Hi, The muse cable's are smooth and musical, where the Valhalla can be bright on some system's, the prat and speed will be a little better with the Valhalla, however, the Tara Lab's Evolution zero interconnect's will cream the Valhalla 2 with speed, prat,musicality, depth of sound stage.
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What interconnect are you currently using and off the top I would say your preamp is the weakest link, I had the 3800/A65 combo for quite awhile with WW Platinum Eclipse 7 cables. Id try a Audio Research Ref 5se or Ref 6 se . Preamps are the heart of any great system and that great A75 u have will tnk u.
Unfortunately zero evolution is out of my budget. And hard to get Tara labs home demo at my place.
Good point that the preamp is the weak link. I am waiting for successor of 2850 or 3850.
I am using clear beyond XLR now from DAC to pre, and a generic XLR from pre to power.
I tried WW Platinum Eclipse 8 yesterday. Found it has better clarity than clear beyond. However clear beyond has sweeter mid and vocal.
I have to disagree with audiolabyrinth's post. The original Valhallas can definitely be bright on some systems but not Valhalla 2. I have Valhalla 2 power cords and speaker cables with YG Carmel 2 speakers (which can be very revealing as I'm sure you know) and the Valhalla 2 cables are rich, detailed and warm....the opposite of bright.
From a June 2016 Stereophile review of Valhalla 2 where Brian Damkroger compared the original to the version 2.
Use and Listening: First Things First
The first step in my review process was to hear how the Valhalla 2 References' sound quality compared with that of the original Valhallas, and to assess if, or how well, Nordost had met their design goals. This turned out to be very easy to do. First, there was no comparison between the two generations. The Valhalla 2s' performance was different enough from and so dramatically better than the original Valhallas' that, if not for the name printed on the cables, I would never have thought they were the same product line from the same company. It was also obvious that, in terms of meeting their goals, Nordost had hit a home run. My first impressions of the Valhalla 2 References, which remained unchanged throughout my listening, were of how smoothly the music flowed from note to note; of a very natural warmth and tonal richness of the sounds of instruments; and of how solid, dimensional, and tangible images and soundstages seemed. That's where my analysis would begin.
Have you made any decisions as far as cables go?
12-25-2019 3:50amHi, The muse cable’s are smooth and musical, where the Valhalla can be bright on some system’s,My experience with the most recent itteration of Nordost XLR’s is quite different than your description here. I have Tyr 2 XLR’s in my system and I find them to be quite rich tonally and harmonically. Not bright or harsh in the slightest.