I have the Kimber 4TC in one of my systems. I would give it a week or so to burn in before you pass judgment. It is generally considered a good cable for the money. TG
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I agree with both ozfly and Tsugury. Kimbers are known to be a bit "bright" even when burned in, which will take some time. But they are a good cable for the money. I currently biwire (which IMHO is the way to go) with
Kimber 8TC on top and Analysis Plus Oval Nines on the bottom. So have your cake and eat it too by using both of your cables. But if you must buy a new cable, you might try the Oval Nines which I got from Audio Advisors. The bass is awesome once burned in.
I have 4PR, 8PR, 4VS, 8VS, 4TC and 8TC. They are all slightly lean sounding, some more-so than others.
While i am not directly familiar with the TNT variant of CAT 5 speaker cables, i found the Chris VH 54 conductor / 27 pair design to have phenomenally powerful bass. I do think that the TNT version is constructed somewhat differently though and not as heavy of a gauge, so i don't know how closely your results would parallel mine.
As someone else mentioned, why not use the TNT CAT 5 for bottom end and the Kimber for top end in a bi-wire configuration ? Sean
Thanks for all the suggestions. The Kimbers were demos, and so I assumed that they were already burned in, but I could be wrong. I'll give them some more time and see. I did try biwiring using the CAT5 for bass and the Kimber for the tweeter. It resulted in a very unbalanced sound--kind of boomy in the bottom and very bright on top. I also stopped by a local stereo shop, and they loaned me three different cables. I really liked one--Synergestic Research (I'm not sure what model). It presented a very organic and integrated sound--nice big, rich, and focused bass; a smooth and "real" sounding midrange; and a good, if slightly edgy, high end. All in all, a big, bold, foward sound, which I like. I know the Kimbers are well-regarded, and I can see (or "hear" I suppose) how they would be a good cable in some systems. I just don't think they worked well in mine. Thanks again.
Shersta, try looking into some Goertz MI-2's. These have a slightly richer, fuller sound with a more delicate and airier treble response than the Kimber's. They tend to sound very romantic and are quite pleasing overall. The midrange on these is extremely "seemless" as they present a very coherent picture from top to bottom. You can try these out for several weeks if you buy from directly from Goertz. They sound pretty close to what they will sound like long term right out of the package.
While i don't think that your Cambridge will need them, you might want to discuss the need ( or lack there of ) of their impedance compensation networks. Goertz supplies these free of charge if they are necessary.
For the record, i think that Nordost's sound a little sharper, faster and more focused but are lacking in warmth and "musicality". They came across as being analytical without being overtly harsh or bright. If you could obtain the amount of speed, detail and focus that these cables have with increased warmth and bottom end extension, THEN we might really have something.
Keep in mind that these are simply my opinions and suggestions and others results and observations will probably vary according to system and personal likes / dislikes. Sean
PS... Your description of the Kimber / CAT 5 combo sounded like a Cerwin Vega speaker : )