Originally Posted by cb5300
mtrot, how's that cable research coming along? I really would like to hear whatever it is you find out...
It's very interesting that you wrote this today! I just took delivery of a new set of speaker cables this week. I've always been a pretty skeptical sort, when it comes to things like cables and other tweaks. For the last 5 years or so, I have had my Signature IIs bi-wired, with Morrow Audio SP-2 on the high frequency terminals and an old set of thick, stranded Esoteric Audio cables on the low frequency terminals. My initial and continuing impression of the Morrows was that they sounded good, but I was never satisfied with the dynamic prowess, or lack thereof.
Well, let me tell you, these new cables have transformed
my Signature IIs! My, oh my, the sound that is coming out of my speakers! Music is just pouring out of them. Every aspect of sound that I can think of is improved. Everything is now so much more dynamic, detailed, and natural sounding. Finally, finally, I am getting the kind of sound I thought the Signature IIs should have been producing. These cables are so dang quiet, and I am hearing all kinds of low level detail I never heard before. The attack of instruments is much greater and more immediate. Dynamic contrasts are great. Highs like cymbals are much more natural. Vocalists are more easily localized in the sound stage. Electric bass is tuneful and much more defined. I can't believe how good Pandora sounds, via my Denon X5200 receiver. These cables are said to have an effective 2/0 gauge, which now has me wondering if all that conduction capacity contributes to the overall sound quality being produced. Most people don't even use 12 gauge cables.
As I've only been able to listen to these cables for a couple days, I'm reserving total judgement until I get more listening time, and am able to evaluate more aspects of the sound. One aspect is deep bass performance. I plan to play some movies that have prodigious bass in them and see how that comes out. These are not inexpensive cables, but I have a 30 day money back guarantee on them, so I can return them if I want to.
So, with respect to my decision to try to identify a sort of "reference" cable before buying a new set of Signature SE or Focus SE, I do think I made the right decision. The problem I now have is I'm thinking, wow, if these old Signature IIs sound this good, I wonder how good new, state of the art speakers will sound with these cables!