I was playing with both the Hydra and Whales today. I can tell you that with just stock cords, every aspect is a little less crisp and less detailed. Depending how fanatical you are, you could easily say it sounded
dramatically muttled. When I added the Hydra with the stock cords, sounds cleaned up. When I added the Whales + Hydra, sounds cleaned up even further. I have spent about 60K on all new equipment which arrived all at the same time, except for the Hydra. I was very happy when I plugged in the Hydra for the first time. I cannot imagine the PS Audio sounding any better, and for the amount of electricity that I am using, I would have to purchase the PS 2000 at $4995, I paid $1600 for the Hydra. I paid $400 each for the three Whales, and they are suppose to sound very similar to the Cobra V2 at $2300 each.
The best way to sum up my opinion on these two products is if you asked me this question. If I could get a full refund on my money, would I do take it? No. I enjoy the sound much better with these two products in my
system. In the grand scheme of my system, it was only $2800 more. My burning question is how does the Whales sound compared to the Cobra V2? For me to do a fair comparison I would need to purchase 3 Cobra V2's. Even if I
purchased them used, it's still allot of money.