Hi Dekay. Try the Coincident cables (new top of the line is TRS- Total Reference System). If you e-mail me, I will send you the e-mail of a current owner who is raving about them, and he's an Audiogon regular as well.
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Dekay, I can vouch for the great sound possessed by the Coincident speaker cables. I am in 100% agreement with Brulee. These cables do NOTHING wrong. So far, they are the best speaker cables I have had in my system(Apature Accu-Flow, AudioQuest Indigo/Midnight/Type 6, Axon 8, Coincident CST, Kimber 8TC, Stealth Silver FineLine Ribbon, Tara RSC). I would also suggest that you give the HomeGrown Audio Silver Lace speaker cables a try. They are on my list of things to try in the future. Very reasonable for silver cables. If they are anywhere near as good as the Silver Lace interconnects, they are an absolute steal. The Silver Lace interconnects seems to match perfectly in my tube based system. They come with a 30 day home trial. Another recommendation I have is the Silver Audio Symphony 48, but they are a bit expensive. Silky smooth, yet powerful and detailed sound.
Thanks: I had not considered the first Coincident cable and believe that MR. Blume bases many of his designs on tube amplification. The snag is that I choose not do business with my local dealer, so will have to look elsewhere. I have also been googling the Homegrown cable, but it runs from $775-$900. I could wait until my budget increases, but as I said before these cables will most likely end up in the second system (along with the SET amp) as I plan to eventually go to tube mono blocks in the living room system and then will be using much shorter speaker cable. I have upgraded my power cords, have Neuance shelving ready to install and am mailing the Bel Canto DAC in today for the 1.1 upgrade in a quest for "tight bass" (enjoyed the thread). I feel that I will be able to achieve realistic bass with a 300B based system if I continue this tuning concept with the speaker cable selection and perhaps some DIY bass traps. We'll see.
Dekay, if you are interested in HomeGrown Audio's cable, I was told by Kevin that a lower priced cable is coming. Don't remember if the reason was increased production efficiency, a different manufacturing procedure, or what. If you'd like, I could dig up the e-mail, and pass the information along to you.
I got brulees coincidents today and you can't have them. I also got many millograms of percodan today which,BTW, has a very short break-in period. Yeah, after over 30 years of working with sharp instruments I finally cut a tenon, or was that tendon, in my hand. even with the drugs, I know from my stepped Noble volume pot they speaker cables are about 6dB louder, how's that for objective fat, err fact. you want bass, we gotcher bass, i had john williams playing spanish guitar music and thought my HT subwoofer was on. on a freaking guitar! course i'm prettty recked so stay tuned. the good news is i'll have lots of time to listen to music. easy there cornfedboy, i got the injury in my own shop.
Brulee, a "mensch" is a Yiddish(Eastern European Jewish dialect) for good guy. You get to hear a lot of the words from other people's cultures in whatever area you live in. I get Irish, Jewish, German, Polish, Ukranian, Russian, Puerto Rican, etc. I get to teach everyone else my Italian. In my case the word for this would either be "paisano(paisan in South Philly)" or "campari(goomba in South Philly)". And Brulee, you are DEFINITELY a goomba.
Psychic: I could not locate an info specifically on speaker wire at the site, though I did not spend a great deal of time searching. I listed to one of Steve's first models (way outdated now) and he has an incredible product, regardless of the price. Have you seen his Personal Planer Speakers in the DIY section? They are truely outragious and I would love to build a pair someday (wish he offered them as a product).
Dekay, I have spoken personally with Steve. He knows his audio inside out. Talk to him. The only wire he sells is his silver plated copper interconnects, but he'll gladly tell you what works best for SETs. The only reason I did not buy them is because I live in Chicago Metro (nasty!) and they are unshielded. I chose Phoenix Gold instead.
As for sales, Steve is a renegade and does not care much for advertising, reviewers or the Voodoo. Which means I will drive to Peoria and buy his preamp sometime in the future. Says it compares to ANYTHING AT ANY PRICE. Cost? $895. Bueno.
Call Steve, he's a cool guy...also, there are audio forums on the Decware website where you can address your questions to the people who use Zens and similar equipment. As far as I know, RF is not too much of a problem in speaker wires because although the wire acts as an antenna, it does not get amplified (don't quote me). I've read some good reviews on devices to treat the speaker wire before it enters the loudspeaker, but am completely ignorant about the subject.
