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|9th May 2002, 03:11 AM||#71|
Join Date: Feb 2002
Stop bullying this guy!
"Now, I'd imagine Harry and others are saying that's ridiculous. Well don't be too quick to judge." Not at all.... tell us some more details. I am very interested (if you are serious). I think there may be some merit to your observations. Please elaborate.
|9th May 2002, 03:20 AM||#72|
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Perth, Australia.
Organic DSP ?
Yes Harry I agree - I was being cheeky with my last post.
Indeed thinking about it, you ought to get some idea of the audio content by listening to the data stream.
I'll try it this morning, as soon as I get to work.
Also, was it not Bernard who commented a while back that we all contain a self programming DSP between our ears, thats gets better with age and experience, despite ageing related hearing loss ?.
IME listening to the sevo stage and digital power supplies is revealing - also power amp rails.
|10th May 2002, 05:58 PM||#73|
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Melbourne, Down Under
Well, thanks guys for your humour and understanding. My apologies for taking so long to get back here - work has just been nuts leading up to launch and MBA assignments due...
Ok, so lets get to the important stuff. Motorbikes. I'm a keen motorcyclist, and currently have a 1990 Honda VFR750FL (first of the single sided swingarms). Before that had a CBR1000FK, GT550, GS500E, CB250RS and probably something else not worth owning up to. The VFR mighten't be the quickest set of hoops around, but by god it has mucho character, a lovely exhaust note (often been accused of being a Duke on the overrun - with Staintune muffler), and the whir of the gear driven cams just gives me ...uh, never mind. If you wanna see a wicked picture of a Veefer doing a burnout, checkout the section Breakin' the Law - School of Bad Ideas - Tire Popping 101 on www.motorcycle.com - literary genius for the two wheeled crowd...
If you want some wicked riding in Australia, my fave road is the Murray Valley Highway, between Tallangatta and Corryong, leading up to Batlow, Tumbarumba, Tumut and then heading down the Snowy Mountain Highway to Bega on the coast. Great road (not withstanding roadworks), very few cops, and sweepers that just keep on coming. Also some cool caves around the Yarrongabilly middle section - check em out. Makes me wanna get on the beast now just thinking about it...
Can't say too much here, but lets just say we're not sitting on our hands. We've some terrific, no, fully sick models coming out over the next year that should redefine value for money performance and put Ford back up where it belongs. More info at http://www.newfalcon.com.au I'm proud to be associated with these programs. Go Ford!
There's been a request for general info on cables and why my cables might be worth checking out. This is a cool question, so I'll attempt a response:
First of all, some background on the average consumer mindset and where I think it can be flawed.
Many think the value chain of audio improvements is in the component hardware - preamp, poweramp, speakers etc. Of course anything in the signal path is important. Speakers are probably the most coloured of all things next to our room itself (the latter unfortunately often never remedied or treated), and undeniably chopping and changing source and amplification components can make significant improvements.
(If you want to treat your room with great value products in Australia, I recommend Mark Hathaway's bass traps - around $A350/pair in a variety of colours - http://cgi.audioasylum.com/systems/139.html - great bass control improvement and took much of the overhang of the room away! I've also had great success making a diffraction panel behind my couch as its so close to the rear wall with 'basslines' at www.basslinear.com . Luke there is very helpful, and around a dozen of these behind your listening sweetspot hung on MDF like a picture with some material drawn over it will bowl you over with the improvement). No bull. Anyone wants a more detailed review, email me. I did one in the past for Melbourne Audio Club. Anyway, I digress...
The cables are often overlooked, because the market is saturated with many alternatives, prices are usually high, and everyone claims there's sounds better than an all expenses paid getway island retreat with Elle MacPherson for two weeks sponsored by Fosters. Sounds great, eh? Well maybe with Boags instead of Fosters...
Well I can't explain why some cables prices are so high, but I can explain why they are so important.
