I've been sending out power cables and speaker cables.
I have some interconnects out on demo right now too, but they are still burning in.
Whatever you do, do NOT take Danny up on this offer - you will end up spending more money on your system!
Danny was kind enough to send out some Electra Speaker Cables out for my Super 7's awhile back. I've been slowly burning them in and waiting til they had at least a couple of hundred hours on them before I did any serious comparisons. Finally decided it was time to give it a shot. The only thing that changed was the speaker wires, everything else remained exactly the same. I have various SPL meters to check and make sure that I get the same level, so that should not be the issue (pink noise from Sound check disc with Rat Shack Digital SPL at MLP after changing them out - no volume issues to the best of my knowledge).
Monster Standard THX 16 Gauge - kind of my "Base Line"
Kimber 8TC - Older Black & Blue
HiVi Speaker Cable (not sure of the model - it was a "special" at one of the Audio Shows a couple of years ago)
Emotiva Speaker Cables (appear to be discontinued)
Electra Speaker Cable`
Chesky Records "The Ultimate Demonstration Disc" Multiple tracks. Primarily Spanish Harlem
, Maiden Voyage
, and Correnteza
(but really - most everything)
I have previously gone round and round, back and forth on the different speaker cables that I owned. Honestly, the difference between the Moster and the HiVi was pretty minimal, and I don't think I could reliably tell any difference. I previously used the Kimber's with my old speakers (Thiels), but they have just sounded too bright in both my LS6 and Super 7 setups. I listened mostly to the Emotiva's as they were the "Smoothest" (for lack of a better term- they seemed to have the fewest problems in my current setup (ModWright 205 > ModWright LS100 > Morrow RCA's > GR Research/PI Audio Folsom Chip amp > GR Research Serenity Super 7's) (TWL Power cords, PI Audio UberBUSS, GIK & PI Audio Room treatments)
Because I had already gone round and round with the others and settled on the Emotiva's, this time I was comparing only the Electra's & the Emotiva's.
This was pretty easy IMO. While there were some subtle differences, there was one that was easy for me to pick out.
I'm not very good at describing things, but I would say that the Center image was the biggest difference. With the Emotiva's, many things in the center image seemed to overlap. With the Electra's, there was now a very subtle difference in things being every so slightly left or right of center - perhaps slightly better separation in the imaging would be a better description, but it was more noticeable in the very center of the soundstage rather than towards the speakers. Never really noticed anything like this with any of my other experiments/comparisons. Can't explain the why, just the effect.
I know Tyson has said these speakers are very revealing in what is upstream from them with regards to cables, now I know it's very much evident.
In my current system, this was a no-brainer purchase.
(part of me is afraid that this will be a never ending search, but I'm happy with 2 channel for now)