Karma: Kimber Kable Tonik RCA interconnects .5m pair

ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
My birthday is tomorrow the 29th, so I figure what better way to celebrate it than by giving away some RCA cables?! Eh, that sounded better in my head.

Anyway, I got these RCAs from our very own @voltz several years ago. Thank you again Darryl for your generosity.

I'd like to pass these on to another member of the Club Polk family who will put them to use.

To enter the Karma giveaway, just post here with why you want them and/or what you'd use them for, and after a week I'll go through and pick the one that I deem the "best".

You can find an accurate review of these cables here: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/hi-fi-and-audio/hi-fi-accessories/kimber-kable-tonik-678654/review
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  • Great karma! I'm slowly upgrading all my cables now, and I'd definitely like to have something better than cheapy generic RCA's in my phono set up. They would be loved and cherished. Lol
    Happy Birthday!
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  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,216
    Happy birthday Clipdat! And, very nice karma.

    I’ll go in on this. I’ve gotten the bug to rebuild a little two channel setup downstairs. I’m picking up a pair of LSi-9’s from Shawn next week and plan to use them with my Acurus A80 amp and an older Denon AVR with pre-outs until I can build a nicer setup - maybe a tube pre, and more powerful 2-channel amp. These would be nice interconnects to try between the pre and the amp. Ultimately, I may follow in my daughters’ footsteps, get myself a turntable, and get back into vinyl.
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 773
    This is a very generous Karma. I don't have any real need for these, so I am not in but thanks for the generosity!
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Music Hall MMF7.3 I Lounge Audio LCR Mk III I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K Ref 200.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 773
    scubalab wrote: »
    Happy birthday Clipdat! And, very nice karma.

    I’ll go in on this. I’ve gotten the bug to rebuild a little two channel setup downstairs. I’m picking up a pair of LSi-9’s from Shawn next week and plan to use them with my Acurus A80 amp and an older Denon AVR with pre-outs until I can build a nicer setup - maybe a tube pre, and more powerful 2-channel amp. These would be nice interconnects to try between the pre and the amp. Ultimately, I may follow in my daughters’ footsteps, get myself a turntable, and get back into vinyl.

    Sucker! You've been "bitten". Good luck!
    2 Channel
    BlueSound Node 2 Streaming Tidal I Marantz SA8005 I Music Hall MMF7.3 I Lounge Audio LCR Mk III I Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 I B&K Ref 200.2 I Focal Aria 926 I Wireworld Eclipse 7 IC's I Acoustic Zen Satori SC I Pangea AC14SE MkII/PS Audio AC-3 Power Cables

    Living Room HT
    Sony XBR65X930E I Marantz NR-1608 I Q Acoustics 2020i I Q Acoustics 3090c I FXI-A4's I DIY 15" Dayton SW

  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    Help me!!! I have been living in ignorance, but have had many epiphanies since my tenure at CP!!! I'm embarrassed to say, but in true confession mode, I've been running these:
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    Ouch!!! Yes i know.
    My new rig, WIP:
    • Micro Seiki MB14 TT
    • Luxman TP114 pre
    • Carver TL3100 CD Player
    • Carver TFM35x Amp
    • And thanks to @Jetmaker737 a Furman Elite15 PFi

    I dare not connect any of these babies with my POS cables!!!
    Help a CP brother out!!!

    Happy Birthday!!!
    2CH: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    Oh yeah, running 2B's unmodded, and in the middle of a 1C complete rebuild!!!
    2CH: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,393
    I would like those cables but only to use to strangle the guy who flies his airplane in circles overhead daily every month of the year.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 15,534
    Not in, but I love me some Kimber Kables!
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,964
    Nice cables, great Karma!
    Not in, but would like to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy Birthday! and also give a nod to The Darryl. Indeed, one of kindest hearted people I've ever known, and he's also got a really clever sense of humor if you haven't yet had the pleasure. Lots of funny stories :)
  • monepolkmonepolk Posts: 818
    Happy Birthday!! Not in but enjoy your day.
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,789
    Happy Birthday Drew!

    I would like to try these cables to see if I am indeed missing anything in the midrange. If they are better than what I'm using now(I think they are Bluejeans?) I will then karma those cables. Perhaps they would be an upgrade for somebody using lessor cables.
    Yep, my name really is Bob
  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 754
    edited January 29
    Happy Birthday.

    Great Karma too. I'm in.

    Cables are one area I need help with. I just put a 2.1 channel system together for my wife and I'm adding a Oppo 103D to it for her since she loves movies but all I have is some old school generic RCA's to use with it. They kinda defeat having such a nice player in her system. I've bought way too much lately, my credit card can't handle anything else. We've been married for almost 30 years and this is the first time she has shown any interest in audio. Our 30th anniversary is on Valentines day, the Oppo is a gift and this would be a great way to help round off her gift to celebrate putting up with me for all these years.

    Thanks for your consideration and may all your birthday wishes come true.
    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Light
    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,333
    In...great Karma by the way!

