I pretty much own the whole loom of Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement and Signature II cables. The cables are made from their proprietary high purity metal foils both copper and silver.
I found their cable ‘sound’ extremely articulate, open, airy and spacious. They are easily the smoothest silver cables I have heard in my system. The appearance is very exquisite and build quality is top notch.
If you have any further questions, call Mike Powell at 404-764-6233.
I'd never heard of Verastarr or their cables until a month ago, when my brother in-law sent me a pair of the grand illusions for Christmas. I swapped them out my old audioquest type 4 cables. The difference in sound for me was pretty dramatic. I love them. I have Magnepan MMG type speakers with a couple of custom mods and they sound amazing. I have not switched cables back and forth, so that's about all I can say, but I really like them.
Thanks for the replies.
I guess i'll find out as i have ordered the Grand Illusion (All copper) speaker cables .
I just hope that they are not too fast and or lean and Sizzley
I have the Tekton Double Impact speakers
I am currently using Voodoo Audio Reference speaker cables , which is silver coated copper .They are very fast and revealing , great dynamics , but can be a little sizzling in the upper mids. This could be in part , due to the Rogue ..??
I am also using a Rogue Audio St-100 with 1960s Telefunken ribbed plates. The output tubes are KT120s
Hey Dennis, I thought you were using PAD cables, no?
I've never been a fan of silver clad copper cables, I find pure silver to be as revealing, without the graininess in the upper midrange/lower treble region.
I owned a pair of Verastarr Grand Illusion power cords many years ago (10 years?). Mike was just starting out. I thought they were very good.
I sold them when I went through my Stealth Dream phase, and I still kind of regret selling them. Good stuff.
Are you still using Mac electronics?
McIntosh Mx151 with Lyngdorf Room Correction (the best room correction i have ever heard.)
I still have PAD HDMI from my JRiver PC to the MX151.
Pad Dominus Fluid on the Mx151 and The Rogue Audio St-100.
Pad Dominus Fluid XLR from MX151 to Rogue.
I sold my Pad Dominus Fluid speaker cables and bought the Tekton Double Impact speakers with the money. I had the Voodoo Audio cables for a while.
They were ok with the Warm 2268 speakers , but they are too hot and sizzly with the Tekton
I meant Pad Dominus fluid Power cable on the Mx151 and the Rogue.
I picked up a pair of the Verastarr Grand Illusion Sig ICs (silver ribbons) this week, and while I do not have a whole lot of time on them in my system yet, I can tell you that they are fast and dynamic, but they do NOT have that sizzly glare in the upper mids / lower treble, which is also what I have been trying to tame. I don't feel them to be lean either, but again, I don't have much time with them in my system.
Yes I have them grand Illusion in a Copper a awg9 equivalent
I have his best Silver Gold foil interconnects ,and excellent foil Power cords.
I also have my Pure Audio Project Speakers all wired with the CopperVerastarr
foil cables from each driver to the crossover. By far the best speaker wiring I have ever had .
Thanks! for sharing- guys.
which brands of gear are sonic matches w/ Verastarr ?
They are very balanced the Verastarr cable . For example I was using a SS amp son of Ampzilla -2 , very well balanced slightly warm ,
and a Canary CA- 306 - 300B amp very balanced not to heavy but rich.
the beauty is you can also add Silver to a interconnect. HisSilver is very detailed
and very neutral not bite your head off bright like many silver cables .
he uses special RF disks and other things under the jackets which BTW are beautiful. The foils are all slow Deep Cryo treated which absolutely has something to do with the uniform presentation . Give them a solid 150 hours to shine.
I put a Hybrid Statement power cord on my PSA Directstream DAC. It was a revelation. The music became much fuller and the soundstage expanded in width and depth. The music just went into a full blossom. It was as if I spent $10k more on a dac or amp. Best power cord that I have ever purchased, and I have had some that cost a lot more than the Statement.
What is the makeup (metals) of the Hybrid Statement Cord ?
I also am running the GI's in my rig. It shares similar amplification with yours, not balanced but it's a Rogue Magnum 2 with KT120s.> Maggie 1.7s. Mine have the mods so they are fuse delete.
The room is warmer and more open. They are also very well crafted and complement the clean look in their cable elevators.
I will likely upgrade many things down the road but the cables will stay.
The Statement Hybrid is a combination of gold and silver combining the attributes of both. Contact Mike Powell at Verastarr to get a detailed explanation.
Wow .The Verastarr Grand Illusion Speaker cables that i got from Mike Powell @ Verastarr, are Fantastic.I had a slight brightness problem before i ordered them.I was using Voodoo Audio Reference Speaker cables and thought that was the problem, turns out it was a setting in my MX151 .
I am also using the Rogue Audio ST-100 amp.I found that the combination of settings and a switch to the Mullard 1950s long plates 12AX7 tubes worked wonders.
I was ready to blame the cables, and even called Mike Powell and told him about my issue.and that I wasn’t sure about his Grand Illusion cables, But BOY I was wrong!!. He was patient with me about the whole situation.
I think he pretty much new it was not his cables causing the issue.
I actually had the voicing set to Movies and not Music on the MX151...big mistake.
After I made adjustments (Mx151) and rolled tubes I have Killer Bass with great Detail and liquid Midrange.
The Grand Illusion Speaker Cables are helping with all of this.
It was definitely not the Grand Illusion, They are fabulous...some of the best that i have heard.
Thanks Mike Powell
Here's a thread from almost 10 years ago about Verastarr Grand Illusion, Mike Powell even posted in it:https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/review-verastarr-grand-illusion-series-power-cord