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    What are your reference cables.

    I am interested in hearing what cables people have used & why they are "their" reference. The price &/or the company is irrelevant, I am interested in what you hear & what has brought you to these conclusions. Here are my last 3 experiences.

    Some time ago in a system far far away back in the day of MSB Diamond, McIntosh 2301's & Sonus Faber Stradivari's, my choice of cable was Wire World Platinum 6. These were by no mean stretch an average achiever in the cable world, very articulate with a minuscule footprint in way of stamping a signature of sound on the intended recording & just a plain disappearing act. Being silver cables they do not hide bright or poorly recorded material so synergy with your components is critical to enjoy the benefits that they can bring to your system. An overly bright or neutral system will show up some horrible traits in the recording because they will ruthlessly reveal all as they do not colour at all. In my opinion sibilance or shrill only enters the equation with these cables if a mismatch in components or speakers. I also noticed little to warrant an upgrade from series 6 to 7 (current) & yes I did compare them in my own system.

    Moving forward to Meitner dac into Soulution preamp & Sanders Magtech mono amps with Magnepan 20.7's, too much of a good thing was going on & the shrill could be heard with some recordings, way more than I liked. This was probably one of my most neutral, not bright, but true to the recording intended systems but with the WW Plat 6's, too much of a good thing. Out with the WW & in with Shunyata Ztron Anaconda. The goal was to bring the detail but also the midrange warm glow that copper brings, even though subtle, it is an attribute that I have demonstrated in my system to many. In a very revealing system I would give the nod to Shunyata Ztron Anaconda. All of the qualities of the WW Plats were evident with their introduction into the system & a nice balance was introduced to the highs albeit though that the speed & attack almost seemed to slow, which in the system at the time was what it needed. We all know that the timing is scientifically unchangeable & this was the first time that i had experienced this phenomenon so easily.
    Things in my world with cables from there on in were real easy for me, i had a set that covered both signatures of voicing that i liked, thank jaysus & the saints i was done with cables.... ;(

    Then I started to wonder, the blue pill or the red.... bugger!
    Suffice to say I have found a cable that magically seems to have both the qualities of the 2 before, inside & out, looks the ducks nuts, but seriously has really blown me away. So it should for it's price too.
    Enter the Siltech Royal Signature, Princess. These are the bottom of the ladder i/c's when you get near their top range & I will not be climbing higher as I thought it was a pretty good effort to get here. All I did was swap one i/c, it was a holy shit moment. I have put the WW, Shunyata & the Siltech into the same system separately & am very surprised at the actual difference. The attributes of silver & copper are quite evident to my ears & as I have been & always will be an advocate of midrange & that warm golden glow of sound that just sounds "right', I have come to understand the importance of a little gold with the silver. These do it for me.
    Immediacy, prat, slam, delivery, non-fatiguing, digital or vinyl, but most of all "timbre". These have enough timbre to send chills down your spine, spooky good!
    just a thought anyway, anyone else care to comment please.....

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    Great post Kev. Wireworld Platinum Eclipse G7 XLR and loudspeaker cables are my reference cable along with Siltech Royal Signature Ruby Mountain II G7 with Furutech carbon rhodium F-50 terminations and Flux-50 filters.

    The WW PE are a great cable I am happy to live with but were a price compromise. If price was no object, I would prefer a Siltech Royal Signature choice instead. There's no beating their military/aerospace grade Kapton shielding implementation from DuPont. They emit absolutely zero emissions meaning they are also not subject of any external influences. The mono-crystal silver wire injected with gold nano is a signature process that other manufacturers are only just beginning to experiment with and introduce into their own premium formulations. Furutech Nano Flux comes to mind here.

    Siltech Royal Signature oozes super premium metallurgy, material composition, geometry and construction. Price can be a barrier and so can the expansive Chinese counterfeit market. Buying Siltech outside of the authorised dealer network is a risky proposition which also means buying second hand can be an issue.

    For interconnects, I think Siltech excels most between pre-amp and amp and this is where I would like to permanently swap in a 2m XLR length and move the Wireworld Platinum Eclipse elsewhere, eg. Source.

    I have also tried the Shunyata Zitron Anaconda (unshielded) in my system and agree that the Siltech offers the best of both without missing anything that the Shunyata does.

