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    Join Date: Oct 2015

    Location: Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

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    I'm Ian.

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    We're always on the lookout for decent interconnects aren't we and we all know that you can pay a lot of hard earned for them. Since joining this forum I've had my eyes opened to the DIY route with a good choice of cable/plug options, from low budget to more esoteric fare. I have been using the Klotz/MS audio combination for some time and latterly Sommer/ MS audio. I've had the chance to try out some impressive cables from other members too and although good I felt no need to change.
    However today Jamie ( Karma67 ) came over, primarily for me to hear his Denon HA500 head amp with a view to buying it, which I did. He also bought a selection of his own DIY cables to get my opinion and also to test them on a system other than his own. We started with the Karma3 which he said gave him the first real indication he was on the right path. The first thing I noticed was the vocals on (s)Nora Jones's Come Away With Me took on a new presence, as though she'd moved forward in the room. There was also an increase in fine detail, notably the swirly sound on the brushes on the drums. We then tried the Karma5 which were ever so slightly more of what the Karma3 produced. Then came the Karma6, the latest version of Jamie's cables. The depth of detail in Dave Gilmour's guitar on The Division bell was astonishing, even down to the finger movements on the strings. Unnoticed before background detail became part of the music, not in a unpleasant way but subtle and interesting, flowing into the overall composition. Bass was still full and warm but with a sense of someone actually playing an instrument and not just floating in the mix.
    This is all very promising as Jamie intends to continue researching and building his cables. I tried very hard to steal the Karma6 cables but he's a bit too sharp to let me get away with that. I'm looking forward to hearing the next incarnation when they are ready.
    Last edited by Ian7633; 25-11-2018 at 01:44. Reason: Smelling mistale
    Turntable
    Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774/Van Damme cable with MS Starline plugs/Ortofon Quintet Black
    CD
    Cambridge CXC transport/modified Musical Fidelity X-DAC/modified Musical Fidelity X-10 V3 tube buffer
    Network Player
    Cambridge NP30
    Amplifier
    Denon HA-500 head amp/Nakamichi CA-5E pre-amp/Chinese passive RVC/Proton AA-1150 DMC power amp
    Speakers
    Mordaunt Short Signifer on original factory stands
    Cables
    Mogami with Rean Neutrik plugs/NVA LS5
    Headphones
    Sennheiser HD600/Sennheiser HD650/Koss Pro4 AA

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    Join Date: May 2017

    Location: West Sussex, UK

    Posts: 691
    I'm Steve.

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    Hi Ian

    Would definitely agree with your findings.
    Had Jamie here this afternoon. I had already listened to the version 3 now we compared the version 3 to his latest version 6.
    I like them enough to buy 2 pair.

    Will buy a third pair when shielding has been sorted.

    S.
    Project 2experience sb dc, Cart: At33ptg
    Firebottle Mono Blocks
    Nelson Pass Dcb1 turbo @ 1.2A. Khozmo 50k series attenuator.
    CD Player: Cyrus cd8se
    Spendor S6e
    Spotfire rca throughout - Spotfire Speaker Cable

    Steve...

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    Join Date: Sep 2014

    Location: brighton uk.

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    I'm jamie.

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    cheers chaps!
    im glad you liked them,im also pleased that my findings matched yours,its taken a few weekends to get the right blend so to speak but i think the mk 6 versions are spot on,they certainly beat anything ive heard to date at least.
    once i get the outer sleeving sorted i'll get a loan pair together if anyone's interested.
    My System
    John Wood KT88 Amp.
    Paradise Phono Stage
    Sony TTS-8000 Turntable.
    PMAT-1010 MK6 Tonearm.
    Sony X555ES Cd Player
    Yamaha NS1000m Speakers
    Audioquest Columbia & Colorado interconnects

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

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    Quote Originally Posted by karma67 View Post
    cheers chaps!
    im glad you liked them,im also pleased that my findings matched yours,its taken a few weekends to get the right blend so to speak but i think the mk 6 versions are spot on,they certainly beat anything ive heard to date at least.
    once i get the outer sleeving sorted i'll get a loan pair together if anyone's interested.
    I'm up for a loan mate.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Bigbottle Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Raspberry Pi 3+/Allo Boss 1.2/Isolator 1.3 & 2x LPSU's with Volumio & JRiver
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 with Khozmo 48 Step Series Attenuator & Krell KSA100 MK2 Amplifier
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A
    Price List For SPOTFIRE Cables here:https://bit.ly/2Uxiv3j

    Alternative reading: http://www.audioaddictsforum.com

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    Join Date: Sep 2014

    Location: brighton uk.

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    yep no probs
    My System
    John Wood KT88 Amp.
    Paradise Phono Stage
    Sony TTS-8000 Turntable.
    PMAT-1010 MK6 Tonearm.
    Sony X555ES Cd Player
    Yamaha NS1000m Speakers
    Audioquest Columbia & Colorado interconnects

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    Join Date: May 2017

    Location: West Sussex, UK

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    I'm Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karma67 View Post
    yep no probs
    Hi Jamie
    I think you'll need to make a list mate.

    S...
    Project 2experience sb dc, Cart: At33ptg
    Firebottle Mono Blocks
    Nelson Pass Dcb1 turbo @ 1.2A. Khozmo 50k series attenuator.
    CD Player: Cyrus cd8se
    Spendor S6e
    Spotfire rca throughout - Spotfire Speaker Cable

    Steve...

  7. #7
    Join Date: Sep 2014

    Location: brighton uk.

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    I'm jamie.

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    Cheers Steve, I’d better get the sleeving sorted pdq!
    My System
    John Wood KT88 Amp.
    Paradise Phono Stage
    Sony TTS-8000 Turntable.
    PMAT-1010 MK6 Tonearm.
    Sony X555ES Cd Player
    Yamaha NS1000m Speakers
    Audioquest Columbia & Colorado interconnects

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    Join Date: Jun 2012

    Location: London

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    I'm Marcus.

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    I'm a big cable believer - put me down for the loan list too (if there is one).
    Furutech/Studio Connections power cables and connectors-> Modded Marantz CD63SE or PC ->Schiit Bifrost MB -> RFC Venus Interconnect ->Marantz PM-7200-> TQ Black II Speaker Cable->Focal Aria 906

  9. #9
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    No probs Marcus. All being well I’ll start a list next week, I’m still trying to eek out a bit more from them at the weekend
    My System
    John Wood KT88 Amp.
    Paradise Phono Stage
    Sony TTS-8000 Turntable.
    PMAT-1010 MK6 Tonearm.
    Sony X555ES Cd Player
    Yamaha NS1000m Speakers
    Audioquest Columbia & Colorado interconnects

  10. #10
    Join Date: Oct 2015

    Location: Pulborough, West Sussex, UK

    Posts: 1,298
    I'm Ian.

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    Looking forward to hearing the MK7 Sunday, and some other rare audio treats
    Turntable
    Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774/Van Damme cable with MS Starline plugs/Ortofon Quintet Black
    CD
    Cambridge CXC transport/modified Musical Fidelity X-DAC/modified Musical Fidelity X-10 V3 tube buffer
    Network Player
    Cambridge NP30
    Amplifier
    Denon HA-500 head amp/Nakamichi CA-5E pre-amp/Chinese passive RVC/Proton AA-1150 DMC power amp
    Speakers
    Mordaunt Short Signifer on original factory stands
    Cables
    Mogami with Rean Neutrik plugs/NVA LS5
    Headphones
    Sennheiser HD600/Sennheiser HD650/Koss Pro4 AA

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