You're right, I do have an agenda here. With my post in this thread, I apparently peaked your interest enough that you went back and read SOME of my previous posts about the Virtual Image cables. Had you taken the time to look through my full history of posts, you would see that like you I was an avid fan of the Crescendo's for quiet some time, I even found the Crescendo's to out perform the highly acclaimed Audience Au24's. You would also notice that more than once I stated that the V.I. Pile Driver 18's give superior performance at a fraction of the cost of the Crescendo's. Have you figured out my "agenda" yet??? Higher level of performance... Less money... Any light bulbs coming on yet??? If not, I'll try to explain it to you in simple english: to try to help the members of Audiogon get the most for their hard earned money. That's as simply as I can put it.
As for you you saying that "there is no way that the Virtual Image cables could smoke the Crescendo's", that is nothing short of pure narrow-mindedness on your part... Have you tried Virtual Image's cables??? My personal guess would be that you have not. So, I challenge you ( a clang is heard as the gauntlet hits the floor ) to e-mail Al at Virtual Image a try his cables. If you give me an honest A-B comparison between the Crescendo's and the V.I. Pile Driver 18 cables, I'm confident that you'll be selling the Crescendo's. Al also offers a 30 day money back policy, what have you got to lose, other than having to face the fact that there just might be something better than the Crescendo's out there.
As Al, owner of Virtual Image, put it in his reply to you I am nothing more than one extremely happy customer. I get no form of compensation what so ever if Al sells a pair of interconnects or a power cable because someone read one of my posts here on Audiogon and decided to try one of his products. With Virtual Image you get an outstanding product at an awesome price with excellent customer service, what's not to get excited about...
The Straightwire Crescendo's are a very respectable cable. The Crescendo's do alot of things right, but there are alot of areas where the Crescendo's are really lacking. When I was doing my A-B between the Crescendo's and the V.I. cables, I found the V.I. cables to have a better soundstage, more realistic spatial orientation around the various instruments, and over-all better dynamics. One particular track that I like to use, the Pile Driver 18 cables brought out details in the recording that the Crescendo's missed completely. As I mentioned in my response to David, you can get NEW Virtual Image cables for about 1/2 of the price of a used pair of Crescendo's. And with buying new cables from Virtual Image, you are able to take advantage of the 30 day in home trial. As I also stated earlier, I have no ties to Virtual Image, I am just a very happy customer and I have stated this in some of my other posts here Audiogon as well.
BTW, I really do have a "hidden agenda", through my posts about the Virtual Image cables here on Audiogon, Al over at Virtual Image is going to corner the interconnect market and through that I will learn the true identity of "Deepthroat". Hey, it could happen.....