    On that note, I would not recommend any form of unshielded cable especially with tube amplification. indeed, the concept of using unshielded cables anywhere is a ridiculous proposition IMO.
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Kev,

    Yesterday I heard Siltech 550 ic's and speaker cables in a friends system yesterday. I had heard Kimber, Audioquest, Shunyata and I think one or two others in the past. I am fully aware of your holy sh!t moment with Siltech. I am obsessed now. I could not believe what a difference. Full and tuneful bass, tremendous separation, sweet highs and perfect mids, seamless top to bottom as in being more coherent. I've always admired Siltech from other posters over the years on many forums. Now I truly know why. I don't know how or when but Siltech is on my radar and come hell or high water, I will be Siltech bound.
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    If you can't get into the Siltech Royal Signature bracket, the 770 G7 ICs are quite awesome also. I have a pair of RCAs hanging off the MCD1100 and often switch between the (balanced) XLRs and these. More often than not, I prefer the unbalanced presentation of the 770s in comparison!
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    I have heard from several people now about the 770's being close to the Royal Signature sound if one cannot come to grips with the price.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Kev, A friend of mine with Salons and Hegel amp told me the Siltechs were fantastic ! I would love to try some in my system. I love my Kimber Select sp cables, but I want something for my IC's instead of my Shunyata.

    The Shunyata Cobra and Anaconda that I have are very good, but since I'm not buying any new gear for a long time, I want to maximize my system by picking out the best cables that I can find.

    I want to find that "Magic" synergy !!

    And if the Siltech speaker cables beat my Kimbers, I'll get them too.
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    I am no expert on cables and have tried only a handful .

    A dealer once told me their are only 3 kinds of cable those you can not stand to listen to, those you can not afford(the biggest group) and Cardas.

    I have always come back to Cardas whether or not it is better or what I am use to and like I am never sure. But Cardas is not a bad choice for a lot of gear. IMO only
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    I'm no expert in cables either, and have maintained an overall modest cable budget. My reference are the top of the line LAT International cables which just sound "right" to me as well, especially in the midrange as you mention Kev. I have demo'd several much more expensive offerings in my system, including WW Silver/Gold/Platinum, Tributaries, Shunyata, Cardas, Nordost, etc. and I've only found them to sound "different" vs. blow me away this is so much better that I want to spend 2-5x the price for them. As I've written elsewhere here, I made what I considered to be a mistake by going down the WW SE upgrade path because I was told I would be blown away with the difference. I was not. Over time I swapped out all of my LAT International cables, only to find out that I didn't like the sound near as well and was much happier when I sold them off and switched back. Since that time I've upgraded to even better LAT cables which was a modest investment and am even more pleased by the improvements without jumping into a completely different level and price bracket. I'm very satisfied and no longer think about upgrading cables outside of wanting to try out Jeff Whitlock's power cables in my system again down the road sometime. Now that being said I probably shouldn't demo the Siltechs in my system and take that blue pill because I do know they would likely break my perceptions based on what I'm reading in this thread, but other upgrades will take priority for now.
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    When I search to improve the sound of my system, I use bad cable because I have a beginning system.
    Now, I have a great system.
    So I use Furutech Lineflux RCA and XLR, Speakerflux, jumperflux, and Flux 50 NCF (4)...Very good cables.
    I have VDH too.
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    I have all kinds of cables I use. I have Cardas, LAT International, Gabriel Gold, Vansevers, Tara Labs, Nordost and Audioquest. Right now Tara, Vansevers and Cardas gives me the best overall sound I am looking for. I am sad to see that LAT apparently went out of business, they made great cables.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Belden, Canare and Mogami.
    Oh, West Penn and Gepco are also good.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
    Belden, Canare and Mogami.
    Oh, West Penn and Gepco are also good.
    my guess is you have not been able to perform a good cable comparison, but all that matters is that you are happy with your choices
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    my guess is you have not been able to perform a good cable comparison, but all that matters is that you are happy with your choices
    maybe you're presupposing Canare, Mogami, etc aren't worth considering? I can borrow a full loom of Nordost Odin anytime I like, my dealer is also a friend he has it on demo and his store is two blocks from my office. To this day I haven't taken him up on the offer and I have no interest. talk about head in the sand
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    my guess is you have not been able to perform a good cable comparison, but all that matters is that you are happy with your choices
    My guess is, you have not studied cable design engineering and what qualities are required to make a good cable.

    But for you:
    but all that matters is that you are happy with your choices

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    From a "Blue-collar budget" perspective:

    This is only my opinion, but I consider "my reference cables" to mean the the best sounding that I have in my own systems. I fully understand that paying more could produce better sound.

    Anticables Level 3 power cords, Level 6.2 and 3.2 RCA's and Level 3.1 speaker cables perform wonderfully together to my ears.

    Shunyata Venom power cords, DH Labs Silver Sonic D-14 speaker cables, Kimber 8TC speaker cables and Hero RCA's also provide great value.

    Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's are good enough for me for powered subwoofers.

    Monoprice HDMI cables work fine on the TV.

