So Virtual Dynamics disappears but Rick is still selling cables? What's his new company called? Did he close out Virtual Dynamics without leaving any buyers hanging? I'm just curious.
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Hi Al, this is Rick, thanks for sharing and I am really glad you like your cables. I know you have had these for some time now that I think of it. Time sure does fly by, or maybe I am just getting old.
It is maybe time I gave an update and address a few questions.
I will be brief and to the point.
Good question, and no I am not still selling cables. However I do now work for a company who will be selling a pretty exciting new cable technology, and yes, I am one of the designers involved. The company I work for is called High Fidelity Cables. Virtual Dynamics in closing did fill all open orders.
The first cable we will offer from High Fidelity Cable is an RCA and it is selling for $1500.00 available mid January.
The cable you heard in our after hours session at RMAF was a prototype that we did not pursue further. Al's is a different cable
No, not Ultra Clear either, Al has something differnt.
However Ultra Clear owners should contact me personally. Especially if they have experienced problems with the cable and have it in there possession. I would like to help them resolve any issues. Contact me right here through Audiogon e-mail.
We have two topics here.
Topic One: Al has some cables he got from me and he likes them they are something I was working on at one time shortly after closing Virtual Dynamics.
Al's cables were never brought to market or made availble to the public.
Different topic now.
Topic Two: I ended up going to work for a new company called High Fidelity Cables. This company has not produced any product yet, they have never shown any prototypes except on the website for pictures and product is not expected until mid-January.
Note: Don't confuse or try to match up High Fidelity Cables with anything that I, Rick Schultz ever built. They are two separate things.
So what can I say about High Fidelity Cables. Well I can say it is much more professional than anything I have ever been involved with.
I have heard what High Fidelity Cables has been working on and I am excited.
" High fidelity cables are tested. In controlled tests, a systems measurable improvement, system wide, of 14% THD and 14% IMD. Signal to noise, improved by 1.5db. This test was conducted with RCA cable using Magnetic Conduction. It was conducted by a third party in controlled environment. (These results will vary with different systems) "
Rick, were these measurements made with the Nordost software?
Agear, I know it was not Nordost.
I also know we do not test cable directly rather we test the effect of cable on a piece of equipment. The claim states, it was the "system's measurable performance". The electronics were measured rather than the cable to test the "effect" of the cable to the system. I am not sure if anyone else does it this way.
The secret sauce seems to be something called 'magnetic conduction' according to the website.
Rick does this mean these cables in some way use magnets? My past experiences of such cables using magnetic technology have been amazing to begin with, but then the sound deteriorates over time. I have had reports of others using magnetic power cables that had the same thing occur.
My theory is either the magnets start to wear out, or they start to magnetize the components causing a deleterious effect on the sound.
Im not saying High Fidelity Cables does this or even uses magnets, but I am wary none the less.
I did hear the New Prototype cable compared to the U.Clear, Rick was In Vancouver B.C. visiting a good buddy of mine Cujo! Rick brought along the new cable and we were able to compare to the broken in UC cables that Cujo was using.Cujo's reference system is a Wadia 9 series with Jadis 300b monos with the Verity Sarastros. We first listened to the Damien Rice track with the old Uc and then switched cables to the new prototypes. Within the first few seconds one was able to hear a profound difference in loudness as well as the remarkable clarity that wasn't there with the UC cable.This new cable was markedly better in every parameter, I felt that it was A THIRD BETTER and was stone cold to the system! Due to Rick's limited time we were not able to spend more than a few cuts before the session came to an end.This new cable is a world beater and delivers what is most important to me @ the music in spades@. I am waiting with baited breathe until the release of this cable!Cheers Dennis
the new cable is breathtakingly musical,it doesn't seem to change the fabric of the music. If anything, you feel like the depth of the musicaL signal has more energy and is way more involving.The resolution is another area that set a standard in my mind, giving you a very detailed yet musical presentation that is very convincing and yet,totally non fatiguing.
I wish the system ( maybe in my next life I will own a Wadia 9!)could have had more than one hour with the new cable! This new technology is a winner for all those people who want to hear their music up close and personnel.
I am running a complete UC system and this cable sets a new musical standard that I am anxious to hear in my own rig!Take care Dennis
Happy new year from paris france to all the audiophiles and all live music lover ...!..let me make it clear cause it's a matter of clarity* THIS BABY* MAKE ALL THE I.Cs AVAILBLE TO DAY OBSELET.Is that clair..!..and .I have compared it to some top ic.*purist cble,valhala & many others.believe me it stand up alone when others fail..thx to xmas-father.Rick.shultz..for this gift.2012.
sorry for the late response! I think that this new cable is the most practical from an end users perspective ( Wrestling a 17lb Exodus comes to mind), that RS has ever done. If you have a similar cables as I heard, then you definitely have something special! I am hoping to get a pair in the next month or two, depending on the launch. Apparently the speaker cables are done as well, so the future is bright! Cheers dennis
Chahed, we have all the drawings done on the speaker cable connectors and I expect them to be a product in about 3-4 months as we finalize from the various prototypes we will build.
XLR however we have not even started drawings on yet so these will be maybe fall or winter with any luck. Development takes a long time as we design every part from scratch and the XLR will indeed be the most challenging connector we do.
Sure Sure Hyper You can fold and re-open another company and then magically fold again 6 months later, pop back up out of nowhere.
I Personally spent a good deal of time and cash on VD products and well,took a LOT of searching to repair my david 2.0 ics, Given the circumstances of folding, ceasing communications, and the way the domain was abandoned, Well Wont be switching to the new brand.
"Sure Sure Hyper You can fold and re-open another company and then magically fold again 6 months later, pop back up out of nowhere."
I ran Virtual Dynamics for nearly 10 years starting early 2001, closing early 2010. The new company will start selling early 2012, just 11 years later.
"I Personally spent a good deal of time and cash on VD products and well, took a LOT of searching to repair my David 2.0 ics,"
I was always available here at Audiogon, my personal contact never removed and I had a Virtual Dynamics e-mail for about six months after closing for sales. I helped those I could personally, and in most cases without charge. I maintained repairs for over a full year after closing. However I am truly glad you found help regardless of my situation.
"Given the circumstances of folding, ceasing communications, and the way the domain was abandoned,
After releasing the last of my staff the website was harder to maintain to say the least and with the business now closed I thought maintaining the website was unnecessary, my apologies however.
Well Wont be switching to the new brand."
I know the new company will be missing out. Loyal and understanding customers are hard to find and it seams as though you were loyal and understanding to the end and past. Sorry to have lost you. Sorry I disappointed you, and I am sorry I was unable/unaware to help in your case.
Best wishes in your future audio endeavors.
Well Rx8man if you saw the issues with my R-Series David 2.0 ICS there were NUMEROUS issues, including what we suspect caused issues with resistor R12 on an ADA PF-2501, had the pair sitting around for a LONG time, unable to find info, spent my own time seatching for repair
happened to bring them to someone at CES for retermination at my own expense.
Claim of Moving and re-opening
No Contact for repair service
Its called going dark and as far as I am concerned VD went dark.