Oh boy, TQ-Blue, TQ-Black, I did a direct comparison at home last year. I seem to remember the price per meter was around £30, £50, repectivly. I still run the same 8x2m of system cable now as then, Linn K20 at £5 per meter. Q-Blue was terible and I mean terible!!! Q-Black was excelent, a tad better than my K20, but only a 'tad'.
I wonder how things would be now since I have changed to a full valve amplification system, fancy stylus and MC cartridge, rather than the hybrid amp and average mm cartridge I was then using? . . . it would have to be bl**dy good to justify 16 meters of over priced hifi copper cable?
Did you burn the cables in for at least 70 hours?
They were the local hifi shops hand out, home audition sets, I have no idea how many hours they had but one presumes they were conditioned . . . ? I even tried the directionality of the cables, a factor that many dont accept . . .
Just a point of slight correction?? TQ-Blue is £16:50 per meter not £30.
I stand corrected Bron-C . . . however, I wouId have not have given 'sixteen pence' for them in my system!
Rega P5/PB700 (upgraded main bearing, white drive belt), Sumiko Celebration Pearwood Signature cartridge, Carver MCt, Croft Integrated Valve hybrid amp, PMC LB1's on Foundation Designer Stands, Rega Apollo CDp. Cables: speaker, Linn K20, Interconnect, Foundation Audio Special.
The best way to define the Q black is realistic cabels , they will not add any color or softness to the music , they wil not hide or exaggerate anything .
If you just want to listen to the music as it is than it is an excellent cable but if your hi fi system and/or your music sources are not good enough than it will be abovius immediately .
I'm frequently intrigued by this sort of description for low or mid range cables. If a cable at £50 p/m, or whatever it is, adds nothing, takes nothing away and simply lets the music through (etc), what is to be gained from spending on higher end cables? I say that having read WHF and indeed someone like Cnoevil accepting the 'the best cable is no cable' principle.
Not just a question for ISAC69 btw, and I suspect it may be rhetorical.
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The cheaper TQ Blues are said to be more tolerant as well, so from Blacks you can go up to Green or down to Blues. I imagine if your system or recordings have no weak points, Blacks also will truthfully reflect that - indeed, they will be brilliant! But the Greens give such a beautiful sound with everything - old system, new; old recordings, new.
So they should, at £149 per metre, it would cost me £1,490 for 2x5m runs, that is more than my system cost. You could buy some good gear for that.
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