So what other cables do you have in the chain, or are they all MAS? Tom
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Please look at my Virtual system.I haven't updated it recently, but have just added the one pair only of MAS Sigs. to the tuner. I have further testing to do to hear just how good these cables are.But for now, these are the best interconnects to use on my tuner and I have tried a slew of them. If you'll look at my feedback, which is positively huge( pun intended), 95% is buying and selling cables,both new and used.Stay tuned.
I've had several e-mails asking me how to contact Stu about these new interconnects. Their website is : www.audiopartsinc.com You can also do a search for MAS and these interconnects are currently being advertised. That's where I saw them. Please believe me that I am not a shill for MAS nor do I get any payment from them. I'm simply an audiophile like most of you. I just lucked out and took a chance by trying these little gems.
I bought another pair of the MAS Sigs last week and put them from pre to amp. Over the weekend, after having them burn in for at least 100 hours, I listened to some of my most familiar material on CD's as well as some evenings with some good tuner broadcasting. In comparison to my previous reference interconnects, the Acoustic Zen Matrix Reference II, the MAS Sigs have better transparency,better extension on both bass and treble,and better transient response.Last night I put back in the AZ Matrix Ref's and will let them settle in for a few days and do some more listening evaluations. At this time, I am not sure which ones I'll keep on the pre to amp. Although the MAS Sigs seem to be more accurate, the AZ Ref's have a certain listenable and euphonic quality that I've grown accustomed to. I'm going to try to finalize my decision by this weekend. My next step will be to try the MAS Sigs on my Cdp.I still feel confident about keeping the MAS Sigs on my tuner.I also recently added the VH Audio Hot Box( with upgraded nickel-plated outlets and Auric Capacitors) into my system. I have tried many conditioners and various power outlets and this Hot Box is the best-sounding I've yet tried.It has added a new dimension of realism to my system and the Auric Caps do not limit dynamics.The Auric Caps actually increase both micro and macro dynamics while they gently scrub the noise from the power line. Yet once the modified-Flavor 4 power cord properly breaks in, the Hot Box adds very little of it's own coloration and for me increases my emotional involvement. Stay tuned.
I got mine, one XLR and the other RCA. They are not broken in yet, so I would only give some first impressions. To me, good matching is more important than a sigle good component. I have MAS silver and they work better with tube amp less so with SS gears. So, I won't say which one is best, but just describe sound difference. The best will be pending on how it match with other components in the set up.
XLR from source to preamp: A/B with CARDAS Gold ref.
Sig. has more extension and its bass really kick ass, which makes me feel my speaker stand is not heavy enough. High is very smooth. This IC is fatigue-free even compared to CARDAS. Gold ref is more laid back (maybe the most laid back IC I ever own) and has a good tempor with dynamic attack. CARDAS is a good choice to tame bright system. Sig. is smooth even without the rounding feeling of CARDAS. Looks like I can live happily with Sig for this set up.
RCA from source to Integ.: A/B with Audience Au24 and Acoustic Zen silk way (borrow from friend).
Au24 is a very sweat sounding cable, which make high clear and round, compared to CARDAS, mid is not as stand out as CARDAS (so CARDAS sounds thicker and very warm on mid). AZ is the most dynamic one in this case, but high seems emphasized, maybe bcz its silver. AZ sounds its best when AZ hologram speaker cable is used to complete all AZ cables (otherwise, I think AZ is more picky on adding other IC). When all AZ are used, sound stage is really big. MAS shares more characters with Au24 than AZ, and its very musical to my ears. Friendly and yet accurate. Can't point out the major difference yet. I need more time to compare Au24 and MAS.
In conclusion, Sig is very very nice. I am comparing it to several top IC's, and feel it is among one of them.
Yes, Bluefin,cables are very system dependent. As good as the MAS Sigs are, they might not be compatible with certain components. With the MAS Sig. so far I have achieved wonderful results trying it on my tuner and pre to amp. I have a lot of experience with the MAS Black and found it to work the best on my Cdp, so there's a possibility that the MAS Sig might just be a great choice on my Cdp as well.Once you've hit about 150 hours of break-in with the MAS Sig. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as just how revealing and musical it is. Good Luck and happy listening.
