Manzoor, You're more than welcome! (First off, let me say I am in no way associated with Bear Labs) When I find something that makes me a true believer, I like to pass it along to my fellow Audiophiles. Some of you know me via posts on Audiogon or email. Obviously, most of you don't know me. I run a small set of Cary 2A3 monoblocks (5/watts per ch). When I switched to the Bear Lab Silver Lighting Interconnects I heard super lows, great mids, and highs I never heard before, after trying many different interconnects. This also worked on my Conrad Johnson Premier 11-A and my solid state system as well.
Next item I would like to try is the Bear Lab Silver Thunder Speaker cables, I have emailed with some Audiophiles that tell me they are also great. I guess I'll just have to save up some $ and try them also.
I'm glad I could be of some assistance.
Good for you, Manzoor! Larry, I use S-Thunders -- in fact, i have bearlabs throughout the main system (ss). Connected "out of the box", the Thunders made a perceptible difference over the Nordost SPM refs I was previously using. For one, they sounded more "entended" on either end of the spectrum. However, the biggest difference (to my ears) came when: a) I connected IC & speaker cables on the same rig, b) I allowed some time -- 50+ hrs. of operation. In my system this seemed to give more extension and more "fluidity" /"prat" (in wont of better words).
The S-Ts alone made a big difference in a friend's YBA->S-Faber system (ss again). Judging from what you say about your S-Ls, I expect they would perform very well on your system. The "synergistic" effect could also be beneficial.
Manzoor, what's your system? (sorry for new post, the edit function isn't working).
I can honestly say the Bear Silver Lighting speaker cables are VERY GOOD on my system and I am still breaking them in. I highly recommend them! They sound as good or better than speaker cables costing $1000-$3000. You would have a hard time beating them at the Bear website introductory price!
i find bear labs' description of i/c's & their effects as "tone controls" quite interesting. it makes sense to me to have i/c's that are as neutral as possible, not "tone-controls".
there is another mfr - innersound - that feels the same way about i/c's, and actually thinks that the mega-bucks cabling is nothing but that - costly tone-controls. they are conwinced that all "properly" designed & constructed i/c's will sound the same. (excuse me, while i now run for cover!) but, that's the catch - what's "proper"? and, if a mega-bucks cable sounds different - why? is it cuz it's a tone-control? anyway, innersound is conwinced their cables *are* properly designed & constructed, and they sell for only $49/pair w/rca's, $79/pair w/xlr's. this is for *any length*. i have a couple long runs of i/c's that may need upgrading, & i may give 'em a try. they offer a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. i've heard from a couple folks that they're nice; nice enuff for them to sell their mega-bucs stuff. hmmmm...
Doug: Whatjb is taking a breather from the site right now, but he has just installed a set of the Innersound IC's in his setup and likes them a lot. Drop him an email and get the real poop on them.
Manzoor and others
WOuld like to hear more about your cable comparisons. I saw your SA Hyacinth and HT Pro Silway II writeup at AUdioreview and had similiar results Was wondering how would you compare the Cardas Golden Reference and Golden Cross to the BearLabs cables
I have heard your particular system (Arc Ls2 MKII, ARC d300). Usually, Arc amps are very detail, fast, and color of timbre is little bit white. Your choice of Cardas Golden Ref and Golden Cross is a good choise. Between the
two I liked GR than GC, GC is more bloomy but slower sounding than GR, which is more accurate, revealing, but still has enough bloom and lush sounding in the midrange. If you want to go cheap around $300, then check out Audio
Analysis copper Oval or Coincident CST interconnects, both are very good. As far as Bear Lab, it is a silver cable but very accurate and neutral, so it might show weekness in your system, still you can try out for 30 days trial period from Bear Lab direct. I use BL from source to pre than
to power amp. I hope these informations will help you to get the right cable for your system, main thing is system matching from top to bottom. Good luck, and let me know which cable you finally decide to keep.
Sorry for the late reply, and thank you for the encouragement; my system is described in the www.audioasylum.com web page in the member system. My moniker is manz66. Good Luck.
Btw, I checked your previous comments in audiogon, and looks like you have two keen side of ears, I am impressed.
If anyone has any experience with the Bear Labs Speaker cables I would definitely like to hear about it. Brian
I wonder if these are the same Bear Labs cables that I tried several years back
I didnt like them.
They sounded rolled off and dull.
is still around. They are evidently a build-to-order audio custom shop for electronics and speakers. And they still make those Silver Lightning Cables
A friend of mine placed an order for some speaker jumpers this year and paid up front as Bear said he needed to. My friend waited MONTHS to get his order filled...use caution.