Quiet background (I agree)
Very well behaved through entire sound spectrum.
Very good resolution & focus. (I agree)
Very good side-side, front-back soundstage,
including rear soundstage width. (I agree)
Good punch in mid bass. (I semi-agree. It
doesn't stand out much for me.)
Good size of sound, but not top-notch. (I agree)
Can be useful in taming a bright and forward solid
state system. (I agree)
The overall sound is not lively enough and a bit
too dark. (I agree)
Leading edge of sound too soft, lacking attack
& excitement. (I agree. The attack on piano is too
soft for my taste too.)
Doesn’t “let the notes go” and sounds a bit
semi-agree. Even after 100 hrs, still sound a bit tight)
The softness imparts a filmy / veiled sound.
(I semi-agree. I also think its is an unpleasant
Soundstage and midrange too recessed. (I
agree. It is too distant for my liking)
Midrange lack bloom, body and presence.
Midrange also slightly tilted upward but still
agree completely. The vocals do not separate toward the
front with enough contrast.)
Soundstage height is not impressive. (I did not
notice, but in retrospect, probably agree)
Does not have ultimate high end and low end
extension. Also not
enough bass quantity. (I agree.
Bass extension, control and musicality on Eagles Tequila
Sunrise can not compare to NBS Statement II)
Piano and cymbal decay too quickly and sound
different from silver or copper cables (unnatural?).
Also, cymbal does not crash, splash and soar.
(I agree, but not sure if its unnatural, just
“different”—and I don’t like it.)
Doesn’t sound expansive with large scale music.
(I agree. It
doesn’t have the huge, sweeping, holographic feel).
Separation of instruments in space is not
top-notch (I don’t agree, but do believe that separation on
NBS and Audio Note is better).
to NBS Monitor I & Statement II:
The sound of NBS is more open, more dynamic, bigger and
more robust. There
is a sweeping, holographic feel on top of a very solid bass
foundation. NBS has
more of a midrange presence, and bass extension / control /
tunefulness that is far more preferable to us than
that of the 50-50. The
high end extension on the Statement II is a bit rolled off
compared to Monitor I and AN-Vz, but is better than the 50-50.
The Monitor is slight more neutral than Statement II, and
offer better high-end extension, and a slightly more linear
sound. The Monitor
I also compares to 50-50 in a similar manner with a bigger, more
dynamic, more open and more robust sound.
to Audio Note AN-Vz: The
offers a cleaner, more crisp, more airy sound that is huge,
effortless and elegant. The
AN-Vz produces a high that crashes and soars.
It can be a bit unforgiving on bad recordings.
Its bass extension is not as deep as NBS, but it is
rather competent , being deeper and more tuneful than the 50-50.
The midrange, like the 50-50, has a very slight upper
tilt, but it is different in that it sounds closer, more
textured and more intimate with more body and separation.
Its midrange presence is similar to the NBS Monitor I,
but with a more elegant and liquid sound.
The overall sound is a bit thinner and brighter than the
NBS Monitor I.
I attached my own opinion (in
parenthesis) on top of my friend's opinion in the following
text regarding the GS50-50 cable. We believe it is a
very competent cable, but not a good fit for our