Model:Double Shotgun speaker cable
Suggested Retail Price: $400
I recently purchased my dream system from scratch. I've been saving up and studying since 1986 for this purchase, so I wanted it to be just right. I mostly listen to lossless digital audio ripped from CDs, but have recently been experimenting with 96/24 digital sound as well. My equipment includes a Bryston BDA-1 D/A converter, McIntosh C220 preamp, 2x McIntosh MC2102 amps (used in parallel mono mode), and B&W 803D speakers.
The dealer sold me Tributaries XLR interconnects and speaker wire (unterminated), both silver based. Since I'm 100% digital, I can use all the sweetness I can get, and I just don't have the patience or space for vinyl.
I live above my company's headquarters, and I have several employees that have participated in my system selection, setup, and tweaking. It helps to have second opinions. Also, my wife and son use the system daily for music, television, and video game use.
Since I purchased the system, I've made many tweaks, including a lot of room work, speaker placement, and completely replacing the tubes in the McIntosh equipment with a tube set recommend by and purchased from Jim McShane, who had been recommended to me on internet audio sites.
The system has steadily progressed with each tweak and upgrade, as verified by my tastes, my family, and my employees. I even went out on a limb and purchased a Shunyata power distribution unit and replacement power cords on the recommendation of internet reviews and recommendations, and was quite pleased with that upgrade.
My most recent tweak, however, was really the most impressive. Again on Internet recommendation I requested a demo pair of Clear Day Double Shotgun speaker cables. I was immediately impressed! I made the replacement when my wife was out of the house, and when she came in later she said "The music sounds bigger than before" which articulates the improvement very well. The sense of space and detail was greatly improved, as if the fog had cleared!
Needless to say, I ordered a pair of my own. In fact, I was so happy I ordered two pair for bi-wiring. All communications and interaction with Paul at Clear Day has been simple, easy and stress free. He even allowed me to keep the demo pair until my cables came in, which saved me a few days of listening to the original speaker wires. :-)
I've now budgeted for two pair of Paul's Hologram XLR interconnects to replace the original Tributary units. Paul, unfortunately, doesn't have demos of these available, but now that I've worked with him this is really not a concern for me. Paul makes great cables that make my system sound better. Who needs a demo once you know that?
Tom Mornini San Francisco, CA