LA SOUND “CORIUM” LOUDSPEAKER AND INTERCONNECT CABLES REVIEW

June 11, 2021 § Leave a comment

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/la-sound-corium-loudspeaker-and-interconnect-cables/

Silver has a reputation for sounding bright, and I’ve certainly encountered that, but even with solid-state electronics the Corium cables never became forward or aggressive. I read that LA SOUND considers the pure silver models to be better suited to valve electronics and they would certainly work a treat with them, but if your transistor system is well sorted they only make the sound more real and enthralling. I had a particularly entertaining evening with these cables and some German Physiks HRS-130 speakers which are also extremely revealing; even the raw power of the Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream (Hut Recordings) didn’t push them over the edge. I have to say that the LA SOUND Corium cables have restored my faith in silver as a conductor, it’s theoretically the best material there is but this theory has not often been proved so conclusively. 

SILVERSMITH AUDIO FIDELIUM SPEAKER CABLES

May 31, 2021 § Leave a comment

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/silversmith-audio-fidelium-speaker-cables/

I love a great entrepreneur story. A designer has a concept and the engineering chops to see it through to completion and then devotes years to perfecting that concept. I particularly love it when the engineer is also a military veteran who continues his work and passion between deployments overseas. Jeffrey Smith followed his dream for twenty years while on active duty or the reserves. Now that he has retired and has at the same time developed this best iteration of his research, it is time to get the word out about the Fidelium Cable. In the world of high-end cables, it is a steal. $995 USD for each 6ft. stereo set. These cables do compete with higher-priced cables. They also look terrific—a deep gold river running from your amp to your speakers.

Over time great values in audio reveal themselves. Gear that performs to an audiophile’s expectations yet leaves room in the budget for other gear or more music. Gear like an ELAC speaker or KEF LS50, a Luxman integrated or a VPI Scout turntable. Each find improves the system yet leaves some budget on the table for later. Seasoned audiophiles recognize these products for their performance versus their affordable prices. The Silversmith Audio Fidelium speaker cables should join the conversation, and as an audiophile, you should take notice and find a way to schedule an audition. I suspect you will have some new cables in your system soon. Highly recommended. 

Siltech Crown Princess Interconnect $5500/m Review

May 10, 2021 § Leave a comment

The Crown Princess sounds thoroughly modern, the sound of our time, with a cluster of characteristics that those of us who’ve been around a while would consider shouldn’t coexist in a single product; they would seem to cancel each other. At once unfailingly beautiful, yet quite capable of unleashing controlled aggression that’ll strain the capacity of your room, all while acting as if it’s no big deal. Rich sounding, but on the cool side. And there’s nothing timid about the thrust of her lower register. It’ll be the envy of your pals.

Belden Speaker and Interconnect Cables and BAV Power Cords Review

April 28, 2021 § Leave a comment

A word to the smarmy, arrogant types who make ridiculous proclamations in regard to all cables sounding the same, and that there is no “science” behind aftermarket cables. I submit for your education Galen’s nearly three-hour YouTube video of his discussion with the San Francisco Audiophile Society in regard to the science behind cable design and manufacturing. It is an eminently in-depth discussion, and that alone should make skeptics think twice before demonstrating their ignorance. When you have one of the world’s foremost authorities going through the minutia involved, you do best to keep your mouth shut and listen!

Belden Speaker and Interconnect Cables and BAV Power Cords Review

April 27, 2021 § Leave a comment

A word to the smarmy, arrogant types who make ridiculous proclamations in regard to all cables sounding the same, and that there is no “science” behind aftermarket cables. I submit for your education Galen’s nearly three-hour YouTube video of his discussion with the San Francisco Audiophile Society in regard to the science behind cable design and manufacturing. It is an eminently in-depth discussion, and that alone should make skeptics think twice before demonstrating their ignorance. When you have one of the world’s foremost authorities going through the minutia involved, you do best to keep your mouth shut and listen!

Siltech Crown Princess Interconnect $5500/m Review

April 23, 2021 § Leave a comment

For better and worse, things aren’t what they used to be. Take silver as a conductor material, for example. I bet if you were to time-travel a Siltech Crown Princess balanced interconnect into the hands of an audiophile circa 1990, he wouldn’t know what to think when he heard it. “Ain’t no silver sounds like that!” He’s right—back then it sure didn’t.

The Crown Princess sounds thoroughly modern, the sound of our time, with a cluster of characteristics that those of us who’ve been around a while would consider shouldn’t coexist in a single product; they would seem to cancel each other. At once unfailingly beautiful, yet quite capable of unleashing controlled aggression that’ll strain the capacity of your room, all while acting as if it’s no big deal. Rich sounding, but on the cool side. And there’s nothing timid about the thrust of her lower register. It’ll be the envy of your pals.

Power cords and AC regenerators

April 21, 2021 § Leave a comment

Time to think about upgrading your AC power cords?

April 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

In-akustik Reference LS-204 XL Micro Air Loudspeaker Cable Review

April 3, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.hifinews.com/content/akustik-reference-ls-204-xl-micro-air-loudspeaker-cable

An evolution of In-akustik’s ‘Air Helix’ geometry, the ‘Micro Air’ construction of its LS-204 XL cable retains the low resistance and inductance of the German brand’s costlier cables but with the advantage of lower capacitance, promising a more consistent behaviour with a wider range of amplifiers. There’s a lot of hand-made cable here for the money, making it a reliable bet for that first ‘big upgrade’.

Audience frontRow Loudspeaker Cables Review

March 18, 2021 § Leave a comment

Application for membership to the club has two requirements. The wire has to be capable of reproducing fine timbral discriminations. Second, it can’t be intimidated by beauty. It sounds crazy, but there are brands so adamant about neutrality and accuracy that anything that smacks of color or beauty is viewed askance, like an invader that needs to be purged. For the fundamentalist, these are manifestations of euphony.

To the extent that gear fails these requirements, each deficit chips away the natural beauty of the sound and the degree of sameness increases, as instruments loose what makes them unique. Your brain kicks in to make up the deficit and figure out what instrument is playing.

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