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The Douglas Connection

Post by TNRabbit » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:40 pm

http://www.douglasconnection.com

Doug Ashworth (helicopterpilotdoug) here on the forum has formed a speaker cable/interconnect company called the Douglas Connection. I'm participating in a roadshow of some of his cables & I'm going to post a running commentary on my findings:

Did my first swap tonight after talking on the phone with Doug for a few minutes to work out a couple of (figurative) kinks~

I tried the Furez 9 AWG speaker cables in place of my current PS Audio anacondas first:

Mine are on the left, the Furez on the right
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HOLY SHIT! I have NEVER in my life experienced as clear a difference as I did tonight sitting here. These cables are THE BOMB, DOUG!!!

I'm afraid to ask how much they cost...... :-(

....but I've gotta get me a pair of these!!!

These are the three speaker cables I'm trying:
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Mine are the upper left, the rest are Dougs.


....more to come....
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OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by TNRabbit » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:14 pm

Got the second set in; the SECRET 02 cables:

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Not so appealing as the Furez. Lacked clarity & there was some sibilance, similar to what I had with my PS Audio cables. I'd still choose these over the PS Audio, but prefer the Furez. Same setup as the Furez as far as EXCELLENT banana posts & heavy duty spades on the other end, but in Silver instead of Copper.
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Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
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Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by TNRabbit » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:19 pm

The third audition was the SECRET 01 cables. They have heavy spades (thought not as heavy as SECRET 02 & Furez spades) on one end & locking bananas on the other:

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The clarity is back! These sound VERY similar to the Furez, but I don't care for the locking bananas. They just aren't as secure as the excellent banana mount system on the SECRET 02 & Furez cables.
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by TNRabbit » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:24 pm

That's all for tonight. Just initial impressions as I have a while to audition these. These observations were made using Madeleine Peyroux's "Dreamland" CD as the source material, and the speaker cables were utilized for the RIBBONS ONLY on my AL-IIIs.
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Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by kingman » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:16 am

Nice review Gary!!! =D> I'll have to get in on the road show if they make that much difference. Since I don't do active, would like to see if there is a difference on my setup.
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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by TNRabbit » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:18 am

By the way, I talked to Doug last night about the price on the Furez cables.....VERY reasonable! Well worth the cost IMO.
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Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by TNRabbit » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:55 pm

Ok, finished up all my comparisons this evening. I'm keeping my favorite speaker cables in until I need to pack them up~

As a large part of my system is balance XLR cables & most RCA unbalanced were difficult to swap out, I tried the interconnects between my benchmark DAC & the Sunfire TG-IV. I couldn't discern a lot of difference in these & my CarverAudio interconnects...possibly a tiny bit of expansion in the sound stage, but barely discernible. They are VERY nicely made cables, though. I actually prefer the Furez locking RCA ends on your I/Cs over the CarverAudio ones. One of them had a death grip on my Sunfire even when unlocked, so perhaps a faulty unit or something was stuck. Other than that, a very nice, quality item!

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The last speaker cables I tried were the "Economy" which were indeed much cheaper LOOKING than the others, but I have to say they were quite good with only a tiny bit difference between these & the pair I rated tops (sonic holography sound better with the Furez). A very good, quality cable. I'm certain they're a great bargain.

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No place to try out the digital cable as the only spot I could try it has a BNC connector on one end~

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I didn't try the power cable as it was the exact one I had tried on a roadshow in another forum. I noted then that there was no real discernible difference between the PS Audio PC & my Signal Cable & homebrew cables (which are very good).

Thanks again to Doug for putting for the effort (and cash outlay) to pass these around for the roadshow.
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by BrianT » Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:43 am

Rabbit.

Thanks for your review, the Furez speaker cables sound very interesting.

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Re: The Douglas Connection

Post by tinpan » Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:50 pm

Hmmmm..... #-o
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