If i had taken a punt on a full loom of Superlumina based on it works for very many people on this forum, i would have wasted about £8k. I would go to one of the online shops like futureshop…be careful though TQ is often quoted as a single length not two, so its double the price. You have to enter 2 in the amount box.
You might want to consider the new Kudos KS-1 cable at £30 a metre, a few of us on the forum really like it…but home demo is essential. Due to the Corona virus my dealer Signals is using the usual delivery companies for home demo equipment, many others will be doing the same.
I am currently running Ultra Silver jumpers from NACA5 into B&W 804D3 and the difference over the OEM jumpers is huge. Not the cheapest jumpers but well worth the money as presentation far more detailed and refined.
Right, the conjecture is over. Today I’ve taken delivery of 2 x 3m of Silver II and connected it up to my NAP200
I’ve had it pre run in for 48 hours and so far it’s vastly outperforming NACA5. Supposedly it can benefit from even more running in.
It’s not over bright, no harshness, is more revealing/detailed and the bottom end has been transformed. Bass lines stand out and drums hit hard. It’s clearly a far superior cable but then again it costs a lot more so it should be.
Have nothing bad to say about it whatsoever. The listening continues…
After even more listening I can confidently stand by my previous plaudits for the TQ Silver II.
One difference I’ve noticed versus the NACA5 is that the highs are ever so slightly sweeter and rounded with the Silver but it’s marginal. For example, I am missing the particularly sharp ‘acidic’ guitar sounds on certain recordings but it’s not really enough to call a negative. This probably says a lot about the fact there is no harshness at the top end with the TQ Silver.
As for NACA5, I suspect up to a certain point in the Naim range it’s going to be just fine but the bottom line is that in the end, it’s been holding back my ‘humble’ NAP200 so I’d have to conclude it has its limits, albeit at a relatively modest price point.
Overall I’m temped to say that if you want to put some serious daylight between NACA5 and an alternative, ignore the TQ Black, put your hands in your pockets and pay the extra for the Silver. I’ve found it basically all upside and in no subtle terms.
It’s a lovely synergy with my speakers for sure. Anyway, I still have 55 days to return it if I change my mind but I honestly can’t see that happening.