I want to share my recent happy Morrow Audio IC experience. I think I have discovered a really great value IC. I've always believed that I should be able to buy or build a decent component interconnect for around $150, and over the last 15 years have tried various IC's from Straightwire, MIT, Nordost, Analysis Plus, Audio Art, Reality Cable, and numerous d.i.y. versions recommended by the Stan Warren/Supermods and Stereophile community.
Until now, my favorite in this price range was the Audio Art IC-3. I have now switched completely to Morrow Audio MA2 IC's, after using their MA1 IC's for awhile. At first, the MA1 easily surpassed ALL the other cables in my system and closet, providing more detail in very musical way.
I decided to try the MA2 when they went on sale, and I am just delighted with them. The MA2 ic's have revealed an amazing musical capability in my system, and have shown me what a really good wire can do to let good components present themselves fully.
I hear a beautiful, natural, extended frequency range top to bottom, with a spacious, airy soundstage. I'm enjoying gorgeous, dynamic music, with a natural sense of performers, instruments, musicianship and recording venue.
I really wanted to let other audiophiles living within normal budgets about my success (after so many years and cables) in finding an ic that was so good. Maybe part of it is how they integrates into my Quad/C-J/Reference 3A system, but I think this is a fantastic audio IC deal, and astonishing when purchased on sale."
Thunderbear later wrote...
"I retired as an electrical engineer 15 years ago, I am a longtime audio cheapskate, and this cable was a breakthru for me. Please note that I did acknowledge integration with my system. So here's more, but far from a full review:
System: Quad 99CDP2 cd player, C-J CAV-50 integrated, Reference3A Veena speakers fave test tracks: Garcia/Grisman 'Friend of the Devil', Angelique Kidjo 'Voodoo Child', Ella & Louis 'Stars Fell OVer Alabama', Nawal 'Kweli', Terry Evans 'The River', Muddy Waters 'G'bye Little Schoolgirl'
I had been satified with Reality Cable for a couple of years, but decided to try some new cable when I bought the Quad player, hoping to retrieve more detail and better imaging. I then tried the Analysis Plus Oval One and the AudioArt IC-3.
The Oval One had lots of detail, but sounded a little sharp in the highs, and the IC-3 sounded very natural, but with less detail than Oval. I lived with the IC-3 for about 6 months, and then tried the Morrow Audio MA1. The IC-3 sounded rolled off in the highs, compared to the MA1, and had a lesser soundstage. The highs of the MA1 were clean but not biting.
I was encouraged enough with the improvement in my system with the MA1 that I then purchased the MA2.
With the MA2, magic happened for me. I was hearing a wide, deep soundstage, with really good but not over-etched detail, with instruments and voices sounding so much more real than ever. Bass was very clear, mids were delightful, and highs were clean.
I was particularly impressed with how a piano sounded like the real instrument with the lid open in my room (I also play a little piano and djembe). Hand drums had a visceral, dynamic punch with a natural sounding decay. I wish I could quantify it better, but musical and natural was my main response, and my rational brain can't quite explain it.