Speaker cable - Tests and results from last nights fiddling...!
Got a few sets of speaker cables so though whilst the wife was out I'd do some swapping and changing and see what differences I could hear.
Amp: NAD C320BEE
Speakers: B&W 685's on Soundstyle ZII's mass loaded with 4kg of atabites in each
Source: iTunes (lossless) via Airplay via ATV2 via a FiiO D3 DAC
Music used (played in the same order):
Danny Tenaglia: Elements
Frank Sinatra: It was a very good year
Fischerspooner: LA Song
The Commitments: The Dark End of the Street
Massive Attack: Splitting the Atom
Cables used (all VERY well run in):
Tellurium Q Blue
QED Silver Anniversary XT
Chord Odyssey 2
Chord Carnival Silverscreen
All cables terminated with banana plugs bar the Tellurium which had Z plugs and all x2 1.5m lengths
First up was the Tellurium as it was already plugged into the system. Sounds fantastic. Deep taut bass with very well detailed mid but the top end, every so often became a little fragile and delved into harshness/dryness which was a little annoying at times!
Second up was the Chord Odyssey 2: Again very good sound indeed; bass was as deep ans tight as the Tellurium but the mids sounded a bit more smoother, maybe slightly dulled and the top end was smooth and detailed, no harshness at all
Third up was the Carnival Silverscreen: Bass was more prominent on this cable; still deep and punchy but not as tight as the previous 2. Mids were very good as was the top end but that was slightly dulled this time round
Fourth and last; QED Silver Anniversary XT: To my shock this sounded the best! Very good bass depth and punch; nice and tight indeed. Mids were superb; Frank Sinatra's and Andrew Strong's vocals were powerful but very clear with this cable and the top end was crisp and clear but not tinny or harsh at all. Danny Tenaglia's Elements, which has a lot of deep bass, sounded amazing. Very punchy but with lots of tight slam and you could really 'feel' the power in this track; same with Maasive Attacks 'Splitting the Atom'.
Overall I had a good few hours of fun!
The QED sits proudly in this system; the Odyssey 2 has gone back into my 2nd system upstairs and the other 2 have been sold on already!
The QED was some of the first speaker cable I bought; cables before hand were either given to me free (QED classic etc...) or were just cheap cable from the likes of Maplins etc...
My first impressions of the QED years ago were that it sounded great but the likes of the Chord Carnival Silverscreen and even the QED Revelation bested it with b etter, more detailed mids and top end but not as harsh!
Now the tide has turned on this and I'm really enjoying the QED XT again!