I am checking out some new I/C Right now I am using Audioquest sidewinder. I just got a set of the Audioquest Columbia. I know I know BIG freaking price difference between the 2
OK the test. Jolida cd100 with the EI tubes in it, adcom 565 pre McIntosh 2105 amp. Polk SDA 1.2 and carver amazing on a Sunfire sig II.
CD Edie brickell Volcano. and Rufus wainwright does Judy garland at Carnegie Hall.
1st impressions with the volcano cd.on the polk without the cable in the speaker. The 1st thing i noticed the the highs on the columbia's was night and day. it was like someone took a blanket off the speak. The mids were also a bit clearer but in a way more mellow at the same time. it didn't jump out at me like it does with the sidewinders but, it was much clearer. but the bass was not as prominent as it was with the sidewinders. Actually it seemed a bit weaker. The sidewinders had more of a kick to them.
now Same cd with the cable in the 1.2's Well....... ... the vocals disappeared. The bass disappeared. The highs were still there and still good but everything else seems to kind of vanish... Weird. To be honest here,. i did notice some music with the cable in the speakers just sounds terrible on the 1.2 or the 2.3. SOOOO I changed CD's to Rufus wainwright does Judy garland at Carnegie Hall. The Vocals came back a little but on the sidewinders they came back even more. Bass on the sidewinders also came back.
I am thinking the columbia's just don't like or are having a bad reaction to the sda cable. Since the jolida has 2 sets of outs, it makes it easy to go between the 2 cables so that is why i chose the cd for a test.
Now before anyone jumps in and says no way the SDA cable can cause this..... I have a theta time align dac unit and is completely unalienable with the cable in! YES it does make a difference.
So on the carvers the same results as the 1.2 without the cable in. Highs is night and day, mids, clearer but not as froward, bass weaker but tighter at the same time.
I am on a 30 day trial. I got them for on a special for $320 for 1 meeter. SOOOO any suggestions on what to try next? I want to keep the highs that the columbia has, but the bass the sidewinders have. I am not opposed to changing brands. I am not married to Audioquest. I have been going through the needle DR. since they do have the in home 30 no questions asked trial.
I was thinking of trying the ones that do not have the battery on them like the Audioquest king cobra Tara labs rsc vector, or Harmonic truth-link.
I am opened to suggestions !!