well there's a suprise,another cable arguement, its a sub £20 cable, dont know what people were expecting from it. it is what it is, and quite frankly doesn't warrant all this attention imo
I have the QED on my Arcam system - sounds brilliant to me...then again, I havn't heard what a £100 cable would do to it!
As for speaker cable, I believe there are improvements to be made with it (not huge, but improvements) but I still use Maplin bi-wire 99.999% copper-free (edit:Oxygen-free copper) which I think is superb.
As for speaker cable, I believe there are improvements to be made with it (not huge, but improvements) but I still use Maplin bi-wire 99.999% copper-free which I think is superb.
I would imagine it's 99.999% oxygen-free copper mr Hughes. ÿ
System: Unison Research Unico CDE with upgraded DAC, Leema Tucana 2, Kudos Cardea C2, AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio Young Guru, Beyerdynamic MMX102iE.
Look, it would be ridiculous for this topic to enter the realms it is doing.
Joel, I misread your message you were talking about QED interconnects, I'm sorry.
It need not enter territory of how good QED is.
The message is there is no competition at £17 to warrant a 2* result to the hifi commoner. Where's the 5*?ÿ
Mr Hughes, how are you finding your Arcs these days?
The other links were for similarly priced alternatives.Do you think that the Gotham should be awarded 5 stars until an alternative beats it? I don't quite understand your point. The Gothams were reviewed and they weren't raved over. End of.
Erm, where did all the mentions of QED suddenly come from? Chord Crimson, Supra Dual - both of these interconnects can be had for just over £30 and far outperform the Gotham.ÿ
Products don't win five-star ratings by default - we've had many a test (at all price points, and for all sorts of product) where there has not been a five-star winner, simply because even the best in the test was too compromised for us to fully recommend it.ÿ
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The message is there is no competition at £17 to warrant a 2* result to the hifi commoner. Where's the 5*?
If I created a hifi brand called Ajani Audio and introduced a 2000 watt x2 @ 8 ohms power amp for £100, would I be entitled to a 5 Star rating just on the grounds that I have no competition at that price level? Even if the product sounds like utter rubbish and is a major fire hazard?
I understand that it seems harsh to give such a low rating to a cheap product (without alternatives being suggested), but a bad product is still a bad product, even if it has no/few alternatives...
Laptop---> M-Audio USB Transit---> Benchmark DAC1 ---> Beyerdynamic DT880 600 OHM
I would describe a CDP which was fussy about the CDs it choose to play as a bad product....but that didn't prevent the Cyrus CD 8 SE getting 5 stars. What that all about? I would have thought that a max of 4 stars would be appropriate.....however good the rest of the product.Anyway, I agree that the lack of competition at a price point should not necessarily guarentee a good rating. My understanding is that ratings are on a sound per pound basis.
Anyway, I have been beaten to the ground. Good evening... I excuse myself from this elitist argument.
I agree... I remember when I "upgraded" from an ultra-cheap Technics 5 disc player to an entry level NAD single disc CD player, and was majorly annoyed, when the NAD couldn't play all of my CDs... I had never had that problem with the Technics or any Panasonic mini-system... I eventually traded the NAD for a Marantz (which worked just fine) and later dropped CDs altogether in favour of a Squeezebox (but that's a whole other story)....
Ajani by the way. If I was shedding a reasonable amount of cash I would expect scrupulous examining.
As I keep saying we are not talking about avid readers of reviews. We are talking about people who want a good cable for the cheapest price.ÿ
I bought a gotham interconnect a few months back and used it in what was then my main system (sold now). It was more a curiosity thing as I have accumulated enough cables to make a bolognese, some cheap, some not. I certainly would'nt say its a bad cable though I broadly agree that the tonal balance is slightly restricted in both frequency extremes as I have mentioned a little while back. Now if you need a cable to be as transparent as possible then thats clearly a bad thing. However, many people use cables as tone control substitutes so as with most other system matching issues, its one to try and judge for yourself.
But then I tried something else which imo lifted this cable in to a far higher price category. I had a Tacima conditioner thingy collecting dust as I never liked the result of it being inserted in whatever system configuration I had. For some reason it made what was an ok cable for a tenner sound transparent with lovely, clear highs, smooth decay and a rock solid, extended bass. Dont ask me why, I have no idea and it was unique to this particular interconnect. I ended up using it as my tuner/amp connection not least due to nice natural sound with voices.
One to try imo.
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