Check to see if Darwin still has their basic silver ICs.
All the best,
All the best,
You have a good list of high value cable suppliers (IMO).
Consider adding Clear Day & Stager Silver Solids to the list.
Both have generous in-house audition provisions and money back returns.
Check out The Cable Co. and also their Used Cable branch. They have a loaner library (10% charge, as I recall, that can be applied to purchase).
I just got used 2M Morrow MA-1 ICs for pre-to-amp. Sounded better than the very nice DIY IC I had been running. No experience with Clear Day ICs but his double shotgun speaker cable was transformational in my all tube system.
Good luck in your search.
Please let me know if I am on the right track. The end result is to increase the sound quality in my 2 channel listening.IMHO, for a significant sound quality increase in 2 channel listening, you should be looking for a 2 channel preamp with HT bypass to eliminate using the AVR as the preamp for 2 channel. This has been discussed many times on this forum, and the ones that added the preamp respond with comments like, "Wow! the speakers came to life."
I not saying to forget about cables, but just that they should be secondary. Improvements from cables will be small compared to what you will get from a dedicated 2 channel preamp.
I'd agree with Bigshutterbug and Tls49, if you want the biggest return on the dollar to increase resolution in your two channel listening, upgrade the preamp first. A good preamp can transform the sound of your system. I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't hear too much difference between any of your wire candidates with the Denon. That said, I've used both the Luminous Synchestra and the Signal Cable Resolution, both with Eichmann RCA connectors. The Signal Cable is good, even excellent for the price. However, the Synchestra Reference is on a higher level of nuanced resolution (if the rest of your system is up to the task of allowing you to hear the differences.) I've got my entire system wired with Synchestra References and have no urge to upgrade.
Well - I'm currently running the KLE Innovations Essence gZero6 IC's and find they extremely good on both the DAC and analogue side
Dynamic, articulate spacious and very detailed.
For a little less there is the Essence gZero3 - which I've also tried and found to be significantly better than many more well known brands, but not quite as spacious and dynamic
Granted, KLEI are new kids on the block, but their products work extremely well and are priced very competitively right now.
Both cables provide a significantly deeper bass - not to be confused with more bass - and it is extremely well controlled
I have compared them with high end IC's from Kimber and the gzero3 & 6 sounded more detailed, dynamic and more articulate while being significantly blacker.
Hope that helps
Take a look at the KLE Innovations cables.
I've tried most of their cables and all of their RCA's and I haven't found anything that can compete, especially at the price.
I compared the gZero3 with a silver Kimber Kable XLR on a 50k system, and the gZero walked away the clear winner - in all repsects - especially the price $475 vs $1200 for the Kimber.
They perfrom extremely well on my modestly priced ($15k) system - elevating it's performance to a very high level
I have their latest gZero20 and it's pretty amazing, but then it should be for $1999 Aussie dollars.
The gZero3 are more dynamic, articulate, spacious and detailed with a clarity that will amaze, i.e. when compared to most other IC's in this price range.
If you are into looks - these cables are quite simply - very plain
I'm more performance oriented, so I don't care, because they perform.
Resale value? - still quite an unknown commodity - but then if they work as well as I've stated above - you won't be selling them :-)