XLR, RCA, and ….. the Magic of Matching Impedance?

Roger Skoff writes: There’s an old joke about a concert that doesn’t start on time and has the audience getting progressively and ever-more-vociferously restless until, finally – after however long — a man in a tuxedo (probably the impresario) comes out on stage and announces that the performance has been canceled and that all ticket […]

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SPEAKER CABLES [337 pairs] NOT ON EBAY via THE AUDIO MISER. This list purged and updated 26/07/21

NORDOST PURPLE … https://www.audioasylumtrader.com/ca/listing/Speaker-Cables/Nordost/Purple-Flare/Speaker-Cables-5m-spades/217582 ALLNIC … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649714876-allnic-audio-zl-3000-speaker-cables-3m-length/ MAPLESHADE … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649760014-mapleshade-audio-clearview-double-helix-2-speaker-cables/ TARALABS … https://www.audiophile.org/Ilan/Taralabs-the-zero-evolution-interconnects-xlr-15-metre/39490 DISCOVERY SIGNATURE … https://reverb.com/item/42384806-discovery-signature-speaker-cables-8ft-pair-spades AUDIOQUEST METEOR … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649760758-audioquest-meteor-true-double-biwire-speaker-cables-spades-8-72v-dbs/ TRANSPARENT … https://guildfordaudio.co.uk/guildford-audio-products/product/421-transparent-audio-ultra-xlr-mm2-interconnects-15ft AMPHION … https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gearslutz-secondhand-gear-classifieds/1337123-amphion-2-x-orange-2-5m-speaker-cables.html TARALABS … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649759851-tara-labs-quantum-reference-speaker-cables-2-10-ft-each/ AUDIENCE … https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/audience-au-24-speaker-cables.248330/ LINN K20 … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649760706-linn-k20-speaker-cables/ AUDIO ART … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa919c-audio-art-cable-statement-speaker-cables-speaker?refsource=hifishark AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649663982-audioquest-rocket-88-8ft-speaker-cables-banana-ends/ KIMBER KABLE CARBON … https://tmraudio.com/shop-new/accessories/speaker-cables/kimber-kable-carbon-series-16-speaker-cables-pair/ LAURIN … https://www.willhaben.at/iad/kaufen-und-verkaufen/d/laurin-pac-constellation-4-x-1-50-m-speaker-cables-421083202/ LINN K20 …. […]

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What can be tested, must be tested

Not happy with the standard 12AX7 input/driver tube Kai replaced it with NOS Mullard tube from the 1950s. That brought some betterment but not enough that he would not have sent the tubes, along with other tubes, cables, etc., to Germany to have them cryonized, ie. to undergo a process in which the product is […]

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AUDIOQUEST: An Open Letter from Bill Low of AudioQuest

An open letter from myself and AudioQuest to the community—to everyone who cherishes the truth, regardless of their opinions about audio and digital cables, regardless of their opinions about AudioQuest. For good reason, there is growing internet “buzz” about the recently published findings of Mark Waldrep on his Real HD-AUDiO blog. Mark’s findings are very […]

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Optical is growing throughout the world and diminishing in audio. Optical passed the high-end by.

Paul McGowan:  In yesterday’s post I brought up the subject of the lowly TOSLINK cable, sometimes known as an optical cable. For most of us, this is the worst sounding digital audio interconnect made. Depending on the unit you are connecting to, sample rates are limited to 96kHz and below. Toshiba, the inventor and manufacturer […]

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MAINS EXTENSION BLOCKS: He heard the difference, but ….. were his ears deceiving him?

I’ve never been the type to worry about cables, power chords or separate spurs and that malarkey. Mainly because the system generally sounds fine as it is, I’m not made of money and I also don’t have the time to be constantly ABX testing these things to make sure I’m not getting ‘snake-oiled’. However last […]

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US-SPEC POWER CORDS NOT ON EBAY via THE AUDIO MISER. This list purged and updated 20/07/21

Today we have Atlas / Audioquest / Audience / Belden /Cardas / Chord / Kimber / Krell / Nordost …and many more … ATLAS … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649667770-atlas-interconnects-and-power-cord/ AUDIENCE … https://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/home-audio/cables/listing-2879211438.htm AUDIENCE SX … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649711243-audience-sx-interconnects-selling-two-pairs-1m-and-75m/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649679852-audioquest-audiotruth-rare-diamond-extreme-pair-1-meter-wxlr-interconnects/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649714154-audioquest-water-rca-2m-interconnects-excellent/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649714249-audioquest-golden-gate-rca-interconnects-one-06mt-pair-amp-one-2mt-pair/ AUDIOQUEST DRAGON … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649757443-audioquest-dragon-source-2m-15a-power-cord/ AUDIOQUEST NRG … https://tmraudio.com/accessories/power-cables/audioquest-nrg-2-power-cable-10ft-ac-cord-nrg-2/ AUDIOQUEST NRG …https://tmraudio.com/accessories/power-cables/audioquest-nrg-100-power-cable-6ft-ac-cord-nrg-100-72v-dbs-c19/ AUDIOQUEST NRG-4 […]

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COUNTERFEIT: Audiophile equipment; fact or fiction?

Heard an interesting tale. Apparently there are now counterfeit SME arms being offered on the market. They have no serial number, and also some Chinese writing (oops!) in the box. If this is true should we be flattered? After all, fraudsters usually concentrate on stuff loved by joe-public (Rolex Watches etc). If analogue has made […]

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Long interconnects and short speaker cables versus the opposite. Howard Popeck expresses a view

My opinion is consistent and contrary to the prevailing view. These days I use long speakers cables and short interconnects. This is because as far as I can tell, based on my own experiences and the writings of others with genuine expertise most modern power amps have a better ability to drive a complex load […]

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Why would a heavier gauge power cable make any difference on a preamp?

During the latter half of the 1990′s I was busy with a new preamp design that was more of a personal project than anything for the company.  That project would become, after a number of years, the PCA-2 preamplifier we released after the turn of the millennium, but during the 90′s it was just something […]

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CHORD COMPANY: Next-generation C-view 2.1 HDMI offers 48 Gbps support plus Chord Company quality from just £30

Chord Company has launched a next-generation HDMI 2.1 cable for today’s 4K and 8K screens at a bargain price. The new C-view 2.1, which starts from as little as £30, is a ‘full bandwidth’ cable with all-new features, plus the legendary Chord Company quality. The new C-view 2.1 HDMI directly replaces its predecessor and represents […]

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It’s true a simple signal path is cleaner and has a better chance at purity than a many-stage device

Forty-something years ago we believed with all our hearts that simple was better. That a single potentiometer in the signal path was the cleanest, purest, best sounding preamplifier anyone could build. Today, we’ve come to understand it was close, yet no cigar. Rarely are things as simple as we would like them to be. We’re happiest […]

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TRANSPARENT: A Happy tale

Brian found an almost new pair of 1-meter Transparent Balanced Reference Interconnect listed on Audiogon at a great price. He jumped at the chance. When he hooked them up to his Krell system, though, they just didn’t sound right. He was almost ready to send them back for a refund when his friend asked him […]

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