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Offline Bernie7

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #75 on: July 09, 2009, 08:42 »

the sound..... ah...... what can i say.....   :D

Say something....

1. no difference

2. a bit better

 ;)
Stereo: LighterNote LDR preamp, UcD 400HG HxR, IRS2092 & Tripath Tk2050 monoblocks
Sources: Squeezebox Touch, Ariston RD80SL/ Grace/Supex, Laptop with XMOS
Home Theater: Denon DN-A7100 pre pro, Sunfire CG
Speakers: Swan F2.2HT
Room treatment: Behringer DEQ2496 (with AK4396 direct out mod) and furnishings!
IC: Audioquest Sky, Kimber Silver Streak
Spkr Cables: Siltech G5, Audioquest CV-8
Power: Bada Lb-5500, Felix filters, Tara Labs chord

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #76 on: July 09, 2009, 09:15 »
just may be a jedi mind trick, but after putting on the Audioquest, the sound is a notch higher (finer and crispier)

for the $ spent, i m quite happy, love the design and construction of these connectors
but then again, i m so biased to the sound tat i hv having, the combi is estacy,
everything is in the right place, ... :o

SED C wing KT88 -  Mac Silver IC - Anticable - Fostex -  Audioquest connectors.... ;D
« Last Edit: July 09, 2009, 10:31 by hifiluv »

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #77 on: July 09, 2009, 21:08 »
interesting...anyone order the cable terminate with banana plug? or would the QED Airloc be a better plug?

i can't use bare cause my LKK ES14 don't have banana posts.

Offline Bernie7

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #78 on: July 10, 2009, 11:31 »
i m so biased to the sound tat i hv having, the combi is estacy,
everything is in the right place, ... :o

Happy for you...stay in that ecstatic state. But check your spade screws once in a while to see if they loosen...hard to screw and keep pressure against solid core wire. My preference would be to solder  ;)
Stereo: LighterNote LDR preamp, UcD 400HG HxR, IRS2092 & Tripath Tk2050 monoblocks
Sources: Squeezebox Touch, Ariston RD80SL/ Grace/Supex, Laptop with XMOS
Home Theater: Denon DN-A7100 pre pro, Sunfire CG
Speakers: Swan F2.2HT
Room treatment: Behringer DEQ2496 (with AK4396 direct out mod) and furnishings!
IC: Audioquest Sky, Kimber Silver Streak
Spkr Cables: Siltech G5, Audioquest CV-8
Power: Bada Lb-5500, Felix filters, Tara Labs chord

Offline Bernie7

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #79 on: July 10, 2009, 12:06 »
So what's my verdict on Anticables so far after using and running it in for over 250 hrs?

Recap:
Initially it was: yikes! - dull, poor dynamics, compressed...did I say dull, like pulling a blanket over the speaker?
After 50 hrs, sound begins to open up, big improvement in treble but still quite bland and pinched, lacking dynamics
After 100 hrs sounds dynamic in the bass, hf still too recessed, overall sound somewhat pinched

Presently:
After 200 hrs or so, now that's what I'm talking about...the pinched, compressed effect is more or less gone, and it sounds quite open. The whole audible frequency spectrum is now pretty well balanced. No longer bland, it does not over-excite the music which is a good thing, making for a cleaner, less hashy sound. Voices and instruments are well delineated with good soundstaging. Bass is dynamic, tonally quite neutral with a hint of top hf rolloff.

So from my experience, there's truth in the saying that this cable needs at least 200 hrs breakin to show what it can do. It can sound awful when new but perserverance is needed  ;D

It's a very good, honest speaker cable for bright to neutral systems, but not for warm or dull sounding setups. Not surprisingly it's a good match for silver ICs. Worthy even of hi-end systems, for the price it is great value for money. There are tons of more expensive, exotic and hyped cables out there that you can waste your money on.
Stereo: LighterNote LDR preamp, UcD 400HG HxR, IRS2092 & Tripath Tk2050 monoblocks
Sources: Squeezebox Touch, Ariston RD80SL/ Grace/Supex, Laptop with XMOS
Home Theater: Denon DN-A7100 pre pro, Sunfire CG
Speakers: Swan F2.2HT
Room treatment: Behringer DEQ2496 (with AK4396 direct out mod) and furnishings!
IC: Audioquest Sky, Kimber Silver Streak
Spkr Cables: Siltech G5, Audioquest CV-8
Power: Bada Lb-5500, Felix filters, Tara Labs chord

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #80 on: July 12, 2009, 21:53 »
I couldn't tahan the bananas plugs and finally changed to spades. Soldered the anticables to spades with 'cardas quad eutectic solder'. This solder filled the gaps very well. It's shiny and smooth.

Soldered the anticables to a normal bananas plugs with cheap solder bought from diy shop. These are used an jumper. After soldering, the solder was very lumpy and rough. The smell from this solder made me giddy during the soldering. Feel that this solder may become the weaker link. That's why I bought the 'cardas quad eutectic solder' for the spades. These jumpers are temporary and eventually would be changed. Have not decided on the jumpers yet.

 

   

« Last Edit: July 12, 2009, 21:57 by DanDon »

Offline hifiluv

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #81 on: July 13, 2009, 06:32 »
as my speakers are almost against the wall, i find using spades a better option
with banana plugs the anticable is forced to bend 90deg which cause
the cable to be in a position of "contant strain" and then to loosen over time.  
with spades there is not need to twist / bend cable and falls naturally,  ;)

tis audioquest babies re doing very well, no soldering req,
2 allen key set screws tightly locked the anticable in place


on amp side


the audioquest brochure made an interesting comment on the plus for solid core cable -

Qte
Strand intereaction is the single source of distortion in cable....
when current crosses the poor oxidised contact between bare strands, the signal will be altered.....
the magnetic fields of the various strands are constantly interacting, causing smearing...
......solid conductors are the complete solution...
Unqte

so another reason to go anticable,  ;D
« Last Edit: July 13, 2009, 06:56 by hifiluv »

Offline matty

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #82 on: July 13, 2009, 14:06 »
the power cord to your amp looks so "unhifi-like"  ;D
« Last Edit: July 14, 2009, 06:35 by matty »

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #83 on: July 13, 2009, 20:58 »
Anti-cables do many things right at a ridiculously low price(when ordered in bulk).
However, they are system-dependent, more so than most components I reckon, and thus are not the final answer to speaker cables.
I personally don't trust myself with the scrapping of the anti-cables and twisting them together, tend to feel that my own DIY job is inferior to their handiwork.

As such, will be custom-ordering a bi-wire twisted pair with WBT spades at the end of the year.
Will also start 2nd MO (if no one else starts when before then, that is) then.

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Re: mini review of anticables.
« Reply #84 on: April 07, 2010, 16:20 »
Getting anti IC in bulk, anyone interested?
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