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My main system purchased has been done Smile Its actually

HTPC (naim uniserve for the future) --> Nad m51 dac --> densen b200 pre --> densen b330 amp --> neat ultimatum mf5 (retail for over 10k, so i would spend around 10% of budget for system which is 1k)

 

i tested all these system with tchernov reference cables and also nordost heimdall and they are far ahead of my budget. So i need new cables.

 

I need interconnect cables + usb cables + speaker cables + p0wer chords + power conditioner all within a budget of 1000pounds or 2000usd TOTAL  

Im looking for something musical and fun listening with good bass response (accuracy and neutrality is not priority as my system is already very clear sounding). Im not sure the cables would help? But if it does, im hoping for some advice :) 

Chord? Atlas? acoustic zen?

Im spending another 1k for room treatment, so thats a different budget.

 

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RE: Musical cables to improve bass performance and musicality?

IMO only, but you'll get more mileage out of moving your speakers six inches either left or right and back or forward than you will from a cable.  Lots of opinion and hot air expressed on the benefits of cable (don't read Roy Gregory's views on these else you'll spend thousands on Nordost).  Biggest difference I ever experienced was using a Nordost Blue Heaven which was silver based.  Silver apparently is generally brighter in tone than the copper equivalent.  Of the (many) copper ones I've tried, the difference between an Atlas Navigator (£200's worth) against an £8 cheapo generic model was minimal. 

You pays your money, etc., but I'd start by repositioning your speakers slightly, or changing the angle of toe-in before spending anything like that kind of money. 

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RE: Seconded. The difference in

Seconded. The difference in even mild speaker adjustment can be huge (annoyingly). It's also down to personal taste/room acoustics/positioning limitations. Chebby and I have the same JPW Sonata's. He has his against the wall, I find mine sound best out into the room where they have more sparkle. Only you can decide what sounds good to your ears

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RE: Musical cables to improve bass performance and musicality?

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IMO only, but you'll get more mileage out of moving your speakers six inches either left or right and back or forward than you will from a cable.  Lots of opinion and hot air expressed on the benefits of cable (don't read Roy Gregory's views on these else you'll spend thousands on Nordost).  Biggest difference I ever experienced was using a Nordost Blue Heaven which was silver based.  Silver apparently is generally brighter in tone than the copper equivalent.  Of the (many) copper ones I've tried, the difference between an Atlas Navigator (£200's worth) against an £8 cheapo generic model was minimal. 

You pays your money, etc., but I'd start by repositioning your speakers slightly, or changing the angle of toe-in before spending anything like that kind of money. 

 

Thanks for the advice Smile My speaker hadnt arrive so i cant experiment with positioning for now. I will definitely report my findings later Smile But i dont have any cables (not even cheap ones) at the moment so even my system arrive, how would i even play the system. My dealer will come to set the systems up for me when it arrives, but as i did not buy cables from him, he told me to get some cables ready sp he could set up the speakers for me.

Power cables should be included in the package, but i dont have any speaker cables or interconnects

 

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RE: Does it exist?

No.

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RE: Musical cables to improve bass performance and musicality?

Okay, so common sense would (IMO again) dictate that before going out and lashing the cash on cable exotica, see how it all sounds with some basic stuff to start off with.  All of the gear you're buying will come boxed with basic freebie interconnects and power leads.  The power leads provided are fine, power conditioners, unless you experience noticeable power fluctuations, and I'm guessing you don't, then these are of questionable value and can sometimes have a negative effect on sound quality. 

Speaker cable?  Some bog-standard OFC- 322-strand 2.5mm stuff will do the job fine,  You can buy 10m from Digitalis Direct for about £5.50 (I swapped out Audioquest Type 4 which is about £13/m nowadays and again, not much difference - if anything the OFC stuff was slightly better but that could be as much down to single-wiring the speakers from biwiring).  Interconnects, well, there's plenty of them out there, but Atlas, Chord, Van den Hul, Ecosse, Monster, QED....they all do them.  I think I used the QED Qunex 2 as well, which was about £30 for a 1m pair and that was fine. 

