Seeds of change

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It was Henry David Thoreau that wrote: “Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

Indeed, every day we absorb new information, chat on the forums with our fellow Hi-Fi Family members, listen to new music, hear a friend’s system, or attend an audio show, we are planting the seeds of change.

And in my view, change is what keeps us healthy and mentally stimulated.

It’s comfortable to follow the same path day in and day out. Lord knows I am as guilty of sameness as anyone. Perhaps more. But once shaken out of complacency, I am so much more invigorated.

I have relied upon the key elements within Music Room 2 as a reference for so long that change is difficult. Some things are better, some things are worse, but few things can be said to make an unequivocal improvement to the point of being keepers.

That was true until our friend Isaac Markowitz brought us new power cables to try. For years we have relied upon our own AC12 power cables. They are some of the best I have ever heard and remain so today. Isaac brought with him three Audioquest Dragon power cables to power the main P20 Power Plant and the pair of BHK 300 Monoblock amplifiers connected to the P20—an experiment I initially recoiled from.

These Dragon power cables are stupid expensive. Like as much as the equipment they are powering. They are made from silver and configured in a 3-wire braid with fancy ends. I suppose they’re worth their asking price on construction alone, but my objection ran deeper. Does it make sense to double the price of a piece of equipment by virtue of a cable? Somehow that just sticks in my craw.

But change never happens without dreams, hopes, failures, and heartaches. It was worth a shot.

The transformation I heard was not only immediate, it was staggering to the point of near absurdity. Suddenly, Music Room Two is a new reference, the likes of which I hadn’t imagined possible. Openness, space, tonal correctness. I do not possess enough words to describe what I heard and so I shan’t.

I have demanded that my friend Bill Low of Audioquest cut me a deal.

These cables are not leaving the building.