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post #31 of 82
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Originally Posted by bundee1
Synergistic Research cables are warm yet detailed. I think they are silver plated copper. I liked them but while I was switching components they no longer matched my system. Get them used for $100 and you wont be sorry.
Supposedly challenging the very best, most expensive, it is the 2004 TAS IC of the year I believe.
post #32 of 82
You are correct sir.
post #33 of 82
'nother vote for audiogeek nitrogens!
post #34 of 82
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Originally Posted by bundee1
Im surprised no one has mentioned VH Audio's Pulsars. Very well reviewed by all who have purchased them, this guys products almost never show up on the used market. I love them. They have a very clean, airy sound with tight bass. At first listen I was surprised at the seperation of instruments and soundstage depth. Check them out, this guy is a pleasure to deal with.
I have found that Chris VenHaus makes products that defie conventional price/performance ratios. His PCs and other products rock. It is also a rarity to deal with such a gentleman, much less his 30-day guarantee. I have no idea how one could approach/match the price + performance of his VH Pulsars, unless one was to use one of Chris' DIY designs in concert with his cotton insulated fine silver wire.
post #35 of 82
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Originally Posted by skullguise
A recent purchase I got that I liked a lot was the Silent Audio Apollo-A ribbons, got them cheap on A'gon auction. Big, spacious soundstage, smooth response top to bottom, incredible instrument separation (that sense of space within the soundstage), and nicely detailed.
I just got some silent audio apollo intereconnects as well (cheap via audiogon) and they are a significant upgrade over my old outlaw interconnects. sonically i have the same impression to the cable as skullguise but unfortunately the build quality is so-so and the guy took a month and a half to get the cables to me. if you are willing to wait they are great cables for the price (via audiogon).
post #36 of 82
i'd like to add that signal cable analog v2's are so great for the $50 dollar minium price (per 2 foot).

I just got a set for my dad for his headphone setup, and wow, they have such a good build quality, and a very warm, rich, detailed sound for not alot at all!
I'd compare them to cables that i've known to be double, or triple the price, no joke.
post #37 of 82
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I can't find Grover cables on ebay or audiogon, nor their website with google.

post #38 of 82
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Originally Posted by KR...
I can't find Grover cables on ebay or audiogon, nor their website with google.

Satisfied customers? I think the maker still can make the older pre-Empress ones you're thinking of. Try the personal touch? Ask him how much for a new pair of the older model. Or maybe he could even put you in touch with a previous customer willing to sell a pair not being used at the time?

Did you decide upon a CDP?
post #39 of 82
I have an Audiogeek Nitrogen IC (copper?) and a Blue Dragon HD 650 replacement cable (copper).

Currently the system has a little too much bass and not enough midrange detail or air for my liking on certain recordings.

I'd like to experiment with other IC's to see if they might de-emphasize the bass a little and add some air.

Would the Grover Silver Reference II do that? Any other recommendations?
post #40 of 82
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The Grover Silver Reference II are no longer being made
post #41 of 82
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Originally Posted by KR...
The Grover Silver Reference II are no longer being made
You e-mailed Grover and he said he would not make another pair?
post #42 of 82
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Originally Posted by eyeteeth
You e-mailed Grover and he said he would not make another pair?
I e-mailed them but I haven't heard anything back just yet.

It is not however listed on their website :

http://grover.wolff.home.comcast.net/
post #43 of 82
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Originally Posted by KR...
I e-mailed them but I haven't heard anything back just yet.

It is not however listed on their website :

http://grover.wolff.home.comcast.net/
I'd wait to hear a "no". It's just that I recall somewhere someone saying the older model can still be had, made new despite the emergence of the Empress. I believe I read it at a forum other than Head-fi. A search here isn't turning up anything.
post #44 of 82
Did you use the following email address for Grover? It is the one I've used and he usually is very good at communicating.

groverhuffman@hotmail.com

Also per the website:

www.stevehoffman.tv/forums ... in the "Audio Hardware" forum there is a sticky at the top where info on Grovers SR MK II interconnects is discussed. Last I heard he was still producing them.

I agree with eyeteeth that you should wait for a reply (and/or try the above email address).

Good luck ... Gord SW Ont.
post #45 of 82
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Originally Posted by Gord SW Ont
Did you use the following email address for Grover? It is the one I've used and he usually is very good at communicating.

groverhuffman@hotmail.com

Also per the website:

www.stevehoffman.tv/forums ... in the "Audio Hardware" forum there is a sticky at the top where info on Grovers SR MK II interconnects is discussed. Last I heard he was still producing them.

I agree with eyeteeth that you should wait for a reply (and/or try the above email address).

Good luck ... Gord SW Ont.

Thanks I sent another e-mail to that address.


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I'd wait to hear a "no". It's just that I recall somewhere someone saying the older model can still be had, made new despite the emergence of the Empress. I believe I read it at a forum other than Head-fi. A search here isn't turning up anything.
Will do, please note that I sent it out today, so I would be suprised if he e-mailed right back.
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