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bonzo75

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I've seen you withstand the criticisms of others and persevere to do things in your own way and time..
Marc, he identified the problem correctly
 

spiritofmusic

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Well, as with all things good in audio, plenty has had to come together to get to this point.

A better room has enabled me to get a better "fix" on my sound. Not only am I more sure than ever my bias twds SETs w high efficiency full range drivers is totally up my street, but the gear sounds better than ever here.

At the same time the shortcomings I had in my old room which meant ultimate performance could never be realised have all gone. In the old room, have the subs at where they are now and the sound was thin and papery, have the subs where they were and the sound was warm and fuzzy, never could I get it right.

So for me to finally crack the subs formula has been a massive learning curve, initially the room allowing this step to be entertained, and now the Reserva Elites pwr cords to the subs liberating tone and density, critically lowering noise floor too.

And by having the subs JUST operating, I'm properly hearing the spkrs and hence the system, more of the music, and in effect the cumulative results of all the other Reservas/Elites in my system.
 

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I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the Audio Bacon site, however Jay is a very industrious emerging reviewer with a keen interest in digital audio. I discovered his site several months ago whilst researching LPS for my router and he got in touch with me last Autumn with a request to review my digital cables. The review was published yesterday and you can read it in the link below as well as have a browse around other stuff on his site. Understandably I'm flattered by his evaluation, not least of all since I am keen for Sablon to be able to deliver customers a full cabling loom of very high performance, despite not having the resources of the 'big players'.

https://audiobacon.net/2019/01/04/sablon-audio-panatela-reserva-digital-elegance/
 
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I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the Audio Bacon site, however Jay is a very industrious emerging reviewer with a keen interest in digital audio. I discovered his site several months ago whilst researching LPS for my router and he got in touch with me last Autumn with a request to review my digital cables. The review was published yesterday and you can read it in the link below as well as have a browse around other stuff on his site. Understandably I'm flattered by his evaluation, not least of all since I am keen for Sablon to be able to deliver customers a full cabling loom of very high performance, despite not having the resources of the 'big players'.

https://audiobacon.net/2019/01/04/sablon-audio-panatela-reserva-digital-elegance/
Mark,
I've barely spent enough time with the upgraded Reserve Elite USB cable since I left for vacation quite soon after receiving it but the improvements were clear straight out the gate. My impression may be influenced by the fact that I also went with the powerless option with the upgrade to Elite. However, I'll be surprised if the improvements wrought across the board were simply due to eliminating the power leg from the cable.
Direct comparisons showed a noticeable degree of enhanced resolution, better bass + bass resolution, much quieter backgrounds, plus a significant reduction in HF stridency.
For the nominal cost of this upgrade, I'm extremely satisfied with the results.
 
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I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the Audio Bacon site, however Jay is a very industrious emerging reviewer with a keen interest in digital audio. I discovered his site several months ago whilst researching LPS for my router and he got in touch with me last Autumn with a request to review my digital cables. The review was published yesterday and you can read it in the link below as well as have a browse around other stuff on his site. Understandably I'm flattered by his evaluation, not least of all since I am keen for Sablon to be able to deliver customers a full cabling loom of very high performance, despite not having the resources of the 'big players'.

https://audiobacon.net/2019/01/04/sablon-audio-panatela-reserva-digital-elegance/
Congratulations, Mark!
 

Sablon Audio

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Mark,
I've barely spent enough time with the upgraded Reserve Elite USB cable since I left for vacation quite soon after receiving it but the improvements were clear straight out the gate. My impression may be influenced by the fact that I also went with the powerless option with the upgrade to Elite. However, I'll be surprised if the improvements wrought across the board were simply due to eliminating the power leg from the cable.
Direct comparisons showed a noticeable degree of enhanced resolution, better bass + bass resolution, much quieter backgrounds, plus a significant reduction in HF stridency.
For the nominal cost of this upgrade, I'm extremely satisfied with the results.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Etor. Now that you have upgraded your dac, there is definitely extra headroom to allow the enhanced performance of the Elite model to shine through. You also have the lower noisefloor of dropping the voltage line, so double whammy.

As an aside, Jay from Audio Bacon reviewed my ‘entry level’ Reserva model rather than the Elite since I felt that people may be overlooking its potential and automatically assuming they needed the top model.

Incidentally, the ethernet cable makes a great i2s cable and has been used happily in Aqua / Metrum / MSB systems.
 
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Just so everyone knows, Mark discouraged me from going with the elite cable but rather with the regular reserva about a year ago when I had my Schiit Yggdrasil DAC. After upgrading last month to a Golden Gate, it was a no brainer.
 
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Incidentally, the ethernet cable makes a great i2s cable and has been used happily in Aqua / Metrum / MSB systems.
Here's a fresh review on the Aqua combo using my lan cable for i2s transmission. It seems Peter likes it!

Props also to Sablon Audio for its superb RJ45 Ethernet cable which I purchased to upgrade the I2S connection between the La Diva and the xHD. A short run of this cable resulted in a further lowering of the noise floor, broadened frequency extremes and an appreciable enhancement of the uncanny purity, ease, and lucidity that are already the raison d’etre of the Aqua Formula xHD.

https://www.soundstageaustralia.com/index.php/reviews/239-aqua-acoustic-quality-formula-xhd-dac
 

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