Dan has finally finished the mod and sent me an e-mail this afternoon explaining his audition:
Okay, so last night I did some serious listening with your speakers, a P-3A DAC (Signature II), being fed by my Sony XA-777ES as a transport. The long 'budget' power cord that you sent was feeding the DAC and the Tice IC's were feeding the preamp from the DAC. The preamp used was a Conrad Johnson Premier 17LS (very sweet unit) and the amp is a Threshold SS - 50W Class A - that a friend loaned me. I don't believe that you use tubed amps, so this made more sense.
First of all, the Cryo did WONDERs for the sound, improving bass response and detail/extension greatly. The Jena wire also improved detail and resolution significantly. The Bybee filters lowered the noise floor and improved soundstage and presence. The Auricaps greatly opened up the sound and improved sonics across the spectrum.
I listened to a variety of music last night, primarily music that I know and am familiar with. This included classical symphonic, acoustic guitar, techno/electronica, and some Patricia Barber. I have also listened with the disc that you sent, but because I am not familiar with that music, it is a difficult reference for me.
First of all, the speakers threw a huge and deep soundstage that went way back and completely made the speakers disappear. Secondly, the detail and 'spank' of the speakers was remarkable. You can hear distinct plucking of guitar strings and fast/dynamic music is right-on, not missing a note or beat. Lastly, the detail and extension of the speakers is now stunning. The Tice IC's tone down the character a bit which is good. They are more detailed than my $6.5k Greybeards, drawing you more into the music and simply get your blood pumping.
I don't have Sonus speakers to compare them to and I am not going to be able to, but I feel quite certain that you will be VERY pleased with the results of the mod. I feel that they have surpassed my expectations. It would be ideal to have a bone-stock pair to compare them too, but my aural memory is good enough to tell me that these are FAR better sounding than when I first got them.
I do plan to ship them early next week and I will call you before I do.
I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THEM BACK!!!