in my system with vac amps xlo limited edition is better than valhalla.its a very good cable.but i dont think a its a end of the road.how about tara lab the zero,did anyone tried it?
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Yes, it's pretty incredible & every review I've seen echoes my experience. The speaker cable made the biggest improvement although the interconnects are superb. My system is comprised of Wadia, ARC, Pass & Dunlavy gear.
My regular Internconnects & cables are Synergistic Res Ref
& Desingers Ref interconnects (active) & Designers Ref cable. After the audition, I'm in lust! The British mag
Hi-Fi Plus reviewed them recently.
Hope this helps
I was able to hear the difference on a modest Systeme Audio/Primare system at CES this year. The talented demo guy changed out the SPM reference for the Valhalla and everyone in the room was taken aback. These are the best cables in the industry regardless of cost and they are quite attractive, too. Check out Absolute Sound. Myles Astor gave them a "Golden Ear" award in what might have been the February issue.
i have gone to valhalla from xlo limited, quattro fil, and transpatent ref.xl. i compared the valhalla to all these interconnects in my system and the valhalla was clearly better to my ears. in specific areas the other cables were similar but the overall transparency and openness was on another level with the valhalla.
when first installed the valhalla was slightly thin sounding especially compared to the transparent and xlo. but after a few weeks of breakin and time on the nordost CBID 1 (cable break in device) the weight, bloom and solidity equaled the transparent and xlo. careful listening revealed a very slight blurring of details on the transparent and xlo compared to the valhalla.
the valhalla speaker cable was better than the transparent ref.xl and the FIM gold. but when compared to the transparent opus mm the valhalla was not competitive so i went with the opus mm speaker cable.
There are two cables I have used extensively that have better neutrality than Valhalla, JPS Labs SC2 and Audience AU-24, much cheaper too. The new JPS Aluminata should be better yet. There was a comparison review done between Audience and Valhalla by either Stereophile or absolute sound by a guy who personally owns the Valhalla. It took him months to figure out what the differences were but he came away feeling the Audience was smoother and better frequency balanced, this lends itself to an easier listening character that sounds more natural.
wow, almost 6 years between posts on a thread....that must be some sort of record.
btw, if Audience AU-24 is better balanced than the Valhalla in a system that tells you as much about the system as the cable. Valhalla will not solve system issues; it will tell you exactly what is happening whether you like it or not. if the system balance is already correct Valhalla will reveal more of the musical message. i like the AU-24 i own but it has a bit of color and warmth that is ideal for a system with a lean balance and is not the last word in transparency.
i have not heard the JPS but if it is similar to the AU-24 then draw your own conclusions.