Audioquest Meteor Speaker Cable Impressions....

Although I have been in the camp of cables and wires being able to have some impact upon the overall performance of a stereo system, I have always felt those improvements were incremental at best and spending more than 10 percent or so on cables was a pointless endeavor when more could be gained by moving up to better gear. Boy was I wrong...

The Audioquest Meteor 12 foot speaker cables have taken every facet of my system to yet another level of performance that I thought was the stuff of dreams. Every parameter has radically improved. There is not one single area that has benefitted more than another, as all have improved by wide margins.

Listening to The Eagles "One of These Nights" has revealed faint guitar tracks that I had never heard before on the opening track, and a host of other micro and macro-details that were previously unknown to me. The ability of these wires to transform the SDA capabilities of the 1.2TL's has taken them to a level that sonically mimic my retired Magnepan MG-20's with regards to transparency, image positioning and depth. While they were always a good speaker to my ear, that seemed to always lack the ability to do what the Maggies did so well. I can now say they excel in that regard, and better them in the lower octaves.

I don't know how much of this improvement is due to the cable's configuration. They are a true double bi-wire, meaning two full runs of Meteor wire for each cable. Retail pricing for them would have been over 15k, and at that price I can say I would have never dipped my toe anywhere near that pool. Priced at 1450.00 used, and especially for that double run, these cables are a HUGE bargain. I have seen them selling at 3k for an 8 foot pair, so I feel very fortunate. It also re-enforces my "buy used" philosophy. I will continue to hunt for bargains.

Cables are of equal importance to everything else in your rig, and if you are serious about high-performance audio, they should be given as much consideration and importance as everything else within your setup. Doing anything else only diminishes the time and effort spent in pursuit of better audio to begin with.
The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

“If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Comments

  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,077
    Although I have been in the camp of cables and wires being able to have some impact upon the overall performance of a stereo system, I have always felt those improvements were incremental at best and spending more than 10 percent or so on cables was a pointless endeavor when more could be gained by moving up to better gear. Boy was I wrong...

    I used to think that, but after a number of upgrades, and wasted money, I realized that cables (power, interconnect, speaker) are the foundation of a good stereo. Build a good foundation, and all future gear upgrades will work at their best.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on preamp, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,325
    It is truly astonishing just how dramatic the improvement is. I am identifying more voices within tracks, more instruments, more depth within the acoustic space, just more of everything, and a much lower noise floor. All I have at the moment is WOW!
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,077
    Have another beer, and it will sound even better. :)

    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on preamp, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 16,120
    Cables, room, and rack are the three baselines for a system. If you don’t get those taken care of all you hear is their impact on the sound, not the active components actual sound. I’m glad you are going down this path.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,325
    I am thinking the interconnects from preamp to amp will be my last move, but I will take some time to find the right match. The synergy is just so good right now, but I know there is still more in there to get out. I need to pay attention to what I am hearing before I make any more moves.

    I think the next step is getting my dreadnaught built. I still have my transformer and case from the group buy before this most recent one.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,297
    OMG what are you waiting for on the dreadnaught build?? The elimination of ground noise that you don't even know is there will bring those new cables as well as your whole system to a whole new level.
    Congrats to you on the new cables; sounds like you landed some excellent performers and one heck of a bargain as well.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,441
    Won't get any arguments from me, I'm a big proponent of what cables can do for a system. I just shake my head sometimes when I see good high quality systems hooked up with sub par cables. They don't know what they're missing.

    Joey would be a perfect example, when he had his ML Summits hooked up with monster wire I believe, or the equivalent. Look at him now, all grown up and everything.

    Glad your digging them John, but...wtf took you so long bro ? :)
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,329
    OMG what are you waiting for on the dreadnaught build?? The elimination of ground noise that you don't even know is there will bring those new cables as well as your whole system to a whole new level.
    Congrats to you on the new cables; sounds like you landed some excellent performers and one heck of a bargain as well.

    Excatly!!
    Use that extra cable to build the dreadnought cables John
    Win win.
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,407
    What brand speaker cables where there before? I forget.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • verbverb Posts: 7,656
    Nice comments John. I like "wow" it says it all. Being a newbie cable believer, I too have heard improvements as I upgrade the cables. Journey continues, always looking for a bargain on the used market.

    I must say, you got a smoking deal on those! That's something even Verb would have pounced on! Congratulations! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,072
    It is truly astonishing just how dramatic the improvement is. I am identifying more voices within tracks, more instruments, more depth within the acoustic space, just more of everything, and a much lower noise floor. All I have at the moment is WOW!

    Imagine what I thought when I put in the AQ Wels.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,325
    I don't see WEL's in my future. I think I have maxed out on this little audio sojourn of mine. My next hobby is locating one of these to play with...
    3owupavl78tz.jpg
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • verbverb Posts: 7,656
    Love that Riv! The clamshell headlights are way cool! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,609
    I'm good on cables and took the plunge on top of the line ropes and just have to say those look pretty tough. Congrats!
    "if it's not fun, it's not worth it & remember folks, "It's All About The Music"!!
    *****************************
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,325
    edited March 11
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    OMG what are you waiting for on the dreadnaught build?? The elimination of ground noise that you don't even know is there will bring those new cables as well as your whole system to a whole new level.
    Congrats to you on the new cables; sounds like you landed some excellent performers and one heck of a bargain as well.

    Excatly!!
    Use that extra cable to build the dreadnought cables John
    Win win.

    I won't be cutting these up for the Dreadnaught... B) If I choose to separate them, I might loan out a set for in-home demos.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,488
    I don't see WEL's in my future. I think I have maxed out on this little audio sojourn of mine. My next hobby is locating one of these to play with...
    3owupavl78tz.jpg

    Nice.

    There's one within about an hour of me...bit of a hike for you but it's only gas money. May not be the same year.


    https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/cto/d/hagerstown-1964-riviera-for-sale/6830927316.html

    This one needs more work:

    https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/cto/d/arlington-1967-buick-riviera/6820677866.html
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,325
    edited March 11
    The first is a ‘64... nice car but there is zero chance he has a numbers matching car with a 401 in it. All ‘64’s had the 425.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,488
    All ‘64’s had the 425.

    Interesting....wasn't aware of that...love that color though.

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,441
    The first is a ‘64... nice car but there is zero chance he has a numbers matching car with a 401 in it. All ‘64’s had the 425.

    That 425 was one heck of an engine too. Turned your family car into a sleeper street racer that could lay rubber for half a block.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
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