Okay, B24 v B16 time!
Sorry for the delay getting to this one, been busy lately with travel, work and other projects.
But first, there have been some changes to my setup.
Current setup us as follows:
Source: Surface Pro 3
DAC: Holo Spring
Pre: Tsakridis Alexander tube preamp
Amp: GR Research GK-10 Battery chip amp
Speakers: GR-Reseach N-3
Subs: 2x Dual 8" servo stands.
Songs are the same as in previous comparisons, but I'll list them here for the comparison.
The test was done by swapping their positions.
B24 started in the DAC, then was swapped with the B16 for the comparison.
Out of the Grey, "Write my life"
The B-16 brings a narrowed soundstage, almost to the point of feeling constraind or vaguely claustrophobic? It's still a big window, but it still feels like a window compared to the B24. At the end of the song, when her voice moves around the room, it's a smaller circle than the B24 brings to the table.
Out of the Grey, "Wishes '91"
With the B-16, it still has the narrowed ssoundstage, but man the snare in this song was really forward, and not in a good way. It was on my face in a way that I've never heard it before. It was more distracting than anything. (Swapping back later, it was still present, but more subdued.) Upper mids feel more forward, but only the snare cuts through.
Metroid Prime "Tallon Overworld 2"
This soundtrack has a lot of ambiance and scale, and small changes are very noticeable.
You really get the sense of scale with the B24 that feels lacking on the B-16 there's one tone that with the B24 feels like a wave that spills out across the floor. With the B16, that same effect feels blurred and looses it's scale, especially in the decay. Overall, not as spacious a withs the B24.
Allison Krauss "It Doesn't Matter"
This one is a lot less layered than the previous songs, and it sounds fantastic with either cable, nothing really stood out to me in one way or another. It's more inline with what I expected from this comparison. While fhe others went against that.
Honestly, comparing these two cables was a lot easier than I expected. The smaller soundstage is definitely something i wasn't really expecting, same goes for the really forward snare drums on the 2nd track, and the claustrophobic feel really caught me off guard.
So far, my opinion still stands that the B-24 is best suited for the source/DAC with the B-16 for the rest.
But don't misunstand, the B16 is still a fantastic cable, and would easily beat out with the $300 Audio Art cables and especially the $5 generic power cable I've tested prior.
Both of which had a much smaller sounstage, and in the case of the generic cables, a really forward upper mid/treble that gave me an actual headache. lol
Hope that helps those of you still curious about the comparison between our two powe cord options.