from what I've been reading, AU24 ICs and AU24 speaker cable is a team. Go to www.6moons.com and navigate through it to find review of AU24. How do you like the ICs? I have N803 running with ARC LS-15 pre and McCormack DNA-125 amp. Looking for ICs and speaker cables as well.
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Keny, I've been reading lots of stuff on the net, as I am sure you have been as well, that the Audience's approach to cable design differs a lot from others. Currently I have Monster M950I interconnects between cd+preamd+amp and M2.4s biwire speaker cable. I am sure these cables are way under my system's capabilities. I think I'll go for AU24 but would like to find a dealer that allows for an in-home audition. Thanks for your response.
another thing to mention is that Audience, even with B&W Nautilus speakers, recommends single run and not the bi-wire. I never tried the AU24 speaker cables so I wouldn't know, but what I do know is that any cable I tried with these speakers that wasn't a bi-wire cable did not sound good. So you may want to ignore their suggestion or get both sets and send back the one you like the least.
Audphile - I've been auditioning speaker cable through the Cable Company recently and I can tell you its the ONLY way to audition cable. After reading tons on these forums, I figured the Cardas line was the one for me. When Cable Co actually sent me the big box of cables, I discovered that the Cardas didn't work well in my system at all, and the best sounding was a brand I never even heard of before (Purist Audio).
As for the B&W's, I owned a number of them (especially the Matrix series) and can tell you the B&W's as a line just seem to demand biwiring to sound their best. I wouldn't even consider single wiring them.
I wouldn't think Audience speaker cables would make a good combo with
N802's. N802's like lots of power. Audience speaker cables are based on the
questionable notion that thinner gauged cables sound best. It's pretty basic
-- you're going to suffer higher resistance with thinner gauged cables, which
means you're going to lose signal over the audio band. I would use
something much lower gauged, which is probably why Arthur has had such
good luck bi-wiring with the Sartori and Hologram. That's a lot of cumulative
gauge -- he's reduced resistance to a complete non-issue. Not saying you
have to go to that expense -- you might try other lower cost, lower gauged
I've replaced my Kimber silver speaker cable that comes with the B&W Silver Signature's with Sonoran Plateau speaker cable. It's a lot more natural and less grainy than the Kimber's, although I didn't even realize the Kimber's were grainy until I auditioned the Sonoran's.
You can audition the Sonoran's for 30 days and see for yourself. Go to http://www.audiopoints.com and check them out.
AND, like LarryB suggested, please don't even consider any option except bi-wiring, and with two separate runs of cable. Don't get a bi-wired set please, there is a difference.
That's what I've noticed, as I mentioned in my earlier post, that single wire run doesn't do it for the Nautilus. I don't know how Audience thinks that the B&Ws are better with a single run of AU24. But I did send them an e-mail a while ago and got a response that my speakers, the N803, would not benefit from a bi-wire run. Hmmm. This totally contradicts with what I've found to work best when trying different cables. The way to go is bi-wire for the Nautilus, but I do agree there will be benefit from bi-wire run with 2 sets of cables. Never tried it though.
Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions. I agreed with everyone that bi-wiring is the only way to go. My friend has great success w/his N803 and mac 352, and c42.
auphile1, i am going to try out the anticables first just b/c it is a small investment,$160 for a 8'bw, then AU24 and AZ.
If anybody else has success w/Anticables w/B&W speakers, or has success w/Au24 w/802, pls share and I would great appreciated. Ken
I currrently have a pair of N 802's with original Straightwire Maestro speaker cables tied to my Levinson 331 amp. Four separate cables with spades on all ends. I want to upgrade to Crescendo II cables which can be internally bi-wired. I want to purchas used Crescendos and have them bi-wired on the speaker end and upgraded to Crescendo II's. Any thoughts about this? I'm trying to save some money and upgrade my system at the same time. Thanks.