Putting the Frosting on the Audiophile/Videophile Cake
Some of these things are built into the foundation of the system as it is being assembled (such as an audiophile equipment rack). And others I consider “tweaks” that take a system to that next level after all the chosen source components are added.
A person may love the chosen CD player they bought, but as our hobby goes, they want to make the sound or performance even better!
I always say to people that an interconnect or new set of speaker cable can totally transform the sound of a speaker for better or worse. That adding isolation cones or an upgraded power cord can really open up the sound on a CD player, preamp, amp etc..
Once you are happy with your setup, you can then add these “tweaks” to fine tune the sound or even bring it to another level without reinvesting in a higher end component.
Recently I brought in a couple pricier Interconnect options to our store by Kimber Kable called “Silver Streak” and “HD29”.
Silver (when cast properly) has a smooth and airy sound and not bright like some people in our hobby assume. It can remove grain in the sound and add a sweetness to the music that copper can’t match.
The HD29 is Kimber’s top HDMI cable. It has a copper and silver conductor, adds point to point soldering (not crimped), Ferrite caps on each end to remove EMI and RF, with gold plated connectors. A 1m length runs $ 197.00.
Now some people may say that spending this much on “frosting” for your system is too much. My personal feeling is that once you get to a very high level of quality in your system, where you can tangibly hear an audible or visual improvement of even 1% in that system, then you have added to your overall experience and enjoyment of bringing the “Absolute Sound” or “Visual Realism” even closer to a reality in your own personal environment.
And for me in my hobby, you can’t put a price tag on that.
Till next time!
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