Linn Urika connection to NAC 252

tonym posted:

 I do wish mine was a tadge longer ... 

... well the double stiffness must help.

Considering Linn apparently failed to get its Silvers to work with DIN connectors, I think Chord have done an amazing job - but I supppose they are the specialists 

Also I find the stiffness of the SSA enables them to be "dressed" more easily than the droopy ones

+1 on cable dressing- much easier with the stiffer Chord. I found no issues with using a SuperSarum RCA/DIN from Urika to 552. Just get suitable length and have it properly installed into your deck.

On a similar topic- I have heard the Chord Music vs SuperSarum in this configuration and was taken by the difference- the Music shall be ordered . Imo, the IC from Urika has provided the greatest increase in SQ of all cable swaps. Linn Silvers really hold the Urika back...

ATB,

Mark

varyat posted:

+1 on cable dressing- much easier with the stiffer Chord. I found no issues with using a SuperSarum RCA/DIN from Urika to 552. Just get suitable length and have it properly installed into your deck.

On a similar topic- I have heard the Chord Music vs SuperSarum in this configuration and was taken by the difference- the Music shall be ordered . Imo, the IC from Urika has provided the greatest increase in SQ of all cable swaps. Linn Silvers really hold the Urika back...

ATB,

Mark

'Music' is the new one from Chord, isn't it? The price is almost double of the Sarum... Starting to approach 'silly money' territory.

Adam

Adam Zielinski posted:
varyat posted:

+1 on cable dressing- much easier with the stiffer Chord. I found no issues with using a SuperSarum RCA/DIN from Urika to 552. Just get suitable length and have it properly installed into your deck.

On a similar topic- I have heard the Chord Music vs SuperSarum in this configuration and was taken by the difference- the Music shall be ordered . Imo, the IC from Urika has provided the greatest increase in SQ of all cable swaps. Linn Silvers really hold the Urika back...

ATB,

Mark

'Music' is the new one from Chord, isn't it? The price is almost double of the Sarum... Starting to approach 'silly money' territory.

Adam

Yes, it is pricey. I don't take these types of upgrades for granted - they need to make sense in my overall system. Fortunately, I have a very helpful dealer who has a very generous trade-back policy for these cables making the upgrade much more affordable. The Music is worth the audition if you are at the 552/300-500 level imo.

ATB,

Mark

Earlier this week I bought a cheep rca to din adapter, 15cm of what looks like lowest possibly quality, but I must say I'm impressed! I have LP12/radikal/urika/keel/ekos se/klyde and the original Linn "silver" rca-rca into a 252/300 based system.
Ok, it is possibly not the absolute reference in terms of detail, but now more lifelike and enjoyable!

This made me search the forum for Urika and Din and found this very useful and informative thread.
A short summary, all seam very happy with their rca to din cables from Urika, both Super Lumina and Chord Sarum. Possibly with a bigger following of the Chord!
To fit a Chord Sarum a special version for Urika is available from Chord (special termination and 1.2m).
As I understand the Naim SL rca-din works as it is? Correct?

Has anybody auditioned Chord's Signature version? How does it compare? Is a special Urika version required?
Spending more than 2x the cartridge price on a cable triggers my internal alarms!

If i remember discussions from when I got the Urika, HigherLine was not broadly endorsed for use with Urika and I believe the general recommendation was "stick with the linn". Or am I wrong?

Auditions will most likely be impossible since no Linn dealer here carry Naim or i believe Chord. Probably I could listen to SL vs. Chord in a Naim system but din-din versions from e.g. a streamer. What do you think, would any conclusions here be of any relevance for use with a Urika?

All feedback is much appreciated!
Jakob

Jakob,

IME the upgrade to Chord Super Sarum Aray [Urika to 552] is extremely impressive, bettering that of the Super Lumina.

I also found the same benefits of more impressive detail and sense of musical realism using a DIN-DIN Chord SSA between my CDS3 and 552, and the result from this is more enjoyment and CD plays using my CDS3 player which helps save cartridge wear on my Kandid. Even after 6 months i am pleasantly surprised with how much better my CD collection sounds.

You will probably need a 1.2m length RCA-DIN for your LP12 to 252, but IMO you also need a 1m length of Chord SSA DIN-DIN for your CDS3 player, honestly a HighLine sounds rather dull in comparison! : /

Debs

 

naim_nymph posted:

IME the upgrade to Chord Super Sarum Aray [Urika to 552] is extremely impressive, bettering that of the Super Lumina.

I happen to agree with Debs - I liked what the Super Lumina did, but much preferrred the Chord Sarum Super ARAY. I have yet to hear the ChordMusic cables. I have Chord SSA on the Urika and CDS3 plus use Chord SSA DIN/XLRs, but NACA5 is still the speaker cable of choice - as matters stand.

I say this without research - and am happy to  stand corrected - but I feel that more people using 552s seem to prefer the Chord SSA on the Urika but for those using 252s it is less clear cut. 

varyat posted:

Yes, it is pricey. I don't take these types of upgrades for granted - they need to make sense in my overall system. Fortunately, I have a very helpful dealer who has a very generous trade-back policy for these cables making the upgrade much more affordable. The Music is worth the audition if you are at the 552/300-500 level imo.

ATB,

Mark

Mark and I tend to run hand in hand and I counted on his demo of MUSIC when I decided to pull the trigger and upgrade my Super Sarum TA.  I had the chance to play with the MUSIC cable on my Klimax DS/2 for several days before it was installed on my Urika (system is like Mark's - 552/500/Titans)

Let me not mince words - the MUSIC cable is the equivalent of a Black Box upgrade - and perhaps more.  Staggering is an understatement.  One of the most impressive upgrades I have done (and there have been many over the years).

Best

Gregg

 

Debs and Chris thanks for your replies. It seems SL is outcompeted here, also nice that Nac A5 is working well with Chord SSA interconnects, I would need 9m lengths of SL (or possibly a chord option) and I guess that would start approaching a 552 (used) upgrade cost...

Debs, I am not sure I wanted to read that cds3 remark! but I guess I already suspected that ��
Slightly of topic, I see you have cds3/ps555DR, did you upgrade from the original ps555? If so, what was your impressions with the upgrade and how does it compare to a HL-Chord SSA upgrade? (All my black boxes are now roughly 10 years old and pre DR, so service is imminent)

Joppe posted:

Slightly of topic, I see you have cds3/ps555DR, did you upgrade from the original ps555? If so, what was your impressions with the upgrade and how does it compare to a HL-Chord SSA upgrade? (All my black boxes are now roughly 10 years old and pre DR, so service is imminent)

Long-story-short; a couple of years ago i purchased a fairly newish PS555DR and a fairly newish burndy cable which i also needed, both at a good deal pre-owned prices from Cymbiosis.

So i don't actually know how a non-DR PS555 would sound with the CDS3, however i can confirm i'm very pleased with how my CDS3 player performs and i enjoy it everyday.

Upgrading from Naim HL to Chord SSA is a revelation, a huge upgrade, and i had no qualms about trading in the HL cable to soften the blow of the SSA cable price. It's where and when a good dealer comes in handy, it maybe better cost effective for you to trade in your non-DR PS555 for a newer pre-owned PS555DR...? 

Also a good dealer will allow you to home demo the Chord cables, the LP12 Urika to pre is a trampolin off to fit job so maybe best left up to a dealer but the DIN-DIN of the CDS3 player is very easy to try at home for demo.

Good luck with whichever you choose : )

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