Hey Nate, how about a ranking of the list of cables in your "similar products" list, including the Proteus. Inquiring minds want to know!
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I feel your pain brother,but keep in mind "JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE ON A DIET DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN'T LOOK AT THE MENU". Hope that helps some. I've just put in a offer on a Dominus digital this morning. Hopefully I will owen it by the end of the day.If the Audio Gods grant my wish, it will be my second Dominus digital. I also owen 2 Proteus digitals and I am working myself towards Dominus interconnects and speaker wire.Cost of the Dominus digital you ask? I've offered my next born male.Your review was spot on.Great cables,great company, and a GREAT review.Keep up the good work (all of you out there in AUDIOGON LAND)and don't be afraid to "LOOK AT THE MENU"
Thanks for listening
TWL here's my opinion, for what little it's worth. Although knowing what you're doing right now it might be helpful.
Purist Dominus (3.5 meters RCA)
Purist Colossus (1 meter RCA)
Kimber Kable KCTG (.5 meter)
Cardas Golden C
Tara Labs Pandora S
I would rate these cables in this order:
1) Purist Dominus (without a doubt)
2) Purist Proteus
3) Purist Colossus
4) Cardas Golden C (I think this is a very good cable and can be had relatively inexpensively)
5) Kimber Kable KCTG (this is one of the earlier silver cables)
6) Tara Labs Pandora S (this is several generations old but still works well on the Nakamichi tapedeck)
This is only a rating of cables I have owned or auditioned recently. It is not an exhaustive list of everything out there, so don't complain if your favorite is not mentioned.
I hope this helps, Tom
Thought I'd add a word to this Purist lovefeast. They're wonderful cables, and with the exception of the tonearm cable, which is a Proteus because of the weight of Dominus, my entire system is done in Dominus Ic's, both analogue and digital. BUT, because of their size and weight, I have had lots of trouble with RCA-terminated Dominus cables pulling out of the preamp and not staying in place when you try to put them back. I finally gave up, had them all reterminated for XLR termination--Purist is great on this, fast and reasonable--and bought a new preamp. Yes, I love the cables more than I did the preamp. If you have to use RCA's, that's another reason to save money and use Proteus RCA's instead of Dominus--as well as saving $, of course.
Mgottlieb, you make a wise observation. I did not give this any consideration while using the two cables, but Dominus is soo much bigger I can see the size being an issue on single ended cables. I don't know what electronics you own but I bet your system sounds fabulous. Where do you live and what nights are you not home???
I have found that the new plasma jacket used on the Purist Audio Museaus and Venustas cables is quite an improvement over the old liquid jacket design used on the Dominus cables. For example, the Venustas, compared to the Dominus, is faster, more extended on the top and bottom frequencies, and offers much better focus and detail. The Dominus, on the other hand, sounds slow and a bit murky compared to the Venustus. What is really amazing is that the Venustas is only around 25 percent of the cost of the Dominus. When you compare the two cables side by side it's a no-brainer on which one to go with.
I'm getting a pair of Museaus soon and I'm curious about how it compares to the Colossus. I talked to someone else about the Venustas vs Dominus and they thought Dominus was still the better cable, but I can't speak from experience.
I would like to try the new Venustas but I would only be able to compare it to Proteus.
I had a pair of Museaus, but I sold them to a friend. Can you say 'sold' if he did't pay for them yet?
I have one pair of Venustus, one pair of Opis on my office system, from Albert Porter, and One 4 meter pair of Dominus running between the pre-amp and amplifier. My speaker cable is a 1.5 meter pair of Venustus.
Then there is a pair of Virtual Dynamics Revelation between the phono stage and the pre-amp.
I would not say that museaus blows the old Colossus away, but it is a good cable. I have never bought any Purist cable that did not impress me.
Thanks for the kind words Ray, I would suggest at least auditioning the Venustus. It is a serious upgrade from Museaus.
I have never auditioned Dominus ICs in my system (which is all Venustas from cartridge and DAC to speakers) Except I do have both Dominus and Venustas PCs. And on my amp, at least, the Dominus is very audibly better than the Venustas. I couldn't figure out why since they're both the same 10 AWG.
When I contacted Jim Aud about it, he said (in his typically cryptic way), "It's all about power transfer. The Dominus does it better." Go figure!
You shouldn't be comparing Proteus with Venustas because the Proteus (and now the Canorus) models are solid core designs.
I agree with Tvad that a system comprised of Venustas IC's and speaker cables and Dominus power cords (for amps and power regenerators or conditioners) represents just about the best value for the money among the higher priced cables out there.
Venustas power cords are also excellent for all lower powered components, but there are many power cords that perform as well for less money; while Dominus power cords just seem to be in a class by themselves -- among many brands and price levels. They have always in my experience added just a little something extra to the performance (especially) of amplifiers.
The one Purist cable I would change in my system would be the Venustas speaker cable. It's excellent, but I have electrostatic speakers, and they do best with speaker cable with the lowest possible capacitance. Vensutas are 22pF per foot if I remember what PAD told me (which is already quite low, compared to say Cardas Golden Reference at 450 pF per foot +/_) but the Proteus is REALLY low at 16pF per foot. I've A-B'd the Proteus v. Venustas, and there is a slight sonic improvement in HF detail (which is what you'd expect) but not enough for me to write another big check ;--)
Some people may say that 38k for cables is crazy but i say if you can afford it it's your money and you should spend it the way you want to. My friends system is worth about 150k he is a single guy living alone in a condo that is paid for and as a very good job. If i was in his shoes i would probably do the same thing.