Prices: D3 Balanced AU$4150, D7 Single-Ended AU$1250, D7 Speaker cables AU$2150

Website: www.hidiamond.eu

Peter said: These are genuinely high-end audio cables of quite reasonable prices that, in my system, can be used with relatively consistent results across different components, a testament to their essential neutrality and musicality.

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The gist: The tonal balance seemed spot on.

Price: $349 per 1m pair (XLR); $199 per 1m pair (RCA)

Website: www.madscientist-audio.com

Colin said: I wouldn’t go wrong buying Mad Scientist Audio’s Heretical Analog interconnects and Nitro power cords -- they’re excellent products and incredible bargains. They’re not audio jewelry -- you may want to hide the Nitros from sensitive eyes -- but looks are clearly not everything. If your cable budget is limited and you want to know how great wires can transform a system’s sound, go Mad.

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The gist: Interesting design at a good price.

Prices: $439.99 per 1m pair (speaker cables), $269.99 per 1m pair (interconnects)

Website: www.nordost.com

Al said: In the end, I was won over by both the sound and the looks of Nordost’s Leif Purple Flares. I guess I am now, officially, an audiophile.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Al is a new man after experiencing these Nordosts.

Price: $15,000 per 8’ pair (speaker cables), $7500 per 1m pair (RCA interconnects), $9500 per 1m pair (XLR interconnects), $2000 per pair (jumpers)

Website: www.synergisticresearch.com

Howard said: The Synergistic Galileo UEFs are serious contenders for the designation SOTA.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: The best cables Howard has heard in his system.

Prices: AU$618 per 1m pair (interconnects), AU$1576 per 1.8m pair (speaker cables)

Website: www.vermouthaudio.com

Edgar said: These line-topping Vermouth Audio cables are as neutral and clear as any cable I’ve tested -- that’s how it should be too, for any competently designed cable loom -- and will allow you to truly hear what your system is up to.

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The gist: Neutrality is the thing here.

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