Originally Posted by 13ege
I completed my stereo system that we discussed here like 2 months ago.
Current system for stereo:
PS Audio Perfectwave DAC&Transport
Macbook Air (until i get perfectwave bridge)
Sonoran Plateau interconnects and speaker cables
I would like to eveyone here who helped me with their opinions. It's a great experience to use an hi-end stereo.
I have a question about the Usher center channels, perhaps the X-616...but first to throw my 2 cents at 13ege
I will be very careful here, but having compared several different interconnects and speaker cables, and living with Sonoran's in and out of my systems for a couple years, here's what I've heard.
I have tried these various connections with the following equipment: Basis 2800 turntable, Esotric CD/SACD player, AR ref2 pre amp OR Custom built point to point dual mono tube pre-amp, my parasound JC-1 monoblocks OR modified Melos tube amp.
Speakers during this five year time period included Legacy Focus, Sonus Faber Extrema's, Martin Logan Ascent I's).
All this time moving cable in and out of the system, the Sonoran's being the only ones I actually owned at the time. (I have a friend who heavy into super highend...WAVAC amps, big Venture speakers, Continuum turntable, etc, so I get to use allot of his cast off stuff for auditions.
After the third set of speakers, I finally sold all the Sonoran stuff I could, and moved to Coincident speaker cables, which were quite a bit more open on the top, without being bright, the mids also became "cleaner" sounding and slightly more out front stage wise. I have tried various Nordost, Kimber, and Audioquest interconnects, and then built my own interconnects using Vampire wire, from their continous copper interconnect wire (no longer available in bulk) and their very best RCA connectors, with silver solder. This was not only cost effective, but sound as good as any of the above once broken in.
I settled on the coincident speaker cables and my DIY Vampire interconnects.
This combo was like lifting a veil off my speakers.(compared to the Sonoran)
I don't know if it's the "micro bead" lead shot around the cables or what, but with your great equipment, I might borrow some highend interconnects and speaker cables and experiment a bit...you might be pleasantly surprised...then again, you may be happy with what you are using now.
I am not happy with these Martin Logan's and have narrow my search to either Usher BE-10's or Von Schweikert VR-4SR's I don't know which yet...or perhaps the Usher 718's and just use my JL audio sub on the bottom 50-60 hz.
I would like to hear anyone's thoughts on the Usher center channel...perhaps the BE-616. Tone wise, how do they match the BE-10?
I'm not to happy about going back to a box speaker sitting right in the middle of my stereo pair...but I can get around that problem.