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    Posted: 28 Nov 2012 at 1:43pm
My Proprius amps have now been "bookended" by GSP cables in and out with the arrival of a pair of Spatia.

I'd previously been using a pair of generic 79-strand cables which had always seemed pretty ok - certainly fine for the AV amp the system had been using. [BTW, why 79 strand, why not 75 or 80??]

I've posted elsewhere about tremendous sound the Proprii give out - full bodied, dynamic and detailed. Now with the addition of the Spatia it's as though the handbrake has been taken off and the full performance of these amps realised.

Without going into reviewer-speak (too much): the sound stage now spreads farther out from the speakers, the tonal colours of instruments seem more "saturated" (pre-digital photography fans think Kodachrome over Ektachrome), the bass response of my PMCs has finally been revealed, and the toe-tapping quotient raised yet another notch or two. With well recorded tracks vocals have an immediacy and presence, and solo instruments a holographic image that floats free of the speakers. Fantastic stuff . . .

I'll only mention one album by name (or this could on for pages): Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor, King's College Choir (EMI, around 1970). The ethereal, almost timeless, sound produced by the system now is spine tingling in it's recreation of the King's College Chapel acoustic. Who needs 5.1?

The synergy between amp and cables is plainly obvious and the Spatia is another star product from GSP! Clap


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Bob,

I'm going to replace my speakers cables, so I appreciated your comments on the Spatia. I've been using Ecosse MS2.3 for almost ten(!) years. I was going to replace this with a newer Ecosse, but not now. I'm going to order the Spatia when budget allows. Besides, methinks the designers at Ecosse speak with a Chinese accent. I read Ecosse cables are re-badged Asian products.

I'm having an "EMI" day myself: some unsurpassed , IMHO, recordings: Elgar's Sea Pictures with Baker/Barbirolli (remarkable detail on both JB's voice and JB's Philharmonia through my new Reflex M);
Elgar's Enigma with  Sir John and the Philharmonia (ASD 548). Now on to the Vaughan Williams Mass. But first the Shirley-Quirk Five Mystical Songs (a desert island favorite) and the greatest of all violin concertos: the Elgar.

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Hi Rod,

I'm sure you'll be happy with the Spatia - there are sets available to borrow from Jon (Fatmangolf) if you want to check it out in your own system.

I have those Barbirolli discs you mention, plus ASD 521 - Elgar's Introduction and Allegro/Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia, IMO the best performances of both works bar none. I inherited my Dad's old mono copy - played on our radiogram - bought my own stereo version, and then a CD, and more recently a 180gm reissue. I do believe it was the longest available full-price HMV LP issued ever . .

Which Elgar Violin version were you playing? I only have two - Heifetz/Sargent and Kennedy/Handley.

Talking of Handley, I'm playing a CFP disc of his now - Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance Marches/Sea Pictures (Bernadette Greevy). This is the first play via my Reflex and the organ pedals in the marches are truly sumptuous. Lovely stuff . . . Smile

 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fatmangolf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 2012 at 4:03pm
Hi Rod the Spatia cables are revealing and musical. Please pm me if I can help with a home loan.
 
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Originally posted by morris_minor morris_minor wrote:

Hi Rod,

I'm sure you'll be happy with the Spatia - there are sets available to borrow from Jon (Fatmangolf) if you want to check it out in your own system.

I have those Barbirolli discs you mention, plus ASD 521 - Elgar's Introduction and Allegro/Vaughan Williams Tallis Fantasia, IMO the best performances of both works bar none. I inherited my Dad's old mono copy - played on our radiogram - bought my own stereo version, and then a CD, and more recently a 180gm reissue. I do believe it was the longest available full-price HMV LP issued ever . .

Which Elgar Violin version were you playing? I only have two - Heifetz/Sargent and Kennedy/Handley.

Talking of Handley, I'm playing a CFP disc of his now - Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance Marches/Sea Pictures (Bernadette Greevy). This is the first play via my Reflex and the organ pedals in the marches are truly sumptuous. Lovely stuff . . . Smile

 

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The Kennedy/Handley is my favorite performance. I had the Heifetz/Sargent, but didn't like Heifetz in this music (or in much else, to be frank).  I had high hopes for the Kennedy/Rattle, but found it disappointing. The Kennedy/Handley is very naturally recorded, but I sometimes feel the mike placement is too distant. Despite this, Kennedy's  beautifully responsive playing of the slow movement leaves me at a loss for words. I have this on a CD. Could the early digital LP be superior?

Agree on the Barbirolli ASD521, but my pressing is a late one. Is the new reissue an improvement? Original first pressings sell for $$$.

I fear these exchanges are not of general interest to many members. Would you like to PM re: specific LP's?

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