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post #46 of 141
Ctn, what cables have you tried?
post #47 of 141

AUDITION

Hey, guys! Anybody know of a website that will send you a bunch of different interconnects, so one could audition them, and keep the winner, and send back the losers? Thanks!
post #48 of 141

Re: AUDITION

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Originally posted by CRESCENDOPOWER
Hey, guys! Anybody know of a website that will send you a bunch of different interconnects, so one could audition them, and keep the winner, and send back the losers? Thanks!
I believe The Cable Company (http://www.fatwyre.com) has a sort of auditioning process and cable lending library. There are some conditions, however, and I believe they can be found here:

http://www.fatwyre.com/how2.html#Evaluate
post #49 of 141
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Originally posted by kwkarth


Ctn,
It just dawned on me that you're meaning "equipment" when you use the term "eq." Previously I assumed you meant "equalization." lol! Sorry for the misunderstanding!
LOL np...Im just used to saying eq for equipment :>

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When I switched from a pair of Belden 89259 ICs to some Silver Audio 4.0 cables, the improvement was more than subtle. I think there's a big element of luck in terms of system synergy and which cables you actually are able to try.
What kind of improvements did you notice?

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Ctn, what cables have you tried?
I dont really remember the names but some from cable talk, nordost Accusound(ones Im currently using), some cheap interconnects form Jaycar, Tandy (horrid !!!!!!) and some others.

Not really that many.

I like my BL4's for the price
post #50 of 141
Guy's,

check out CatCables

I use them with great results with my mid fi rig.

B&K AVR-307
Sony S9000ES dvd/SACD player
Sony SCD-C555ES SACD/CD changer
PSB Stratus Silveri main's
PSB Stratus C6i CC
SVS 20-39PC sub
Sennheiser HD580's (on the way) <~~~~~Got'em!
Sennheiser 280's (on the way)
Grado RA-1 (on the way)
post #51 of 141
I'm thinking of getting a Headroom Little as my first amp and I'm also thinking of getting some quality interconnects right away. From what I've read on this board, it's a toss up between the Van den Hul D102 MkIII and the Audioquest Corals. I listen to Trance/Techno (I know it isn't the type of music that can show me what HD600s are really capable of, but it's the most enjoyable type of music for me) and I like nice, deep bass and a nice mid-range too. I'm not very fond of the highs, like excessively loud/high-pitched crashing of cymbals. I like listening to the little details that are drowned out by excessively high cymbals. Which of the two cables would suit my tastes the most? Thanks guys and gals.
PS I've read that there isn't much room on the back of the Little for the RCA jacks. Would both of these cables fit?
PPS Either cable would look awesome on my red computer! Booya!
post #52 of 141
Size wise, the Corals are very compact, so if ANYTHING will fit, they will. Sound wise you may be better suited for the DiMarzio M-Paths. They're nice and mellow.
post #53 of 141
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Originally posted by teknophyl
I'm thinking of getting a Headroom Little as my first amp and I'm also thinking of getting some quality interconnects right away. From what I've read on this board, it's a toss up between the Van den Hul D102 MkIII and the Audioquest Corals. I'm not very fond of the highs, like excessively loud/high-pitched crashing of cymbals. I like listening to the little details that are drowned out by excessively high cymbals.
teknophyl,

DO NOT get any IC's until you listen to your amp first!! your IC will depend on how you use your little: with crossfeed or without crossfeed.

if you use crossfeed, you'll want a bright sounding IC. the headroom crossfeed boosts the bass and buying a bass-heavy IC will not be good.

on the other hand, the sound of the little without crossfeed is a bit on the thin side. you'll want a 'warm' sounding IC in this application.

if you do use crossfeed with your little, i recommend a wireworld atlantis III.
post #54 of 141
Cool, thanks everybody. I'll give my amp a listen for a few weeks or months before I splurge on some new interconnects.
post #55 of 141
Music Direct has a cable auditioning program, and if you use American Express, you can return anything in 30 days.
post #56 of 141
AUDIO ADVISOR has a lot of good interconnects, and they do have a 30 day return policy.
post #57 of 141

Re: Update on the Outlaws...

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Originally posted by kwkarth
Here's an update on the Outlaw PCA interconnects that arrived Friday afternoon at my place...
They really get the job done! I will try to restrain myself from waxing too laudatory until they've broken in, but I am VERY pleasantly surprised.
Great depth and imaging, great dynamics, great extention, still waiting for the treble to smooth out a wee bit...
Due to great sheilding, they're quiet, quiet, quiet.
More news at 11!
Well folks, the verdict is in for me. The OutLaw PCA interconnects are simply the BEST sounding cable I’ve had in my system with the exception of the Cardas Neutral Reference. I've tested two sets over the course of over a week and ...

The 1.8m pairs that I have exhibit more soundstage depth, better HF detailing, and better black level than either of the AudioQuest Products that I have used. The 1m AQ Coral was very smooth and homogeneous sounding, with good soundstaging, but compared to the OutLaws, lacked detail and midbass clarity. The differences are not HUGE, but they are VERY EVIDENT and impossible to ignore. The 1m AQ Viper was slightly better than the Coral in the detail department, but still not up to the standard set by the OutLaws. The OutLaws just seem to get out of the way and let all of the music through.

The 1m Monster M950i doesn’t have quite have the homogeneity, nor the depth of soundstage of either of the AudioQuests, but it’s not a bad cable overall. Good detailing, clarity, fairly grain free, but not quite as grain free as the AQ’s.

This is quite amazing to me. I am so serious about this, I am going to offer my brand new AQ Corals up for sale as well as my M950i’s. So take note, this side of 500 bux a pair, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better cable than the OutLaw PCA’s. Just as an additional side note, OutLaw’s customer service seems to be top notch as well. So far, they’ve been a real pleasure to deal with.

I need some of you other cowboys to try out a pair and either tell me I'm crazy or back me up in this wild assertion.

Give the OutLaws 48 hours to break in and they'll take over your wagon train!!

Happy Listening.
post #58 of 141
I don't think you're crazy and I will back you up.

My pair of Outlaws arrived a couple days ago and although I haven't had much listening time due to work I really like them. I have some speaker cables that use CCC or OCC (take your pick) and that and the posts here are what convinced me to try some interconnects made of the same. The best $40.00 I've spent in quite awhile. Thanks kwkarth for the nudge in the right direction.
post #59 of 141
I'm sold. I'll buy a pair for the good of the community

Driftwood
post #60 of 141
Kevin: Tell me where
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