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baldur mk2 cable with westone 4R

post #1 of 76
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Has anyone tried the baldur mk2 cable with westone 4?

 

This cable caught my eye as an upgrade cable for shure but there is one to fit westone, what does it sound like?

post #2 of 76
I have tried the Baldur mk2 on the W4 and before this w/e my opinion is that it is much better than a much more costly pure silver cable. However I received my silver/gold hybrid and it has taken the W4 to another level of refinement and realism.

The W4 with Baldur mk2 offered a very coherent and balanced signature with good extension and weight in both freq. extremities and pushing forward the mid.

I have a thread cracking a W4 where I share more details concerning different cables including the Baldur mk2.

Hope it helps
post #3 of 76
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Yes thanks for the reply its very helpful, the part about pushing the mids forward seems particularly good as i like strong mids in my music.

So the baldur mk2 enhance the sound but dont change it?

Forgive my poor description here but what i mean is they dont add any colour or warmth to the sound?

post #4 of 76
It makes the W4 richer and fuller in presentation. Whether one can interpret it as warmer is debatable. To me it is much better. I think I describe it as from sitting near the back of the hall you are now in the first 10 rows after swapping the stock cable
post #5 of 76
Thread Starter 

Sounds like it might be worth a try if i can sell the w4 wired that i have now, i wasnt aware of this cable when i bought them otherwise i would have gone with the w4R but thanks for the info it was very helpful

post #6 of 76
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Quote:
Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

I have tried the Baldur mk2 on the W4 and before this w/e my opinion is that it is much better than a much more costly pure silver cable. However I received my silver/gold hybrid and it has taken the W4 to another level of refinement and realism.
The W4 with Baldur mk2 offered a very coherent and balanced signature with good extension and weight in both freq. extremities and pushing forward the mid.
I have a thread cracking a W4 where I share more details concerning different cables including the Baldur mk2.
Hope it helps


I have been reading some of your posts in other threads and which in your opinion is the best, W4R with baldur mk2 cable and no amp or  

shure red se535 with baldur mk2 cable - no amp?

 

Or which of the two mentioned above with 5n occ silver cable and again no amp?

 

 

post #7 of 76

I have a Triad L3 (I have a thread in portable amps) plus another one, a giant killer for portable use. I am meeting up with a fellow Head Fi-er this afternoon so he can try the W4 with different cables plus the amps, I will ask him to post thoughts.

 

Mis-read,  No amp...will get back to you....in a bit of a hurry, post thoughts tonight.


Edited by spkrs01 - 2/23/12 at 9:07pm
post #8 of 76

Apologies about earlier reply, was in a rush and didn't read properly!!!

 

With no amp we can forget about the silver 5N OCC cable because too shrilly sounding and lots of sibilance on the W4 and bass lacking on the SE535. That is the reason I bought the Triad after receiving the 5N OCC for the SE535ltd.

 

Now with the Baldur mk2, both the W4 and SE535 shows significant improvements in bass, resolution, and soundstaging. Funnily, it pushes the mids forward on the W4 and reins it in on the SE535? Go figure?! The defining differences are better soundstaging on the W4 over the SE535 but the SE535 shows better attack and slam. You have to decide which sonic qualities you prefersmile_phones.gif?! 

 

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Originally Posted by Darkocean-62 View Post



I have been reading some of your posts in other threads and which in your opinion is the best, W4R with baldur mk2 cable and no amp or  

shure red se535 with baldur mk2 cable - no amp?

 

Or which of the two mentioned above with 5n occ silver cable and again no amp?

 

 



 

post #9 of 76
Thread Starter 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

Apologies about earlier reply, was in a rush and didn't read properly!!!

 

With no amp we can forget about the silver 5N OCC cable because too shrilly sounding and lots of sibilance on the W4 and bass lacking on the SE535. That is the reason I bought the Triad after receiving the 5N OCC for the SE535ltd.

 

Now with the Baldur mk2, both the W4 and SE535 shows significant improvements in bass, resolution, and soundstaging. Funnily, it pushes the mids forward on the W4 and reins it in on the SE535? Go figure?! The defining differences are better soundstaging on the W4 over the SE535 but the SE535 shows better attack and slam. You have to decide which sonic qualities you prefersmile_phones.gif?! 

 



 


Thanks for getting back to me, one more question if you dont mind. 

 

Is the baldur mk2 the best cable you have tried with no amp?

 

post #10 of 76

Un-amped, an unequivocal YES, and basically the Baldur mk2 just provides the best balance and coherency to both the W4 and SE535.

 

It continues to improve with amp-ing up to a certain price point which I put at around US$450 for the portable amp.!

post #11 of 76
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Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

Un-amped, an unequivocal YES, and basically the Baldur mk2 just provides the best balance and coherency to both the W4 and SE535.

 

It continues to improve with amp-ing up to a certain price point which I put at around US$450 for the portable amp.!


Baldur mk2 it is, thanks for the advice without it i might well have gone for the 5n occ silver cable

 

post #12 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkocean-62 View Post


Baldur mk2 it is, thanks for the advice without it i might well have gone for the 5n occ silver cable

 


Look whats here.......Nicewink_face.gif

 

W4R baldur mk2.jpg

 

Got my cable maker to be guinea pig first as there have been compatibility issues with 3rd party cables and Westone/JH sockets. I am buying a pair of W4Rtongue_smile.gif

 

post #13 of 76
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post


Look whats here.......Nicewink_face.gif

 

W4R baldur mk2.jpg

 

Got my cable maker to be guinea pig first as there have been compatibility issues with 3rd party cables and Westone/JH sockets. I am buying a pair of W4Rtongue_smile.gif

 


What happened to the W4 you had cracked open?

 

Did they fail?

 

post #14 of 76
No...i am so impressed with the W4 and my silver/gold hybrid that I will buy the W4r to use at home and the cracked ones on a more casual basis and try all cables on offer to see the best for a portable application. I an still favouring the Baldur though!!!
post #15 of 76
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by spkrs01 View Post

Apologies about earlier reply, was in a rush and didn't read properly!!!

 

With no amp we can forget about the silver 5N OCC cable because too shrilly sounding and lots of sibilance on the W4 and bass lacking on the SE535. That is the reason I bought the Triad after receiving the 5N OCC for the SE535ltd.

 

Now with the Baldur mk2, both the W4 and SE535 shows significant improvements in bass, resolution, and soundstaging. Funnily, it pushes the mids forward on the W4 and reins it in on the SE535? Go figure?! The defining differences are better soundstaging on the W4 over the SE535 but the SE535 shows better attack and slam. You have to decide which sonic qualities you prefersmile_phones.gif?! 

 



 


Is the sound from the red se535 shrilly with lots of siblilance using the silver 5n occ cable with no amp or is lacking bass the only problem?

 

Is the rest of the sound significantly improved with no amp?

 

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