The differrence between the caps is like apples and oranges. The caps do something desireable. They add smooth flowing detail.
But the transformer just let's the signal through withoy any zing, or extra detail, and with a far higher level of presence.
Puit it this way. I like the the
Denon DL103 cartrdge vs the Benz ACE. The caps are like the ACE. More hyper and cooler. Tran is full as phat can get in the mids and sense a nice extended topend that has a little weight vs tons of airm the CineMag steel is denser but the midrange is more populated ... And none of this constitutes and comprerssion either.
There is a nice sense of ease when a big band just takes off or masses strings spread out. Also nice image placement on orchestral.
If you like NOS I can't see how you won't like what the transformers do.
Maybe you might want a better tranformer but once you hear one at output you will go see.
The Yaquin presents a slightly blurry, nostalgic, colour picture. Sans Yaqin, the Chameleon presents a pushed, low grain black and white picture, fantastically real but monochromatic nonetheless.
What picture do the Cinemags paint for you Pat, the best of both or something entirely different again? (He asked as he edged closer to the Paypal buy button)