Charlie Hatch Submitted: 2016.05.09
I've had the new Elite speaker cables in my system for a week now. Given the 10-day break in before shipment and my use, I estimate there are around 300 hours on the cables. I found that they seemed to break in more quickly than the SP7s, and the Elites are more resistant to handling disturbance. Now, they seem quite stable and have not noticeably changed in many days.
I had wondered if I would be able to hear the difference between the SP7s and the Elites. My 67 year old hearing ain't the best and doesn't do all that well above 4 kHz. I was amazed to find that I could hear a significant improvement!
The biggest difference between the SP7s and the Elites is in the highs; they are more open and sweeter. Brass high notes are more cleanly rendered (all brass for that matter), and high flute and piccolo notes are amazingly pure. Violins are also much sweeter in the highs. The whole sound is more musical, transparent, and listenable. Imaging is absolutely spot on and rock steady, and there is a greater sense of depth. I think, the subtleties in the recording venue wall reflections are reproduced with more clarity. The whole effect is one of ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION all the way up in frequency and all the way down to very low recorded sound levels.
And I thought the SP7s couldn't be beat. They are very good, but the Elites are better.
During the past week I've had a couple of friends over to listen to the new cables, both of whom have better hearing than mine. One was there when I made the switch from SP7s to Elites. Not a blind test, but he immediately heard the same things I described above. Another friend came a few days later and also described the same sound. This is definitely real, and mere half-deaf mortals can tell the difference!
Now of course, the remaining issue is that I'm still running your MA7 balanced interconnects. I wonder what visions lie beyond that horizon.
In case you're wondering, I have a very simple 2.0 audio system:
Oppo 105D player/preamp Morrow MA7 balanced interconnects Channel Islands Audio E*200S 2-channel amp (200W/channel 8 Ohms, 400W into 4) Morrow Elite speaker cables GoldenEar Triton One loudspeakers
I have no EQ or any other signal processing in the chain. I like to think that simple is best. I have paid very careful attention to speaker placement, orientation and listener placement in the room.
A great product, Mike! You can count me a very pleased customer.