Chord Signature Reference Speaker Cable

The Strat (Fender) posted:

..............    Next I'm going to try some Naca 5 instead of the Odyssey..............

Lindsay

This will be interesting.     Odyssey is a nice cable & it seems we might be the only two who admit to using it.    I tried NACA5 some years back & couldn't use it simply because I could not get it into the conduit around/under the fire place & trailing it around the front stirred the wrath of the domestic tidy monster & that forced me to seek a smaller profile & far more flexible.   But I did try it over a 3 days & yes it was nice & if it could have been installed I would have bought it.    Then just a year ago I soldered up a 4m pair for a friend & strung them around for a listen,  yes nice & it confirmed my previous impression.     So (cards to chest) & waiting to read how they are for you.

Both NACA5 and Odyssey are great cables. I use the latter because I feel the greater detail and clarity it gives is better for listening to my main loves, Classical music and acoustic based music. NACA5 however, really boogies more   and is better for Rock and Pop music.

Simples 

Lindsay, I consider me to belong to the naca camp. I listened to signature reference and SL in my system before I serviced and DRed my boxes. SL is easely the best speaker cable of the two, and the best I heard in a naim system. However, at that point I wrote both of based on cost (I need 8-9m) and concluded that interconects make a bigger difference/bang for the buck to these ears. Also I went for DR...

Now to the twist,  a month ago I spotted a used set of Epic reference in suitable length, and desided to go for them, thinking I can always sell them on if I don’t like them. As much as I like Naca5 I am convinced this cable stay. To me it is more articulte in the whay it presents voices and instruments, a bitt more “live” than what I get with Naca5. I belive it’s a bit lighter in its tonal balance compared to signature ref, but othervise pritty similar I think, have not compared side by side though.  Wort a try at least at used prices if you ask me.

(Oh, Remember trying the original Signature SC ~10 years ago, I clearly preferred Naca5 at that time!?)

Joppe posted:

Lindsay, I consider me to belong to the naca camp. I listened to signature reference and SL in my system before I serviced and DRed my boxes. SL is easely the best speaker cable of the two, and the best I heard in a naim system. However, at that point I wrote both of based on cost (I need 8-9m) and concluded that interconects make a bigger difference/bang for the buck to these ears. Also I went for DR...

Now to the twist,  a month ago I spotted a used set of Epic reference in suitable length, and desided to go for them, thinking I can always sell them on if I don’t like them. As much as I like Naca5 I am convinced this cable stay. To me it is more articulte in the whay it presents voices and instruments, a bitt more “live” than what I get with Naca5. I belive it’s a bit lighter in its tonal balance compared to signature ref, but othervise pritty similar I think, have not compared side by side though.  Wort a try at least at used prices if you ask me.

(Oh, Remember trying the original Signature SC ~10 years ago, I clearly preferred Naca5 at that time!?)

I share the same experience when I compared both NAC A5 and Chord Epic, though in my case it's the Epic Twin and not Epic Reference. Subtle differences between the two speaker cables but the Epic showed a level of refinement that was missing with the NAC A5. The NAC A5 sounded slightly crude in comparison and lacking a bit of air and detail. The sound is bunched up together and less separated or expressive when compared to the Chord Epic. Not a significant difference but noticeable enough to my ears. I have swapped between the NAC A5 and Chord Epic Twin many times before I came to a conclusion with my Harbeth SHL5 Plus speakers.

Make no mistake, both NAC A5 and Chord Epic Twin are good cables and I could surely live with both. However, the better sounding cable gets to stay with the main system. The NAC A5 is currently in my 2nd system (202/200) and music sounds good too.

Naim's own website does not really make any great claims for Super Lumina performance - it's along the lines of they needed to do something as part of Statement development - probably as NACA5 was a bit limiting - and it seems to sound alright and doesn't need a lot of running in. Perhaps it's a reticence stemming from not wanting to risk getting into trouble with trading standards by making unsupportable or not measurable claims.

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