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  1. Moderator, please move this thread to the Objective-Fi forum. Amir
  2. Here goes: 1. Apogee Wyde Eye: Same cable for analog and spdif. Did not try them for AES or XLR 2. Belden 1694A: Spdif and RCA 3. Belden 1800f: XLR, BAV XLR 4. Belden Blue Jeans LC1 RCA 5. Belden 5000 series speaker cable 6. Canare L4E65 7. Gotham: GAC 1 ultrapro, GAC 1, GAC 2 AES, SPK 2 x 2.5 8. Grimm TPR AES/XLR 9. Mogami 3173 AES, Silver Series XLR, Gold Series XLR, Gold RCA/SPDIF, 3103 speaker cable 10. Vovox Sonorus XLR 11. LIvewire Advantage Microphone cable
  3. Well, it has been over a year and I have sampled a fair number of cables from Apogee, Belden, Canare, Gotham, Grimm, and Mogami. I must share my findings, if for no other reason than protect an impressionable innocent from wasting their precious hours doing cable comparisons. Firstly, none of these "neutral" pro cables sounded that much alike. The brands seem to have a house sound I spoke to an engineer that explained it this way. As with microphones, cables need to be free of noise and work when called upon, but they are known to sound different from each other, and a good e
  4. I just think that a small floor standing speaker generally will offer better value. Takes more time and money to build a book shelf and then build the matching stands. Large "book shelf" speakers, ala JBL, may be a different story.
  5. Between these two, the floor standing speaker would be my pick. Better bass extension, better efficiency, better power handling, better resale results (if that matters), better flexibility. I am using Alta Audio FRM bookshelves. When these are gone, I will be switching back to a floor standing speaker.
  6. I will be hooking it up to the Z10 today. The Z10 working straight off the DAC's volume control seems to have plenty of headroom and, again, excellent control. The Z10 is very clean and detailed.
  7. Well. I have not yet received the 12 watt amp, but I did receive the preamp, which also does duty as a 1 watt amp and headphone amp. You have to turn the volume most of the way up, but I have not had to max it out, and yet I am getting pretty decent volume and excellent control out of 1 ZOTL watt. I am pretty surprised by this result. The room is not small.
  8. Dampening with tubes and no transformers, no less.
  9. Tomorrow, I will be receiving a Linear Tube Audio amp producing 12 watts into 4 ohms. My current amp does 250. My speakers are rated at 4 ohms and 87db with dips coming in at 2.8. We shall see if a little power can come close to keeping up with adequate power. I have my doubts.
  10. More updates. 1. Gotham SPK 2.5 remains my favorite for inexpensive speaker cable 2. Grimm TPR remains my favorite for AES, but for analog I have come to the conclusion that it is a little harsh in the treble. Could be the silver plating. 3. Supra EFF is a bit different. Has the Supra signature edge relief, but also sounds a little tipped up. Not as harsh as the Grimm, however. Again, a silver plated cable. 4. Mogami Gold just does not sound quite right in the treble to me. 5. Canare Star Quad is my new recommendation for XLR cable. Does not have the issues
  11. Actually, you could weaponize mmw. Confirmed by a Nokia design engineer. I would tell you to keep your eyes open out there, but, well, you know...
  12. Audiophiles: Dead or Dying? Not sure, but they often sure smell funny....
  13. Actually, I want to say speakers, since they impart the most character. I have to say amplifier, however. I would rather listen to mediocre speakers and a great amp, than great speakers and a mediocre amp.
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