Well, last and final UPDATE…
On last Saturday, with the speaker cable with around 250 hours run in and the interconnect with around 70 hours run in, very surprisingly it seems that both cables opened definitely and permanently. I was very surprised because, from a sound with bloody and dull mid-lows, very backward mids, a present treble but with little extension, and hardly depth, from one day to the next it went to a fully balanced, dynamic, detailed sound, with the lows in its place, tight and loaded with nuances, sweet and totally organic mids, and a fully extended and air-filled treble, a perfect sound in the tones, in the atmosphere, very organic and tangible, and with an incredible depth, practically holographic; the truth is that I stayed…, wow! And since then, the cables only are improving as they continue playing music…
I can only think that it all was only and merely a question of run in time, that the cables are exceptional and that they take a longwhile to break in, much more than 100 hours, at least in this system; and that the Black Diamond interconnect brings a point of warmth that, in this room that pulls overly brightly, compensates a little for the tremendous resolution of the Silver Diamond; perfect!
I don’t need any more time, I think the system is now fully balanced and at its sweet spot; I’m not going to do an A-B test, reinstalling the old cables, as the Silver and Black Diamonds are certainly miles ahead from the humble, in comparision, Chord Epic Performance. Now I do take this main system to completion, with the Silver Diamond jumpers and the Black Diamond interconnect.
I was convinced that the TQs did not work well in this system and already considering putting them up for sale; but I was wrong, really totally wrong. They’ve needed a lot of running in hours, but it’s like they’ve done a kind of “click” and, overnight, they’ve changed radically and now, at last, I can hear and understand everything reviewers say on them.
My main conclusions are:
All cables are not the same, nor does one cable matter as another; you have to be suspicious of whoever thinks or says that.
The cables, all in general, and in particular the speaker and interconnect cables, are tremendously system dependent.
High-end TQ cables are exceptional, warmer in the Black Diamond series and virtually fully neutral in the Silver Diamond series, as the manufacturer well points out.
If you are setting up a mid-to-high-end system and you’re on the market for speaker and/or interconnect cables, you should consider the TQ Black Diamond and Silver Diamond ones; their price is not low, but they bring an incredible improvement, practically similar or higher to a black box. If your system is already balanced, the Silver Diamonds will put the icing on the cake; If conversely your system isn’t balanced, the Silver Diamonds will tell you, and they’ll point you the improvement points.
Anyway, a somewhat tortuous experience but with a happy ending and that has been worth it.
Simply put, the TQ Silver Diamond and Black Diamond cables have fully covered my expectations by making the cabling upgrade decision, taking my already great system to a whole new, unknown and superior level.
Greetings to the forum.