Mike B Submitted: 2017.09.13
About those cables you sold me - Wow! Major Wow!! So I replaced two pairs of (name withheld) 3.2's with your 2 pairs of MA5's. Wow! Oh wait, I already said that.
So I have a modest stereo. It consists of a Schiit Bifrost Uber Analog, a Rogue RP-1, upgraded with Telefunken medical grade 12AU7's, a Dennis Had Inspire SEP with a ton of NOS driver and rectifier tubes and 8 pairs of power tubes. My current speakers are Zu Omens. I have Klipsch Heresy II's and JBL 4312A's in the closet .
I have a Power filter and Silnote cords. Now about those MA5's. When I received them, they had 13 days of break in. I put them into my system and I could immediately hear a wider and deeper soundstage! The Bass had increased dramatically (I'm running 12 watts), but the mids were edgy and the treble was worse. Everybody, especially Mr. Mike Morrow himself, said, "give them more time". Well between the generous amount of burnin time I completed and the additional WEEKS I let my system play, I was well rewarded. At about 600 hours, the gates of heaven opened up.
With all the multi syllable esoteric stereo jargon available, all I can say is WOW! Let me put it this way. I've ridden motorcycles at 160mph on the street and repelled down buildings. I've shot full auto suppressed weapons and caught more fish than I can count . And none of it gave me goosebumps like your cables!
Now here's the cool part. I'm playing my stereo with some Tung Sol KT-120's and I'm listening to Grand Funk Railroad. But I have too much bass and no tone controls. So I go over to the wall to kill the power to the subwoofer. But it's already off! Now I'm running my most powerful tubes and my highest voltage rectifier tube. So I descend downward through all my tubes (using an oven mitt , cause I'm too excited to wait). So KT-120 to KT-88 , to 6550 , to KT -77's. And to a 5U4GB rectifier (my lowest power).
So remember when I said, "The gates of Heaven opened up"? Well it does it again. The system opened up so much (especially the bass) that the lower power is sufficient to fill my living room. Now with the lower power , I have a sweeter, cleaner, more open sound. The previous cables were very nice, but the Morrows have been an improvement in every way. This is one of those rare occasions that it wasn't a trade , but a total improvement.
Considering the total cost of my system, the MA5's were a substantial purchase, but are the most "cost effective" change I've made. I am using the Tidal music service and they are beginning to have a decent selection of Master Quality Recordings on their site. This has really enabled me to enjoy the detail, clarity and openness that your cables have added.
My next step will be either getting back into vinyl or a better DAC. So it has been a very enjoyable experience. I had considered selling off some tubes, but kept them for when I change speakers. But I was blown away by the way your cables transformed my system. The pleasure of rolling tubes is the Icing on an already great cake. I'll send you some pictures when I go fishing.