Discussion in 'Morrow Speaker Cables and Jumpers' started by Francis, Mar 20, 2014.
Ah yes, the wait ..........before and after you receive your cables!
Some things seem to take forever.
Mike emailed me Thursday, informing me that Adam was just finishing their assembly and they would be on the break-in device Friday. As with my last two sets of Morrow cables, I'll hook them up, have a good listen, and then plug my iPod into the auxiliary of my preamp, and let it run (on shuffle - repeat) at very low volume for another week or so.
I even log the hours on my calendar. With my 4s, I thought they hit their full stride at about 300 hours, but really blossomed at 400. Oh ........the life of a helpless audioholic
In addition to producing a terrific product, Mike has been a top shelf individual to deal with; very accommodating and considerate. My SP-6s and MAP-3s arrived May 2. I replaced the SP-4s and Audioquest power cords, fired everything back up and gave them a day to "settle in." I received 5 Day break-in, so my first listen was very enjoyable. The improvement, as others have noted, was greater detail and separation, bigger and better bass and a wider and deeper soundstage. But, in my past two experiences with Morrow cables, I've found the 400 - 500 hour mark where they really open up; so, I put my iPod on shuffle, through the AUX jack, on low volume and ran it for another 8 days. My first two serious listening's were great, but the third time, on a Wednesday evening, it was like a switch had been pulled. EVERYTHING was more alive, more present, more detailed, more of that "in the room with you" experience that we all talk about.
One description you hear often is instruments are separated by their own spaces of air. I had not really related to that observation .........until now.
I played the China Crisis (great 80s synth / pop group) album Difficult Shapes and Passive Rhythms the other night. It is a record I have owned for years and listened to 50 times at least. I sat there in my chair literally shaking my head; hearing little percussion and synthesizer nuances that just were not there before. And again, all very clearly separated from one another.
In my 40+ years of pursuing this wonderful hobby / passion, this is one of the most significant upgrades I have ever made, including replacing my Vandersteen 3A Signatures with Richard's Quatros. AND ........as timing would have it (and an incredibly understanding wife), a landmark birthday coming up is going to bring me two pair of MA-6 interconnects - one for DAC to preamp, the other for preamp to mono amps and a MAP-3 for my preamp! If the increase in anywhere close to what I have just realized, I may spend all weekends in Studio V (my living room). I get to pick that set up in person from Mike at T.H.E. Show Newport this coming Friday!!
Come on, you have to get the 7's! I was at the 6's for a while and finally went to the 7's. Well worth the trip.
Ernie .......are you sure your last name isn't Morrow?
OK Ernie ....... the time has come (or more specifically, I have been given a green light from the Commissioner of House Ways & Means) to upgrade my MA6 speaker cables. Are you still as enamored with your MA7's? I'm considering jumping up to the Elites ........... seems like going from 96 wires a side to 192 and separate enclosures for the positive and negative on each channel ......... But, for that kind of money, I could upgrade my cartridge, maybe get into a Lyra? My move from 4's to 6's was a huge improvement.
When I went from the 6's to the 7's, the improvement was marginal. It was there, but nothing like going from the 4's to the 6's. IMHO, you get the most noticeable improvements going 2 levels up or more. If you can swing the elite's, go for it. If I were going to do something like this, I would find my old SP4's and see if Mike would do the 50% trade in. Even see if he has some used ones and would work with you on a trade. I know he says he won't do it, but I figure no harm in asking. Let me know how it turns out.
I just took the big leap (are you there Ernie?). When I went from SP4s to SP6s, the improvements were across the board; more detail, space around the instruments, wider and deeper soundstage, more slam, etc. When I got the green light from my dear wife to move up the line (retirement gift), it was the SP7s or the Elites. It didn't take long to conclude that this was the last speaker cable upgrade in my horizon, so I stretched to the Elites; they just arrived Thursday. Because the cable towers I use (splines of banner material our graphic arts department discards) are thick, tough compressed cardboard, it took a while to drill the additional 16 holes in the back to accommodate the additional cable for each channel that the Elites include. With all the components powered off for almost 3 hours, I got the cables reinstalled and fired the system back up. My first three selections were all good recordings that I am very familiar with. EVERYTHING was dramatically improved. Not only was I hearing not-so-little sounds that I never noticed, that "in the room with you" sensation was the biggest single element. Just to test my enthusiasm, I put Katy Lied on, a notoriously bad recording. It still possessed some of the dull muddiness that the application of the newly developed Dolby Noise Reduction technology imparted, but it sounded like a remix .......... have never heard that record sound that good.
Even with the included 240 hours of break in time, when I'm not doing serious listening, I will run Pandora 24/7. By next weekend, they will have the 400 hours on them that I think all of Mike's cables need to fully blossom. I will report back then. Play on all.
Way to go! I've stopped at the level 7's. Recently got a SoundSmith Aida cartridge for my turntable. Nice upgrade. Been playing around with changing out my second system (Emotiva) for a fully restored Marantz 2275. This would go along with a fully upgraded AR XA turntable and Grado Sonata 1 cartridge and my Snell Type C speakers. Hope to be able to pull this off. Congratulations on the Elites. Let me know when you get the OK to go to the Anniversary Cables
Hello Steve and Ernie. I have had many of the different lines of Mikes cables over the years. Most of them I have found to be system depended. Some gear Ive owned liked the 4 line up best. For some reason the higher line on this x brand of gear didn't result in better sonics. So sometimes the higher up lines are not needed. Now I have found that the better your gear is the more you get out of Mikes higher lines. I have a all Music Fidelity system. It has taken a couple of years to hit the right combination of Morrow cables to get the best sound quality out of it. I use a dig 4,ma6 and sp7 cables for best results. And of course all cables have the silver upgrade connectors. Now of course some of us don't have the time or money for this research. But this hobby has some what got out of control for me to the point of trail and error for the finest sound quality I can get. I'm sure that the best of Mike's line up is amazing on better high end gear. To me if I have $20k worth of gear the best of Mike's cables would bring the most out of it. Play on and enjoy those Morrow cables .
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