After receiving and installing LS1 speaker cable this morning, which has replaced the LS2, a listening session is ongoing.
I usually listen to music at a very low volume. The knob usually sits at half past eight on the P20. There's more detail coming through with this cable. More of the music.
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Silver wire upgraded P50 arrived late evening thank you.
In a little test of my own I hooked up my second system speakers via my A20. (Q Acoustics 3020i bookshelves). Well all I can say is an immediate noticeable difference, you are correct in your description of more transparency and definition. I used Tool's latest album as a 'test' (although I don't really test listen anymore, sometimes it's a habit) and I can identify a good amount of separation in the recording now.. and well, just more detail, what I like about NVA gear is the honest presentation of recordings.
Saving Friday evening for the main speakers (Rega RX3).
So personal subjective review aside, well worth the cost of the upgrade.
Looking forward to seeing (hearing really) what your phono stages and speaker design for next year.
having recently swapped out the AP10P for an AP10H with external PSU my next plan was to reuse the AP10P in my office rig.
This was always going to be interesting as I've never tried NVA amplification with speakers only headphones.
The office rig was previously
PI base Squeezebox
NVA MK1 SSC
Rotel 970BX Power Amp
I've always really liked the Rotel so swapping in the AP10P was not something I expected to do a lot.
Holy cow, I've heard and used the expression like removing a veil, like pulling back a curtain. Well this was like knocking down a wall in those terms.
I am truly amazed at the difference
I had been using Atlas Mavros bi-wire and it was the best I'd ever come across - and I've had a few through my system.
The LS7 immediately improved the bass. It seemed to stretch down about another half octave and it gained a little weight. There are a slight improvement in the high treble (or at least as high as I can hear at my ancient age). I thought to myself, this stuff doesn't need running it. How odd.
Well, this simply shows how wrong you can be. It has been in my system for just over a month and it is still improving. The stereo image is to die for. I can hear stuff I've ever heard before e.g. two voices singing in unison now sound like two voices not a single voice double tracked. It is also much clearer how the music was recorded - work through the Fleetwood Mac catalogue and you can clearly hear the step changes. Notes now have greater shape as well as pitch and volume. Overall a very pleasant musical experience. I now play stuff I have passed over for ages and I enjoy rediscovering these old pieces.
One niggle. The Mavros is fitted with right angle plugs which means that expensive cable doesn't need to go round in a curve twice to reach between the amp and the speakers and so less is needed. Fortunately, the straight plugged LS7 is a little over stated length otherwise it would have had to go back.
Is it worth the high cost? I think so but I am in the fortunate position that I can afford it.
Anyone want to buy a 2.5m bi-wire Atlas Mavros speaker cable set? Answers on a wad of £100 notes please.
Finally, here are my listening impressions of my new TIS interconnect pair (delivered end of October 2019).
I compared my TIS interconnect with my SSP Mk2 and also with my DIY silver solid core cable with silver Bullet Plugs. So what did I hear:
Although the TIS had no real break-in time when I made the first comparisons (after just some hours of playing music over it), there was an improvement over my SSP from the start. There is more detail, a fuller bass with more shading, more dynamic impact and more life-like realism in reproducing acoustic instruments as well as voices in comparison to the very good SSP Mk2. Music feels more alive with the TIS.
I did all of my comparisons with the cables connected between my CD player (a Gerald Gessner upgraded Marantz CD 67SE) and my tube line stage (EAR 868). I have never heard this excellent CD player with so much musical drive and energy as with the TIS being the link. The amp in my system at the time of comparisons was my DIY clone of the First Watt M2. The DIY interconnects between preamp and amp are made of 2.5m runs of silver solid core wires with KLEI Absolute Harmony RCA plugs. Speaker cables to my horn system are my treasured NVA TSCS / LS7.
The only “weakness” I noticed playing CDs in my system at this stage was a bit too much energy in the treble range, which I would describe best as a slight hardness in the top range of reproduced music: for example, well-recorded string music. As the TIS is made of quite a few thin solid core wires for hot and return afaik, it seemed logical to me that this could be a matter of not enough run in-time at this stage.
As the improvement over the very good SSP Mk2 was clearly noticeable from the start, my SSP went back to NVA headquarters in November 2019 for a refund.
At around four weeks of run in time of my TIS interconnects, I did a further comparison - this time with my 1.2m DIY silver solid core interconnect pair. For my DIY cables, I used thin runs of Jupiter solid core silver in silk wire for hot and return. I preferred these DIY cables over the SSP MK2 due to the former’s superb tonal colors and reproduction of finest (inner) details of acoustic instruments (to be fair, material cost of this build alone at the known audio parts suppliers is about 2/3 of the price of a 1m set of SSP).
When comparing the DIY cables to the TIS after four weeks in my system, the TIS excelled with regard to bass impact and dynamics. Everything else has been close between the two with a slight advantage of my DIY interconnect in the upper mids to treble range, which sounded slightly more natural in comparison to the TIS. The TIS still had a bit of hardness in this area but definitely better resolution which resulted in more air around acoustic instruments. As said before, with bass rendition and dynamics the TIS was definitely in its own league.
In the meantime, this slight hardness is mainly gone, so it seems the TIS burn in-process is nearly complete. The TIS is now an extremely open and revealing interconnect in the treble range, which makes well-recorded CDs a listening pleasure; in contrast, it is easier to discern poorer recordings.
Lately, I switched my M2 clones to my pair of 2A3 SET mono amps and CD replay made another step up, as TIS and 2A3 treble magic are a match made in heaven. Wow!
To sum up, my TIS interconnects are definitely the best and most musical interconnects I own. They allow me to fully enjoy music from my CD collection in my system.
In the world of small and diminishing returns, I’m very happy to have found the NVA top of the line cable range (TSCS/LS7 and TIS). For me TSCS/LS7 and also TIS are the true stars in an excellent product range of NVA products. Highly recommended cables, indeed!
Tubes and Vinyl rule, Music rocks!