|I would be interested in your explanation as to why the Empress IC design has extremely smooth grain free sound vs other cables?
Well, I think most of it is luck. The reality of it is that Grover and I were thrown together quiet by accident thanks to a reviewer from Positive Feedback.com.
I had been previously involved only with power cords in using the combination of what I felt were the correct composition, shape and gauge of metal conductors along with the same in carbon conductors.
In addition shielding was very very important. Simply, because numerous attempts by manufacturer's had resulted in power cords which rolled off the top end to avoid the "hash".
So I started experimenting with shielding my IC's and speaker cables at home. Noticed that there were improvements, next thing I know is I have grover's IC's and speaker cables in my hands and we are experimenting with them. The results were where we are now.
Grover would have to add his twenty cents. I know that he has done a ton of different experiments with different metals and configurations, just as I.