I agree about the WBT 0110 NextGen RCAs. I had a pair of Discovery Signature cables fitted with them on Wednesday of this week and it is only Thursday night now. I have to say, for a mere $109.00 investment, plus the $40 my electronics repair guy charged to fit these, this is a killer investment. I'm sure others can solder: I've never done it and I wanted it done right. My dealer, here in Connecticut, does all the equipment repair for the High End dealers in the vicinity. I trust his work.
Although it's only been 30 hours since I put them on, I'm in no way disappointed. The improvement in the clarity, as well as the low level detail makes these a no-brainer. Just kill me now, while I'm still smiling.
After reading the HiFi+ review last month, I expected them to be good, but knowing that they're going to improve over the next 200 hours....Jeez! The cables had been fitted with Eichmann bullets (bought them here on Audiogon), and they sounded good. But the liquidity and reduction in a sense of "fractionalized sound," where it sounds like each section of the orchestra plays and then vanishes into a vacuum, is already significantly reduced. When a musician moves around in the orchestra on Also Sprach Zarathustra on the new RCA Living Stereo SACD (played on a JVC XL-Z1050, no less [hardly the last work in detail], the sound FLOATS through the light air, instead of sounding stiff and stilted, as though the recording environment's air was humid and heavy. It sounds "real-er" than before, even in a simple system. What is so deeply gratifying is that I don't have to strain to hear this, as I have with so many components. I had a harder time hearing the improvement when I switched cables from Shunyata Andromea to Nordost Valhallas (I own both!). I could MAKE myself hear that the Nordost was more "transparent," but I had to MAKE myself hear it: it wasn't a case of oh-my-God-is-this-Valhalla-Heaven-on-Earth-or-what????? It was more, yeah, I think I hear more ambience. Now, granted that that Billy Baggs rack rings like a bell, and masked some of the Valhallas transparency, so that may not be fair. It matters not. The WBTs are silly good for this investment and it'll be like improving your interconnects by going up the manufactureres' line by two upgrades, like going, photographically speaking, from a Canon consumer lens to one of the REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD pro lens (and other photographers know that even among Canon's pro lens, there are significant differences in sharpness and richness of color. The 135 2.0 lens make the 70-200 2.8 lens, one of Canons very top sellers, look like it's broken in terms of sharpness and the shadings of color. In audio, we would call this part microdynamic capability.)
You just haveta get a pair of these with some Wonder Solder (I'm still waiting for the Johnson Manufacturing IA 423 OR-120 solder to arrive. On Audio Asylum, it's considered among the most killer of solders around, barring the Kester (which costs $100/lb and you have to buy a 5 pound minimum. Ugh!). Fortunately, I still have two pair of the 0110 RCAs, and I am very, very seriously considering soldering my Nordost Valhallas with these, even though it will void the warranty and make them impossible to sell. Nordost, incidentally, informed me the other day, that they're considering these plugs, but that, if I modified the cables, the warranty was dead. I'm not sure that's gonna stop me this time...Maybe I should do my Valkyrja interconnects instead! They cost a lot less. I also plan to modify the Shunyata Aries interconnects for the simple reason that they're inexpensive to buy on Audiogon (they didn't hold their value very well, did they??).
Anyway, RUN, do not walk to the phone and get a pair of these. I cannot imagine what type of music lover would be put off by these.