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Looking for a fat, full bodied midrange cable that doesn't roll off the high end too much. I thought the Truthlink would be good, but in the end I think it is a little rolled off or not open enough in my system. Another cable I tried was the Quadlink and it was a little to warm also. Seems like most everything else I try ~$250 is shooting for more of an analitical sound - I'm looking for something maybe a little colored in the mids. I was thinking of trying the AZ Wow ?? - just waiting for one to show up on Agon.
You might want to also try the Transparent Audio Music Link Plus and the Van den Hul Integration Hybrid.
Thanks for all the info guy's. I am going to try to listen to each of these over the next few months. In the end, I guess I don't really like too much warmth as the Truthlink & Cardas didn't work out so well in my set-up. I do miss some body to the sound on a handful of IC's lately. Neutral ?? - I don't know, but I think some artists have a certain heft to their voice that I am not getting out of some cables while others suit me just fine.
Monster Interlink Ref 2 from Circuit City for $70. Very full bodied unanylitical cable for cheap. I prefer them over my Blue Heavens. Not as hyperdetailed but they allow the music to boogie. They need some breakin. CC has 30 day satisfaction guaranty so it costs nothing to try. Otherwise, hook 'em up to an old VCR and swap them out into your hi-fi every so often for a different flavor. They're very good for what they are and what they cost.
...with a clean sounding ordinary cable plugged into is what Monster's three network conductor cable's sound like to me. Pretty neat if you like a processed sound (IMHO). Don't get me wrong , I use a Monster studio version of it in my home recording studio...
Very true... Now for darker background and better imaging, the M950i or M1000i are the ones! The M950i costs slightly more though, which makes the Reference 2 a great value.
I recently auditioned the balanced version and it provided nice body along with GREAT resolution. My system can be thin sounding in my bright room. I was extremely impressed with the Pulsar.
Glad you like the Pulsar, too :-). But, if the poster is looking for a lush sounding rca cable the Pulsar will not suffice, IMHO. You are correct about great natural body and resolution but, the rca version Pulsar is pretty much dead center when it comes to any kind of tonal enhancement (as I have found).
I would describe it as perfectly ripe. Granted this may not be what KAK is looking for, but it is such an excellent cable that I thought I'd bring it to his attention anyway.
I think you might find the AZ WOW to be in line with what you want as it was exactly that type in my system (fat,full bodied, with great bass, with a very large soundstage!) but for me though, it was just TOO MUCH.. Need a more neutral IC..
I had the WOW in my solid-state system for a good while, then replaced it with the Straight Wire Serenade. In my system, the Serenade has more body, or natural tone. It is also cleaner in the bass and I think has more resolution and is more musical as well. I also tried an internal biwire set of the speaker wire, but it was less successful. I believe a double run would work very well however.
I find that all Straightwire cables are extremely full-bodied. They lack finesse, but if you're looking for tonal richness (especially for bass), Straighwires will do the trick.
I must disagree. Straight Wires do what wires do. While I would not characterize any "wire" as lacking finesse, they may be described as having less resolution, extension, or perhaps compressing dynamics or soundstaging. A musical performance can lack finesse, but not all performances are supposed to have finesse.
Like many others, I have owned and auditioned many interconnects over the years. I would say that, IMO, some aspects of the system's characteristics and performance changed to one extent or another as a result. However, the underlying performance characteristics (those resulting from the speakers or components) remained regardless of wires.
I certainly would not characterize Serenade ICs as lacking anything at the price, nor as lacking finesse compared to anything I have heard. In my system, they were a better match than the Acoustic Zen WOW or Shunyata Aries. My system is also quite musical and resolute considering the speakers. Now if I wanted a little less of everything I could go with the Straight Wire Rhapsody II, or if I wanted a more neutral presentation or tonality I could go with the Straight Wire Virtuoso R. Point is, all models do not sound the same to me in my system, so it is unlikely that all models (if any) lack finesses.
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