    Swapping any and all of these cables between systems in many different combinations has yielded interesting changes in sound, so in the end it all comes down to whatever sounds right to you.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by JCS123 View Post
    From a "Blue-collar budget" perspective:

    This is only my opinion, but I consider "my reference cables" to mean the the best sounding that I have in my own systems. I fully understand that paying more could produce better sound.

    Anticables Level 3 power cords, Level 6.2 and 3.2 RCA's and Level 3.1 speaker cables perform wonderfully together to my ears.

    Shunyata Venom power cords, DH Labs Silver Sonic D-14 speaker cables, Kimber 8TC speaker cables and Hero RCA's also provide great value.

    Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's are good enough for me for powered subwoofers.

    Monoprice HDMI cables work fine on the TV.

    Swapping any and all of these cables between systems in many different combinations has yielded interesting changes in sound, so in the end it all comes down to whatever sounds right to you.
    Your opinion matters when you have gone through the exercise as you have, thatís the fun in it!

    Enjoy your sound!


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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
    My guess is, you have not studied cable design engineering and what qualities are required to make a good cable.

    But for you:
    but all that matters is that you are happy with your choices
    Perhaps the quote you referenced meant something else? Itís too general a statement with zero meat on the bones.


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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedskater View Post
    My guess is, you have not studied cable design engineering and what qualities are required to make a good cable.
    And my guess is that if you stop reading and studying, and just listen to the music, only with your ears, and trust them for a while, you will notice the differences.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Hi all,

    New here and on a modest budget so no $1000+ cables for me. I have tried the following and settled on the following so far:

    Speaker cables: Goertz M1 center stage (in my system a long time), Kimber 8tc and 12tc, anticables 2.1. Audio Envy Sp9 in my system now and bests all the above.

    Interconnects : Goertz micropurl copper and silver, Linn interconnects, AudioQuest PBJ, red river, Signal Analog 1 and 2, etc.

    Using signal and Audio Envy velocity on sources and red river from preamp to amp

    Power cables: mostly pangea Ac14 butt using Morrow on main Amp good results.

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    JPS Aluminata interconnects, JPS Superconductor 3 speaker cables, JPS Kaptovator AC cables only on amps. Curious Cables regen link USB. Best cable investment I have made was the JPS, they have been the most balanced and homogeneous sounding cables I have used. Itís saying a lot when an audiophile has been using the same cables three years and no desire to change.
    Marty

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    All Shunyata.
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    "JPS Labs, they have been the most balanced and homogeneous sounding cables I have used." Marty.

    ^^^

    +1


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    What are your reference cables.

    Speaker cables:

    Furukawa
    Kimber 8TC
    Belden

    Analogue Interconnect:
    Belden
    Canner
    Deltec black slink

    Digital:
    Belden

    These cables are not the best sounding cables by all means

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    Stereovox Black Cat Reference Speaker

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    Stereovox Black Cat Lupos Power

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    My cable journey over the past few years started with Cardas ending with their Clear IC and Speaker cable. Used that on a system with McIntosh MC601ís and Martin Logan Ethos and loved the synergy. As I upgraded components and went with the new Mark Levinson 536s and at first No52 ref preamp and Wilson Sasha 2ís to my ears the clear was a little heavy on the top end which was likely more the fault of the No52 but anyway went with Shunyata Anaconda IC and Sigma speaker wire which was a better match for that system as that combo was a little warmer sounding than the Clear which the 52 needed. I then moved on again to Bat Rex2 Preamp w. Same No536 amps and Wilson Alexx speakers and demoíd some older but still good MIT Oracle speaker cable and IC and with that setup the MIT had better detail and clarity than did the Shunyata so I swapped it all out again. For me I canít say I think any of those cables are better than the others just that to my ears certain cables sounded better or more to my tastes with certain equipment. So if I donít want to swap out cables guess I need to get off the upgrade carousel with my equipment.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    I started out with AQ (Speaker +Interconnect) moved up through the brand over time.

    Eventually landing on Oak (Speaker) + Earth (Interconnects) Full loom. I'm not a fan of mixing and matching brands (Speaker and Interconnect)

    The DBS provided a lower noise floor and was certainly an improvement over the lower AQ cables.

    That being said, I wanted to take it it further (more resolution etc) but, higher AQ cables (Silver) were cost prohibitive.

    I ended up trying MIT Evo One (Speaker +Interconnect).

    Until that point, I was skeptical of network cables.

    However, I was SO proven wrong. I sold my AQ cables and switched to MIT Evo One.

    Someday, I hope to climb further in the MIT world.

    I'm that impressed.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Enklein "David" Series. Full Loom, PC, IC and SC. Off the merry-go-round.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    In my system is use Kubala Emotion for speaker and interconnects, Apogee (clock) and DH Labs (AES) for digital, and Shunyata for power.

