The weak link is the 2' pair of Belden cables between XLR and PCB inside the VK75SE chassis. Consider replacing this $.40/foot wire with a soldered-in audiophile IC.
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It isn't always easy to find cables with an airy and extended top end that don't lack bass. In my experience MIT cables work great, Nordost also falls into this category (although I don't care for models Red Dawn and below - they have grainy treble), Chord cables, and Supra cables. Find some models that fit your budget and try them. Certain van den Hul like Orchids have an airy, extended treble too. Some say in general that all-silver cables do too but I find this tends to vary.
I've tried a couple bottom-line Synergistic Research and they a little more laid back than MIT in the very top end. Perhaps the Tesla series is different?
VD in my experience is also Yin: a little dark and smooth with great refinement. I don't think you will like these either. But that is just my opinion based on your comments.
Lubos, Yes, Apex, Precision Ref and Acoustic Ref are different. Each cables present a different sonic signature and works better on a specific component. Go to the Synergistic website and read about all the different cables. Also, see my tread:
Synergistic New Tesla Line...Any comments?
Let me know if you have any questions. I have demo'ed them all.
I have the same set-up. I currently use valhalla interconnect and speaker cables with great results. FYI valhalla (at least in my system) is not forward sounding. I have also enjoyed Audioquest Silver internconnects SKY, and Kilimanjaro (now K2). The AQ does not quite have the air and extension as the Valhalla but is very coherent and "organic" sounding (texture).
I would give a recommendaion to either brand but would stay with one as I think there is system synergy with cables.
I found the Valhalla I.C. S.C. and P.C. to be addictive in my system. The highs are so open and airy with no hardness or forwardness whatsoever. The bottom end is more detailed and extends lower then my previous Cardas GR without the slight mid-bass bloat of the CGR. This added mid-bass bloat gives a sense of a fuller mid-range that actually obscures detail in the lower mids and in the upper bass IMO. I believe this lack of mid-bass bloat is why some people pass on the Valhalla. The mids I find to be dead on.
As of yet I haven't heard this level of speed, neutrality, or detail from other cables. This real information gives me more insight to the phrasing, subtle dynamic shifts, and texture of tone of the instruments being played on the recording.
It might also help you to know I'm using the EMM DAC6se and CDSDse for my front-end and the speakers are Avalon Eidolon Diamonds
Whatever you decide I wish you all the best,
I had a full Valhalla system- the Tesla Accelerators IC's and Precision Reference SC's edged them out- but when I went Apex and Precision Reference IC's combined with Precision Reference SC's I had a system in a whole different league. Search the threads- a lot has already been written regarding the merits of Tesla vs. Nordost.
I just wanted to add that the Valhalla is a great IC BUT you WILL have to have all your IC and speaker wire run with this stuff if you want to hear what it can do. I found that if one wire is from another company in the chain could make the sound come across as dry or just not right. Therefore, if you are going to make the move go all the way and you will be a happy camper. Just my 2 cents.