Thursday, May 25, 2017
High End 2017
in Munich
Brand New
Video Series
NAD C 368
DAC-Integrated
New Integrated
Anthem STR
Vandersteen
Model Seven Mk.II
Ayre Acoustics
QX-5 DAC
Paradigm's Flagship
Persona 9H
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analysis_copperPrices: $239 per 8’ pair (Black Oval 12), $315 per 1m pair (Micro Copper Oval-In)

Website: www.analysis-plus.com

Colin said: I like Analysis Plus for their strict adherence to a no-BS philosophy -- something exceedingly rare among makers of audio cables.

Great Buy

Read the GoodSound! review.

The gist: Real engineering leads to real-good sound with AP.

artisan_300wPrice: $465 per 1m pair

Website: www.artisansilvercables.com

Kevin said: Artisan Silver Cables offers a viable option for many. I believe the Ultimate Silver Dream is superb for the price, and a real bargain for anyone looking to get into silver cables.

Read the Ultra Audio review.

The gist: Silver at copper prices.

audience_interconnectPrice: $379 per 1m pair

Website: www.audience-av.com

Jarrett said: While at first I felt that $379/meter pair was too high a price for an interconnect cable, I now have to admit: If I were looking for a midpriced cable that would provide high-end clarity and detail, I’d look to purchase a pair of Audience Conductor-e interconnects.

Read the GoodSound! review.

The gist: Upgrade those entry-level cables.

201006_cardas_spk_300wPrices: $1840 per 1m pair RCA or $2140 per 1m pair XLR (Clear interconnects), $8668 per 2.5m pair (Clear Beyond speaker cables)

Website: www.cardas.com 

Pete said: . . . represent a true value among state-of-the-art cables, based on both the ratio of component/manufacturing cost to MSRP and, especially, the performance they provide.

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The gist: No assembler, a cable manufacturer. May be the SOTA.

201005_crystal_ic-1_300wPrices: $465 per 1m pair (interconnects); $1310 per 2m pair (speaker cables)

Website: www.crystalcable.com

Colin said: The Crystal Cable Piccolo family represents a benchmark in excellent cable performance at reasonable prices, and provides all the high technology any forward-thinking audiophile could want in an attractive, reasonably sized package.

Read the GoodSound! review.

The gist: Thin is in.

Nordost Norse FreyPrices: $979 per 1m pair (Frey interconnects), $2059.99 per 1m pair (Nordost Frey speaker cables)

Website: www.nordost.com

Jason said: . . . after listening to the Norse Frey cables in my own system, researching their construction, and examining them firsthand, I have no hesitation in recommending them for either upgrade approach: all at once or one at a time.

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Read the Ultra Audio review.

The gist: Jason gets Nordosted.

201011_nordost_tyrPrice: $1079

Website: www.nordost.com

Garrett said: The Tyr both tutored me and transformed my listening experience. Supremely balanced and natural, its sound is something I won’t do without anymore.

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Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: Little things can make all the difference.

shunyata_stratosPrices: $5000 per 1m pair (Aeros Stratos-IC), $6000 per 2.5m pair (Aeros Stratos-SP)

Website: www.shunyata.com

Tim said: Technology aside, I was awestruck at how much more enjoyment I got from my stereo using this latest combination of Shunyata cords, cables, interconnects . . . High-end audio is a threshold of moving expectations. As of now, Shunyata Research has redefined the state of the art of audio power and signal delivery.

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Read the SoundStage! review.

The gist: Better cable research from Shunyata.

synergistic_galileoPrices: $2500 per pair (Speaker Cells); $1500 per pair for RCA, $2000 per pair for XLR (Interconnect Cells)

Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

Howard said: If you want your system to really swing in the big leagues, these products may get it a good part of the way there. In short, these are remarkable products from a truly innovative company.

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Read the Ultra Audio review.

The gist: Don't know how, but apparently they work.

wireworld_silvereclipsePrices: $699.95 per 1m pair (Silver Eclipse 6 interconnects), $2449.95 per 2.5m pair (Silver Eclipse 6 speaker cables), $4.07 per foot (Horizon speaker cables), $499.95 per 1m (Gold Starlight 6 digital cable)

www.wireworldcable.com

Howard said: They sound and look great, and they’re as close to plug-and-play as any set of cables I’ve auditioned.

Read the Home Theater & Sound review.

The gist: Could WireWorld improve your world?

xlo_speaker_300wPrices: $840 per 1m pair with RCAs (Signature 3 interconnects), $3700 per 8’ biwire pair (Signature 3 speaker cables)

Website:www.xloelectric.com

Doug said: XLO’s Signature 3 cables are one of the two holy grails of neutrality I’ve found so far. I have the highest regard for the Signature 3s, for their honesty and for their complete refusal to play games with the sound of my reference system.

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Read the Ultra Audio review.

The gist: About the best Doug Blackburn has heard in his system.

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