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PP - you think chord odyssey 2 will provide a noticeable jump from my silverscreen?

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I had the k2 amp, and didn't think it was all that. Initially I was chuffed with it but it wore off. 

Id be surprised if the Leema didn't surpass it. 

 

 

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One other thing to try, which seems to work for me, is to adjust the front spikes so the speakers are angled slightly up to get the tweeters pointed more towards your head.  I also think chord odyssey worth a try. Used it for a couple of years until I moved to Epic.

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PP - you think chord odyssey 2 will provide a noticeable jump from my silverscreen?

Yes - not 'night and day', but the Odyssey is a silver cable and does add extra pep to the midrange and treble, whereas the SilverScreen is exactly as it says on the tin - it's a copper cable with a silver screen around the cable.

I have the opposite problem to you - because of the metal domed tweeters on the RS6s are on the lively side I have to keep the whole system 'in check'

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Hi

Just for your information. I used the Audioquest Flz

X slip 14/4 in the attic but because they are too short for my living room, I had to use some old Black Rhodium Jive. I can otell you that it sounds absolutelh great. Perhaps the sound of Spendors is not for you. But honestly, i believe that A5 are verh easy to partner.

Advice from the seller. They recommemded Cyrus, Leema or Roksan Caspian. His personal favourite was Roksan Caspian. Is it possible trying a home demo with Capian cd/amp combination? Or at leat the same combination in a shop.? Sevenoaks should be able to assist.

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Thanks PP - I need a 4m and 2m length of the stuff so not cheap but I'll see if ebay has any bargains - did a lot of reading on this last night and this sort of thing does sound like exactly what I need.  This and maybe a REGA DAC or MDAC

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One other thing to try, which seems to work for me, is to adjust the front spikes so the speakers are angled slightly up to get the tweeters pointed more towards your head.  I also think chord odyssey worth a try. Used it for a couple of years until I moved to Epic.

 

Makes sense regarding angling the speakers, I've given it a go.  Chord Epic, not cheap - did you notice a jump from Odyssey?  Have you tried Silverscreen? 

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One other thing to try, which seems to work for me, is to adjust the front spikes so the speakers are angled slightly up to get the tweeters pointed more towards your head.  I also think chord odyssey worth a try. Used it for a couple of years until I moved to Epic.

 

Makes sense regarding angling the speakers, I've given it a go.  Chord Epic, not cheap - did you notice a jump from Odyssey?  Have you tried Silverscreen? 

Never tried silverscreen with the spendors always used odyssey until recently. Re: the Epic, yes i did notice a big jump from odyssey. In my setup it helped the soundstage become wider and also the bass used to be a bit bloated on a few albums but the epic has really tightned things up.

 

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One other thing to try, which seems to work for me, is to adjust the front spikes so the speakers are angled slightly up to get the tweeters pointed more towards your head.  I also think chord odyssey worth a try. Used it for a couple of years until I moved to Epic.

 

Makes sense regarding angling the speakers, I've given it a go.  Chord Epic, not cheap - did you notice a jump from Odyssey?  Have you tried Silverscreen? 

Never tried silverscreen with the spendors always used odyssey until recently. Re: the Epic, yes i did notice a big jump from odyssey. In my setup it helped the soundstage become wider and also the bass used to be a bit bloated on a few albums but the epic has really tightned things up.

 

 

Noooooo - don't say that - just coming round to the idea of shelling out for the Odyssey!   Cry

 

Seriously though - great to know I'm only fulfilling a percentage of the Spendors abilities - they sound good already - I just want more sparkle, wider soundstage, better seperation.  Feel like it's in there - I'm just not fulfilling their potential.  Out of curiosity what interconnects do you use?  I'm on Chord Crimson which no doubt again is probably not good enough for the Spendors or Leema

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karlmc wrote:

One other thing to try, which seems to work for me, is to adjust the front spikes so the speakers are angled slightly up to get the tweeters pointed more towards your head.  I also think chord odyssey worth a try. Used it for a couple of years until I moved to Epic.

 

Makes sense regarding angling the speakers, I've given it a go.  Chord Epic, not cheap - did you notice a jump from Odyssey?  Have you tried Silverscreen? 

