Re: Eeet loooks...
|Originally posted by Matt
...like there is some difference, as the specs seem different. It has the "Dual Teflon" insulation and the "Gyro Quadratic" field geometry (does that have something to do with how the wires are laid out amongst each other?
KCAGs, Silver Streaks and PBJs utilises 3 separate wires and braided, Kimber style. Due to its braided construction, these ICs affords some levels of EMI/RFI cancellation properties,
BUT technically speaking, they are not shielded ICs, in the traditional sense.
Hero, unlike those ICs above, utilises 4 separate wires and is also braided but in in KK's blurb, "Gyro Quadratic" structure. No silver wires are involved and technically, the Hero is also not a sheilded IC, in traditional sense.
Still, the Hero apparently does exhibit marginally (relative) better levels of EMI/RFI cancellation properties but as with the other ICs listed above, their effectiveness at rejecting or supressing EMI/RFI would be system & electrical environment dependent, IMHO.
Matt, for your RA-1/RS-1s, without breaking the bank, the Silver Streak IC would best meet your performance criterias ... assuming EMI/RFI is not a major prevaling issue. In terms of transparency, sheer dynamics, with relatively stronger LF response, the SS is discernibly superior to the Hero.
So, the final decision is yours of course and I guess you will have to take into account if your budget can extend to the SS ics. Recommend you audition both Hero and SS and subjectively decide if SS is worth the extra, in the context of your system.
With most if not all Kimber Kables, they do require quite extended periods of burning-in to sound their optimal best ... just take note that they do not normally sound "nice/right" straight out of their packaging. In my system for example, it roughly took about 200+ hours for my SS to run-in !! Some says it may take even longer than that !!
If you still insist on a properly sheilded cable, I would suggest you check out the Wireworld range of ICs. The Polaris ICs for example is worth a listen.