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    Quote Originally Posted by briand View Post
    I'm now thinking about upgrading my speaker cables.
    Would a bare wire connection to the speaker be preferable to spades or banana plugs since it would be 1 interface rather than 2? Convenience is not a factor since I never change out my speakers. I would still use banana plugs on my amp since the convenience there is is needed.
    Hello Briand and Welcome to the Ascend Acoustic forum!

    Over the past 40 years, I've had it both ways in my audio systems. Found the sound degraded over the years due to oxidation of the exposed bare copper wire. I had to cut back 1/2" on both ends each year to remove the oxidation and get to fresh bare wire. I then discovered the o-ring sealed compression banana plugs (like THESE) that make a positive connection, sound good and minimize environmental exposure!

    FWIW, the Blue Jean Canare 4S11 (like THESE) offer ultrasonic welded connectors that have a lock mechanism to secure the connection to the terminal receptacle! IMHO, these 4S11 speaker cables with that welded/lockable connector yielded the Best sound and performance for the investment! I've found better (Morrow Audio), but had to spend 8X the price!

    Hope this all helps!

    Ted
    Sierra-2EX, Axiom EP 500, Emotiva USP-1, Emotiva UPA-2, Phillips CD880 (dedicated 2.1 listening room)!

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    Default Re: AA Sierra-2EX Monitor Review

    Thanks. Makes sense to minimize wire oxidation.
    I am finding with my Sierra 2EX that things in my system that were hardly noticeable with past speakers now can make a significant difference. Good for music enjoyment, bad for wallet.

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    Default Re: AA Sierra-2EX Monitor Review

    Quote Originally Posted by briand View Post
    Thanks. Makes sense to minimize wire oxidation.
    I am finding with my Sierra 2EX that things in my system that were hardly noticeable with past speakers now can make a significant difference. Good for music enjoyment, bad for wallet.
    Correct Briand! The Sierra 2EX are very musical, but also very analytical (reason I call mine, "Monitors")! In my experience, they are capable of opening windows into the honest quality of components, cabling, recordings and even room acoustics!!

    Feed them with well matched synergistic electronics, wiring and music in a balanced listening environment and they'll produce Live Surreal 2-channel Stereo Magic!

    Ted
    Sierra-2EX, Axiom EP 500, Emotiva USP-1, Emotiva UPA-2, Phillips CD880 (dedicated 2.1 listening room)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elan120 View Post
    I speculate the interconnects will also help, but not sure to what degree, so I will be looking for your review by late November to see how you like them.

    As for my journey, well, it got started again last night. I received an email from Dina that they will be getting the finished cabinets in 3-4 weeks, so looks like I should get the speakers around mid to late October.

    Kevin
    Kevin...Well, the RAAL Towers should be almost in-the-house?!

    FWIW, have been cooking the Morrow Audio Interconnects (2-sets for pre and power amps and 1-sub cable) these past 30-days. They came from Morrow with 300 hours of break-in on them and I added another 400+ hours of music playback. Well, they are going back tomorrow!?!

    Neither the Morrow MA4's or the SUB4 interconnects meet my expectations, that of "improving" the MC CD Pro Reference interconnects I had before! The Morrows were smooth and detailed, but never really matched the MC's open soundstage that precisely places the music (vocals, instrumentals, strings) into the walk-into-the-venue recorded space! My Components + My Interconnects + My Sierra 2EX Monitors/Sub + My Music Room + SP4 Speaker Cables = Magical 3D Stereo that blows the room boundaries down and is a constant mind-blowing experience!!! With my set-up and situation, believe the sonic Balance, Synergy and Realism I already had obtained (especially with the "Morrow SP4 speaker cables") will be enjoyable for many more years to come!!!

    Ted
    Last edited by theophile; 11-21-2021 at 06:16 PM.
    Sierra-2EX, Axiom EP 500, Emotiva USP-1, Emotiva UPA-2, Phillips CD880 (dedicated 2.1 listening room)!

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    Default Re: AA Sierra-2EX Monitor Review

    Quote Originally Posted by theophile View Post
    Kevin...Well, the RAAL Towers should be almost in-the-house?!

    FWIW, have been cooking the Morrow Audio Interconnects (2-sets for pre and power amps and 1-sub cable) these past 30-days. They came from Morrow with 300 hours of break-in on them and I added another 400+ hours of music playback. Well, they are going back tomorrow!?!

    Neither the Morrow MA4's or the SUB4 interconnects meet my expectations, that of "improving" the MC CD Pro Reference interconnects I had before! The Morrows were smooth and detailed, but never really matched the MC's open soundstage that precisely places the music (vocals, instrumentals, strings) into the walk-into-the-venue recorded space! My Components + My Interconnects + My Sierra 2EX Monitors/Sub + My Music Room + SP4 Speaker Cables = Magical 3D Stereo that blows the room boundaries down and is a constant mind-blowing experience!!! With my set-up and situation, believe the sonic Balance, Synergy and Realism I already had obtained (especially with the "Morrow SP4 speaker cables") will be enjoyable for many more years to come!!!

    Ted
    Thank you for the detailed update, Ted,

    Very good to know you already have the combination you want. That is the state I will be working on for a short while, but in couple weeks, my first step should start, by having the room ready to take the RAAL tower delivery. It has been longer wait then I originally planned, but I am now just happy I finally can get the setup started. Once I have the initial setup going, and all the break in done, I plan on following your steps by getting a set of Morrow speaker cable to see if I am able to duplicate your sucess.

    Kevin

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    Default Re: AA Sierra-2EX Monitor Review

    Ted,

    Thank you for the speaker cable tip, I placed an order today with their 10 day burn-in service at a very good discount.

    Regards,
    Kevin

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