Again, this is all IMO only, there are plenty on here who will espouse buying Tullurium Q Blacks but you're into big money again there (for most people on here that is, cable prices go up to really silly money over the long term). 

If you do have to try stuff out, make sure you go to a dealer (or online retailer) who will let you return some demo cables to them with no risk to your money bar the cost of return postage - 30 days should be enough for most. 

Other than that, just enjoy your system and forget the minutiae for now.  Happy listening! 

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RE: Musical cables to improve bass pperfo

Here's a very good and simple to understand explanation of why some speaker cables sound different to others.

 

Clicky read this

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RE: Musical cables to improve bass p

kingsap wrote:

Im spending another 1k for room treatment.

 

Good for you.

 

I've tried various bits and pieces, straining to hear a difference between this and that. Every time I thought I heard a difference the next time I tried I wasn't so sure. In the end I sold my (relatively) expensive kit in favour of cheap stuff.

 

The only thing that has ever made a clear difference is adding room treatment. I added a few normal panels which improved things a bit but one day I decided to invest in some bass traps and I had a genuine 'what the.....' moment when I heard the difference.

 

Room acoustics and speaker position are things that work. There is no debate - it can be measured and proven. Try finding some actual proof that expensive cables work.

 

If you're really wowed by fancy looking cables then get your room and speaker setupp as good as you can first. Then try one expensive cable and see if there's any difference before you start throwing money around. Even if you accept a cable can make a difference, it won't be 1% of what you'd gain from a well positioned bass trap.

 

Would highly recommend learning how to measure your room as well - it is way more accurate than relying on your ears to determine the best positioning. 

 

 

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Digital cables make no difference to the sound quality. They either work or they don't.

 

You can hear a difference with some analogue cables though. The good ones don't add any noticable distortion so they all sound the same because they can't make the original signal any better than it already is. Bad cables that do add distortion can make it worse though and I suspect this is what often gets mistaken for an 'improvement' with some of the overpriced audiophile cables.

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+1 to everything that RS has said.

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AWESOME!!! thanks for the

AWESOME!!! thanks for the response, now i can cut my budget to 200 pounds for cables just to be save and spend the rest on treatments, furniture and more music Smile

Howbout power cables? Does power cables actually make a difference? Will it help protect my investment?

So is there absolutely no difference between copper and silver cables? Ill just mix and match them and see what happens.

 

once again thanks for the response, im actually glad of the answers! I read some articles in audiogon and the way the cables are descibed is making me have a headache! I will not post there for now hahaha.  rolling on the floor laughing

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RE: AWESOME!!! thanks for the

kingsap wrote:

Howbout power cables? Does power cables actually make a difference?

No.

 

The mains cables that come supplied with the equipment will be just fine.  Smile

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RE: AWESOME!!! thanks for the

My advice is to try it for yourself and then make your own mind up.

As mentioned, I fully agree with the considerable benefits derived from room treatment and speaker positioning.

 

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RE: AWESOME!!! thanks for the

No, there will be a difference between silver and copper - the former being slightly brighter by all accounts (and by my one experience with Nordost Blue Heaven).  Otherwise, the copper ones are pretty much of a muchness.  Check out Ebay for good used options too.  You'll get some good deals on there.  I used to use Audioquest - their earlier cables like the Turquoise, Ruby and later ones like Copperhead are all well made, not too expensive and like the QED Qunex, will do the job you're after.  You've got options and none of this stuff needs to cost a fortune.

Careful with the room treatments too - it's your home after all, so soft furnishings and rugs can make a big difference as much as bass traps, etc, etc.  Smile

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RE: AWESOME!!! thanks for the

Another cheapo tweak is to experiment with rolled up strips of acoustic foam of various lengths in the rear ports of your speakers (assuming they have rear ports). This did wonders for my Neat Iotas which are on wall mounts in the angle of two walls and ceiling -- not a happy place for a speaker to be, but after a few attempts (and altering the angle of the speakers) I ended up with a significant improvement. (See the pictures in my sig.)

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RE: Musical cables to improveusicality?

To answer your question ; No.

Buy some cables you like but do not spend a fortune because the sound isn't improving with more expensive cables.