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  1. Right. I forgot the gloves. Thanks. Looks like I gained a few pounds stuck in the house. Damn.
  2. How about standing in line to use the bank machine?
  3. Just headed out and over to my friend's house to borrow some albums.
  4. Nelson and I are still waiting for an answer to the question. The guys from Benchmark might be curious to learn how this all works as well. Seems like they spent a lot of effort trying to eliminate crossover distortion. I imagine there are posters here that can answer for you, but you keep pushing them away. Maybe, you should shut up for awhile and let those guys talk, so we could all learn something here.
  5. Could you please elaborate on the modern new exotic engineering revolution that has magically made crossover distortion disappear? I think some of those bad engineers like Nelson Pass would be interested in learning how to improve their designs.
  6. Bob does call out the Ncore amps as being "audibly close to straight wire with gain" specifically in the article, but he really doesn't say too much more about them. I can't tell if he would prefer to add a little 2nd order distortion to the Hypex, or not, from what he has written. Still, the implication is that most amplifiers, as of the articles date 2018, will sound better by adding a little second order distortion to mask IMD and higher order distortions. Personally, I never enjoyed a tube preamp with a solid state amp, but lots of people do. If we go with Bob's approach, it would stand to reason that removing the preamp might make many systems sound worse.
  7. Here is link to a Bob Katz article about improving sound via the addition of distortion. Bob is pretty well known in the professional sound world. https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/katzs-corner-episode-25-adventures-distortion In a nutshell: No distortion sounds better than a little bit of bad distortion, but moderate, well-distributed distortion sounds better, too!. I believe there's a middle amount where distortion can sound deadly. Why? Because in that middle area, where the overall distortion measures somewhat low, but not close enough to zero, the presence of some higher harmonics can psychoacoustically predominate over the important lower ones. In other words, the distribution of the distortion is the key to sonic differences.
  8. Let me say this, the Grimm, Canare, and LIvewire sound very similar. The Mogami star quad never sounds right on top, so I excluded it, but the cheaper Mogami also sounds similar to the group. I slightly prefer the Grimm. The Vovox seems to be do something a little different. A little more clarity and texture without being tipped up. In many ways it gives a more modest but natural presentation. The differences are not huge, but anyone should be able to notice them. I am just trying to figure out if the Vovox is merely preferred or more accurate. To be honest, I generally eschew solid core cables.
  9. I just clicked on the link and Google translate worked fine. The pro-audio cables come out very well in this test and the tested ones differ in sound compared to some popular retail cables. The Grimm and the VOVOX come very close to each other. The sound of the VOVOX is slightly preferred, but the price of the Grimm is a solid buying argument.
  10. Here is a Dutch comparison that includes the Vovox and Grimm. They do a better job of describing the sounds than myself. I typically find European reviewers do a better job than their American counterparts. https://www.alpha-audio.nl/review/multitest-vijf-interlinks-getest/8/
  11. Right but it presents a brighter bigger slightly less precise image than the unshielded Vovox . Seems backwards. I also an Audioquest Mackenzie and Livewire Essential cable and determined that the Grimm may be a bit tipped up by comparison. From what I read online, the TPR is a little tipped up compared with Grimm's more expensive version. The Grimm is still very clean, maybe as a result of the shielding? Here are the Vovox cables. https://vovox.com/collections/xlr-kabel/products/sonorus-direct-s-pair
  12. This is the brighter bigger cable. Well shielded and twisted. It seems like this would be much more immune to noise and interference then the unshielded Vovox? https://www.grimmaudio.com/pro-products/pro-cables/tpr/
  13. Thank you for this detailed analysis. I find it rather interesting that the cable that appears technically more likely to be compromised may very well be the more accurate one.
  14. No change. Just louder. I am hearing what I have seen described as the house sound of both of these cables. Maybe neither one is particularly accurate. The unshielded cable would certainly be described as more reserved by comparison.
  15. The louder brighter cable is the shielded one in this case?
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