Well, in my system, from pre to amp, the less expensive MAS Sigs have won out. Although the MAS Sigs have an amazing range, I am particularly impressed at how low they go. I have never heard bass go so deep and yet be so articulate. In the highs, cymbals now have taken on a realistic shimmer previously unattained from my speakers. I don't know how Stu did it, but he certainly did his homework with this new interconnect.My previous reference interconnects in that position are now up for sale. Who wudda thunk it?
Frankly I'm happy this has gone so well. I used MAS many years ago and was very impressed. I guess I'm not surprised they pulled it off a second time.
I will try to get a pair to test against the new economy priced Vesta line from Purist. Would love to see how that turned out. Thanks for sharing the news and writing a nice review about this over achiever.
I have to agree with Sherod, the MAS Sig IC is truly a high end interconnect. A couple of years back I was co-owner of Richmond Audio & Video and was an MAS authorized dealer. At that time our reference system consisted of Duntech Black Knights(originals with Dynoaudio drivers) driven by Klimo Linnet 100 watt tube, class A amps. Both ICs and speaker cable were MAS (gray) silver which produced some of the most realistic music I've encountered. I am still using the MAS gray on my Rel sub. I received my 1mm balanced set of MAS sig ICs 5/15/04 and it's currently breaking in. My first impressions after listening is not suprising, Stu always gave you great performance for a reasonable price. First without going into great detail my system is SS Krell amp/pre, ML Dac, DCS Purcell, CEC transport driving Piega speakers. Digital ICs are all Goldmund Lineal and Jena Labs Sinewave 7 IC from Dac to preamp. From the preamp to amp is a Purist Audio Max. The Purist Audio was removed and the MAS sig inserted. The MAS unbroken in, went head to head with Purist Audio ICs and in my opinion the MAS on cymbals and piano bested the Purist, however; it appears the Purist was much better in layering the soundstage, although the depth of the soundstage was equal. It appears I will have to wait until the MAS fully breaks in to see if this changes. At any rate, I know ultimately the MAS will probably be used as a source IC as in my Esoteric DV-50 and the pre to amp will be another Jena Lab IC. However this does not discount the great value and performance the MAS Sig gives the music listener. Once again, Stu Kudos, great IC.
Upon reading Sherod's review, and being an owner of Stu's MAS Black
and MAS Gray interconnects, I decided to give the MAS Signature
interconnects a try. My comments are made after only a day of listening,
so in fairness to the MAS Signature cables, a follow-up will be in order. I
connected the Sigs between my First Sound preamp and VAC Phi 110/
110 amp, where I ususally have a pair of Acoustic Zen Matrix
interconnects (originally MK1, nowMK II). Immediately, I heard a
difference. The MAS Signatures have incredible focus and clarity, and
this is where the difference between the two is most apparent. The
Acoustic Zen's have been said to have a "euphonic"
character; they provide a slight rounding to the sound, yet not at the
expense of detail or clarity. It's almost as though there is a touch of echo
or reverb added to the mix to make the room feel larger. The MAS
Signatures, on the other hand, are more neutral and dispense with the
"bloat" (perhaps too harsh a word...bloat). But, that's where
the primary difference lies. Where the AZ's have a certain bloom, the
MAS Sigs seem to accurately convey the music with no embellishment.
Treble extension with the MAS Signatures is equal to that of the Acoustic
Zen's (at nearly a fifth of the price). Thus far, the bass from the MAS
Signatures isn't as deep as the Acoustic Zen Matrix II, but it does sound
tighter. Both cables sound excellent, and it's hard to decide which I
prefer. More listening is in order, and I suspect the MAS Signatures will
change slightly with more time in the system. Nevertheless, at $150 a
pair, the MAS Signatures offer incredible value and compete with cables
costing significantly more.