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Alex,

Which model of Purist Audio SC are you trying?

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Alex,

Which model of Purist Audio SC are you trying?

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The Aqueous Aureus speaker cable. Haven't tried the i/c yet...

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I will try to get a demo of Cardas Light also...not sure it's going to be easy but I will give it a try. 

Any though on Black Rhodium brand? A dealer just mentioned this brand to me and said himself he thinks those cabled are better than the Graphite he also stocks and sells..

Surely the dealer where you had the trial owned a demo pair, that were lent out at the time?.....Isn't Francis a Cardas dealer?

I have never heard a Black Rhodium product.

Yes, not sure when they will be coming back though. In the end I don't think I will buy the Purist from him as I can find much cheaper somewhere else...so I do not feel comfortable trying to much stuff if I am not getting any with him. But I will ask on Thursday when I take back the Purist Audio.

Francis does not stock any Cardas speaker cable...

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Yes, not sure when they will be coming back though. In the end I don't think I will buy the Purist from him as I can find much cheaper somewhere else...so I do not feel comfortable trying to much stuff if I am not getting any with him. But I will ask on Thursday when I take back the Purist Audio.

That is a very fair stance, but is based on the fact you don't think Cardas stands a chance, and you are really doing it to shut me up!  Wink

The other way of looking at it, is that it could be a real contender, and another chance for this dealer to sell you something, in case it just happens to make it into first place :shifty: ...........unless of course you can dig some up elsewhere.

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Yes, not sure when they will be coming back though. In the end I don't think I will buy the Purist from him as I can find much cheaper somewhere else...so I do not feel comfortable trying to much stuff if I am not getting any with him. But I will ask on Thursday when I take back the Purist Audio.

That is a very fair stance, but is based on the fact you don't think Cardas stands a chance, and you are really doing it to shut me up!  Wink

The other way of looking at it, is that it could be a real contender, and another chance for this dealer to sell you something, in case it just happens to make it into first place :shifty: ...........unless of course you can dig some up elsewhere.

Ahah, don't worry its not like that at all :). If I do is because I am genuilely curios to try...and I do think the Clear Light might be a contender as it's in the same price range of Purist Audio. I will call the guy tomorrow and ask if he had back the Cardas. 

I will for sure find cheaper somewhere else (especially for UK brands) as I found out recently. Usually UK is one of the cheapers market (as also now the change GBP to EUR is not bad). At the price of the Purist I have heard here I can get the better model in UK  :O

But I will do try Cardas Light...not just to shut you up  ROFL

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Yes, not sure when they will be coming back though. In the end I don't think I will buy the Purist from him as I can find much cheaper somewhere else...so I do not feel comfortable trying to much stuff if I am not getting any with him. But I will ask on Thursday when I take back the Purist Audio.

That is a very fair stance, but is based on the fact you don't think Cardas stands a chance, and you are really doing it to shut me up!  Wink

The other way of looking at it, is that it could be a real contender, and another chance for this dealer to sell you something, in case it just happens to make it into first place :shifty: ...........unless of course you can dig some up elsewhere.

I do think it might be like this...but I do not think its prices are comparable to what I can get around. I am not looking to save 50-100 euro...but on the Purist Audio there is a significative 400 euro difference! 

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I do think it might be like this...but I do not think its prices are comparable to what I can get around. I am not looking to save 50-100 euro...but on the Purist Audio there is a significative 400 euro difference! 

Fair enough........VFM is crucial, and by now you have a very good idea what sounds good.

I thought you had easy access and that prices were comparable.....since this is not the case, then you are probably doing the right thing, as your instincts are good.

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But I will do try Cardas Light...not just to shut you up  ROFL

Hadn't seen this, hence the above thread.....not firing on all cylinders today for some reason.  :doh:

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Atlas, TQ Graphite and Siltech are going back tomorrow...

Purist are the clear winners so far, just waiting for the last comeptition against the Cardas Clear light (hopefully available tomorrow).

Happy this hunt is come to an end and I am very happy with the Purist Audio so far...

Thinking about taking home a McIntosh for a week...just for the fun  >)

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Atlas, TQ Graphite and Siltech are going back tomorrow...

Purist are the clear winners so far, just waiting for the last comeptition against the Cardas Clear light (hopefully available tomorrow).

