Review: Skogrand Air Cables
Supra Sword Speaker Cable (and Ply/Dual Wire) Review
Vegas07 The Cable Curtain -- Supra and Tonian
Cables, cables, cables! We don't normally cover cables here at the 'Flare, but when there's a good story or bargain to be had, well, an exception can be made. Supra cable out of Sweden has been pushing the high end wire game since '76 but has had trouble breaking into the US market and "getting the recognition it deserves." Supra's family of wire ranges from the Classic speaker at $.80/foot to the Sword speaker at $867 for an 8ft pair.
Supra's man in the US is Tony of Tonian Labs. I've only known Supra through their bargain wire at places like Madisound and other DIY outlets -- at $.80 a foot, The Supra Classic is some of the cheapest "audiophile" wire out there. Tony told me that while Supra's light blue cable has almost cult status overseas and is found in everything from DIY projects to the insides of speakers and components, there have been almost no reviews of the Swedish legend here in the states. 5 stars from What Hi-Fi, Hi-Fi Choice, Hi-Fi+, Hi-Fi World, Barely Legal Hi-Fi and others. But in the US? Nada.
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Vegas - Devore, Tone Imports, PlayStation
Yes, that's a PlayStation sitting among certified high-end gear. Rumor has it the first gen PS ain't that bad a source and, playing through the $1950 DeVore Gibbon 3Rs and the $5495 Leben CS-6000 integrated (on the left) from Tone Imports, I'd have to agree. Definitely cool and definitely fun bucking the mega-buck transport trend.
DeVore also showed their larger $4000 Super Gibbon 8s and the statement $12k Silverback Reference speakers in two other rooms. As usual, the green lovelies from Shindo provided the perfect companion to the DeVores, albeit not at a Playstation price. Tone Import's Auditorium 23 speaker cables at $900/pr brought out cotton-wrapped coolness that got one of the 6Moonies to proclaim: "you must buy this speaker cable now!"
Cerious Technologies Extreme Cable Makeover
Can you believe it??? A 6Moons review from someone other than Srajan! Edgar Kramer is the man in the mix and he shines a light on Cerious Technologies' full cable posse. Right in the middle of the high end pack, the power cord goes for $495 (5 feet), digital $495 (1 meter), analog interconnect $750 (1 meter/pair), and the speaker cable $995 (8 feet/pair).
"As much as the interconnects and speaker cables significantly enhanced the sonic quality of my system, the inclusion of the AC and digital leads upped that enhancement even further. I repeat, with the full Cerious Technologies cable lineup, it's not long before critical defragmentation stops and music's grandeur embraces one's soul. This, to me, makes for a tremendously satisfying experience."
Well, Edgar seems to like the cables just a bit. I'm not going to get into the drama going down in 6Moons HQ, but check out the article for Edgar dissing Srajan's micro transient attack, harmonic contenct and natural decay. Them fighting words! But really, Srajan's previous article comparing Zu, Cerious and Stealth cables caused some hard feelings when he proclaimed the Cerious cables are for girlie men. Edgar seems to think differently.
Analysis Plus Big Silver Oval Speaker Cables
6Moons Srajan, the cyborg reviewing machine, takes a look at the Analysis Plus Big Silver Oval speaker cables priced at $1077 for 8 feet and finds they are excellent cables, though feels they would be better suited for big power systems unlike the micro powered tubes Srajan is fond of.
They are, as you can see from the picture, flat. But it's not flat like a sheet of paper the way Nordost does it, more like a regular cable squashed. It means they're flexible, but not to the extent you can run them like ribbons around all your gear.
PS Audio xStream Resolution cables
"The xStream Audio Series of interconnects and loudspeaker cables are among the finest in the world at any price." (PS Audio)
PS Audio has released their new xStream Resolution line of speaker cables and interconnects and brought with it a whole lot of big talk. For those who own the last generation of Xstream cables, PS Audio is offering a trade-up program - turn in your old cables, get new ones 25% off. A pretty great policy more manufactures should get hip to. Of the Resolution series (which is their only series) there are two different classes: Reference or Transcendent with the only difference being the use of copper or silver inside (silver is more expensive and, naturally, better).
Check out our earlier post on the PS Audio UPC-200 for more about PS Audio and their power-conditioning history. They've also been making some very highly regarded cables, beginning with their Lab series, followed up by the xSteams and now the Resolutions. Prices start at $180 and $400 for 1 meter RCA of either the Reference or Transcendent respectively. $750 will get you 2.5 meters of Reference speaker. Check out their site for the rest of the price options, ordering info and a whole lot of hyperbole.