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a) DNM is spaced and the Stagers are twisted. I had a good experience replacing the supplied twisted cables on my super tweeters with spaced DNM and thought "why not?" and it makes it easier to not screw things up by twisting the wires.
b) I had good experience with Eichmann bullets on DNM and decided to use them instead of the substantial Canare's.
All the stuff is available on e bay at very reasonable prices. I spent about £75.00. A couple of BEWARES. 0.5mm wire will not fit down a 0.5mm bore PTFE tube. I used 1mm bore. The wire kinks like anything and comes in quite a tight coil. It pays to take care unwinding it. I didn't and paid the price.
The soldering is a bit fiddly and I used high silver content stuff and cleaned to wires and phono contacts with DeOxit gold. I couldn't figure out how to space the signal and ground leads so I left them to find their own place. It looks better than the sagging 1m length even though they are not evenly spaced.
Installed them and they are noticeably similar to the Stager's and now fit better. But the interesting thing is, after a few hours I stopped listening to the wonderful sound and started to engage with the music on a more emotional level. The individual instruments and singers are better defined and the bass, in particular, is really tuneful, realistic and deep.
Having paid about £165.00 for the Stagers and £75.00 for the DIY - I'd be onto a winner if they were the same. To my ears, these sound better and I trust they will continue to improve with time.
One word more. Cables can be very system specific. These are in a Musical Fidelity system upgraded by JS Audio. If yours is the same or similar and you have decent speaker cables (LS6 is my current favourite) then give it a go. £75.00 is not a fortune in this game.
Next experiment please.
Anyone want to buy a 1m pair of Stager silver solids?
Next, TIS. If they beat this, it will be bleeding amazing - I'm prepared to be amazed
I judge cables on 2 main criteria:
a) tonal balance. The strays over into musicality. How good does the music sound to me.
b) detail retrieval - probably better thought of as transparency
The silver solids I made had a certain "brilliance" in the treble and a very deep bass although it could be rather dry depending on the material.
I ran the TIS for 2 days solid on my tuner and have put about another 10 - 20 hours on my CD player. Given my experience of LS6 which took over 5 weeks to come on song, I suspect this cable is not fully run in. But here goes:
Like so many cables it started with a hard upper treble (female voice sounds strident) and a bass which has so far developed a "plummy" sound. I suspect both of these will improve with time.
Where this cable scores over anything else I have cast my ear to is detail retrieval. I'm sure you know the feeling "I don't remember hearing that before"? I've had lots of moments like this and the result is a stereo image you can almost walk around. It shows up clearly differences between recordings and tracks. In this respect it has no equal in my experience (and I've had some pretty expensive wires).
Is it worth the money? Well it depends on what is important to you. It is getting close to letting the emotion of the music come through unhindered - that is really difficult to define and I hope progress continues. If I hadn't the money to spend on TIS I'd still be happy with the silver solids and might have invested in making another set with the solid silver Eichmann bullets.
Watch this space.
Silver wire: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fine-Silver-9 ... iS6bf-RpUQ
Eichmann bullets (Copper harmony): http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KLE-COPPER-HA ... SwGvhUEx33
Silver harmony: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KLE-Innovatio ... Sw241YYBCC
I already had the solder and the deoxit but they are available on Amazon at as good a price as any. If you don't like Amazon then Google it.
Hope that helps?
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