Never tried silverscreen with the spendors always used odyssey until recently. Re: the Epic, yes i did notice a big jump from odyssey. In my setup it helped the soundstage become wider and also the bass used to be a bit bloated on a few albums but the epic has really tightned things up.

 

 

Noooooo - don't say that - just coming round to the idea of shelling out for the Odyssey!   Cry

 

Seriously though - great to know I'm only fulfilling a percentage of the Spendors abilities - they sound good already - I just want more sparkle, wider soundstage, better seperation.  Feel like it's in there - I'm just not fulfilling their potential.  Out of curiosity what interconnects do you use?  I'm on Chord Crimson which no doubt again is probably not good enough for the Spendors or Leema

Currently use Chord Chorus2 from the rega dac to the  naim xs. I also use chord cobra plus from the phono stage to the naim which I found to be excellent. If you are looking to move to odyssey, then if you look on chords web site, they recommend chameleon , cadenza or chorus 2.  Perhaps a cable with silver plated copper may help.

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Thanks PP - I need a 4m and 2m length of the stuff so not cheap but I'll see if ebay has any bargains - did a lot of reading on this last night and this sort of thing does sound like exactly what I need.  This and maybe a REGA DAC or MDAC

Seems like the away ahead. I love the Odyssey cable, unfortunately my tweeters don't.

If you look back at earlier threads I did mention the Rega Dac, and since then I've actually home dem'd one with my Arcam as transport, but found the Naim Nait CD 5i better to my ears than the Rega. Nonetheless the Rega is a fabulous dac. 

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BluePotato wrote:

Thanks PP - I need a 4m and 2m length of the stuff so not cheap but I'll see if ebay has any bargains - did a lot of reading on this last night and this sort of thing does sound like exactly what I need.  This and maybe a REGA DAC or MDAC

Seems like the away ahead. I love the Odyssey cable, unfortunately my tweeters don't.

If you look back at earlier threads I did mention the Rega Dac, and since then I've actually home dem'd one with my Arcam as transport, but found the Naim Nait CD 5i better to my ears than the Rega. Nonetheless the Rega is a fabulous dac. 

 

Yeah - think It might have been you that got me looking into the Rega DAC.  What are your thoughts on interconnects?  Make a big difference too?  I've got Chord Crimson Plus but potentially a not bank breaking upgrade to be had there or are they much of a muchness?

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plastic penguin wrote:

BluePotato wrote:

Thanks PP - I need a 4m and 2m length of the stuff so not cheap but I'll see if ebay has any bargains - did a lot of reading on this last night and this sort of thing does sound like exactly what I need.  This and maybe a REGA DAC or MDAC

Seems like the away ahead. I love the Odyssey cable, unfortunately my tweeters don't.

If you look back at earlier threads I did mention the Rega Dac, and since then I've actually home dem'd one with my Arcam as transport, but found the Naim Nait CD 5i better to my ears than the Rega. Nonetheless the Rega is a fabulous dac. 

 

Yeah - think It might have been you that got me looking into the Rega DAC.  What are your thoughts on interconnects?  Make a big difference too?  I've got Chord Crimson Plus but potentially a not bank breaking upgrade to be had there or are they much of a muchness?

Interconnects are like speaker cables. They do make a difference but not hugely significant. Currently have Merlin Chopin between the CDP and amp, which I've had for about four years. They replaced Chord Chrysalis because they made my Arcam set-up sound a little thick in the midrange - the Chopins give extra transparency and more breathing space.

Building the ideal-sounding hi-fi is a process of collective small gains = satisfying whole.

Yes, it probably was me that first mentioned Rega Dac. Sorry. :oops:

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Well - a bit out of the blue bought a REGA DAC off ebay, perfect condition for £380 today - owner estimated it's only had 10hours use, figured whats the worst that can happen?  It goes back on ebay and I get similar back.

 

Just set it up and a couple of quick songs played.  Will post full thoughts in a day or 2 but after afew quick songs that I note instruments having a touch more kick, seperation - bit more 'musical' - positive.

Next need to upgrade cables, I'm in town tomorrow and Superfi have Chord Rumour which are a bit cheaper than Odyssey which they would need to order.  Tempted.

 

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Good stuff, BP.

You'll need a good couple of days to acclimatise your ears. Should be a fine upgrade over the rDac.

First thing you should notice is the soundstage making vocals sound more cohesive.

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