The cables arrived today. My wife and I settled in for some listening and the first thing she said was "It's amazing that power cables an make such a difference!" From there, she went on to further rhapsodize about your cables with an enthusiasm I hadn't recalled her ever expressing when it came to audio. She pointed out enhanced qualities in various instruments and compared them to how the system used to sound. I was rather surprised by her vehemence and animation, to be honest. Usually, I'm the one that gets excited by audio gear!
It took me a few minutes to realize that power1se's had rendered our system more revealing. Once I'd gotten over a bump in the learning curve, I quickly began to note the improvements, and as suggested by Kate's comment, above, they were not subtle! In fact, the majority of cd's sounded [much] better. Instruments and vocals had much more realism, weight and dimensionality. The soundstage deepened and there was no over accentuation of any part of the frequency range, which resulted in a very "natural" presentation-- it sounded like music and not like Hi-Fi, if that makes sense. The bass was tighter than we'd ever heard from the system and considering the tendency for EL34's to be somewhat "sloppy" in the lower register, this was a very nice surprise, indeed. Finally, there was no trace of the overly euphonic midrange we'd noticed [previously].
Needless to say, I'm really glad that, in the end, I ordered the se's. Just as important to me is the fact that you've been unfailingly patient and helpful throughout our interactions. I sincerely appreciate your generosity in doing all you [did]. Overall, I really don't know what more any customer could possibly ask for, whether in terms of product, price, or service.
With best wishes for your continued success,
“Right out of the box, the Silver Reference I/C made its impact felt. They were ultra quiet and let the music flow easily. Note after note poured forth with absolute clarity. Every detail was heard in proper perspective although at the cost of being slightly analytical. Nice height and depth with intense focus and imaging though perhaps not pinpoint accuracy. There’s no roll-off of treble here! I simply dislike a rolled-off treble. During performing arts seasons, I attend many concerts. I did not hear rolled-off treble there so why should I put up with less? The interconnects did not take long to “initially” burn-in. At the 40-hours mark, they became more even and stayed on this plateau for a 40-hours period. Then suddenly, their sonic characters thinned out a bit (almost lifeless) for another 40 hours or less. This took me by surprise. Luckily, they turn a corner at approximately the 120-hours mark and remained in this “true” state since. Once thoroughly burned-in, their slightly analytical character went away to reveal an alluring and involving character. Depth increased (almost doubled) along with width that went beyond the speakers and walls.