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AudioQuest vs Cardas XLR
@garebear i agree. Cardas clear beyond just sound right to me.   
Streamers made in America?
Bricasti literally has a Chinese flag on their homepage. Not the look I’m going for. I think aurender is my best bet.   
AudioQuest vs Cardas XLR
I don’t want to buy a product from a company if I have figure out which country/ factory/ model cable I need to avoid China. I think the point is very on topic actually. Cardas makes every product in the USA, no matter where you buy it or how much... 
Streamers made in America?
Thank you everyone   
AudioQuest vs Cardas XLR
Cardas clear beyond works great with my McIntosh system. You can justify Audioquest however you want but Cardas clearly says Made in USA down the entire length of the cable. My dealer was really pissed Audioquest is outsourcing more to China. That... 
AudioQuest vs Cardas XLR
Actually according to my dealer all Audioquest cables are made in China except he wasn’t sure about the very highest model.   
Are Cardas Parsec cables Overkill for Zen Stream?
There is no such thing as overkill. I have a Cardas clear beyond XL on my zen stream lol. Using the ipower elite.   
AudioQuest vs Cardas XLR
I have Cardas clear beyond interconnects in my system with C53 and 611’s and love them. Audioquest are made in China so that’s a deal breaker for me.   
Shunyata Delta or Alpha V2 NR vs. AQ Hurricane HC
I’ve tried a lot of the new Shunyata cables in my system. I think they make for great medical equipment cables but they just aren’t as enjoyable/ musical as Cardas or transparent in my system. I would never consider Audioquest cables. They are all... 
Best amp for Salon 2
McIntosh MC611 for me . Krell is also a good match.   
Thoughts on Shunyata and Transparent?
I have found the Sigma v2 interconnects to be absolutely stunning. I have never heard an audio product to have such a lack of sound to it. Interestingly, I love the shunyata interconnects in my system more than their power cords.   
Built-in vs. Standalone DACs
I have found that separates are better. I have a combined HT and 2 channel system. I’m using my Anthem AVM70 as my preamp. I have an ifi Zen stream. I was using it via transparent coax cable to the avm70 dac. It sounds very nice. I just got the if... 
Shunyata PC Shootout
Less noise. More open, more musical, more dynamic. Pretty much better in every way. On most songs I couldn’t even tell the difference between delta and alpha. On some songs alpha was maybe more dynamic but the tiny difference made me discouraged b... 
Revel Salon 2 speakers
I agree the Salon 2’s are still an amazing speaker even after all these years. I love mine every day. I like Wilson as well but it took them over a decade to compete with the Salon 2 at a similar price point. I heard the Salon 2 vs the Sabrina X a... 
Shunyata PC Shootout
I’ve extensively compared delta and alpha v2 power. In my system it was hard to tell a difference sometimes. Cardas clear beyond xl was better than both.