Thoughts, Reflections and Conclusions
I gotta admit I like Pete’s philosophy concerning his Triode Wire Labs cables. You don’t get a this is good but this other is better (and more costly) alternative. Granted there are different versions of the power cables and while yes you can use them in any instance, they are produced for a specific function. Simple, and easy. I appreciate that concept.
I’m not a critic in the sense of listening with expert ears or know how to listen to music for all the jargon that some seem to have. I have two criteria, tonality and articulation. While not a musician by any stretch of the imagination, I do have fun playing and like it when I get that same feeling listening to the stereo. One of my instruments is a 1918 Gibson mandolin and when people hear it the one thing that keeps coming up is how you can hear the wood of this instrument and the articulation of the sound (not my playing but the mandolin’s). When I can hear that in the instruments through the stereo then I know at least for me, I got it.
I purchased the Spirit II based on liking the original and wanting to make my loop more complete.
I installed the Spirit II between my pre and amp to try and help with sound from all attached sources since I have the Spirit between my dac and pre already and the games began.
Right out of the box (bag) I felt there is something special here but man they had as many moods as my ex-wife. They went from a little lean to meaty to boomy to a little lean and boomy to just incredibly not there (just like the ex) except they were still in the system. By showing me all the iterations during break in it really smacked me when they disappeared and came into their own. The mids and highes are exceptional and the bass, the bass is clean, articulate and a joy to hear. I bought a pair of Sennheiser 598 SR headphones for office work and use them at home when my wife doesn’t want to hear anything. Found them to be quite good so I put the Spirit II from the dac to pre and listened through the phones to compare between the original and II. Wow, putting the sound mainline to the ears showed more of a difference than through the system with the Spirit between pre and amp. I think the room played a part in system listening but there was a difference, just not quite as dramatic. The experience through the headphones was an almost vertigo feeling between my ears. The music was more floating in air than before with the Spirit but with that same great sound of the Spirit. Don’t get me wrong the Spirit ain’t goin no where cause I do enjoy them and if I can get another pair of IIs, the Spirit will definitely be used on other equipment that can use a great cable improvement. My next step will be to have Spirit IIs from dac to pre And from pre to amp. The articulation and tonality that this interconnect lets come through the equipment is quite nice and puts a smile on my face.
I have my equipment listed for anyone interested in the system thread.