while it is wise to have (1) brand of cabling across one's system, every now and again, mixing/matching also yields outstanding results!
Keep me posted & Happy Listening!
Hasn’t entirely gone unnoticed by me, Nonoise. If I recall rightly, I believe it was Sabai who had posted a while back about his discovery of series wiring virtues and seems like it had been at least echoed by one or two others. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind somewhere to follow up on that idea myself at some point down the road, even if it’s nothing more than unique interactions, per whatever synergy happens to be going on, that may be accounting for the changes in what is heard. It may not be strictly accurate, at least if we’re trying to go by the book, but, the last time I looked anyway, neither is tube rolling, per se. But, for the foreseeable future my audio budget is still tight and I myself will necessarily be confined to some bigger fish to fry in the meantime. But, do keep us updated from time to time with your experiences, I for one would be intrigued to see what may come of it.
Happy New Year to all!
Well, it didn't take long to for something to pop my bubble. Every CD I tried prior to penning this benefited from the double run of cables, be it with the Mapleshades or with the Zu/Supra combo. Both had more presence than previously experienced with that fuller presentation from the upper mids to the highs. The Mapleshades had it for that clearly defined, almost holographic feel while the Zu/Supra had that immense presence.
Then came Johnny Cash with 'American IV' and it all went two dimensional: flat and rather boring, loss of detail, lack of air and space. Same with Black Keys 'Brother'. I had to remove the Supras for the recordings to come alive again. Head scratching time.
It might be the recordings as it's the only two CDs so far that point to something amiss but I've miles to go and a whole new year to slog through. Tell the guys with the white coats there's no need to pay me a visit.
All the best,
douglas_schroeder, thanks for reminding me of something so basic that it's often overlooked: the weak link can be the recording.
jl35, thanks for letting me know what Pierre feels about his cables as the Mapleshade combo gave me the greatest insight into a recording without the analytical etch while remaining quite robust down low without a hint of bloat or smear.
The funny thing about all of this is as the Zu Mission SCs ran solo for awhile, they started to come alive again. I've been too quick to assess all of these cables natures, alone, and in combo, to let them speak for themselves. I've forgotten that even old cables that haven't been used for years don't sound their best until they've spoken for awhile.
It's not a matter of my ears getting used to them but they acclimating to my system. It's a really short break in, comparatively speaking, but it took a couple of days. As they near their stride, they sound really nice.
Time to get back on the merry-go-round. My retirement is 3 months away so I'll have plenty of time to drive myself crazy. :-)
All the best,
I think systems, once settled in, remain the constant in the equation with the power delivery side (peak hours, late night, amount imbibed, etc) being one of the biggest factors in how it will sound along with mental attitude and quality of pressings.
It's that or we're all quite insane.
All the best,
I also had this come and go quality with my systems sound until I realized that the power coming out of my wall socket was varying from 116V to 124V quite frequently. In came the PS audio power regenerator which keeps the power at a constant 120V and protects against lightening surges here in Florida. Sound is now stellar all the time.