dFigured I would post this here as the 2 channel group seems to have an open mind about cabling.
So a few years ago I was in the "cables don't matter" camp but I do not belong to that camp any more. I adapted and evolved right along with my gear.
Here is the upgraded cabling installed in my rig tonight:
Pangea AC-9 for my Emo XPA-3
Pangea AC-9 for my Oppo
Pangea AC-14 for my Mapletree tube preamp
Kimber Cable "Tonics" for ICs
Audioquest "Type 2" speaker cables
Bear in mind that I was previously using cheap crap from Home Depot and Rat Shack.
I turned on the tube amp and let it warm up for about a half hour, then it was on to listening.
Let me get to the point...my jaw is still on the ground. It's making me drool on the keyboard as I type :) My speakers never sounded this sweet.
I started with my usual Flim and the BB's which I use to evaluate speakers. Then it was on to Paul Simon, right into Diana Krall, some selections from "Vocal Jazz, Hear and Now," Rush's "Permanent wave" and ended up with Supertramp's "Breakfast in America."
I don't know what part of the chain of cables caused the difference (surely the tube preamp made the most noticeable impact) but the whole sound now is fuller, bass is better and tighter, and I now want to listen to my entire CD collection again. It's exciting. It's a little bright but that's something that tube rolling might take care of.
So, to all you naysayers about cabling, keep spouting off. I've heard the difference. And for someone who tests copper and certifies fiber optics in the field I figured I'd be the LAST person to defend premium cables. So there you have it.
If I've gotten into any heated debates with any members here in the past about cabling and making a jackass of myself I now apologize to you. I have a LOT to learn. In fact, to make things right, I'm offering, as a Karma, 2 Aura Pro Bass Shakers with a 2ch 15 watt Pyle amp that drives them more than enough. Yours free for the taking because with the PSA XS15 I no longer need them. They are in great shape but one shaker is missing the spring that keeps the lug on when wires are not attached but it is not an issue if you leave a cable in the plug. Local to Long Island can pick up, all others will pay for shipping which will not be crazy. In fact I can probably ship them through my job for nothing.
So PM me a number between 1-25 and the first correct guess wins. I posted the winning number on a Facebook page (not mine) so you'll know nothing's fishy. I will then sen you the facebook page.