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Old 08-04-2021, 05:28 PM
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I have 4 weeks on my humble Super level Gen 6s (672 hours). Yesterday while watching the Olympics I noticed the sound improved some more. This was a pleasant surprise. My experience with Transparent is they really need a long time to break in.

I've been dealing with hardness in television broadcaster voices. Sound tended to be hard. Yesterday I noticed this went away. These sounds are more relaxed, more resolved. Cables are really coming along. Compared to my old Gen 1's I notice more nuances in the backing vocals and accompanying musicians. It is easier to hear techniques that the musicians are doing such as fingers on guitar strings, piano notes from key strikes to the hammer on the strings, to the decay in the piano box. Male opera arias are reproduced effortlessly. I'll do more critical listening after the Olympics.

I am so happy with the results I ordered a second balanced interconnect to use with my new DAC (my Bryston is still on back order).
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Old 08-05-2021, 12:43 AM
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Toga,

Thanks for the play-by-play on your transition to Gen-6. I have, and enjoy, Gen-5 Super and Ultra cabling. If Gen-6 is a significant improvement, I would like to save toward maybe Gen-6 Reference level. However, if it’s not a big improvement or changes the “Transparent sound” I so enjoy, I’ll continue to enjoy the Gen-5 and maybe move to Gen-5 Reference at a savings. [emoji848]

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Moving up the steps will be more beneficial than moving G5 to G6 of the same steps. In my experience XL G5
was outstanding too, but it didn’t have the final magic of opus G5 in some ways.

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Old 08-05-2021, 02:03 AM
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I might be wrong to described new sound of OBL G6 as thick.
It provided a lot more of bloom and details and richness in the lower mid to upper bass. More than I accustomed to. This relatively made me find treble a little too polite as the lower range over powering it. The tonal balance then shifted which I will have to readjust my ears .

I compensate this by switching Esoteric clock to normal ground mode in stead of adaptive ground mode. Relocated power cords. And most effective of all, plugging front ends into Oyaide R1 instead of Furutech GTX NCF. These helped slim down the sound to my preference.

I am not talking about soundstage or all those other audiophile magic because I am not there yet. The tonal balance must be right for me first before I can concentrate on something else.

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Old 08-06-2021, 09:44 AM
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Does anyone have any thoughts on whether moving from Gen 5 Balanced Reference Interconnect up to Gen 5 Balanced Reference XL Interconnect would be worth it?

I have Ref Gen 5 power cords and Isolator Reference on both components and speaker cable is MM2 Gen Reference.

Gen 6 is a little out of reach.
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Old 08-09-2021, 02:34 PM
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Does anyone have any thoughts on whether moving from Gen 5 Balanced Reference Interconnect up to Gen 5 Balanced Reference XL Interconnect would be worth it? It would not be expensive but i do not want to spend if the difference is unlikely to be substantial.

Components are Ayre QX-5 Twenty Dac and AX-5 Twenty Integrated with B&W 802D3 speakers.

I have Ref Gen 5 power cords and Isolator Reference on both components and speaker cable is MM2 Gen Reference.

Gen 6 is a little out of reach.


XL is huge improvement over Reference , the openness and transparency in the upper frequency especially. But that depends on how well the rest of the cables will allow
That improvement to show.

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Old 08-23-2021, 01:09 AM
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Any update on the Opus Gen 6 Toga? Should have a few hundred hours on them now.
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Old 08-29-2021, 09:26 PM
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XL is huge improvement over Reference , the openness and transparency in the upper frequency especially. But that depends on how well the rest of the cables will allow
That improvement to show.

Toga


Do you think XL throws a wider soundstage than Reference?
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Has anyone compared Gen 5 XL to Gen 6 XL interconnects?
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Old 09-25-2021, 03:37 PM
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So I did go to XL interconnect. Phenomenal!
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So I did go to XL interconnect. Phenomenal!
Thanks for the update!
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