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Chord Odyssey Boomy

I have a Pioneer LX85 bi amped 5.1 to Monitor Audio RX6 AV12 with Odyssey 2 at 2.5 m lengths. I have noticed that the bass extension seems a bit boomy (over extended?) and not as tight as I expect.

I have had Odyssey 2 cables now for about 5 months, probably about 500 hours of use. Would you have expected them to have run in yet?  I have heard reports of the bass tightening up over time.

Can anyone else share their experiences of running in this cable?

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RE: Chord Odyssey Boomy

Try Chord Rumour 2. 

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RE: Chord Odyssey Boomy

Well the amp certainly doesn't sound boomy, and I've used Odyssey on all sorts of speakers including the KEF Blades and ProAc K6's. I'm guessing you're getting a better bass delivery than you used to, and the RX6's aren't conveying that very well.

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RE: Chord Odyssey Boomy

I would try moving the speakers,  - Away from the rear wall, away from each other, away from any corners - where you can to improve the sound.

Or you can try moving the listening position as well

Or bass traps Wink

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I emailed Chord and a really helpful chap called Nigel suggested that as i am using milty banana plugs the following applies:

Counter intuitive as it may sound try removing the banana plugs and connecting the bare wire directly to the speakers.  There is a logic to this.  The banana plug you have is a screw type rather than solder connection.  In our experience a lot of banana plugs of this type actually degrade rather than improve sound.  For our factory terminations we use a solder type banana plug and it is of a different design to the one you are using.  The one we use gives you a single point of very high pressure contact.  Really helps with signal transfer, particularly in terms of definition and control.  

The thing about a screw type banana plug is that the conductor is every bit as exposed as it would be if connected directly to the binding post.  By-passing the banana plug should bring a noticeable gain in terms of definition and control and I think would be well worth trying.  I hope you get the chance to try this and please do let me know the results.

I will try tonight

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RE: Chord Odyssey Boomy

Play with your speaker placement, it'll improve your cables no end...

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RE: Chord Odyssey Boomy

mykspence wrote:

Play with your speaker placement, it'll improve your cables no end...

I have spent many a happy hour moving my speakers around to squeeze every available ounce of detail out of my cables  Wink

 

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Tried what the guy at chord suggested and there is some impovement... but not massive.

Maybe boomy is a little misleading... The bass seems to be more pronounced than the rest of the frequencies, but not distorted. There is masses more detail in there,  just seems a bit out of balance.  Is this due to the greater bass extension with these cables?  Maybe it is going from QED silver anniversary XT to Odyysey 2 ???  

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RE: Chord Odyssey Boomy

That sounds like the speakers are too close to a boundary wall - probably the rear wall.

different speaker cables sound different you are hearing proof of that - I have found a cable change similar to a system component change shows you the error in your set up I.e. speaker placement which is more important that most other factors full stop. 

Try moving them - then run mccac again doesn't take long - I have run it about 1000 times in my life time Wink

 

BTW Chord sell a screw type of banana plug 

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Ignore Smile

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RE: Chord Odyssey Boomy

le_vicar wrote:

I have a Pioneer LX85 bi amped 5.1 to Monitor Audio RX6 AV12 with Odyssey 2 at 2.5 m lengths. I have noticed that the bass extension seems a bit boomy (over extended?) and not as tight as I expect.

I have had Odyssey 2 cables now for about 5 months, probably about 500 hours of use. Would you have expected them to have run in yet?  I have heard reports of the bass tightening up over time.

Can anyone else share their experiences of running in this cable?

I have room size of 17' x 13', speakers firing across the 13' side, and I found the Odyssey a little overpowering in the bass dept. I changed back to SilverScreen which has given a much better balance to the sound.

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