics with the Classic Audio Reproductions horns. From hearing this combination the past two years in NYC, it needs a bit of softening, mellowing, and slowing down. Maybe the Goertz provides this.
By the way, Cable A was the AlphaCore Goertz copper IC. In my system, it took away from what the Atma Sphere amps have given me. The unreal detail, speed, and effortlessness. My system has a good amount of richness via my older generation Coincident speakers, and the full bodied speaker cable. And the very refined Blue Circle preamp is definitely on the rich and powerful side(kind of tube dependent). Maybe what would add a welcome measure of warmth and richness ala the Alpha Core was over the line in my system.
Only an audition would show me how the Goertz speaker cables meshed in. I would tend to think pretty well, as they may parallel the Coincident speaker cable's richness.
I am confident you can guess what Cable B was.
I think Esoxhntr asks a great question. Definitely relevant to any test.
The evening consisted of the 2 hours where we were not evaluating cable, then approximately another 2 where we were.
The music played(tracks listed where special attention was given paid - and not every song was played from every CD):
1) 20th Century Masters - Allman Brothers Band. Whipping Post, Melissa, Blue Sky. Classic guitar and drum interplay by Duane Allman/Dickey Betts and Jaimoe/Butch Trucks. The perfect American rock band.
2) Shelby Lynne - I Am Shelby Lynne. Thought It Would Be Easier, Gotta Get Back, Dreamsome, Where I'm From. A stone cold soulful singer. White hot, smoldering, lingering.
5) New Order - Best of(Not Sure). My brother - in - law's CD. We listened to all of their hits. Electronic, thunderous, techno. Acid test to see if a system has cojones.
6) Beth Orton - Central Reservation. Stolen Car, Sweetest Decline, Couldn't Cause Me Harm, Pass In Time, Central Reservation. Excellent feeling in her vocals, powerful arrangement, lively.
7) Louis Prima - The Best Of. Just a Gigolo, "Jump, Jive, & Wail", Whistle Stop, Banana Split For My Baby, They'll Be No Next Time, I've Got It Bad. Would have loved to have seen him live, interplay with Keely Smith.
8) Sonny Rollins - Theme from the movie, Alfie. Alfie's Theme, Street Runner With Child, On Impulse. Rollins showing all facets of the diamond he is, every emotion capable of being pushed through the saxophone comes through. Jazz at its zenith.
9) Southern Culture On The Skids - Dirt Track Date. Voodoo Cadillac, Camel Walk, White Trash, Make Mayan A Hawaiian, Dirt Track Date. Dynamic; in your face, fun, straight ahead rock & roll.
The 30 second tests consisted of the beginning of Southern Culture On The Skids "Voodoo Cadillac" to separate Cable C and Cable D, towards the end of Sonny Rollins "On Impulse to hear how Cable E compartmentalized the musical spectrum and lost a bit, especially in the treble, and the final determination for Cable F(Coincident) vs Cable G was a bit after the beginning of Beth Orton "Sweetest Decline".