Prices: Standard model, $2400/6’ cord; Medium-Power model, $1250/6’ cord; Low-Power model, $1080/6’ cord
Doug said: Audience’s Au24 SE powerChords, interconnects, and speaker cables are the most satisfying wiring products I’ve used in the last 39 years. They sit at the pinnacle of cable performance, and provide an attractive combination of big spaces, a very neutral sound and marvelously balanced performance, from the deepest bass to the highest treble.
The gist: The best cables Doug has heard.
Phillip said: The BC60X1 is for the person who already owns a high-quality system and is happy with its sound, but wants to know if it can be improved even further. At $4495, the BC60X1 isn’t cheap, but if you’ve invested quite a bit in your stereo and want to take its sound to the next level, the Blue Circle might be able to do the job.
The gist: Balanced power or not? You don’t have to choose with this product -- it does both.
Michael said: For $495, you get a darn good PLC in the Blue Circle FX-2. If you’re an audiophile on a budget who doesn’t put much stock in PLCs, the FX-2 is the one for you. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’m buying one.
The gist: Pipe in clean power to your system.
Price: $750 per 6’ cord
Michael said: If your system sounds good, the Clarity products may make it sound even better, and allow you to hear more of what it is you already like about your components. Clarity’s Organic models won’t win any beauty contests, but they were an absolute pleasure to listen to, and I very highly recommend them. This is one set of review samples I will definitely miss.
The gist: Solid sound from an unassuming cable maker.
Price: $1994.99 per 2m cord
Hans said: When the subject of conversation turns to the best cable manufacturers in the world, Nordost is usually one of the names that comes up. Their Frey 2 line combines a goodly amount of knowledge and engineering harnessed from their vaunted Valhalla cables, at an attainable price point.
The gist: Premium cables from one of cabledom’s preeminent manufacturers.