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post #16 of 21
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What, exactly, is the downside of buying used cables? Do they become less effective with time?
post #17 of 21
Trust me, the conductive properties of copper and silver don't change within a few years.
post #18 of 21
There is really little problem with buying used from usedcable.com. They have a one year warranty on their cables (because what can really go wrong with a cable unless it wasn't soldered very well?) and a 30 day exchange policy. I have bought most of my cables off of Audiogon. The only downside there is you are usually buying from a private seller so there is no exchange policy. However, you are usually buying at 50% or less of retail and if you are unhappy you can pretty much sell them for what you bought them for.
post #19 of 21
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I'm not really considering the BL-1, because it supposedly loses something in the bass.
Sounds like heresay to me. The BL-1 loses nothing unless compared to cables costing $200 or more.
post #20 of 21
I'm also not sure the BL-1 really "loses" in the bass. In my review where I compared the BL-1 to the Bolder Type 2, I thought that the Type 2 sounded like it had more bass; however, it may well have been only because there was less emphasis on the higher frequency range.

Then again, the difference in bass was rather noticeable, and I think it's possible that the BL-1 not only has slightly emphasized treble but also de-emphasized bass.
post #21 of 21
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SumB said...

Sounds like heresay to me. The BL-1 loses nothing unless compared to cables costing $200 or more.
Ah, but that's the price-range I'm looking at, around $200. So I think it's fair to nit-pick.
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DanG said...

Then again, the difference in bass was rather noticeable, and I think it's possible that the BL-1 not only has slightly emphasized treble but also de-emphasized bass.
Well, your review hasn't been the only one I've read to mention the bass being a tad light in regards to other cables. Besides, I hate taking baby steps... I'd rather go straight for the Air Matrix and get a bigger overall improvement.

I must say, though, the ZCable cables are looking quite interesting. Their description of being full-bodied and detailed is quite tempting...
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