What Was Your Favorite “Game Changer” Moment?


I've been rebuilding and modifying my system since the summer of 2029. I have a pile of rejected cables and assorted gear to sell sometime soon. Several times I told myself that I was finally finished with upgrades, only to be tempted to try just one more thing. Happily, I stumbled upon an unexpected game changer in the past week. I purchased a used pair of Fusion Audio Romance 1 interconnects.

The reviews, some on this forum, suggested that this cable is “warm and romantic,” as the name implies. My biggest concern was that the top end might be somewhat muted. I have been using Shunyata Venom interconnects and speaker cables. They have plenty of top end sparkle that I didn’t want to lose. But I’m always in favor of curbing harshness.

Well, not to worry. The Fusion Audio interconnects did not just keep the high end sparkle, they extended it. And they did it in a very musically pleasing way. I played a native tropical bossa nova album, and the percussion instruments danced around in a stunning holographic fashion. On some other albums, I heard female vocals served with a sublime, expressive quality that surpasses anything that my system was capable of before.

I consider myself a “warm side of neutral” kind of listener. Fatiguing harshness has always been the obstacle to overcome. But I want the details at both ends of the spectrum. As for Fusion Audio cables, they are available at Audio Surroundings in Boca Raton, Florida. Here is the link: https://www.audiosurroundings.com/store.php?seller=Ericlove&navt1=263817&per=6&num=6&...

Does anyone know how to contact Eric Love, who was mentioned in numerous threads a few years ago as the maker of these cables? I would like to contact him.

Please share your favorite “game changer” moments with cables and other items. I'm still looking for the “magic” USB cable.

My system:

Exposure 3010S2D integrated amp
DynAudio floor standing speakers
Topping D70 DAC
Auralic Aries Femto music streamer with SBooster power supply
Kitsune modded Singxer SU-2 USB bridge
Netgear S8000 Network switch with streaming music preset
Cables and power cords by Shunyata, Lessloss, Wireworld, PS Audio, Chord Company, Fusion Audio


boakey39
"I've been rebuilding and modifying my system since the summer of 2029"...

Cool - I'm posting from the future as well.

My "game changer" was the KenJit WYD (Who's You Daddy) speakers I purchased in the year 2025.

FutureDeKay
Good one. But you should hear the one he will have come out with in 2125. 


This is like asking what is my favorite Porsche. Two answers. The best one is, "The one I’m driving" but "the newest one" will do just fine too.

The newest one for me is TDF, aka Rustoleum, aka Tetrault’s Secret Sauce.

Second newest is Schumann resonators. Talk about a game changer! WTF is going on here, anyway? Gonna buy some more soon as I finish this post.

My first biggest game changer was hearing the difference a good interconnect can make. Was 1992 and I was still using patch cords, lamp cord, and freebie rubber power cords. The store let me compare my patch cord to their $75 interconnect and the difference was so great, my patch cord sounded so bad, I thought I broke their amp.

The next biggest game changer was Robert Harley’s The Complete Guide to High End Audio. I had by this time assembled what I thought was a complete and very fine system. With CD. Because, yeah, got sucked into that one. But in the book Harley says the turntable is the heart of a high end system. WTF??! Really?

So the vintage 1976 Technics SL1700 was dug out of its cardboard box in the garage, cleaned up, connected to the phono stage in the 1974 Kenwood and.... damn. Seriously? WTF?!?!?! Wife agrees, way better than CD. Went to Definitive, their one Linn is connected to a little wall system. Literally against the wall. Somehow throws a sound stage extending back beyond the wall. Unbelievable. Then the salesman tries to impress me playing Janis Ian Breaking Silence on their flagship Levinson/Wilson system. CD. Easily ten times as costly a system. Could not have asked for a clearer demo of the superiority of vinyl. Total game changer. Mega, as Chris Harris would say.

Since then? Synergistic Atmosphere Level III Euphoria have redefined what wire can do. Springs have redefined what vibration control can do, and Townshend Pods have redefined what springs can do. Rubber bands are another game changer. But the biggest and best is as I was reminded just this last weekend the TDF Secret Sauce. Better even than the filters.

I know. Hard to believe. But true.
My game changing moments always have come when I discovered fantastic synergy between components.  Certain topologies just work so well together - sometimes intuitively and others not so much.  Granted, fantastic component synergy can't compete with the genius of well-applied Rustoleum or a rubber band, yet surprisingly I still manage to derive a lot of joy from my system.  
Actually now that I think about it this right here is my favorite game changer. The world wide web. Before this all we had was Stereophile on dead tree. Stereophile of course had massive publishing costs that had to be covered somehow. So they had to rely on advertisers which meant reaching a large audience, which in turn meant covering components and topics of interest to a large audience. All the market forces combined resulted in only being able to cover the larger manufacturers. Paper and printing costs money so editors had to, you know, edit and limit to only the most worthwhile content.  

Nowadays with the internet we have access to just about everything made anywhere in any volume and for any amount. We just have to search it out. Its also made it a lot easier to gain access to people with specialized skills and experience, to learn about new products and system improvement ideas.  

But its also made it so much more important to learn to be our own editor. To decide what is worth reading. And who to ignore. 
@dekay Thanks I needed that was crying laughing here!
For me, room treatments and proper speaker placement was the biggest mind blower. 
Tubes. Specifically, when I compared a cheap tube phono amp in 1987 to a stack of expensive Naim sand amps. Opened the window.
back to the future

or back from the future??
In 1973, at the age of 19 and when I put together my first real high fidelity music system...
A hit on my pipe, and then my first time to listen to Dark Side Of The Moon, on Koss Pro 4 AA headphones.
From that moment on I knew that a hit from the pipe, or any other method, was a "game changer" and can take high fidelity to another level.
Days of Future Passed....or Past....
When I discovered how a really good power cable can transform everything.
That fabulous moment when I said ’One MILLION dollars!!

Sorry. that was in Austin Powers.

What I mean, was that ...when I named our new cable (The) "Game Changer’ and found out just then, that it was an over abused term, already.

as for the internet bringing more fodder for the audio think grist mill.
the problem is more one of extreme dilution, and no ability to really know how the grains of sand arrange back into the sand castle we might call audio. the internet allows for an individual to get involved in smaller and smaller groups. hence the personal blog space or sphere.

Farcebook is all about that problem or ego game/shield/bubble thing. A billion forces of one. Stuck in cities trying to feel like a functional individual and be integrated. what a mess. No million mile marches, only one million people individually taking one step.

The internet has turned out to not enable action and/or change, but to remove both. Stuck in the doorway.
When i got my first MAGICO speakers.
Never in a million years would I have guessed that ebm has magicos.
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This thread is listed under cables, so I will generalize.

I owned for a number of years a PS Direct Stream Dac.
After having a unresolvable problem with PS Audio I decided to sell/trade the Dac. I purchased the Lumin X1 Dac.

Well the X1 is twice the performer in sound quality. I was/am really impressed with the X1. Songs that I have played for decades sound so much more involving. The music takes on such depth and realism it is quite impressive.
The real kicker(s), came when I added Critical Mass footers and then the Shunyata Sigma V2 interconnects.
These 2 products brought out even more of the X1 textures.

ozzy


You're right. It's cables. Back in the day, solid core blew away stranded VdH and Naim speaker cables. I've been solid ever since.