As promised, we are back to speak about the DIY mains cable TNT - TTS, to complete our listening test with the use of two of these cables at the same time, one feeding the CD player and the other connected to the amplifier.
You may have read in the previous article that I couldn't correctly evaluate the effect of the TNT – TTS as an AC cord for the CD player. Since I had just one cable to use, I could not set-up the amplifier at its optimum. Thus, I could not evaluate the benefits provided to the CD (for we audiofreaks even tiny nuances are important ;-)
Well, the completion of specimen number 2 took place after a decent time, so I am here to tell you how our big snake, used to feed the CD player, affects the sound quality.
Compared to the reference configuration, I could, instead, hear the following new effects. First, a big deepening of sound stage from the closest positions to the farthest ones, and without gaps.
It was easy to identify the different levels of depth, without the need to concentrate. This produced the further consequence of a sharp and improved instruments placement and focus, that sometimes, obviously, were *smaller* than previously heard.
In addition, I was glad to notice that the hardest dynamic pieces - as those due to a strong pressure on the central keys of a piano, that, on somewhat bad recording tended to stay and resonate too close to the speaker - received a much better treatment, that allowed me to follow in the virtual space the percussion of the several strings of the instrument.
P.S. - Last minute further confirmations!!!
It was one of those good occasions! I was about to go and visit my friend Giuliano Nicoletti, for an interesting (audiophile) development. If it is going to take place (as I think and hope), you'll read about it on these pages.
So, while going to Giuliano's, I thought that it would be an interesting experience to test the Snake's effectiveness in a completely different system from mine (room included), just to see if it could repeat the magic.
It was like going for an examination. I can honestly say that I crossed my fingers when, after TTS' installation on the cute tube integrated amplifier, the wonderful Pro-Ject turntable started his hypnotic dance and the excellent Demas begun singing (I don't really remember I heard them sounding so well during the last Roma Audio Show)...
Finally, I was the most surprised, since Giuliano naively admitted he had never doubted my enthusiastic words about our big snake (I must say that I didn't think I was so convincing...). Further tests, using other components showed that the use of the Snake was more effective with the preamplifiers, whose sound improvements were absolutely astonishing! But, in order to proceed to a better evaluation of the situation, a single TTS for each component is needed.
With just one cable, the best way to use it was on the preamplifiers. Suddenly, in the middle of the tests I was conducting with Giuliano, Luca Nicoletti appears in the room (pretty sleepy, indeed... but I didn't dare to ask him what happened last night ;-)
So, why don't we do more tests, but with Luca's system? It was soon clear that the Snake was best used with Luca's diy preamplifier (really good, compliments! I suspect that ability is a family heritage here...).
The analog turntable started its dance, the Galactron MK-2060 supplied its positive energy, and music started to spring from the always wonderful Sonus Faber Concertino, confirming, if it was still needed, our reptile's absolute value!
At the end, the hardest thing was to bring the TTS back home. I must say I felt a little unfair, after all the appreciating words said by both the big brothers, for not having left it. But my usual shop had run out of stock of Pirelli cable and, back home, my black bat (read Audioanalyse) was surely missing it.
Also, there were two pretenders, and only one could use the cable - should I be the cause of a family fight? ;-)
OK, I concede, it's not a good excuse. I promise that as soon as my dealer has more Pirelli Screenflex S2, I'll make one more cable just for them (considering its production costs..) and I give it to them!
A big ThanX to Giuliano and Luca for their cooperation!
© Copyright 1998 Stefano
Translation: Carlo Iaccarino Translation supervisor: Geoff Binder (Australia)
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