Yes I found the same thing when I put Golden Reference Cardas in my system. Just sounds better as Elizabeth said.
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I, like others, have tried quite a few different cables. Hearsay kept me from sampling the Cardas line until just a few years ago. Though I have since moved on from the Golden Reference speaker cable and interconnect, I continue to feel they are very, very fine sounding wires. I still have my Cardas phono cable. It has a textural and musical quality that continues to pay dividends in enjoyment. No doubt, Golden Reference and Golden Cross give considerable pleasure to others as well, and that's always nice to hear.
Not too surprising to hear that the Golden Cross enticed you to turn it up! The Golden Cross has a consistently "warm" sound in almost any application. Don't take that as a slam....some systems that have gone too far to the detailed, revealing side benefit greatly from such a fine cable.
Just curious, did you put the Golden Cross on your digital source?
Thanks everyone for the responses. Indeed cables do play part in how the system sounds and mix and match mandatory. I have tried many many AQ i/c and some other Cardas cables until the GX is put in. I shall spend more time to listen and enjoying the music more so.
Hifiman5 interestingly it is a vinyl system. Golden Cross is used between the phono pre and the main amplifier. The last chain in the system is a pair of Omega Super 3 XRS with a sub augmenting the lowest frequency range below approximately 80hz.
It's not only on digital sources that the treble and upper midrange are too frequently "hot" or too bright, it's also on a good number of non digital components as well. In fact at times it seems pervasive. Several of my audiophile friends, including two who have been in the electronics business for many years, recently attended a big audio components show. I couldn't partake, but when I asked them about what they had heard, their main reply was that I "didn't miss much". In the large majority of rooms they reported the kind of sound that was annoyingly bright. In some instances when they questioned this they invariably received the reply that it was "the fault of the rooms". But this sort of chant is nothing new, and seems to have become the proverbial "broken record".
And I couldn't agree with you more, Hifiman. I also attend live orchestral concerts fairly regularly, and do not hear the kind of crystal clear neutrality, squeaky cleanness and treble prominence that is fairly frequently projected by stereo equipment, including a good portion of which costs tens of thousands of dollars. We all enjoy our own preferred, reproduced illusions in the comfort of our homes. Some of them may come closer to approximating reality than others, but there's obviously something unique about unamplified music, and it's easy (and often uplifting) to notice this when we hear the sound of the violin or piano live. As you say, our re-calibration kicks in. Indeed, the warmth and natural, often easy tonality of the violin is rarely approached by electronics. Instead, we are often "treated" to a wiry, acidic and somewhat unfulfilling representation that belies the sort of relaxed enjoyment which accompanies the genuine event. Nonetheless, fortunate are those who, often after a long and sometimes expensive electronics journey, have been able to reap the rewards of their hard won audio nirvana.
Opus88 I absolutely agreed. Music were mixed down from prerecorded sessions especially for pop music. The so called imaging, localisation, tonal balance etc etc were products of mastering. Perhaps classical music recordings using minimal miking could present a truer stereo. I guess some cables are capable of taming those illusions and in doing so you enjoy more of the music.
Hoi: Years ago the Mercury classical recordings used minimal miking, and the results in most cases were very gratifying. Afterward, virtually every record company went to multi-miking, considered a mistake by many present day classical music fans who cite that approach as having been responsible for a less realistic sounding reproduction of the music's performance and setting...Otherwise, I get the drift regarding your point about "taming those illusions". It's precisely around this issue that impressions, preferences and arguments about the Cardas Golden Reference and Golden Cross seem to resonate. Some listeners feel those cables obliterate detail while others claim they simply present details in a different, more listenable and enjoyable way.