Coherent Systems cables are a new one for me, I have heard and tried many different cables and never thought they were a worthwhile upgrade on my existing cable, so had stayed with my trusty Exposure.
When I recently did my upgrades, @tonyc brought along some of his Coherent speaker cable for me to try out and I was shocked by the improvement it made in the system.
In short, it appears to enable the system to breath, it has totally opened up the sound stage, both width and depth. Vocals are crisper and smoother, bass is significantly tighter and the sound is extremely musical.
The upgrade over the Exposure cable I was using before is significant and I couldn't be happier, this upgrade has enabled me to enjoy my system even further, by disappearing and allowing the music to flow through the system.
Mighty impressive stuff. If you are looking for a speaker cable that just allows the music to flow, then this is worth considering seriously.
Running Coherent's 6D speaker cables and BD jumpers, I can second Paul's findings. They comfortably trumped The TQ Ultra Blacks I was using before, which themselves beat the super-expensive Kimber Select KS-3035 I was using before that. Speaker cables have come a long way.
You've made some serious changes to your system recently Paul!
Anything on the horizon?
Are you staying 'low key' with the vinyl side of things or will that get looked at too?
I doubt I will be upgrading the turntable any time soon, if ever to be honest, Jules. I use it too rarely to make it financially sensible.
I've recently bought a Pi with Digi One, so will probably invest in upgrading that a bit, maybe getting a decent power supply for it and the Beresford. But nothing for a while as all of my hifi pennies have now evaporated.
How many hours have you had on your new cables now Paul?
I’ve left them burning in over the last couple of days and nights and they’re opening up nicely (most of the loom is second hand, so probably doesn’t need much, if any) but the speaker cables are brand new.
What I’ve noticed is unusual. There are some recordings where I know the artist used a mobile microphone to record and it used to leave a nasty ‘cupped hand’ signature on their voice. I thought putting this loom in would make it worse (better cables show more flaws).
In fact that odd colouration has completely vanished. There are other instances where small oddities have gone; what I assumed were flaws in the recording I now think were colourations I’d grown used to.
Everything sounds cleaner and more natural, a tension to the sound has gone. Another oddity is that despite the added quietness and ease to the sound, there’s also more drive and energy to everything, bass is tighter and has more drive and the whole spectrum is more coherent.
What I’m excited about is the main plug (wall to mains) is yet to be fitted, I’m sure as this is such an important lead, it’ll have a large impact to the overall sound quality..
Nothing wrong with enthusiasm. My interconnects were new, whereas the speaker cables were used.
I certainly found the interconnect took a long time to get ‘right’, I fact, I was starting to panic when I first plugged it in, because it was harsher and less detailed than my previous cable, but within about 5 days of active use, it was a transformation. Everything opened up and became clearer and more defined, but like you found, the details there, but a lot more palatable and easier on the ear.
I plugged in my previous cable for reference, and let’s just say it lasted for less than a few beats of a song before I wanted the Coherent cable back in the system.
The speaker cable was faster, which I guess was due to it being used, but it took a bit of time.
With all my recent changes, my system has gone from being something I rarely listen to and always turned it off after a short period, to being on a lot more and me wanting to turn the volume up, rather than down.
Sounds like magic Paul, your experience is what it’s all about after all.
I actually sold my good interconnects a while back and have been using generic ones for some time. I found myself less interested in the system as a result. I won’t be plugging them back in lol. One reason being they’re so badly built they almost damaged my preamp due to a misshapen rca...
How many hours have you got on them? What music have you used to burn them in?
I’ve been leaving my system on all day and night for two days now, using anIsotek burn in track on repeat. I agree it didn’t sound 100% at first but it’s starting to come on song. I think there’s lots more to come for us.
Btw - I asked Tony; the BD range stands for Bastard Dynamics! Ha ha
Similarly, I've been able to completely remove the port stuffing I had when the speakers were in my previous room. The bass is so much tighter that I can have the full port augmentation without things overloading in this new room.
Better sound quality often manifests as an apparent lightening of bass but it's just illusion. What has really gone is bloat and room modes.