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In Reply to: RE: Most important posted by bigshow on July 15, 2017 at 19:06:14
A road to confusion since there are folks who love to play guru and claim that the only choice can be source first. blah blah blah..
Or some other THEORY of why XXX is what you MUST do.
When, in fact, if you can't HEAR a difference, then, for you, there IS no difference. (this is my playing at being a Guru)
But if you are really uptight about it, I am certain someone will say something to convince you to do it their way (instead of listening for yourself to decide)
For my own current setup, My better cables are on pre to amp, Tube buffer to preamp, and pre to head amp.
The 'lesser' type cable are on phono to pre, DAC to buffer. 2nd CD to buffer. These placements all based on listening and swapping them around.
If I bought anther $1,100 IC pair, it would go on 2nd CD to pre
Edits: 07/15/17Follow Ups:
amps > pre has always benefitted most.
Since I just have ICs there and CDP > pre it was an easy choice.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
Not that I can't hear the difference. I would have to move equipment to actually try them in different combos. My most expensive cable is shortest. Just looking for opinions to see if it's worth the trouble.
Btw BH, I also have AQ Diamond digital cables which are fabulous.
When I was young, I would buy/make short cables, thinking 'just right' would be best.
Then I found them to be a problem the next time around, when I wanted to MOVE anything.
Now I consistently buy 5ft (1.5 meter) IC. They do cost a little more upfront (like my current IC, 1 meter is $900, 1.5 is $1,200 list price)
The $300 bucks is money well spent when I want to move something around later. I NEVER have to worry about what cable fits where. (some cable companies charge full price for that extra.. so it would depend on the brand too.)
I have a pile of old handmade 'junk' which is all too damn short for most anything. LOL
It is worth the trouble if you hear a difference
Thanks for the responses. The cable between the amp and pre-amp is the short one. AQ Niagara. I put the Colorado in place of it and right away noticed a loss of tonal purity. The Water was better but not as good as the Niagara. So I am going to leave the Niagara there. The Water was superior to the Colorado in between phono pre and pre-amp, and also between Dac and pre-amp. Guess it's time for another upgrade.
All my cables are AudioQuest with CastleRock bi-wire speaker cables and a combo of NRG 4 and 10 power cables. As previously stated AQ Diamond digital cables, USB and SP/DIF rca's.
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