Sonic_genius, nice review. I've had the PN Epsilon Ref's XLR ic's in my system for about 6 months now and like them quite a bit. Perhaps unbeatable for the price.
I have also been using the Pure Note Epsilon Reference interconnects and speaker cables for a year. I really like them and refer to them as my reference. In my opinion they have out performed many of the competitors and the big boys. They are very hard to beat for the price!
I highly recommend them.
I have found a relatively unknown brand of interconnects and speaker cables that have appeared on Audiogon as an auction and reviewed once. I’m in the process of listening to them and I will post a review. These are a real ear opener, and should not be over looked or taken lightly. Keep an eye out for Ridge Street Audio “Midnight Silveredition”.
There is a new review on Positive Feedback http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue6/purenote.htm for the Pure Note speaker cables and interconnects (FWIW). They say the cables are ultra-transparent yet silvery. I can say that the Pure Notes require at least 200 hours break-in to mellow. After that they are very revealing allowing you to hear the good and the bad of your system artifacts. The cables will not mask detail or add color, and on a good system will capture a live musical experience.
My benchmark is my VPI/Grado/Krell vinyl front-end. The Pure Notes are magical in rendering fine musical detail and are not silvery IMO. When I switch to my digital front-end I do hear the digital edge on some older recordings. I prefer the accuracy of these fine cables. When I compare the Pure Notes to Acoustic Zen or even the Valhalla I find these cables to sound thin and dry. Again this shows that cables are system dependent and one must take the time to evaluate several brands with the appropriate break-in hours.
I recently bought a pair of used Epsilon References version 4. I have never seen a woven metal jacketed cable before, they are very cool. Also nice WBT spades.
Pure Note has opted to go to a different design called Cerulean. The Epsilon Refs. are far more musical than any cable I have yet to audition (I have not tried the Ceruleans, hear they are even better). These cables are very life-like and open. Perhaps a tad thin but not hard or bright. Excellent focus and wide/deep stage. At used prices there is no equal, IMHO.