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    Cardas Clear

    Cardas is one of the best known cable brands, but very seldom referred in high-end audio forums. Cardas Golden Reference was an old favorite of mine, as it helped digital a lot in the "bright" days ... I just saw some advertisements of people selling Clear cables, specifying it is Rev.1. I have never read about "revisions" of Cardas cables. Can someone enlighten me?
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    Yes, it's a revision Cardas made to (only) the interconnect a few years ago and Rev1 version sounds considerably better - cleaner and clearer. But a brand new Clear Beyond is in another league. Best cable Cardas has ever made IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    Yes, it's a revision Cardas made to (only) the interconnect a few years ago and Rev1 version sounds considerably better - cleaner and clearer. But a brand new Clear Beyond is in another league. Best cable Cardas has ever made IMO.
    One of my neighbors here replaced his Furutechs with this, also on Avalon, with CJ

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    Anyone else have any experience with the Cardas Beyond Clear line of interconnects? Cardas Clear are very good and are the cables of choice for Audio Research and some others. Gotta assume the Beyond Clear is significantly better but if so, how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    Yes, it's a revision Cardas made to (only) the interconnect a few years ago and Rev1 version sounds considerably better - cleaner and clearer. But a brand new Clear Beyond is in another league. Best cable Cardas has ever made IMO.
    According to Cardas, the sound of the Rev 1 is identical to the original. The only purported difference is a slight change in the grounding scheme to make it more compatible with a wider array of user systems without eliciting noise.

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    Cardas makes excellent stuff ,best LS terminals/ connectors on the market , virtually pure copper ( tiny alloy) milled connectors , a lot of brands use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andromedaaudio View Post
    Cardas makes excellent stuff ,best LS terminals/ connectors on the market , virtually pure copper ( tiny alloy) milled connectors , a lot of brands use them.
    Binding posts, spades, bananas? There are far better from WBT and Furutech.
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    I am curious about Clear Beyond as well. Has anyone compared Clear Beyond interconnects to other well-regarded brands of interconnects?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC View Post
    Binding posts, spades, bananas? There are far better from WBT and Furutech.
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    I recently replaced a Cardas Clear to a Beyond Clear from my ASR phono stage to the VTL 7.5III preamp. It was a nice improvement, mostly in increased refinement and shading of timbres in orchestral instruments (which is what I play mostly on the TT). Frankly, it's such a damn good cable, I wonder if I'm wasting money by spending more on my uber expensvie MITs (which are mandated for Spectral amps). It's neutral, balanced, and natural sounding as far as I can tell. What's not to like?

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