What is the rest of your system? Is it the cables or just the T10s revealing additional upstream issues that need to be evaluated again... Try the loaned cables and if the raspy edge is gone then there are cables (beside the loaned pair) that may work with the 10Ts better than the BJ cables and leave your wallet not feeling assaulted.
FWIW, I agree with Stevechamp. Cables are not your problem, and certainly the Belden 10 ga is not a problem which another cable is likely to solve. If anything I suspect that other cables will exacerbate the problem. I have been using the Belden for some years now in preference to several other high end cables, they are not 'bright'. Be careful in matching an amp to your speakers that you do not get an amp which might just aggrevate your perception of brightness.
If I were you, I would insure that I had maximized all set up possibilities before I concluded that your problem cannot be solved without getting different stuff. Been there. If I had taken my own advise I'd have saved a ton of dough going thru the component merry-go-round.
It’s not your Belden cables. They are “industry standard” cables long used in the pro realm for many of your favorite recordings. They would not be used if they had some weird defect like “raspy highs” and all the recordings using those cables would have “raspy highs.” But the don’t.
You can look up measurements for those exact cables (e.g. on audiohilics) and see they measure superbly.
FWIW I use the Belden 10awg speaker cables (from BJ Cables) and my system certainly doesn’t have raspy highs. I’d hate that.
Beware of “friends” bearing expensive cables. ;-)
Look elsewhere in your system including room acoustics, speaker positioning. Remember that different speakers interact in different ways with a room/listener position.
Does this happen on all music? The other night, I was playing A "Living Stereo" SACD and there was so much junk coming out I thought "damn, I must have blown a tweeter". Not the case. The "junk" was in the recording!
>>>>Geez, where’s Dolby when you need it? 😳
I have changed the pre with a cool tube “chifi” pre... replaced all tubes with solid tubes ( I’m a guitarist and use only tube amps, so I know the process... same. And to be honest, with the tube upgrade it sounds very very good.
xlr and rca switched... same
I REALLY hope it’s not the Mac pre. I have always wanted one and finally got the money to get it... I would be bummed.
I’m really hoping the A21 will do the trick. Mr Kelly thinks they will be a great match.
This two channel thing is getting complicated... lol
When I was rocking the Crown pre and DC 300 with the L 100’s life was so simple. Lol
I had Martin Logans before the 10 T’s and had nothing but problems with their reliability. Went to the 10 T’s and really want to get it right and enjoy listining again.
I am looking forward to the surprise cables coming.
Thanks to all who take the time to help me. It’s a frustrating period...
Your cables are definately a problem. Low quality cabling will lose bass information which will make the top end raspy also the Denon CD player is probably not up to snuff.
A more revealing loudspeaker will show you things that were in the system that you didn't know where there.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
I have never heard a McIntosh product sound raspy! You don’t have quality cables. I have heard the 10t’s and the 20t’s and thought they were very bright sounding especially the 20t’s. It very well could be a synergy issue. Maybe borrow a friends amp/preamp/integrated to see if the raspy sound follows when changing components
I have no idea what else may be contributing to what you're hearing, but your cables are definitely crap and at least a part of the problem. Speaker cables (and interconnects, and power cords) are not a rabbit hole. They are very straightforward- you try them out, you buy what works. It is only when you try and make sense of why - or worse, try and base your decisions on why - that you plummet headlong into the abyss. So take my advice: don't buy anything you haven't heard in your system, don't even audition anything based on anything other than listening impressions. Buy only what sounds good to you in your system. Stay a million miles away from anything even resembling a measurement. The only three instruments that matter are either side of your head and in-between.
In fact, not just cables. Stick with this for everything.
I am not running anything as the tweeters are still in Mass. with Mr. Kelly. They should be back later this week. Chad is sending the cables... I am borrowing them to remove the Belden from the equation. I sold the Mac so I will wait until I buy the Parasound A-21 or 21+ to really listen and evaluate the impact the cables have.
The CD player has been a solid component for me... DVD-2900.
The 10T’s need current so the A21 will satisfy that.
I want to do this right and simple.... not so simple huh. Lol
I am fortunate I have Audiogon and Mr. Kelly, who is a true gentleman in every aspect along with My friend Chad who is incredibly talented and respected in the audio video biz.
I am retired and my wife is disabled so I am doing this as easily as I can.
My plan is this:
1. New amp
2. New spk cables
3. Check the preamp ( for some reason there are peeps who think the Mac is harsh)
4. Look into a DAC or CD player... I would prob need to buy used.
5. Gin and tonics and music...lol
Here's something for perspective
Great info to help with your decisions.
Some suggestions/advice(not necessarily here) really should be questioned.
Great reading from that link in previous post. 😬
“Along with green magic markers on CDs and audio bricks is another item called the wire conditioner. The claim is that unused wires do not sound the same as wires that have been used for a period of time. The device supposedly simulates what program material will do for the wire. This is called a break-in period. The thinking is that, like a new pair of shoes that are stiff when first put on, repeated use will make them more pliable and therefore more comfortable.
It would therefore seem that used speaker wire and used audio and video interconnects would be worth more than the new wire and interconnects simply because they have been used already. There could be a big savings in time and expense by doing conditioning on your own or purchasing the device. Unfortunately, this is just another way of making money. It can be considered as another “quack” remedy machine.”
Gman74, plus 1. Relatively inexpensive but effective power conditioner set up: Shunyata Venom Defender in simple breakerless power strip like Wiremold L10320. Around $300 all in. Try this on your source and preamp, not power amp.
Captbeaver, do not scrimp on source. Can’t fix original sins. That said, there are a number of good to great DACs that would provide more involvement than older Denon available today new at many price points. Buy used, especially if you can live with red book to 24/192 resolution in PCM. Lots for sale on Agon right now in many different flavors/sound signatures. Maybe a nice used Chord DAC for you? Use Denon 2900 as a transport, but don’t cut corners on digital cable;-)
Check out the review below. The Marantz SA8005 is a solid player. I happen to own the original Arcam irDAC compared favorably to the Marantz here, at least for streaming digital. The original irDAC plus a decent digital interconnect can probably be aquired for much less than the SA8005, and when used with your Denon would sound better on redbook CD’s or PCM digital files streamed from a computer. There are many other high quality PCM DACs from other manufacturers coming available used for reasonable prices as people look for DSD and MQA capability (I would steer clear of the Arcam irDACII however).
I got new cables this week an I do like them... My “audio mentor” sent them to me as I ask to borrow something so I could “hear” a cable other that the 10 ga. Belden cables I have now in order to remove the belden set from the equation. I do like the Tranparent set but I wont have the opportunity really compare for a few months because I dont have my A 21+ yet.