Most of us can’t afford the megabuck systems we hear at the big shows. As a result, we buy what we can afford and then tweak…swapping a component or wire here and there as budget will allow.
Sometimes when you swap a different component or wire into your system, the change is either small of nonexistent. Other times, it may even be negative causing you to swap back to the original. At the 10 hour point, I’ll say that the 2Cherry is a pretty substantial improvement in the quest for those difficult to achieve tonal characteristics that bring the music alive.
We’ve all thought that many of the older CDs were too bright and lacked dimension and bass. One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is that with each of the components I’ve upgraded, the sound of many of my older CDs often improved as well. What the 2Cherry has done is take the improvement to the next level. By that, I mean that many of these CDs now have air, dimension, impact and just plain musicality they didn’t have before.
Two examples, James Taylors Greatest Hits, Warner Records 1976 and Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits, Columbia Records 1972 now have a decent bass line, tons of detail and far more musicality. A more recent recording, Chris Isaak, Heart Shaped World, Maliboat Records, 2011 is hauntingly eerie, almost surround sound like…the guitar work, the voices, the echo.
Have I found any weak points? Not so far. I currently have the 2Cherry wired with the supplied power cord. The Halo has been powered through a Shunyata Venom power cord. Then Venom made a nice improvement to the Halo but had no effect whatsoever when I put in on the Oppo and on the Belles. It will be interesting to see how it pairs with the 2Cherry; I hope to try this combo over the next several days.
Below is a photo to try to provide some size perspective...laying on top of the amplifier are two CDs.