Happy this hunt is come to an end and I am very happy with the Purist Audio so far...

Thinking about taking home a McIntosh for a week...just for the fun  >)

What are Rob's thoughts in all this?

Are you getting Cardas i/c and s/c?

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Here is the HiFi+ review of the Cardas Clear, and lays down why I think this is the way to go (click on "full screen" at top of doc): http://www.docstoc.com/docs/92492301/Cardas-Clear-cables

The Clear Light should give a good taste of this.

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Quick update on cables.

Yesterday the siltech, atlas and TQ graphite went back and I spent some time with each one of the dealers to thank them and also explain why they were not the "chosen one".

Graphite Q was the cable who impressed me the most before trying PAD. Regardless what the dealer said when I say it's not the best looking cable (he said the sound only counts, I do not totally agree) I think TQ should really try to put some more effort on this aspect with their new Black Diamond. Nothing fancy but just the impression the cable is professionally made instead of looking like a good work of an amateur into a garage. These are of course my personal opinion and please do not start a debate on cables look :). In terms of sonic, they do are that good. They brought a ton of details and a clarity, speed and dynamic range which were stunning. It was the exact kind of presentation I liked, nice timing and rhytme withouth losing on details which I like a lot especially on the acoustic instruments.

Even if they costed bit more than the siltech I think they were worth the money if ou can pass on the look. And they would remain my reference cable if one of my dealers didn't convince me to take home the purist audio design (American company). The pad did everything the TQ were doing but added an overall enjoyment to the music which was very very pleasant. Everything sounded fuller and just better, can't explain what w specifically but every time I was putting on an lp I would forget about components and just enjoy the flow of the music. The TQ were always trying to impress while the purist were just letting you sit back and enjoy the music with a foot tapping presentation me and my gf really enjoyed. Btw, I swapped three times the TQ and the purist without telling her what I was changing and she preferred all the time the puriste after a few seconds of listening...I was impressed Smile

Ice on the cake, here in Belgium the pad cost almost half price compared to the cost of 2x2mt of graphite cables. When I started to look around for better offers I manage to reduce the gap but there was still a 30% increase in price. 

I will write soon also my experience with Atlas Mavros and how they would compare to the whole lot. Stay on this space....and yes Cno I got the card as clear light without ic. Smile

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Ok...as promised the follow up. 

The Atlas are amazing cables. I still need to thank personally John Carrick for the hel and advices he provided. 

The Mavros are greatly built and look very nice with their WBT connectors. Also quite flexible so easy to place behind the speakers. The sound is fast, clean, detailed but in my personal experience it lacks a little bit of musicality and character.

They don't do anything wrong and they provide the system with speed and clarity. Bass was also nice, smooth and well controlled. Compared to the Graphite and especially to the PAD they show their limits as they are not as detailed as the TQ and not as musical as the PAD. 

They are well priced (cheaper than the TQ but more expensive than the PAD) but when you compare it to the competitors in play in my system they seem a bit overpriced when comparing VFM. All in all is a great cable that in the right system might bring a huge improvement over the basic ones used. They were tried after the TQ and the PAD were already in place so it was difficult for them to sparkle too much

Last competitor in play is the Cardas Clear Light. Will it be good enough to remove the PAD off the top place and take its place into my system? Too early as I just plugged them  :cheer:

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Last competitor in play is the Cardas Clear Light. Will it be good enough to remove the PAD off the top place and take its place into my system? Too early as I just plugged them  :cheer:

It may seem odd, but don't make your full critical evaluation until they have remained in your system for a couple of days, without being moved. I found they took a little while to settle........sounds nuts, and I can't prove it.

Did you say that you got the i/cs as well, as I wasn't sure?

I would be very intrigued in how you feel they compare with the GC.

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Last competitor in play is the Cardas Clear Light. Will it be good enough to remove the PAD off the top place and take its place into my system? Too early as I just plugged them  :cheer:

It may seem odd, but don't make your full critical evaluation until they have remained in your system for a couple of days, without being moved. I found they took a little while to settle........sounds nuts, and I can't prove it.

Did you say that you got the i/cs as well, as I wasn't sure?

I would be very intrigued in how you feel they compare with the GC.

I wont especially because the PAD took a few days to settle and shine...not i/c as it's a speaker cable only...and for every one I used the basic Clearaudio i/c I had with the Performance TT.

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