Polk Audio Monitor 7B's
Jolida 302a Tube Amplifier
Oppo 980H DVD/CD player
Blue Jeans Speaker Cables
Audio Quest Copperhead IC's VS Blues Jeans Cables IC's
First of all I am not a experienced reviewer so take this review for what its worth.
The build quality on the AQ's seemed to be better and the looks in general were much nicer. The ends on the AQ's seemed a lot nicer and seemed to fit a little tighter than the Blue Jeans. The Blue Jeans have a cheap rubbery feeling to them. Where the AQ's felt much stronger and stiffer. The biggest difference was in diameter. The BJC's where much larger in diameter than the AQ's. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing. Seems like the BJC's might be shielded better. But then again the AQ's where much harder so I don't really know which one would be shielded better. I am guessing the BJC's because of the thickness.
I bought these used from willow for $30.00 but for review purpose I will post the retail values. Most places are selling the copperheads for around $95.00 and I payed $28.75 for the BJC's straight from BJC's. Both are 1m runs I think. So the copperheads cost a bit more than the BJC's
First listening Session
The first listening session wasn't much of a listening session. I was really just fooling around before we went out for dinner. I was listening to a standard definition CD Alan parsons project. When I decided to hookup the AQ's. Immediately I noticed the difference in the highs. I didn't expect to hear this big of a difference. I was a bit in shock and couldn't really believe what I was hearing. My dad happened to be in the room and I looked at him and asked if he heard the difference. He said he didn't but he wasn't paying attention. So why I had him in there I ask him to pay attention and try to tell me what he heard. He had know idea which cables where being used until after the tests. I used one song off the Alan Parsons CD and I would play about 30 secs and then switch cables. Every time he said the BJC's sounded better and the AQ's had too much treble. Even though I knew which cables where being used I thought the same thing. The AQ's seemed harsh and hard to listen to. The BJC's seemed much warmer and fuller in sound. So my initial impression was the BJC's were beatin the hell out of the more expensive AQ's
Second Listening Session
Today I did another longer listening session by myself. I started off with a SACD Dire Straights Brother in Arms. This is the CD I always go back to for reference. I have heard it a million times and it is still one of the best sounding CD's I have. I listened to the first four songs in a row and then switched cables and listened to the same four songs. I was no longer hearing the harshness I heard yesterday. But I was hearing a more detailed 3D image. I could not understand what was happening. I then would listen to one song and then switch cables and listen to the same song again. Then I would listen for 30 seconds of one song and switch cables. I did this with two CDs. The above mentioned Dire Straights SACD and Madonna Immaculate SD CD. The conclusion I came to was that the reason the BJC's sounded warmer and fuller was because they were less detailed and had less control over the bass and were more forgiving on bad recordings. The Alan Parsons CD we used in the first listening session is of poor quality and with the AQ's being so much more reveling it made the Alan Parsons sound like crap but when you gave the AQ's a decent recording they beat the crap out of the BJC's. After all this listening I realized the AQ's didn't seem as full sounding as the BJC's but this is because of the bass being tightened up. The BJC's sounder fuller but the bass was flabby compared to the AQ's.
The AQ's are superior to the BJC's. The bass is controlled much better and is much tighter in the AQ's. The highs are much more detailed and are VERY smooth compared to the BJC's. The 3D image of sound produced by the AQ's is quite stunning compared to the BJC's. After the first listening session I couldn't wait to write how my $30.00 cables beat the pants of a $100.00 pair cables. But in the end it was the other way around. Also the BJC's cables are VERY good cables IMO for the price. The Audioquests are better though IMO.
On a side note. I always expected cables made a difference but I have never heard the effects first hand like I did in this test. I am a true believer in cables do make a difference. I never expected to hear what I heard. It was truly amazing.