spm are good,used Quattro fil are better, I have both, Quattro fil is more open and much less harsh,Good luck,
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I have experienced all 3 models: Frey, Heimdall, SPM
Altough you will hear a small difference between the Frey and the Heimdall, the Heimdall will retain all the qualities you found in the Frey but to a lesser extent.
To my ears the new models Frey and Heimdall are clearly superior to the SPM, probably explaining why there are so much SPM on the used market right now. The new models are much more full sounding and musical, conveying more bass.
As far as the Baldur goes I haven't heard them but they are using the same technology as their big brothers, except for the NextGen connectors so they should retain the same sound charateristics.
From my experience over the last few years I find the SPM IC I have dark, can I say suppressive? I use it on CDs that I find much too aggressive/bright. I feel the SPM IC filters out alot of "noise"? Part of the situation here is that listening to the Vallahas has change my perspective of cable performance.
The Vallahas are in another league. Very clear maybe too clean; seem to be a bit too much on some guitar pieces at the very high notes. And aging hearing is not helping. Very good on classical pieces. The SPM and Vallaha do not work well together in my experience.
I can add that a pair of Black Knight ICs from the mid 1990s has been very relaxing and one that I am keeping. Not the greatest detail.
Hello audiogon members.
I'm going to buy Nordost speaker cables.With my budget I'm between Blue Haven and Red Dawn.If you see specifications for this cables , the different between RD and BH it only 10 (!) mocrons extruded silver over same 99.99999%OFC. But if you looking the price, Red Dawn almost 2,5 (!!!) time more expensive.According to the Nordost website, both cables in same category "Better", between "Goob" and "Best".
My question: It is realy worth it to pay for Red Dawn versus Blue Haven .Looking forward for your opinions.
I thought it was worth the difference, although I don't use Nordost cables anymore. The Red Dawns were more detailed and worked well on my digital gear. Also, as to price, look around as Nordost cables are pretty well discounted. I only paid about $50 more for my Red Dawns than I did my Blue Heavens.
Rnik, you really have to hear that cables in your system to decide whether the price difference is worth for you. None the less, once you are in the Nordost camp, the more you go upward, the better the sound. Nordost cables are voiced to be fast but lean. The higher you are (in price) more music you get. Also, I would go for the new line of Nordost cables, which have a different geometry and arguably a better balanced soundprint. But before getting into that spiral of constant upgrading, I think you are better of trying RS Cables, which gives you Nordost style soundprint for a whole lot less money (actually, for me, the Rs Cables Silver speaker was better than the RedDawn), or Goertz MI2 Veracity, which gives a more fuller sound, while retaining speed and transparency. Both cables cost fraction of the price of the RedDawn.
I have Andra II's and just heard cables from MIT, Nordost(Red Dawn), Cardas Neutral Reference, Audience Au24, Analysis Plus, and Nirvana S-X Ltd. The best by far are the Nirvanas. The harmonics are outstanding and much richer and truer than any other cable I have heard. The soundstage is well proportioned. Image focus is great. The quality that is hard to describe is the coherency and rightness of the music. The timing is right. Things hang together like a live performance. Overall the best sense of realism. The Andras have never sounded so good. Good luck,