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    Join Date: May 2012

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    I'm Rob.

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    It's been a while.....

    Iím currently using Linn Silvers with my set up (Linn components) at the moment but fancy a change. Anyone had experience of RFC interconnects? Anyone compared the Mercury and Venus?

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    Rob
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    I believe hifinut (Phil) has some, He may be able to help.
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    I have heard the comparison between the RFC Mercury and the Spotfire cables.

    The Spotfire win hands down, loads more clarity and 3D image.

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    I have a full set of RFC Cables, doing everything except my tonearms for which I use silver (the only place I still use silver). They sound great in my system, replaced a full rig of mixed Kondo and Audio Note. (As I say, I only kept silver for tonearm use). I wouldn't spend a penny more on an interconnect these days.

    I'm personally skeptical that anyone can hear anything other than tiny differences between properly made cables though there are some oddball ones that bugger around with capacitance and the like that have some 'effect' that sounds different. I've always tired of that sort of thing pretty quickly and gone back to normal ones..

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    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    except my tonearms for which I use silver (the only place I still use silver)
    Ah. I have the same preference. The tonearm is the only place I favour silver conductors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montesquieu View Post
    I have a full set of RFC Cables, doing everything except my tonearms for which I use silver (the only place I still use silver). They sound great in my system, replaced a full rig of mixed Kondo and Audio Note. (As I say, I only kept silver for tonearm use).
    Are you inferring that you prefer copper to silver in I/Cs, Tom, after dabbling in both for some time? Geoff seems to hold the same opinion, but to me this sounds a wee bit counter intuitive, though I've no experience of silver. Wonder why, as I was contemplating buying a pair of solid silver/silver RCA I/Cs.

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    I have had pretty much all the RFC RCA interconnects.

    My experience is that switching from Mercury to Venus, you get more transparency - so it reveals more of you components.
    If you have a bass-heavy source, you will get more bass (and detail about it), and so on. Want to find out if power chords doing anything for you ? Yup, Venus will tell you.

    I also found that the worse the source equipment, the bigger the differences, and that the Venus was noticeably preferable, in that it made everything 'richer' sounding.

    Of course, you are paying for the Rolls Royce of Furutech plugs with the Venus - not better sound directly. That has to come from your components.

    If the SpotFire is anything like Oliver's first cable, and you like the RFC sound, you may not like it at all, it very much depends on the balance of your system, but you are in a position to try it out at the moment, so worth a shot.

    I have no problem using Van Damme (no silver plating) + Venus these days, with other kit, Van Damme sounded awful.

    So, get your base kit sorted first if you don't like what you hear, and then something like Venus/SpotFire should just be gravy on top.
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    yes i am a great fan of the rfc cables , i do like the mercury a lot . i would have to do a prolonged listening session with both spotfire and mercury to see if i fully agreed with alan on this one

    the construction of the mercury is first class , it would be worth you adding your name to ollies demo list of the spotfire before making your mind up

    rfc cables are consistantly in demand and sell fast . whether the venus construction is much better sonically i can`t say , i like the KLE plugs on the mercury . i have had a couple of pairs of venus but not at same time as mercury

    i also use acoustic zen , mavros , chord signature , townshend dct 300 , and kimber select cables

    some years ago i spent hours comparing them all but i am a bit weary of all that now , i even have some £28 van damme speaker cable and it sounds amazing with the rfc impulse ta`us . i am sure there is better but i can`t afford the long length i would need
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    Are you inferring that you prefer copper to silver in I/Cs, Tom, after dabbling in both for some time? Geoff seems to hold the same opinion, but to me this sounds a wee bit counter intuitive, though I've no experience of silver. Wonder why, as I was contemplating buying a pair of solid silver/silver RCA I/Cs.
    Yes and in speaker cables too. Quality copper in my view keeps a nice balance between detail and texture/timbre, I find silver can be out of balance. The exception is tonearm cables where silver litz is the way to go to get those tiny signals to the SUT. I think a small amount of silver used judiciously in this way can be beneficial but too much is too much!
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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    never tried silver.
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