October 22, 2020 § Leave a comment
Continuing with the generalities in the loom’s broadest sense, I enjoyed the detail the cables revealed in recordings of all types. If you have quality equipment, the cables will neither detract nor amplify elements, but offer a musical hand in keeping with the accompanying designer’s topology. My Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 is Class D, but Jeff Rowland Class D. Smooth as butter. A too revealing cable can give a clinical soundstage game away easily. With the Frey 2, the sweetness that is an important and sometimes elusive character trait of Rowland’s superior circuit remains; the same when the Frey 2 loom was attached to the Icon ST 40 MkIV Integrated Amplifier. When in Ultralinear mode, the cables did not get in the way of a clear soundstage and powerful dynamics yet allowed the Triode circuit’s nature, beautiful and uncoloured, to shine on my favorite, intimate repertoire. ”
February 18, 2020 § Leave a comment
In the final analysis, when we upgrade audio cable we demand that it not only extends current system performance but also supports the next stage of component upgrades. Silver Eclipse certainly allows for a lot of growth. That said, you don’t need to read between the lines to gather my fondness for Silver Eclipse Series 8. Even with the weighty track record that Wireworld brings to the table, SE8’s performance elicited musicality of an order that exceeded my expectations and at a price that might strike terror into fancier offerings from outside the Wireworld ecosystem. This was true excellence and musicality in every regard.”
November 30, 2019 § Leave a comment
“The Audio Art SC-5 ePlus Cryo Treated speaker cables deliver a very transparent, neutral, uncolored and non-fatiguing presentation of whatever is served up. Employed with good electronics, speakers, and source material, it provides a rich and detailed experience for the listener. Teamed up with reference level equipment and media, at once, it paints a vivid, robust and sensitive aural masterpiece.
And although traditionally, I have used a bi-wiring configuration with my speakers, I found that with the SC-5 ePlus Jumpers in play, I didn’t miss the double runs of cabling which can be costly; one run is perfect.
Summed up, the Audio Art SC-5 ePlus Speaker Cables and jumpers enhance the audio experience, delighting and warming one’s senses as the music plays on. And on a cold, wintry days like today, that’s a good thing; it just might mirror the sensory pleasures of that sunny, open aired drive down the coast on Pacific Coast Highway.”
October 22, 2019 § Leave a comment
Cables, Power Products, and Accessories
AudioQuest conductive fiber record brush, $22.95
Caig Deoxit contact cleaner, $32.95
Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC power cord, $95
Synergistic Research Foundation Series, $499/$599
Excel Sound Corporation Hana SL phono cartridge, $750
GoldenEar Technology SuperSub X subwoofer, $1249
Monitor Audio Silver 300 loudspeaker, $2000
Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC, $2399
Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 loudspeaker, $2500
Vandersteen Audio Model 2Ce Signature II loudspeaker, $2700
First Watt F7 power amplifier, $3000
Wyred 4 Sound SX-1000R monoblock amplifier, $3598/pr.
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo, $4000
June 9, 2019 § Leave a comment
“The Transparent Audio Music Wave Reference speaker cable looks substantial—to say the least. The main cable run, again clad in black mesh, is 1″ in diameter. The network casing is a hefty 11″ by 3″ by 2″, from which protrude a pair of 1!0-long flexible wires attached to the thickest and most substantial spade lugs I’ve ever seen. If your speaker or amplifier manufacturer has used nonstandard binding posts, you’ll have one bear of a time trying to spread the forks of these connectors. I don’t know what to suggest here, since it’s obvious that these are extremely-high-quality connectors, but I did need to mention it. If you use stand-mounted speakers, the network box is left dangling from its short wires—not to worry, Transparent will provide you with a Velcro harness to attach the box to your speaker stands, providing strain relief. ”
April 2, 2019 § Leave a comment
“Mids are more transparent and open. Vocals seem to have a touch more air in them, making them slightly more emotionally grabbing. Instruments stand out from a darker background, but are highlighted precisely to stand out clear.
The biggest changes have been made to technical parameters. The sound stage stretches wider and deeper and puts the scene more in front of you. Imaging has stepped up noticeably and the resolution is incredible. Layering and instrumental separation are superb.”
February 12, 2019 § Leave a comment
“The plusSound X8 Silver + Gold has a bold, powerful quality. Clarity and dynamics are off the charts. The vividness of vocals and instruments is awe-inspiring. They jump forward, becoming bigger and brighter. Bass notes feel enormous, rumbling like a volcano and erupting like an atom bomb. Treble is oh so airy. It extends up the frequency range with crystalline purity. Quickness of attack and heroic aggression means you’re unlikely to fall asleep with boredom. Resolution is at an all-time high, rendering sharp and precise, conveying all manner of textural richness. The soundstage is the largest I’ve heard, creating grand space and clean atmosphere around the elements.”