Check the return policy.May still be able to send back if they don't work out!
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Not ever auditioned any of Nora Jones recordings, I can only comment on the other two artist, and their recorded material. All of the EW&F recordings are very muted compared to today's better recorded material. Even Sade, though better than EW&F, are muffled as well from early recording equipment.
At a minimum, take Diana Krall for a spin before making drastic cable changes. Close-miked recordings by Shirley Horn and Patricia Barber will also put a grin on your face.
I have not owned the Mapleshade speaker cables, but I do own their digital IC and some of their other products silclear, recordings etc. they seem great for the money! Could it be that the cables are showing the flaws in the recording's more than the Monster do. I did own the Monster 1.4 and switched to the Signal Shotgun and felt the Monster sounded flat and dull.
I would tend to agree. It is an unfortunate happenstance that, the better your equipment gets, the worse some recordings seem.
However, if you try great CDs (they don't have to be modern), especially some from the Mapleshade catalog (like John Cocuzzi's 'Swingin' and Burnin'), the Mapleshade speaker cables add presence...it sounds like the band is in the room. On classical piano and solo guitar, there is more of a bell-like aspect to many of the percussive and held notes. Also, some of the Mapleshade disc treatments bring additional clarity, namely the Mikrosmooth and Optrix, actually make a difference.
Best of luck in your pursuit of better sound!
Mapleshade seems better oriented toward speakers with a better than 93db sensitivity and tube amplification(my opinion) the (double helix) sound wonderful with my system superb soundstage ,tight bass,glorious mids,sweet extended highs,vocals to die for , tried them with my buddies system ok but not great this is just my opinion,,with system cayin 300b s.e.t. integrated,omega speakers with single driver alnico..best sound i ever had and i have had many big bucks gear used to think mapleshade was all hype .no longer so
Incredibly open sounding and detailed with the standard Helix version. Lower mids and bass lacked some body and heft but what is there is detailed. Bi-wired some Clear Day single strand silver cables and it totally transformed the music.
I plan on getting some double Helix soon. And thanks to Dodger4 for the reporting on the cables sounding better with higher efficiency speakers as mine are 95db sensitive.
All the best,