Tellurium Q Black Nait XS2

Hi all,

I'm having some TQ Black delivered monday on trial. Just wondered if anyone had any experience of it? Especially versus Chord Rumour / XS2 which currently have.

Hoping it tightens/cleans up the bass without losing rhythm and drive...  but also smooths the highs a little. 

I loaned: Odyssey, EPIC. NAC A5. Didn't like them.

EPIC was detailed but lazy. Odyssey was tinny and lost all of the bass definition I get with Rumour. Almost lost the bass completely. 

Rumour is too thick and heavy in the bass though. Lacks openess and is a bit harsh on vocals.

NAC A5 was dry/bland but punchy and well timed. But the highs were a bit ropey at times. Was tempted but put the rumour back in and felt it was warmer in a nice way.

iMac/Audivarna(WAV library)>Chord Silver Plus USB>Chord 2Qute(TP PSU)>Chord Chameleon VEE3>Nait XS2>Chord Rumour 2 (2 metre pairs)>Proac 118. (All stock Naim power cables).

Atacama Moseco 6 (Plan to replace with Partingtons)

ERIS 5.0 

 

Failing this it's Hi Cap DR time (or other...)

Cheers

Adam

 

Original Post

I've had both Chord Rumour and Odyssey 2 and replaced the latter with TQ Black which is much much better than both.  I also replaced the interconnects I had, Chord Anthem Reference, with TQ Black which was better at a lower cost.  One of my best purchases 

It was a bit of a shock to be honest.  Run in time was awful, especially for the interconnects which were horrendous at first, but once it settled in mid range and detail were hugely improved and better lower range but most of all it's just much more musical.  If I remember rightly once it had settled in I moved my speakers because the tonal balance was so different from the Chord.

ThatsNotMyNaim posted:

Dayjay, i'm getting ahead of myself but already considering a full TQ switch if it works put with the speaker cable. Good to hear you've had a positive conversion. What were the changes in sound?

John, what can I expect from the DR?

Cheers

TNMN .. my philosophy is get your boxes in place .. they'll give you the biggest bang for your buck then look at your interconnects.  Full disclosure:  All my interconnects are TQ Ultra Black except for the Din-XLR from my 282 to 250DR and my speakers wires are TQ Black.

Hungryhalibut posted:
wenger2015 posted:

How about the ultra blacks? Cost a little more but we'll worth the extra outlay 

£260 a metre. With a Nait XS. Okay.......

You'd be surprised at how much is lost with 'lesser' cables! You can clearly hear the improvement even on entry level. Those boxes are better than you think. The costlier cables just let you hear it! 

Witchhat? What's that then?

You guys mentioning TQ Ultra Black but wouldn't that shame my system? 

A few have said the harshness may derive from XS2. So I am worried seriously transparent cables will show things up more.

That and the fact Ultra black way too expensive for me at the moment. 

 

Finkfan posted:
Hungryhalibut posted:
wenger2015 posted:

How about the ultra blacks? Cost a little more but we'll worth the extra outlay 

£260 a metre. With a Nait XS. Okay.......

You'd be surprised at how much is lost with 'lesser' cables! You can clearly hear the improvement even on entry level. Those boxes are better than you think. The costlier cables just let you hear it! 

Agree with you Finkfan,  the improvement is exceptional, and its a reasonably cost effective upgrade.... but of course it all depends on ones budget.... 

The Hi Cap DR is definitely one that needs to be home tested over a prolonged period and there are differing views to what it brings.  On my SN2 I love it and I feel it makes it a complete amp but its very hard to vocalise what it does clearly - in my amateur vocabulary I felt it added additional layers, firmed up the base and made things more solid and believable and I wouldn't be without it, but I know others who have tried it on the same amp and not liked it. 

gary yeowell posted:

2 grand on cables for a NaitXS is bonkers! Box first, cables last...... if at all. I'd stick with NacA5 and a Powerline.

I think at £260 a mt, it's only just over £1k for the ultra blacks in this case, a reasonably cheap upgrade for a High return....

Bf56 posted:

Any thoughts on witchhat ?

I have tried their Din>Xlr cables with 250DR and 300DR they are an improvement on Naim stock cables and a good VFM upgrade imo. I tried them from phono stage to pre but did not like what they did but its all system dependent, certainly worth checking out.

I guess at the end of the day you just have to justify any expense yourself. Bigger better cables will produce a positive result on almost any system. Bigger this, extended that, tightening here, deeper  there. Every component in our hifi chain acts as a filter to the music we hear. Spending more removes layers of that filter. We spend a lot of money on boxes and some of them don't have much inside, and until the arrival of Superlumina NacA5 was deemed 'good enough'. Ditto with mains and interconnects. When you run out of boxes to buy, or don't want any more, Be brave. Listen to some cables. If you like what it does, great. If not, so be it. Chances are it will be an ear opener! 

ThatsNotMyNaim posted:

Witchhat? What's that then?

You guys mentioning TQ Ultra Black but wouldn't that shame my system? 

A few have said the harshness may derive from XS2. So I am worried seriously transparent cables will show things up more.

That and the fact Ultra black way too expensive for me at the moment. 

 

Witch hat audio who offer 5 m pair at £145 cheap by comparison, to all others.  Has any one any experience of these?. Their web site claims they suit all Naim amps. 

All TQ cables are exceptional, doesn't matter how good your electronics are unless they can send their outputs to the speakers effectively. 

Black is very good value for money

ultra black adds more performance 

ultra silver takes your kit to another level especially regarding inner detail

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