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  • #21
    Since I started using the all Randall research cable set up I have found that I have had to back the volume control from 11 o'clock to 9.5 to 10 o'clock . I can't really understand why because it only involved swapping a one metre QED reference 40 with a one metre Randall Research TX.
    The only explanation I can think of is-there is a synergy with speaker cable and interconnects from the same designer.
    The Randall Research are directional cables. The interconnects are at least.
    Last edited by gregmelb2; 08-12-2020, 02:13 PM.

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    • #22
      I would also like to recommend the WBT nextgen spades and nextgen banana plugs which helped transform the sound of my system once I put them on my speaker cable

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      • #23
        First post here , I have Active 40's with an Auralic Vega G2.1 Pre/DAC . Cables definitely make a difference but I haven't felt the need to go crazy with XLR cables just yet , I use Benchmark XLR's which are basically Canare Star Quad cable with gold Neutrik plugs . I'm really happy with them and prefer them to the Mogami 2534 that I started with , probably down to better shielding in my environment .

        For Power cables I've gone further up the scale as I bought an Audioquest Niagara 3000 power conditioner in the summer , I've never been a fan of conditioning but the Niagara has 2 High current outlets with a 55 amp current reservoir , its brilliant . I originally demoed a Niagara 1200 which was also very impressive but decided to go the extra mile for the 3000 . I have 3 Audioquest Monsoon power cables to go with it , 1 from the wall and 2 to each Active speaker . I have played around going back to standard cables into the wall , monsoon into the wall and using the Niagara again . The Niagara makes the biggest difference to me , it feels like I've added a high quality power supply to the whole system . I also use a Studio Connections carbon cable to the Vega . Very happy with this set up but may try some Audioquest XLR's at some point .

        Peter .

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        • #24
          To SCM19A's, I use MG Audio Designs XLR and RCA silver (AG2) cables (there are also copper versions). They were what PS Audio used (and Paul McGowan recommended to me) in their listening rooms and at shows until they decided in the last year to use and sell Audioquest. They are in Colorado and the marketing one of the two owners died, so the operation is now low key. But they do have some good test or beta cables in the back room that go inexpensively if one asks. Then occasionally they show up on the used market.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by Tobes View Post
            I also use Mogami Gold Studio (2534 star quad) for all balanced connections in my system. Its inexpensive and I found it more neutral than the far more expensive Wireworld Eclipse 7 when I tested in the DAC>pre position.
            On paper that's a good choice for XLR interconnects, though I've not tried it myself.

            I use Gotham GAC 4/1:
            - has a double "Reussen" braided shield for RFI https://studioelectronics.biz/reussen-shielding/
            - star quad for EMI
            - similar to Mogami 2534, capacitance is significantly lower than some common star quad cables
            Last edited by darrenyeats; 11-28-2020, 03:00 PM.

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            • #26
              I have just upgraded my speaker cables to QED Supremus in a 3metre length. Initial impressions are a general improvement with them giving a more real 3d image and my system sounding less hifi and generally easier to listen to.
              Even the other half commented on the difference so it I got the seal of approval for the outlay.
              They give more at the extremes than my Randalls.
              There is less sibilance and the bass is weightier.
              That is probably to be expected as I have the 32 strand Randall Research and the Supremus would be more comparable the 64 strand Randalls.
              So far there are no negatives apart from the dimensions of the cable itself and I have bananas at both ends when I would have preferred spades at the amplifier end.

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              • #27
                Here is a photo of the Qed Supremus. It is very stiff and very thick but sounds great

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