Rainman wrote:Treitz, I think it would be an outstanding idea if you could explain how long it took and what you had to go through in order to reach the moment where you discovered what one simple pair of I/C's can do FOR or AGAINST your speakers!!!!!!!!!
For the first part......how long? Well, I have been in this hobby since I was knee high to a duck at about the age of eight years old. Ever since I got my first hand-me-down [Scott] system assembled by my parents, I have been trying to improve the sound to achieve my goal of accurate reproduction of music. I had to mow many a lawn to improve things back then and I was the first one in the neighborhood to have this new-fandangled thing called a CD Player. That was a lot of lawns back in the day at a rather hefty price tag [at the time] of $600 some-odd dollars.
At the age of 17 to 18, I had what I had considered a "high-end" system. High end for Circuit City, Queen City, Best Buy and the like. I had heard tubes and experienced the real high end systems costing over 100K and I had even heard Carver gear at that time but all of that was out of my reach, given my limited budget. That system ended up getting ripped off when I was 19. I eventually got back a modest system that kept me tided over for many, many a moon only swapping out CDP's, receivers, about 4 pair of speakers and started dabbling into separates but nothing too extravagant. Until....
I got the urge to "upgrade" and bought a pair of Polk speakers to replace my RT-800's. Mistake.
Now I needed more power to supply the Polks and looked into getting Carver gear, which I did. In doing so, I found this thing called a "forum" and all hell broke loose. My very first post here was asking advise on what I should do to improve my system. Another mistake........well, I guess my wallet would say that but my ears are giving me a standing ovation. Multiple thousands of dollars later and well over 40-50 pieces of gear later, I had assembled Crackbaby. Now, Crackbaby was a good system that provided many a night of fun with musical performances but it had an issue. One that got me to replace my entire rig yet again.
Long story short, multiple thousands later, I have my latest system. Her name is Sparky. She's just a KISS system compared to Crackbaby and it took me about two years to assemble her to my liking. I'm still not 100% done but I am [for the first time] almost
completely satisfied, even though I know that I never will be. Damn, is the music involving and pleasurable.
Alright, let's get back to what I was originally trying to address. How long? Basically, since I was 8 years old. That said, things really started to take a turn about 15 years ago when I met up with an audiophile friend of mine [Carlos] who hooked me up with my first Monster Cable. Then, once again when I met up with another audiophile [John] and he introduced me to my first PC upgrade. Since then, I have spent well over 6-7K just on cables including IC's, SC's and PC's. Some of the purchases were a complete waste of money, some were absolutely the right decision. It kinda surprised me but I did find out that price means jack shit when it comes to cables. It's all about synergy with that. I have heard cables that sound fantastic on one setup I have built that sound like absolute ass on another system I have built that resided in the same listening room. The cables that started this thread were not too far apart in price.....but in performance? Worlds apart.
Basically you couldn't pay me to listen to one while I would pay DEARLY to have the other.
Here's why. Many of you know that I recently got an upgraded set of Tyler Acoustic Linbrook Signature Series speakers. Man, I have to be honest. I thought when I first bought them that they sounded like ass and that I had made a HUGE mistake. I had no bass, sloppy mid bass, FUBAR'd midrange, a veiled presentation, no
top end and I had to strain to hear even the not-so-subtle details that I had grown accustomed to hearing all the time.
I swapped tubes left and right, called my audiophile buddies for advice, scratched my head and pondered for about a week or so until I finally decided to swap out the IC between the CDP and the pre.
At this point, I'll refer you back to the original post of this thread because when I swapped it out? This post was my reaction. It took a very substandard rig and catapulted it into the most enjoyable and accurate rig I have ever had the pleasure to have in my house.
treitz3 wrote:Oh my God, hell yes! Anybody who says otherwise is missing out big time.
It can be incredible what a simple IC can do to your sound stage, dynamics, frequencies and more. If you haven't heard it? Don't knock it because it is so true that when you have heard the change, it's unreal.
Not everybody will notice the change but when you have arrived? There is nothing sweeter. I'm enjoying the music. Are you?
That same IC is still in place today. 4 months later and as the McDonald's commercial says?......"I'm LOVIN' it!"