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Return those $3200 ICs and get your money back! Put the old ICs back in place! Don't fall for the "burn-in" scam! No cable is worth that kind of money! The whole wire business is built upon fraud! "The Emperor's new clothes" is the philosophy at work here! Add expectation bias and the gullible are easily fleeced! This is the sad state of affairs today and for decades past!
This quote below is from Transparent's website vis a vis their RCA Reference cables. My old interconnects were first generation Transparent Super, two levels below Reference, so I expected a significant performance impact, and, didn't get it.
"REFERENCE RCA Interconnect is a significant performance upgrade compared to ULTRA RCA Interconnect. Reference level cables are the first products in the Transparent family to be custom calibrated for the specific electrical output characteristics of your components."
custom calibrated for the specific electrical output characteristics of your components.
My components output electrons. What a load of malarkey!
Lesson #1: If its any good you will hear it right out of the box, and it will only get better with time. If its not good right out of the box, send it back, it never will be.
Lesson #2: Never buy anything based on a story. "Specific electrical output characteristics" is a story. A tired, worn, 600 hours long cliche of a story.
Lesson #3: When in doubt, just buy whatever new or used Synergistic Research fits your budget. It will handily outperform anything anywhere even close in price.
A dealer should be assisting you in achieving better sound, That's what they're supposed to be there for. I would talk to your dealer about your issues and they should help you. A customer that spends 3k+ on interconnects is a valuable commodity and your dealer should take your issues seriously. If not, find someone else.
Thank you everyone for all your responses. I emailed Transparent sometime ago and I believe their response was their products 70 to 100 hours of break in time, sometimes longer. I also emailed my dealer sales person and he said up to 800 hours. So, that’s why I gave it so long. I am taking the cables back out to the dealer today, either for a refund or to give Transparent another chance to so-called re-tune the cables.
If I were you, I would just explain that the cables did not result in the improvement to your ears and work with the dealer to arrive at a solution. Remember that your goal is not a refund, per-se - It is to achieve an improvement in sound quality that you feel was commensurate with the expense. The end result may well be a refund or a credit but don't knee jerk until you've explored the possibilities. Good luck.
Here is an update, and I have to eat some crow on the Transparent cables situation. I must admit that I'm a novice when it comes to hi fi gear. After I complained, Transparent's VP suggested that I ask my dealer's sales person (who has been in the business for 30+ years) to come to my home and check the positions of my speakers.I had done my best to locate them based on hours of internet research and recommendations from the speaker company's president.
My dealer was willing to do a full refund but I wanted to give them the opportunity to see if speaker re-positioning would help even though I was very skeptical. Their expert come out and I left him to spend about an hour assessing my room and then re-positioning my speakers. I was in a different room working and I could immediately tell something marvelous had changed from a different room. I went back into my listening room and was astonished at the sound difference.I also re-compared my old Transparent Supers vs the Reference interconnects and there was indeed a substantial improvement with the Reference. So, I spoke too soon, and feel a bit badly that I wasted you good peoples' time and spoke ignorantly of the cables. So, there you have it.
That’s great to hear. Internet shopping is fine, but I’m glad you could experience the assistance a GOOD dealer can offer, as opposed to the guesswork of shopping blind. Unfortunately, not every dealer is good.
The important thing is that you’re enjoying your system. Companies like Music Direct sell for full retail, but they're not coming to your home to do an installation. I think MD is fine, but just attempting to make a point.
twoleftears, I missed your questions earlier. My home theater room is 12'W x 19'L and my system is set up in one of the 12' ends. My listening chair is 11' back from the center of a straight line between the two tweeters.
I had the speakers set as follows: tweeter 41" from the back wall and 23" from the side wall. I had a 2.5" toe in.
The dealer's expert re-positioned them as follows: tweeters 48" from the back wall and 20.5" from the side wall and changed toe in to 4". Huge improvement in sound!
I'm happy with the sound of my system now. With some music, it could use more power. But I'll take the bait...would you please elaborate the facts on which you base the opinion that the 7Ts are a "bottleneck" in my system. I don't know what that means vis a vis my hi fi system.
I mean the drivers used in the 7T may not have the resolutions to reveal the differences between upstream components.
With more exotic driver materials such as ceramic ...., you may hear differences.
The second unit failed, just shut off one day. Not sure what the cause was, but if you are still running you should be fine at this point.
The 585.5 offered a nice improvement overall I think due to the extra power. Is it worth the full retail difference? Thats a tough call, the 5805 offers so much great sound. But they knocked quite a bit off the MSRP with a full refund for the 5805 so I went for it. I also liked the extra DAC inputs, and the phono stage is a nice upgrade.
Glad to hear they got the 7ts signing for you. They are great speakers as well.