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Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

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I recently moved my speakers closer together (I was told to do so!) and soon realised that my thick Chord Epic speaker cable was a problem all coiled up.  After some googling, I read about Tellurium Q Black (TQB) speaker cable and some reviews suggested that it beats the very good Epic.  To fund my planned purchase, I sold my interconnect (Chord Signet) and replaced it with a Merlin Verdi and then plunged for the TQB.  I picked up the cable from the post office yesterday and connected up immediately.  

Well, I'm very pleased.  Everything sounds better.  All the attributes of the Epic cable are there but everything is cleaner still.  It would have been interesting to hear the TQB with my old interconnect but I will probably get the matching Tellurium at some stage now - not that there is anything wrong with the Merlin.  It really is amazing how this flat, plain looking cable can do what it does!

I was very happy with my system before and it's even better now and hasn't cost me anything.  It makes me wonder what a DAC upgrade will bring to the party as I don't see how it could get much better - obviously I will have to try!  I've been chewing over the Moon DACs (100D and 300D) and the Wyed 4 Sound DAC 1 and recently the Bel Canto DACs have caught my eye too.

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

hi m8, wat sound characteristics does your speaker cable have? im looking for a new speaker cable also, relatively warm sounding one. how much were these cables?

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

I'm glad you are happy with the TQ.....imo this cable deserves to be better known.

Of the Dacs you mention, the only one I've heard is the Bel Canto, which should be on any shortlist in its price range.

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

krish123 wrote:

hi m8, wat sound characteristics does your speaker cable have? im looking for a new speaker cable also, relatively warm sounding one. how much were these cables?

It's not warm just very transparent and honest to the recording. I would say as neutral as I've heard.

It's just under £50 per metre.

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party time! base is extended mid range is presented slightly forward treble is open without it being harsh in anyway i for one have not heard a better cable at any price.

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ah ok, can any1 suggest a cable that is pretty warm and smooth sounding?

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400-strand OFC copper will do you fine, I bought mine from Maplins at a cost of about £18 for 6 metres all in and will perform as well as anything more expensive.  Online prices are cheaper. 

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beauty, eh

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

krish123 wrote:

ah ok, can any1 suggest a cable that is pretty warm and smooth sounding?

Either get some generic stuff as per RS's suggestion, or look to Van Damme or Van Den Hull.

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

Gerrardasnails wrote:

I recently moved my speakers closer together (I was told to do so!)

 

I'd be interested to know how far they are apart now?

 

Thanks

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

SteveD wrote:

Gerrardasnails wrote:

I recently moved my speakers closer together (I was told to do so!)

 

I'd be interested to know how far they are apart now?

 

Thanks

Sorry to disappoint but this instruction was from my other half so nothing to do with performance, just furniture!

They are now about 1.5m apart.

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

Thanks, how do they sound closer together?

 

Smart lady by the way, you make noises about buying new very expensive speaker cable and in a quite unrelated discussion...........   How do they do that?  Wink

 

 

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

SteveD wrote:

Thanks, how do they sound closer together?

 

Smart lady by the way, you make noises about buying new very expensive speaker cable and in a quite unrelated discussion...........   How do they do that?  Wink

 

 

Too true!

I moved them a few weeks ago and I didn't notice any change in sound. They were about 2.75m apart before.

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

van den hul cs122 laid back warm sounding cable but some would too safe i swap between this and the tellurium from time to time. Two totally different presentations both are a joy to listen to IMO.

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

Gerrardasnails wrote:

SteveD wrote:

Thanks, how do they sound closer together?

 

Smart lady by the way, you make noises about buying new very expensive speaker cable and in a quite unrelated discussion...........   How do they do that?  Wink

 

 

Too true! I moved them a few weeks ago and I didn't notice any change in sound. They were about 2.75m apart before.

I think I might regret asking but are you really saying you didn't notice any change in sound by nearly halving the distance between your speakers, yet you can tell the difference it made when you change some cables? puzzled

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RE: Tellurium Q Black and my first tweak in a year....

visionary wrote:

Gerrardasnails wrote:

SteveD wrote:

Thanks, how do they sound closer together?

 

Smart lady by the way, you make noises about buying new very expensive speaker cable and in a quite unrelated discussion...........   How do they do that?  Wink

 

 

Too true! I moved them a few weeks ago and I didn't notice any change in sound. They were about 2.75m apart before.

I think I might regret asking but are you really saying you didn't notice any change in sound by nearly halving the distance between your speakers, yet you can tell the difference it made when you change some cables? puzzled

No, don't be silly. I've been lying all along.

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