Thursday, April 8, 2010
http://stores.ebay.com/ZPXR-Store and I highly recommend them. I am not getting into reviewing the sound of power cables now, but the build quality and eye-candy value is extremely high. While we're on the topic of cables, I use Audioquest Type 4 with silver banana connectors. Nice, but not thrilling- I will probably buy a set of CTRL cables for WAY less money in the near future. All interconnects are by Tara Labs, and are the fairly inexpensive Prism 200a. I have more expensive Tara cables, but the Prism 200a model does not stress the RCA connectors at all when I frequently switch gear. In a semi-controlled test, I found (along with 2 other listeners, if they will admit it- can we get an affidavit?) that these cables actually do make a difference compared to Monster. More on that at some other time. For sources, I primarily listen to a Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD/CD player. It takes forever to cue and has nowhere near the build quality of vintage Sony disc players, but it really does sound as good as the pro-reviewers say it does. I also use a vintage Sony CDP-605ESD, which loads SUPER quick and plays burned CDs. Then of course, we have the Rega P1 with glass platter and Ortofon 2M Red for vinyl. I think that covers everything- I don't currently listen to stuff ripped to a hard drive. More on that later as well. The speakers are of course, the Dynaudio Focus 220s (http://www.dynaudio.com/eng/systems/lines/lines/focus.php). I bought them from the super nice people at Dedicated Audio in Scottsdale Arizona, to replace a pair of bookshelf Focus 140s I got at Audio Den in Lake Grove, NY. Respective websites are: http://www.dedicatedaudio.com/, and http://audioden.com/. Both places are fantastic to deal with, and if you go into Audio Den make sure to ask for Bob. He's put up with quite a bit of nonsense from me. The 220s are absolutely terrific speakers, as are the 140s. I will devote an entire entry to these speakers next, as I think it's important that readers have an idea of what the basic sound is before they can hope to get anything meaningful out comparisons or discussions of gear. I guess now we're ready to get serious. Just in time for the weekend!