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MDAC First Listen (part XXVIII)

Discussion in 'audio' started by Chertilo777, Oct 29, 2013.

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  1. Chertilo777

    Chertilo777 Active Member

    One advise is to use expensive silver cable XLRs with MDAC, another is to use affordable Van Damme cable based XLRs. Can silver cables add additional character to the sound?
  2. misterdog

    misterdog Not the canine kind

    The whole ethos of hi-fi is to neither add , nor subtract anything from the original source - Transparency.

    Silver in cables is alleged to promote the higher frequecies.

    I use 'home' made Van Damme XLR cables which sound fine to me.
    The cable has 6/8 of the 19 strands silver plated in the core.

    Must be an interesting manufacturing process.
  3. LarsS

    LarsS pfm Member

    Depends on your sonic signature preference, for me silver works. Best is to evaluate in your system.
  4. JohnW

    JohnW Trade: Lakewest


    Yes, the "Circuit arrangement" of the resistors attenuates only the Difference and not the common-mode signals.

    You can send me your attenuators and I'll make up correct ones - if you cover the postage costs.
  5. JohnW

    JohnW Trade: Lakewest

    Thank you for the payment.

    We hope to post a Youtube Video clip showing how to install the new PCB once they are ready - or you can send your MDAC to us in Czech Rep. for the upgrade (at no charge, just cover the postage).
  6. Steven Toy

    Steven Toy L3 Toy

    I will be heading to Sheffield to get mine done.
  7. JohnW

    JohnW Trade: Lakewest

    Congratulations, that's going to be a very nice systems :)

    I've no experience of ready made XLR cable brands - I'm sure others here will offer recommendations - but I can fully recommend using XLR over RCA interconnection even for short signal runs.

    With Balanced interconnection, the audio signal is "isolated" from the Earth / Ground connection between units - this Ground connection is now only used to set the Common mode voltage between units and not directly for the audio signal.

    Who ever dreamt up the idea to share the delicate Audio signal with the Ground / Earth interconnection was having a very bad day at work...
  8. Tonyb

    Tonyb pfm Member

    I would be delighted if you could!! Could you send me your address and I will paypal some funds to you. Many thanks for the offer!
  9. JohnW

    JohnW Trade: Lakewest

    PM Sent :)

    How much attenuation do you require?
  10. Tonyb

    Tonyb pfm Member

  11. JohnW

    JohnW Trade: Lakewest


    I cannot open the above link (might be a problem my end)?

    But no problem, I've made up pairs for Arthur....
  12. Tonyb

    Tonyb pfm Member

    I just changed the permissions on that photograph, should link now. They will be winging there way to you in the morning. Are euros any use to you? (Also for the MDAC II payments?)
  13. arthur

    arthur Banned

    I'm hoping to persuade Simon to do mine on atrip to the in-laws.

    GIANT bacon scariness are offered as enticement.
  14. JohnW

    JohnW Trade: Lakewest

    Got the picture now :) the gold plating looks decent.

    Not much use for Euros here in CZ, we still thankfully have our local currency... don't worry about the funds ATM, we can add the return postage costs to your next MDAC2 payment to save PayPal fees :)
  15. arthur

    arthur Banned

  16. JohnW

    JohnW Trade: Lakewest

  17. Stilgoe1972

    Stilgoe1972 pfm Member

    Van damme cables are recommended with bryston. Cheap and uncoloured . I wouldn't use cables that will highlight the high frequencies as the MDAC is in my experience pretty bright sounding although according to some that's how it's recorded -like they know.
  18. arthur

    arthur Banned

    I've no idea how people solder things that are so small!

    I'm glad you did mine John. :)

    My attempts ruined a fistful of resistors a pair of xlrs and were the cause of a houseful of expletives :mad:
  19. Steven Toy

    Steven Toy L3 Toy

    My MDAC certainly isn't bright sounding. In fact Anthony of Tube Distinctions commented on its hard-hitting dynamic sound without there being any aggressiveness at all at the top end.
  20. Stilgoe1972

    Stilgoe1972 pfm Member

    Hi Steven,
    Different systems ,different rooms.

    Do you use you're with valves Steven?
    Yours also been mod'ed, as the one I had was the standard "budget" £599 one. Does it sound twice as good now:)
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