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Thread: AA Sierra-2EX Monitor Review

  1. #61
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    Thumbs up Re: AA Sierra-2EX Monitor Review

    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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