I have been thinking of making my own 'Psychic' speaker wire. E-mail me and I'll let you know what's on my mind...I dont want to get attacked because I want to save money and am creative...look what happened when I said I own a Technics SL-1200MK2 and am modifying it!
Scaled back the percs to lots of motrin and am learning to type with my left hand. Doc says I'll be able to play the piano after the stitches come out which is amazing because ....
Thanks for asking about my injury guys, and no, I can't believe what I posted yesterday, either.Spent a lot of time listening to the Coincident speaker cables today and first impressions, even drug induced were right on: not just more dynamic but an actual increase in absolute volume level as well as comfortably listening at higher dB's. Soundstage is wider and deeper. The character of the Kestrel's hasn't been changed i.e. I don't perceive that the cables are "tone controls" but rather they are allowing the mighty 30 watts of the Music Reference RM-10 to do more work. for the first time I perceived what some of you may call "faster", a concept I never paid much attention to. However, on "Saxophone Colossus" Max Roach' drum kit has a more percussive effect and the electric bass on Bonnie Raitts cut of Chieftains "Tears of Stone" has more impact and tunefulness. Isn't that a remarkable CD? The opening bass line on Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue" let's you "see" the strings being plucked. All of this is hinted at on the DH Labs T-14 but there's so much more of it with the Coincident. Now I wonder how much better things can get if I replace the HG Silver Solution IC's with Coincident or Silver Lace. Oddly, I don't feel the need to re-position the speakers as I did when replacing the pre-amp with a volume control, and the improvement in sound here is almost as great.
Brulee, a "mensch" is more than just a good guy. He's someone who always does the right thing just because of who he is. Thanks again. And to all of you who have helped me a little further along this journey.
Leafs, I can use all of the "paisans" I can find on this site. My family is from southern Italy, which is the case for most Italian-Americans. The migration was from the late 1800's to the mid 1920's, when our ancestors came here to escape the poverty of the south. Of course, that came to a close with the immigration act of the mid 20's. There were just too many Italians, Jews, Polish, Russians, and Ukranians coming over. I am a third generation Italian. My father's side is from Abruzzi - Molise(Teramo and Campobasso), and my mother's side is from Calabria. My only regrets are that I didn't get enough of my father's genes(his 6'3" height, black hair, or dark skin). Toronto is an interesting, diverse, and wonderful city. Been there twice. I once was up in Tottenham, which is obviously a very different place than "the other side", which was what my grandfather called his homeland. Hope Brulee is proud to be a paisano.
I am proud to be an honorary paisano and to be in such good company.
I am with Dekay. The OTA kit of ICs and speaker cable is the best wire I have heard. It works with SS as well as it does with tubes if anybody cares. I will post more when I can get someone who can translate my thoughts into more comprehensible terms. Before you spend a bundle of $$$ check this stuff out first.
Trelja, how does Trelja's row sound? Much better than pile Don't you think? Thanks again, I love it.
Brulee, whatever it is called is less important to me than you enjoying it. Trelj'a Pile, Stack, Row, etc. All are fine with me. I think I will start a thread in the music section soon that lists those CD's, updated every month. If others bought them and also liked them if would make us all have one more thing in common. I am happy that you are enjoying the OTA cable. Don't worry that it is cheap, simple, thin, or whatever. If it sounds good, it passes the most important test. I am actually not at all surprised by your reaction to this cable. It is just one more step down my "simpler is better" philosophy. Enjoy the cable, and be happy that you have found the joy, purity, and long term happiness that simplicity brings.
Hi Guys! Anyone tried the Monster Sigma Retro Gold speaker cables and Interconnect? I heard they are very good cables. As a friend of mine was all raves about it. He is running SETs too. My set up is: Sonus Faber Grand pianos, Cary CAD 300B Signatures Monoblocks (latest 15 watts version with Western Electric 300Bs. New, less than 50 hours of playing time) upgraded Wadia 2000 with digital volume control and Wadia WT 2000 transport. I now have MIT T2 Bi-wire and Tara Labs Master Generation II as interconnects. I'm planning to upgrade all my cables. My budget is around $1,500.00 used.