    When I get a chance to audition other cables, I always jump at the chance to learn more about how they impact my system. For example, I have tried the Transparent Ref XL Digital loom which I really liked but cannot come to grips with the overall cost at this point (some day...).
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    Transparent Reference XL mm 2 with Bryston, Thiel, Rowland, Moon.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    I've been surprised in so many different ways with cables. Whenever possible I try cables on loan before I buy in an attempt to minimize bias.

    For balanced interconnects, I've tried AT 8300, Nordost Valhalla, Shunyata Delta, Cardas Clear, and Mogami Neglex. I really expected to hear a dramatic difference in these cables but after auditioning for several weeks they all sounded the same with my gear. So Mogami Neglex stayed. This was a surprise.

    For speaker cables, I've tried MIT Evo, Kimber 12TC, Audioquest Rocket 88, Cardas Clear. These cables were slightly different sounding, but since my speaker cables are only 1 meter long the differences were not substantial. The MIT sounded rolled off in the highs, the others were very similar. The Cardas Clear and Kimber 12TC had the most balanced presentation overall. I chose the Kimber 12TC based on cost. The surprise here was a modest cable performing as well as a very expensive one, at least in my system.

    For USB, I went from a generic USB A-B to an Audioquest Forest to WireWorld Platinum Starlight 7 and Starlight 8. Each made a dramatic difference in overall ease and musuicality of my digital front end. I never thought a USB cable could make that much of a difference. Boy was I wrong.

    For power, I went from stock cords to Shunyata Venom and Delta cords. These made the second biggest impact of any cable change I've made, right behind the USB cable. This was a big surprise as well.
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    I think a question that has to be asked , regardless of what brand one uses for their system. Specifically, interconnects and speakers.

    Do does long term satisfaction go hand in hand with having one brand throughout (Interconnects +Speaker) in your system?

    Rather than mixing and matching? Chasing subjectivity and driving one insane?

    Sure, the hobby is subjective. And part of the "fun" is hearing and trying out new things.

    But, at what point do you draw the line and be content?

    Why not think of cables as a system? Audition a full "loom" and compare loom to loom.

    Rather than what sounds "best" on particular component.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    In the past I was a proponent of a one manufacturer loom. Over the past year or two I have performed a number of A/B comparisons and modified my thinking. I still prefer Transparent Opus for my amps and speakers but have moved to all Shunyata on my dCS stack and Everest. On those components Shunyata was the winner.
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    Analog: SME 20/3 with Esoteric E-03 Phono
    Transparent Opus Speaker Cable & Interconnects & Opus Power Cords
    Power Cords on Digital: Shunyata
    Power Conditioner - Shunyata Everest

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    In the past I was a proponent of a one manufacturer loom. Over the past year or two I have performed a number of A/B comparisons and modified my thinking. I still prefer Transparent Opus for my amps and speakers but have moved to all Shunyata on my dCS stack and Everest. On those components Shunyata was the winner.
    Iíve always had similar results when using Shunyata for all power but , MIT for speaker and a Analog interconnects.

    That being said , I was curious as the mixing and matching on the speaker and interconnect signal path.

    For example , using Odin xlr and opus speaker cable etc ...

    I think that approach leads to the cable merry go round. No matter what the brands.

    I like your approach. Although you use different brands.

    The brands are the same for their respective application.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    I have and enjoy a mix. For power, all Shunyata. For analog signal and speaker wires, all Wireworld Platinum 8. Digital Ethernet Shunyata Sigma. And, phono cable Cardas Clear Beyond.
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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Shunyata Power Cords and Cardas Clear Beyond for interconnects and speaker cables.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    PranaWire Cosmos spkr cables. Built with 3" wide pure silver foil, wrapped in carbon, copper foil, and cotton, with black outside wrap. PranaWire Cosmos XLR interconnects rebuilt to ArHat materials- "Pure silver, custom made ribbons - 6 gauge architecture
    Multi-layered, 3 shield -17 element construction for maximum noise reduction and noise absorption
    Custom Vibration Damping
    Oyaide Spade Lugs"
    Venture Audio Grand Ultimate in Macassar Ebony, Thrax Dionysos pre, Thrax Tres mono's, Magnus MA-300 w/ MA-500 power supply, Stealth digital RCA, Acoustic Zen Absolute Silver pc's, Prana Wire Cosmos sp. cables, LG 65" OLED, ModWright modified Oppo 103D(transport), Reference Line Stage power conditioner, SME 20-2w/ Graham 2.2 tonearm, Ortofon Windfeld, Canary Audio MC10, PranaWire Linebacker, Luxman D-08 cd/sacd/dac.

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    Re: What are your reference cables.

    Siltech 550i, 550L, 2X SPX-800 for power cables.

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