    I would use these to connect my Marantz SR7000 to my Yamaha AV34 as preouts to maximize my sound quality. The 2Bs only need the best right?! RIGHT?!

    Good luck to everyone!
    Living room

    Mains: Paradigm 90P
    Lows: Velodyne CHT12, Pioneer SW-8Mk2
    Power: Marantz SR7000
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' Curved 4k

    2 Channel Den

    Mains: SDA2B Upgraded XOs and Binding Posts
    Power: Yamaha AV34
    TT: Pioneer PL510
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' 4K

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    Phillips L2
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    Harman Kardon CL
    Little dot 1+/GE JAN 5654w

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    Harman Kardon AVR130
    Yamaha HTR5590
    Polk RTA11TL
    Polk TSI200s
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    Viking64 wrote: »
    I would like those cables but only to use to strangle the guy who flies his airplane in circles overhead daily every month of the year.

    You mean these little guys??? I believe they have re-purposed the RCA cables...

    2CH: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,629
    In. My new office rig could use some better RCA's. Happy Birthday!
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,157
    Cool karma and in. My living room rig just got set up and that length is pefect from my Ariea mini streamer to Yamaha receiver. Thanks...
  • minerminer Posts: 1,051
    In please and very happy birthday. Since my wife has banished me from buying any more cables I would like to maybe win these from my #MeToo friend to use in her system to help improve the sonics of the setup in her bedroom.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    @Clipdat updated my signature to reflect my ignoble cables. See below. :(
    2CH: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    But I see you just bought some Audioquest cables from Ed!
    verb wrote: »
    @Clipdat updated my signature to reflect my ignoble cables. See below. :(

    Got Dayens?
  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    Clipdat wrote: »
    But I see you just bought some Audioquest cables from Ed!
    verb wrote: »
    @Clipdat updated my signature to reflect my ignoble cables. See below. :(

    Busted!
    2CH: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,032
    Happy belated birthday, Clipdat! May the karma be with you...

    Awesome Karma offering! Please count me IN.

    I would definitely put these to good use in my (almost) daily driver, 2-channel rig. It consists of a Marantz SACD/CD player, a B&K Components preamp, a B&K amplifier and my fully-modded Polk Audio Monitor 7 speakers! I currently have an identical pair of Kimber kable Tonik RCAs running between my SACD/CD player and the preamp. I noticed a nice "cleaning up of the sound" immediately over the former lower-end cables I was using in my rig, upon installation of the Kimbers. I would use the karma'd Kimber kables to run from the preamp to my amplifier. I've been told by more than a couple of people that I will get much better sound from my rig if I were only to get my kables "matched". I'm not sure if that means impedance matched, capacitance matched, or what, but I've been wanting to give it a try for quite a while now. I am currently using a pair of Monster RCAs - they have a nice-looking techflex jacket - from the pre to the amp. On more than one occasion, I've had to jiggle them about to get any sound out of one of the channels.

    In your linked techradar review of the Kimber Kable Tonik RCA, they say, "The Kimber Tonik seemed rather less assured with bass, both in terms of extension and detail. With a couple of good piano recordings it almost seems a touch sluggish.

    "On the other hand, its midrange and treble are so clear that it's easy to forgive a small transgression like that. There's a lovely liquid quality to well-recorded upper frequencies, which makes the cable easy to recommend for lovers of unemphatic detail and good imaging."

    I think my front ended Kimber rig has bass in quantity, but perhaps its extension and detail are a bit lacking. With the midrange and treble now sounding good, and much improved since the one pair of Kimbers was swapped in, I would really love to hear what level I can bring the overall rig performance up to with adding the second pair.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 39,478
    Happy (belated) Birthday!!!

    Not in.

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    Great entries so far guys, get em in now because Sunday evening is last call!
    Got Dayens?
  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,789
    Drawing at halftime? Would be more interesting than the halftime show.
    Yep, my name really is Bob
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 4,922
    Happy late Birthday Drew! B)

    Nice Karma my Friend!
    2 ch- Polk CRS+ * Vincent SA-31MK Preamp * Vincent Sp-331 Amp * Marantz SA8005 SACD * Project Xperience Classic TT * Sumiko Blue Point #2 MC cartridge

    HT - Polk 703's * NAD T-758 * Adcom 5503 * Oppo 103 * Samsung 60" series 8 LCD
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    In the interest of system synergy and hearing impressions on what an all Tonik signal path will provide, I've chosen to karma the cables to @teekay0007!

    He's informed me that he'll be karma-ing his current Monster RCAs after he swaps them out, so it's a win-win!

    Congrats @teekay0007!
    Got Dayens?
  • scubalabscubalab Posts: 2,216
    Dang, if I knew it was based on word count, I coulda written a book! ;)

    Congrats TK! And nice birthday Karma Drew!
  • verbverb Posts: 2,405
    Yeah. My signature block remains the same for a little while longer! Congrats TK! Nice Karma!
    2CH: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,116
    @teekay0007 Were you able to get these into your system this weekend?
    Got Dayens?
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,631
    Not sure how missed this, but nice Karma Clipdat. Congrats teekay.
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
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