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post #181 of 184
and for the record I now think Oritek, Grover and the rest of them are plain nonsense. I eventually climbed as high as Nordost Frey in my audiophile placebo self deception but have since sold it and use cheap stuff (Blue Jeans, Mogami, Belkin) at no sonic loss.
If the improvements in sound I have heard with Grover's cables are strictly "placebo," I must be on the verge of experiencing auditory hallucinations by now! Thank God, they're ego-syntonic. . . .

By the way, if hearing improvements in sound that others claim are not there (ostensibly, due to unrealistically high expectations about what cables can do) is "placebo," is there a term we can use when someone makes themselves intractably oblivious to the sonic refinements that come with higher quality cables (perhaps due to their lowered expectations)?
post #182 of 184
Grover's cables are one of the best bargains in the audio world.

If you really think Grover's cables are expensive, you really should check out Kimber, Audience, Nordost, Tara Labs etc. etc.
post #183 of 184
I brought my Grover U8 home from my work rig over this long weekend to use in my home rig in place of the Grover S cable I've been using for the past weeks now. The U8 definitely has its own quite enchanting sound, even to ears well-accustomed to the S. From my work rig, I can say that the U8 is a very nice step up from the original UR (no number) that I've been using there for months now. After my ears become well-accustomed to hearing all of my favorite music through the U8 at home, I'm going to switch back to the S to hear the difference in the other direction. The main difference I note is that the U8 is more forgiving of flaws in the source material (either low bitrate or, say, an overly-bright production mix). But that does NOT translate into missing detail. Good impact, subtle detail, great spatial presentation are all there with the U8. As noted above, the U8 has its own enchanting properties for listening. Its sound leans more in the solid, palpable direction than the S, which delivers sound a little more in a diaphanous, ethereal vein. I've transferred my Bogdan Gold/Silver Spirit IC to my M^3 / Senn HD580 - with which it sounds really optimal. The S cable on my PPA / SR225 gives me a nice balance between the solid, palpable sound of the U8 and the diaphanous sound of the BGSS. However, my ear is surely enjoying the more fully palpable sound of the U8 with the PPA / SR225 for awhile. With the U8, the S and the Bodgan GSS, I'm just blessed with an embarassment of sonic riches from which to choose and savor.
post #184 of 184

Has anyone tried the latest interconnects from Grover? Any impressions regarding sound quality and sonic attributes? Still the best bang of buck compared to big companies?

I didn't mean to bump this thread, but I couldn't find any recent thread, no post from 2008 onwards on most threads.


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