Speaker and interconnect cables

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Speaker and interconnect cables

Hi folks,

A simple question?  Is there anyone out there who uses Nordost "Solar Wind" speaker or interconnect cable?  I use them with fairly high-end components - Arcam CD player, Quad pre amp and amp and ProAc speakers - and am getting a very bright sound. Upper strings on orchestral CDs contain a high level of distortion, especially on vintage recordings such as Mercury "Living Presence", but also on recent digital stuff. I have tried Rothwell attenuators between the player and pre amp, but to no real effect.  I am wondering if my Nordost  cables are to blame.  They were costly, but I would change them if I were to get less upper frequency stress.  It certainly isn't the sound I would like to get from this system.  Fintan 

Fintan

RE: Speaker and interconnect cables

I used to have the very same problem with massive strings on ProAc speakers.

I changed cables to Van den Hul and that seemed to tame them a bit, but not in a conclusive way. 

The problem was finally the amplifier. Seems to be my ProAcs were not easy to drive, and my Primare i30 simply did not have the guts to do it. That was very evident with massive strings, that sounded thin and a bit stressed, as you well put it.

I changed the amp and everything fell into place. The very same speakers sounded magnificently with a tubed Copland, with a huge Plinius or a powerful Aragon.

So my guess is that you won't solve the problem if you begin with the cables. Cables may make a difference, but not as big as you expect. They are just a way of fine-tuning your system.

RE: Speaker and interconnect cables

Hitters, Thanks for you prompt reply.  You appear to have been a kindred spirit with ProAc speakers and the same treble problem.  My amplifier is the Quad 909 a powerful monster, but you could well be right that the ProAc speakers are the problem. I did audition them and chose them, but "after the event" saw a review of the Quad 909 which warned that it needed care in the choice of speakers.  Thanks again.  Fintan

Fintan

RE: Speaker and interconnect cables

Well, Fintan, the 909 is certainly a super-fine amp (I am very keen to Quad, having owned a 405-2 + 44 for many years). Anyway, matching a pair of speakers with the right amp might prove a tough job. IMO, ProAcs are not easy to drive ones.

But one thing is for sure: the cables are not the cause of your shrill string sound.

RE: Speaker and interconnect cables

High inductance in a speaker cable can result in a 'bright' and 'fatiguing' sound depending on the amplifier speaker combination. Before you buy and sell out equipment, I would try connecting some basic 12 guage copper speaker wire and then from there decide which way you want to go with your cables. 

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Willem

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Be a good sport Willem.

We all know silver wiring in gear and cables is much cleaner!

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I am in Rome right now, but I will try to dig out the article that I seem to remember on the conductivity of silver. Of course the bottom line was: save your money.

Willem

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You appear to be a glorified TV installer based in Houston, Texas.

 

Why are you spamming the forum of a UK-based magazine which as a matter of  policy doesn't allow businesses to post their advertising?

Roderick

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Thanks Roderick. Had not seen this dimension at first glance. It was removed by AE and no doubt will be removed again. We do not need cowboys on this site.

Back to the business of enjoying music.

Speaker and interconnect cables

After first impressions, I was keen on the Van Den hul, Bass was very extended, and the sound was full bodied. When hooking up the Norsdost, I was thinking "well whats the difference in sound from my cable talk?" However, after a few days listening, the cable has seriously grown on me.

Bass, is more extended, and the midrange is very fluid and musical sounding. The three dimensional soundstage is very lifelike, while voices are clearly projected into the room.

If I had to describe the overall sound, I would say its a delicate, and very fine/civilised sound. Its certainly not a cable that ruthless in any one area. It does however, draws you into the music.

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