Obviously enough they are directly in the signal path. There is no getting away from this in a seperates system. Less obviously perhaps, they are positioned in an area of high EMI, both from the PSUs of the components usually near the rear of each component, and the radiating EMI from many powercords usually in a dogs breakfast layout. Many cheap powercords are not shielded which makes things significantly worse. (Do yourself a favour and tidy the abomination up! Wrap the power cords together if you can with rubber bands
What makes the Silver Stealth special?
Being an Engineer, I'll start with the logical stuff and work my way down to the more contentious.
High quality plugs - Eichmann plugs are the best I've tried by a long way. If you're using any kind of base brass metal plug, do yourself a favour and stick em in the next swap meet and get the Eichs (or Yikes and Hugh and I have joked about). The main benefits in the plugs are low mass, and high conductivity - around 95% as conductive as copper. Beats brass which is 27% as conductive as copper. I rest my case here!
Silver strip - the stuff just sounds better than wire of the same type. It is claimed this is skin effect related (whereby attenuation will occur at the surface of the conductor if it is too thick). Some claim this occurs at 0.4mm, the Silver Stealths are less than half this thickness. Even though you do not hear the full potential bandwidth of the cable, I consider the analogy similar to that of the over/upsampling DACs - it keeps the area of audible interest free of colouration/phase shifts, etc. I also keep the stuff wide enough though to have adequate gauge (around 0.5mm sq) and the thickness is strong enough to withstand the rigours of normal use (I know mine get inserted and removed continuously as I tweak my pre, power amp and DAC regularly)
Personally IMHO, IMS, I didn't like the cross connected 89259, nor Cat 5, nor copper lead lighting tape (a bit flimsy!). The silver strip stood out because of the subterranean bass extention and visceral control, and the top end was open, airy and pure sounding. Others had certain strengths, but none came together as a whole like the Silver Stealths did. More resolution without the harshness, which I thought actually was more grainy with copper.
The other thing that made a significant improvement was the shield. In some instances, I've heard other cables sound worse with a shield. I'm not sure if that is because it's multi stranded, or if it's connected at both ends. In the Silver Stealth, it is simple and effective - a single piece of silver wrapped on the other side of the duo of silvers, but open circuited at one end. This makes a -/+/- sandwich but still keeps the shielding solid core and high coverage. Over the effective surface area of the conductors, there is only 5% not covered on the sides. Avoiding the multistrand earth I believe is the right thing to do.
Which brings me to multi strand cables. I believe you can lose image precision, depth and focus with multi strand designs - this can happen because the cables do not establish optimal fields between opposing conductors (earth and active). Worse still in designs where the conductors touch each other along their length, the signal path has no defined direction and smearing will occur. That's an engineering and subjective judgement, based on my observation and listening.
Lastly I've found a very sexy covering to compliment the design which is robust, is resistant to fraying and even fire retardant. The end assembly looks as good as it sounds.
This silver can also be used in biwiring to mid/tweeters for speaker cable, a few of my customers have done this in conjunction with the 3mm sq Silver Stealth Speaker Cable for the woofer for truly awesome bass. The latter, not yet released on Hugh's site should be around $350/2m kitset. Pretty good value considering there's around 7x more silver in the speaker kitset.
I think I've put around 150 hours into the instructions and quite a deal of that supported by the editing genius of Hugh. Lots and lots of pictures to make it straightforward the first time around to assemble and extensive trouble shooting guides to decipher problems should they occur.
Finally, they're pretty good value for money, all things considered. Yeah, you might, if you go to a lot of trouble ,source all the parts yourself from around five different sources, but the whole package comes in a box raring to go. That's got to be worth something for your time.
Lastly, I support my customers with Newsletters, including record reviews, system tweaks and tips, industry updates, and even food and wine reviews! The late Harvey Rosenberg inspired me to think broadly about the enjoyment of music, and to get into the coolosity of silver cables. This is my way of thanking those who support me. Anyone who wants to see the first edition, email me for a copy. I'd gladly receive reviews on good US food, wine and music (and give them credit) to those who'd like to contribute. Share the love I say.
Hope that helps answer some questions about the Silver Stealths.
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