Anybody? Anybody? Nobody out there using Cardas SE9 wire as speaker cable? Amazing!
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Just got a pair last week per Bobby's recommendation. I also have Merlins- TSMmmis with regular RCs. I was using Greg Straley's Reality cables before, which were pretty good. First impression is that the Cardas SE 9s are better, but they've only got a few hours of burn-in time on them so far, so too early to give you a true impression. My amp is a vintage Fisher 500c, a 35 watt tube receiver.
I also have not heard much feedback from other a'goners or others on this cable. Would love to hear other's impressions as well. And I'll be glad to share my own thoughts too, after more burn in.
I didn't get cold forged. Thought it too pricey since I might change amps at some point down the line, and Fisher requires special spades (which Cardas did have). Maybe I will reterminate later??
Besides reality cable, I've tried anticable sc's (though not with the merlins) and didn't care for them too much (with vandersteens). Also had DIY sc's. So haven't tried a lot. And my ic's are some old school patch cords. Tried morrow ma2's which do some things well, ixos, and some silver cables, but my no name ic's that a friend gave me are my favorite. I just decided to trust my ears. : )
Will give more impressions on the se9's later.
When I got my current audio system I was strongly advised toward Cardas which I got. I discovered however, that Cardas - and I tried most of their permutations though not the SE9 was absolutely awful in MY system. You must listen for yourself for your own pleasure. All cables react differently in different systems.
I have Merlin TSM-MMs and initially tried audience au24 cables - they were just OK in my system. Their interconnects, power conditioners, and power cables are awesome in my system, but the au24's didn't make my speakers sing.
After talking to Merlin's Bobby P, I took his advice and bought a pair of SE9's. Now this was nice - much better match than the au24's in my system! Highly recommended with TSMs. FYI, there is a nice pair for sale on Agon - probably the second pair I have seen in the past 12 to 15 months).
Hi, this is a bit late answer, but,
I have been using Cardas SE9 for some 2 years, since my previous speakers have been internally wired with SE9. Compared to Kimber 4 & 8 VS in my setup much better. Now i use it with John Blue JB3 small 86 dB widebanders, and it works there really good too.
I dont quite understand why Cardas recommends it for ~90dB speakers, since it works with my, admittedly small and easy to drive 86 dB widebanders too. Maybe i will switch once to Neutral Ref. speaker cable but 2x4m Neutral Ref. vs same length SE9 is a bit difference in price.