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Edgar Kramer
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Source: Metronome T-1i CD player with DAISy HE Remote Control
Preamp/Integrated: Supratek Sauvignon with NOS RCA and Bendix tubes; NuForce P9
Amplifier: NuForce Reference 9 V2 Special Edition monoblocks
Speakers: Wilson Audio Specialties WATT/Puppy System 8
Headphones: Audio-Technica WHT-1000, Beyer Dynamic DT880
Cables: Digital - Cerious Technologies; Harmonic Technology Magic; analog interconnect - Cable Research Laboratory (CRL) Gold with Bocchino XLR and RCA; Cerious Technologies; Harmonic Technology Magic and Truthlink Silver; DanA Digital Reference Silver; Eichmann eXpress 6 Series 2; Bocchino Audio Morning Glory; PSC Audio Pristine R30 Ribbon [on loan]; speaker cables - Cerious Technologies and Harmonic Technology PRO-9+ loudspeaker cables; power cords - Cerious Technologies AC; Harmonic Technology Fantasy; Shunyata Research Diamondback, Eichmann eXpress AC power cables; PSC Gold Power MKII AC cable
Stands: Finite Elemente Pagode Signature equipment racks
Powerline conditioning: PS Audio P-300 Power Plant (digital equipment only)
Acoustic treatment: Fonic Designer panels and StudioCel bass traps
Sundry accessories: Furutech RD-2 CD demagnetizer; Nanotech Nespa Pro; extensive use of Acoustic System Resonators, noise filters and phase inverters, Advanced Acoustics Orbis Wall & Corner units
Burson Audio Buffer, Bright Star Audio IsoRock Reference 3, Bright Star Audio IsoRock 4 isolation platforms and BSA IsoNode feet; Bocchino Audio Mecado isolation diodes; Black Diamond Racing cones; Stillpoints ERS paper in strategic positions around DAC, Shakti On Lines; Densen CD demagnetizer; Auric Illuminator CD Treatment; ASC Tube Traps
Room size: 17' w x 35' d x 12' h in short wall setup, opens to adjoining kitchen
Review component retail: $62.10 for MPC interconnect, $539.10 for MMS speaker cable with GK3 module. GK2 and GK1 modules are $299 each

A helping hand

It must be said. There’s a definite and healthy measure of self satisfaction in being able to create something useful, something you’ve handled and worked on with your own hands regardless of skill level, be it gifted artisan or klutzy beginner. In this audio passion of ours however, the highly technical and often complex nature of the electronics leaves little room for most of us to actually express our handy work in building a component - unless one had some technical training or tutoring.

But within the makeup of our music systems there exists a mandatory part that’s simple enough to allow for experimentation with the not so technical: cable. Simplistically speaking and at its most manageable, all that’s required is the cable/conductor (inside the chosen dielectric) and the sleeve, a simple topology of choice, the desired terminating connectors and some solder.

What would you say then if one of the world's most respected and long-running cable manufacturers offered you a selection of interconnects and speaker cables and provided you with all the required parts, materials and simple assembly instructions? Oh, and then charged you a fraction of the cost of their own finished product?

Would that push you to the workbench, solder in hand to fire up that rusty iron? MIT’s Bruce Brisson hopes that all of the above will be sufficient incentive to get your DIY juices flowing.

Brisson, the man at the helm of MIT cables—a company that itself offers a thoroughly extensive range of cable options—has gone back to his roots to, admirably, now offer a variety of DIY cable options under the new Giant Killer banner. At this stage and it is early days yet, there’s an interconnect cable, a couple of speaker cables (the Sling Shot and the range-topping Giant Killer MMS Multi Module System), an AC power conditioner and a subwoofer cable. All require some assembly. At its easiest it means screwing various parts together, at its most complex, basic soldering skills are required. What’s more, in the case of the Giant Killer speaker cable, the company offers upgrade options by way of articulation pole modules which simply plug into the trademark interface box. The starting point includes the 11 articulation pole single GK3 module with sonic improvements promised by way of the GK2 (which adds another 11 articulation poles) and finally the GK1 upgrade plug-in (with a further 6 articulation poles and jitter-free analog technology).