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ELF Cables/Ernest Farley

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Posted on December 29, 2016 at 19:51:38
Tidycat1
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Location: Brecksville
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Has anyone been in contact with him or others at ELF?
I noticed that the company was located in Cleveland,Ohio,which is near me.
Have called twice , left a message and sent an e-mail.
Any information would be appreciated.
Happy New Year!
Tom:cat

 

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RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on December 30, 2016 at 11:22:05
RadioWonder
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Did you see this Shady Lane post?

His business site does not work...
http://cgi.audioasylum.com/cgi/mail.mpl?user_ID=52872&f=cables

There is another website...
http://www.elfcustomcables.com/index.html

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on December 30, 2016 at 14:05:19
DrN
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Gee "wirewizard " disappeared.
He had Ad's running here.

He'll come back as MacGiver..........

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on December 30, 2016 at 19:44:16
Tidycat1
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Location: Brecksville
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Got an e-mail late last night.Said he would call the next dayand he did.
After a short discussion,I decided to audition his Silver Helix IC.
Ernest appears to be a very good natured person
These should ship either Dec 31 or Jan 2,2017.
I will report back as to what I am hearing.If I like his Silver,may try a set of Gold Helix.
Should that leave a favorable impression,may try the speaker cables.
It seems to me that cabling prices have become extravagant.We'll see.
Am interested to view his "wood barrel" RCA connector.
Tom:cat

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on January 3, 2017 at 19:42:10
Tidycat1
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Location: Brecksville
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Cables arrived today.Will start my auditions on Wednesday.
Tom:cat

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on January 3, 2017 at 19:47:27
wirewizard
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Location: N.E. Ohio
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I'm glad they arrived safely...let me know your initial impressions once you give them a listen.
I do it all in the name of music!!!

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on January 4, 2017 at 19:35:44
Tidycat1
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Location: Brecksville
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Mt first impressions,straight out of the box.
These are not a broken-in pair of High Fidelity CT-1s.
They started out somewhat soft and congealed,a bit muddy.
Left them to play,while I had dinner.Came back after about 3 CDs.They were sounding better,but.Then a transformation began to occur.The top-end became smoother and more open (still hoping that will continue-no reason to think it won't).
Dynamic,low-level detailing and percussive touches are handled very well.
Good sense of weight,though I won't want to speculate on the bottom two octaves (using dual LS-50s).That said,everything that these speakers "do" well,is there to be had.
RCA connectors are very rigid and sturdy.Cable is gossimer-like,think spider webs.Very light and easy to manuever.A directionality arrow or note to this effect would be handy,along with R/L designation.


Two items that I will watch and check progress on:
(1) The "bloom" capabilities-will these open up even more and gain a little liquidity
(2) a slightly "dry" presentation-this will be tested soon,as I expecyed my PrimaLuna in today:No show via Fed_ex. Some of the "dryness" could certainly be a sonic characteristic of the Winsome Labs Mouse,which is filling in during the amplification change.
It mated well with the modified Lineaum tweeter/speakers,but that tweeter is forgiving in nature and subtly warm/soft.
Hopefully have some tubes in to compare tomorrow.
When I feel the cables are more broken-in,I will substitute the ELF Silver Helix in place of the Clear Day /Eichman that I use as a "digital reference".I'm sure it will have an affect,good or bad-we will see.
I'm thinking this is a no-brainer at $100/1M/pr
Tom:cat

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on January 5, 2017 at 20:14:40
Tidycat1
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Location: Brecksville
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Back at it again tonight.
The cables have progressed a large distance.
They appear to be unraveling some low-level detail in the upper bass lines that I had not noticed.
A bit of the "dryness and extension in the top-end disappeared.Why?
The PC feeding the Winsome Labs had been a Fusion Audio Magic rhodium.It had not been something that I had considered,before.After installing the Shunyata Anaconda CX PC,it changed the entire presentation.Now there is a liquidity and dimensionality that is quite wonderful.The other was good,but kept me from just relaxing and enjoying the music.
Tomorrow,the Primaluna integrated will go into the system.I will also change out the digital S/Pdif cable to the ELF silver.
I have been a big fan of Pauls' Clear Day cable.From the bottom up to the lower treble,I find it hard to beat.The Silver Helix tends to be a top down affair.I cannot comment on the bottom two octaves,as I have gotten rid of my subwoofer arrangement.I don't see why they shouldn't be as good down there,from what it does above those frequencies.
Color me impressed, and I have been through many cables (as a small dealer and working at Salon 1 Audio-before its' demise).
Let us see what tomorrows 'changes bring forth.
Tom:cat

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on January 6, 2017 at 21:31:40
Tidycat1
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Location: Brecksville
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I am happy to say that the Elf silver IC does not prefer tubes over solidstate.It is equally conveying the music with either format.Its' qualities or characteristics would not influence my decision on amplification.
It has appropriate depth and width,height also.Dynamic touches are very well communicated.
All that being said,it doesn't perform as a digital cable to the same degree as the Clear Day/Eichman 1st generation cable.
It is a little better in terms of body and liquidity.Soundstage is larger also.
I guess the "real test" will be returning the High Fidelity CT-1 back into the mix and judging the performance.
To be fair,I will re-install the ELF,when the CT-1 returns to the system.Synergies can occur from anywhere,as the effect of the power cord showed me.
Tom:cat

 

RE: ELF Cables/Ernest Farley, posted on January 17, 2017 at 20:16:37
Tidycat1
Audiophile

Posts: 274
Location: Brecksville
Joined: June 18, 2013
I am certainly glad that I had not thrown these into the HT system and forgotten about them.
As they have broken-in,their quality has emerged.Very quick and airy.Detailed,but not thin sounding.
The Mercury/Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor and Wasserman Duets have never sounded so good.Good spatial presentation and excellent dynamic gradiation.Always very open with good focus.Fairly effortless,barring the complte break-in of parts in the PL Dialogue Premium HP.
Will report more after the "next" speakers come in.
Sorry for the delay in reporting.Had to recover from being sick.That's no time to listen critically.
Tom:cat

 

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