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Cardas Cross Bi-Wire Speaker Cable

Hey that reminds me. Most of the people I observed buying the Cardas Cross speaker cable got it in the standard stereo pair. I never did get any of those samples on the audiodharma Cable Cooker.

Most audiophiles were unaware that the Cross could be ordered in an internal bi-wire version. And yes, we did put those on a Cooker. And yes, once Cooked, the distortions were set aside, allowing the Cross BW to do a better job of preserving whatever lay upstream.

During the Fall 1987 semester, the Pet Shop Boys came out with the excellent Actually. Most audiophiles got hung up on "What Have I Done To Deserve This," which brought back Dusty Springfield, and "It's A Sin." And that's fine. But they overlooked the girls' fave, "King's Cross." I still remember waiting for Latin class to begin, when Becky led a few us, in singing "King's Cross." She and two other girls were so smooth, some boys and I slowed down, and just let the girls' voices set the mood.

Once Cooked, the Cardas Cross BW does a decent job of letting the images remain "boppy." That is, they don't devolve into puddles, smoke, funhouse mirrors, pudding, Shrinky Dinks, giant balloons, or stick figures. Even after Cooking, the Cross BW can't decode soundstage depth. There are also losses in deep bass and body. But you know what? Assuming you have decent sources and an invisible preamp, and are in a smaller room, the Cross BW can preserve the feeling that your high school classmates are sitting in a row, on top of desks, mesmerized and swaying to PSB's "King's Cross."

Please read my 9-part coverage of the Cross BW:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9

Cardas have discontinued the Cross series. But if you like it, scour the used market, don't pay too much, and get it on a cable burn-in device.

-Lummy The Loch Monster


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