Originally Posted by skyline889
Before my father gave up audio and got in to woodworking, he used to have Nordost SPM reference interconnects in his system, they were good but they didn't completely alter the system as Patrick states. Increased clarity and resolution and even a touch of sybillance were introduced by the interconnects, but they weren't dramatic. There's a big difference between a car like the Porsche Carera, Aston Martin V8, BMW M6, Dodge Viper, Honda/Acura NSX, Noble M12, etc and a Honda Civic coupe.
By his reasoning and by your metaphor, it would be like me saying; if I stick an HKS Mega-flow intake on a Honda Civic or if I put some VP110 in a Civic's tank, improving the sources of intake of the engine, it'll outpace a Honda NSX. It just is not physically possible. When dealing with cables we are talking about relatively miniscule differences, differences that a lot of people can't even hear. I guarantee you that even someone who isn't a car enthusiast can tell the difference in performance between a Porsche Carera and a Honda Civic, can the same be said about a reference interconnect and one from Radioshack?
I myself am a firm believe in cables, if the rest of my system were done and I had the cash, I'd definitely buy something like the Nordost Valhalla or the Nordost Tyr however, I do not believe any cable can 180 a system. He says his K1000 went from shrill and harsh to full bodied with an unbelievable warmth, c'mon people. Even Alwayswantmore tested out his Valkyrja recabled K1000, the one he says has unbelievable bass and warmth. Even he, the guy who loves the K1000 and has a Wadia and a Sig 30 feeding into it, said it was too harsh for his taste.
Don't even get me started on what he has done to those cables, and that poor GCC-100. Have you seen his solder jobs and connector "improvements"? Yes, Patrick knows more about cables than the engineers at Nordost! Amazing, he should go into the cable industry! He'd make millions with his patented EMI cloth/Toilet paper dieclectic technology!
Simpy, the newer refernece cables are much better. SPM is an older cable, wich has been at least replaced by 2 new cables. It's called progress.
The other system is more reveailing then others, especially tube amps ahve better highs and reference series have much more extension in high and low. For me, it felt like night and day. I've never heard a cable before, and i have owned several expensive cables of other brands, wich such speed an accuracy.Maybe execpt the very expensive 9000 dollar siltech emperor. This should also be an amazing cable, but well out of my reach.
Well, the cable didn't do that for me either. What it did was; it made it much faster, better timbre and body and there's nothing in the way of the cable, so no own signature. I have a tube amp, so with tuberolling i can adjust the sound to my liking, by putting in better tubes.
What the cables do best is they let you hear what the equipment does, no signature of their own. Most cables sounds like they squeeze the frequencies and don't sound as fast and extended.