In Reply to: Is there such a thing as too long Cat 5 cables posted by One Dark Cat on November 30, 2000 at 09:52:50:
The last thing I want is bright. I've had painful buzz saw bright and it's not something I want again. To me, right now, my system sounds pretty good. The Sony V333Es receiver sounds much more neutral than the 555Es that I had. I just have free access to about 800 feet of the Belden CAT 5 so I started to do the "I wonder if I..." thing. And I need about 12 feet because of my set up and that much braiding doesn't sound like fun.
I think maybe I'll just stick with the CV4 biwire, which, for what it's worth, I'm very happy with, and go skiing this weekend. The CV4 replaced DH Labs Silver Sonic biwires which sounded great for some material but painful for others. The CV4 is still detailed but it doesn't hurt my ears.
If you do opt to build CAT 5's sometime down the road, i would count on using a zobel network. ESPECIALLY if your going to do a long run like that.
In terms of tonal balance, i found them to be very even sounding with extremely extended bass. Then again, it would all boil down to your specific construction technique and how well your amp and speaker combo respond to them. There's only one way to find out.... : )
The CV 4's are somewhat on the dull or drab sounding side to me. If you were having a problem with the system being bright or shrill, i can see them working out okay for you. Overall, i thought that they lacked transparency and had a somewhat "closed in" sound to them. The music never really seemed to "open up". Then again, each system and what the person wants or expects out of it is different. Bottom line is that you enjoy it when your listening to it. Sean
It's funny that you say that about the CV4 because I got it and some 2000 MIT T3 interconnects because of how bright a previous receiver was in my system. It was brutally harsh. This new Sony V333ES is much less bright than what I have had from Sony in the past. Or maybe it just has a better DAC in it because I'm just enamored with the way digital cables sound now, both coax and fiber, for music. Now the MIT's which I loved before sound dull and I'm starting to wonder about the CV4. Maybe I'll hook my DH Labs Silver Sonic speaker cables back up and trying them out again.
It really is amazing how system dependent cables can be. And how you don't know how limiting something can be until you try something else.
I still haven't ruled out the CAT 5 DIY approach, though. It's just finding the time. I can understand work getting in the way of my hobbies, but now hobbies are getting in the way of other hobbies.
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