NEW Cerious Technologies Upgrade - Graphene Matrix Cables


CT Graphene Matrix Cables:

I have been using the CT GE cables for almost two years.
I recently traded up for a full loom of CT Graphene Matrix cables, including speaker, interconnect and PCs, and I wanted to share my experience. I started by replacing only the ICs to try and hear the differences.

The new Matrix interconnects sounded better than the GE immediately after install. I found the original Graphene Extreme ICs to be good but not on the same level as the outstanding GE speaker cables. As break-in started to clear things up, I can hear more clarity and detail not heard before. The ICs are incredible on their own and at the 30 hour mark, I can hear a clear superiority over the GE ICs. I recently started using the Teo Game Changer ICs and preferred them over GE but the Teo has now fallen to the new Graphene Matrix ICs. My Teo’s were and are great, and it is stunning to experience Cerious Technologies commitment to making great technology better.

On the third day of listening to the GM ICs. I couldn’t wait anymore, Having too much fun. I then installed the speaker cables and power cords once I had a pretty good feel for the sound of the GM ICs.

With the full loom of GM cables running in they are going through some strange changes and definitely need time to settle down before realizing what they can really do and very important Bob says to not move them. Since I have a home office I can let them run in all day. I’m at around 120 hours now and they are still improving. Here’s what I’m hearing:

Extended highs and tighter lows.
More detail and better low level listening
Drums are tighter, more clearly defined. So real is the snap of the snare drum. The bass has more depth, seemingly goes deeper, lower. This aspect stands out the most.

I am not in the industry, I’m not an engineer, I don’t work for Cerious Technologies, but I am a fan of the cables and am enjoying what my system is capable of.

I’m closer to my own pinnacle of sound reproduction than ever before.

Lance

lancelock
So, after 20 hours they were really close to the Valhalla.  How did they compare to the Valhalla after 130 hours?

Dave

phxstubes,

Congrats! 
I have been through so many cable brands until I found the Cerious. They really impress me.

ozzy
@thezaks I didn’t bother to put the Valhalla back into the system because @ 20hrs they were so close to my ears and I returned the power cord shortly after. 

@littlecx I have not tried the Odin 2 in my system so I have no context for comparison not to mention I don’t see a time where I could stomach the price of the Odin. 

@ozzy I agree. The price to performance ratio is stellar. 
I have owed an update for quite some time regarding my comparisons between the Graphene Extremes and the Matrix level.  Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way.  My little baby boy arrived recently, and life had been full of preparations beforehand, and now newborn good times since.  As such, I didn't get done the full loom A/B comparisons I had hoped.  But, I did spend some good time recently comparing the speaker cables side-by-side.  

I let the GE speaker cables sit in place for about a week - running right alongside the Matrix cables.  So, when I swapped back and forth, I was only moving the last foot or so of cabling, and only modestly for the most part at that.  This hopefully minimized the settling time variable for the most part.  It's also a major reason why I didn't compare the full loom.  I couldn't do the same with the power cables - given space constraints to CPT Equicore unit, any swapping involves wholesale moving and reorienting of all cables.  Meaning, I'd have to give several days settling time in between swaps to do the comparison well.  No time for all that in my life right now.

Ok, so basically, I found the speaker cables to have a very similar overall character, with the Matrix just being more refined.  The Matrix has quite a bit better 3D soundstage, and cleaner separation of instruments within the soundstage.  Overall tone/body is similar, though. So, I'd say if you like the sound of the GE, the Matrix just has a lower noise floor that helps the music breathe better and sound like real life. 

Given the results of what I found with the speaker cables, and that the power cables seem to have a very similar girth and construction, I assume the power cables have a similar character to them, and I didn't feel the need to do the full loom comparison.  I feel like comparing the speaker cables gave a pretty good idea of what the Matrix SC's and PC's bring to the table vs their Graphene Extreme counterparts.

Now, I also did get to compare the Furutech FI-50 (non-NCF) connectors to the stock Matrix connectors.  Bob outfitted one of my Matrix PC's with these Furutechs, and the other three with his stock connectors.  I can run my system without preamp if necessary, using Lampizator internal volume control from my DAC.  This frees up one of my Matrix PC's.  So, I can run the stock cable and the Furutech cable directly next to each other and swap with minimal physical disruption - to minimize the settling time issue.

I found the stock and FI-50 connectors to have similar levels of detail, with the stock being a bit warmer sound, and the FI-50 being a bit brighter.  This would come down to system synergy as to which is better, but I suspect most systems would benefit more from the stock connector than the FI-50.  I do recall hearing this brightness go away when I shifted from Furutech GTX-R outlets to the Furutech NCF outlets, so I do wonder what the NCF version of the FI50 connectors would sound like.  Maybe someday I'll get to try that one out and do another comparison.  It's possible the NCF connectors have that warmth plus added detail, just like the outlets did.  We'll see.  

Well, that's a weight off.  Now I'm looking forward to starting to add this Total Contact Enhancer stuff to all the connections - which I've been waiting to do until I had these and other comparisons out of the way.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program...