Hi everyone, just finished putting together the system i plan to keep to keep for a while. I have been looking into the next small step to improve audio through quality cables. My hifi dealer lent me a few to take home and try. They are Audioquest Big Sur and Audioquest Sydney. Any thoughts on these cables? Thanks for the input
Kinda tough to pontificate without knowing just what makes up your system; including inter alia, the price point of your system; the synergies with your hardware; and the other synergies with your speaker cables and power cables.
Without any intention to sensationalize the obvious or trivialize the important, three points to consider:
-- the synergy(ies) of the new ones with your hardware, speaker cables, and power cables. This is derived solely from actual testing and experimentation (either at the dealer or at home ) - One size does NOT fit all. There is no substitute for this.
-- It is well-travelled rule of thumb that cables (ALL your cables .... ) should make up approx 10% of your overall budget.
-- The personal opinions you are asking for from the CAM bloggers is heavily biased and needs to be discounted because they lack your system themselves. Their experiences and opinions -- however noble or otherwise -- will have little basis for support other than a blind guess.
IMO the first point is where you start.
What are your ears telling you? Consider swapping in better cables at the dealer and auditioned on his kit and see what is the result. Can you also demo these at home? (preferred).
We just went through a recent lengthy and overcooked blog about speakers cables upgrading. The general principles are there:
(a) higher resolution kit demands a higher grade cable for peak performance.
(b) This is a constant tension between price/quality and your budget.