Had a little fun this evening.
Spent a bit of the evening playing with a couple power cables on the Tsakiridis tube preamp.
Surface Pro 3
Holo Spring DAC with B24
Tsakiridis Alexander tube preamp
GK10 battery chip amp.
NX-Studio + servo sub stands.
I tested the B16 to start vs a generic power cord & an Audio Art cable, same as the ones I tested in previous posts on the DAC.
It was like looking thru a fogged and smudged window. Everything sounded unfocused and vague.. if not a little muddy in more layered tracks.
The depth of the soundstage collapsed quite a lot. There is still plenty of width, but there's no depth.
Audio Art Cable:
Much cleaner overall compared to the generic cord, no fogginess, but still rather "unfocused" compared to the B16.
I can start picking out some of the depth and details better. But it lacks the crispness. Things that sound like a spiral on the B16, instead sound like a zig-zag, so definitely getting closer, but still not quite there.
Clean and crisp with plenty of depth and layering within the soundstage. I can't complain about it.. yet...
Its easy so visualize what's happening in the song and "see" the imagry it paints.
I wouldn't mind testing a B24 in the future as well, but I only have one at the moment on the DAC.
I think we may have a burned-in unit I can borrow & compare it to..
Maybe that's something I can do this weekend.