Man, did I ever blindly luck out. I ended up purchasing a used pair of Transparent Music Link Plus interconnects and tried them out. Wow! Out of all of the IC's I have [over 30 pair], these sounded the best. I'm thinkin' to myself that I'm done and I do not have to start wasting money on other IC's to find what it is that I'm looking for. Well, time marches on and I'm finding things that I'd like to improve upon so I set about to tweaking every possible aspect of the rig. After moving the speakers back to the optimal position and adjusting everything I possibly could, I still found myself wanting more. Time to raise the bar.
Since I was very pleased with the Transparent IC, I decided to see what I could find if I moved up the lineup. I was able to find a set of Transparent Music Link Ultras for less than $500.00 delivered to my door. These were my most expensive cables to date but now I could use Transparent IC's from the pre to the amp and from the CDP to the pre. Hoping that they would sound decent in my rig and praying that I hadn't made a mistake, I tried them out.
I was floored, absolutely floored at how well the synergy in my rig came together when I put them in. Many of the gripes I had with the reproduction across the spectrum were simply gone and the one thing that improved upon the most? The bass. There was more but this time with less. Allow me to explain that. The bass extension improved to my absolute astonishment going lower than I have ever heard my rig go before. I'm not talking about kick drums or anything like that, I'm talking a lower level detail and extension that I never even knew existed...and I do mean LOoooooow, so low that the subs have for the most part been off since I got them. In fact, the only time they have really been on is during certain poorly recorded albums or when watching movies. What a wonderful treat!
Now what I mean by less bass is something I haven't been able to shake with any setup since moving the rig downstairs. That being the overloading and overpondering of the bass/midbass. I have never put up with boom at the bottom and for the most part, my rig scored well on this aspect compared to most other systems I have heard but this was something that I had just assumed was a room interaction and acoustical problem that I just had to deal with until I got a dedicated audio room again. I couldn't have been more wrong. I don't know how just one IC can do this but all of that is part of the past now. It doesn't matter what is played or whether it's a poorly recorded album or a reference album, there is no overloading of the lower registers whatsoever until I reach a volume level that comes close to reaching concert levels. Talk about enjoyment in listening! I can now enjoy albums at pretty much whatever volume level I want with no fear or retribution of overloading the room.
Well since Transparent has hit two for two in my rig, bringing me to the next level, and even though I feel I don't need anything else because of the pure musical bliss I'm experiencing? I'm curious to see if there is anything else my rig can offer. So, Santa has found a seller that has Transparent Reference IC with the original-MM technology and RSE1 locking ends that I was able to get a great price on. Holy crap, this is one hell of a step up in price but just based upon my experience with the synergy of the Transparent lineup within my rig, I do not think I will be disappointed.
The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to a good analogue reproduction.