I'm glad you got to enjoy the cord cat6man and that your feelings correlated with those of other listeners. As I have used all of Emile's servers over the past several years, it is somewhat implicit that my cables have been developed to work synergistically. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.Some more feedback on my journey into Taiko-land. I initially reported that I thought that, although the sound was superb, I was sure that there was more low level detail to be obtained (based on a battery powered digital front end I had a few years ago).
Reading back in this thread, it seemed likely that the power cable was (one of) my weak link, so I got on Mark's list to demo the
Prince power cable to has so impressed ray-dude and others.
My first response was not quite as dramatic as that of ray-dude, who heard a "i'm done now" gain in SQ as soon as he added the Sablon to his extreme. I did not have that experience but ended up in the same place eventually!
My initial reaction, replacing a Shunyata Diamondback Platinum power cable on a Synergistic Research
powercell 12 UEF SE power conditioner, was a subtle but important improvement in low level detail, for
example the micro modulations of Joan Baez's voice. I attribute this to a lowering of the noise, which impacts both background
silence and the low level details carried on top of louder sounds.
A bigger surprise was taking the Prince out of the system, where the absence of the Sablon cable made a much larger difference than I remember when adding the cable. The sound was now much less relaxing and more edgy. After getting used to the Prince, taking it out was a shock. So I ended up in the same place as ray-dude at the end
The Sablon cable is really really good on the Extreme.
Now, since I have already spent the entire year's audio budget on the Extreme, I'm waiting to hear about the Taiko USB card and map out what is my purchase on the road to audio nirvana/nervosa.
Next step: move the Centerstage2 footers currently under my headphone amp to under the Extreme.