The Chord Company will be demonstrating the benefits of its recently launched ShawCan headphone upgrade cables to the public at the headroom show, Metropolis Studios, London, 24th-25th March. More »

British cable manufacturer Tellurium Q got in touch to let us know why they have upgraded their Black speaker cable to the new Black II. More »

The Ortofon Reference Interconnect cables series is designed and manufactured by Ortofon Japan. They let us know more about the new cables and said that: “Each of the new Reference series cables has its individual sonic expression”. More »

Meze Audio, the Romanian headphone manufacturer, have introduced a range of accessories for their products. More »

TARA Labs Design Team (TLDT) has worked over a year to come up with their new cable series, The Muse, which they say is “specifically designed for audiophiles who crave “musicality” in their audio system’s sound performance”. More »

Air Audio got in touch to tell us about a new company called Cove Audio who they will be distributing in the UK.They will be starting with their first range of signal cables…

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Air Audio got in touch to tell us about a new company called Cove Audio who they will be distributing in the UK.They will be starting with their first range of signal cables, RCA’s and XLR’s initially, with a comprehensive  range of audio cable options to be launched over the coming months. More »

As a French player in high fidelity for more than 35 years, Triangle has introduced a new collection of cables, which they say is “dedicated to optimising the performance of the loudspeakers, while guaranteeing the emblematic Triangle sound characteristics of extraordinary openness and dynamics. All LeCable products provide an excellent conductivity, ensuring a perfect and balanced transmission”. More »

Tellurium Q make a wide range of speaker cables, interconnects and other audio cables at prices to suit most pockets. Here Stuart and Linette Smith take a listen to their range topping Silver Diamond speaker cables and interconnects.  More »

Nordost say that with the introduction of each new product, they continue “to push the “sonic boundaries” in every corner of the market”. However, there comes a point where simply increasing gauge size or changing materials will no longer lead to the level of improvements that Nordost deems worthy of a “step up” in range. In digital cabling, the Tyr 2 USB was their benchmark. In order to improve upon this cable and meet Nordost’s standard for its Reference Valhalla 2 range, a total redesign was in order. More »

The £280/m Experience 680 interconnect from British manufacturer Wire On Wire is an interesting concept in that is able to be ‘tuned’ by the owner. Dominic Marsh tunes in for Hifi Pig.  More »

roksponsmallCanon is a new Musiclink cable designed, say Black Rhodium, “to achieve very high sound quality when using portable music systems by using the latest Black Rhodium high end cable technology, Including the Graham Nalty VS-4 Vibration Stabiliser”. It is hand built at the Black Rhodium factory in Derby. More »

The efficacy of cables, and in particular USB and digital cables, is a much debated subject in the audio world. However, Dan Worth, Hifi Pig’s resident computer audiophile is convinced of different cables’ bringing benefits to the overall system. Here he tries out The Chord Company’s Signature Tuned Array USB cable costing £400 for a 1m length.  More »

roksponsmallIn 2014 Chris Sommovigo had a little side project called A.H.A or “After Hours Audio” where he made a few cables designs in extremely limited quantities and sold them to a small ‘membership’ for quite low prices. Power cords, loudspeaker cables, interconnects were among these. More »

roksponsmallBlack Cat Cable’s resident artisan, Chris Sommovigo says that there is much more to hear. After nearly a decade of experimenting with a concept that he had codenamed “Superleggera” due to it’s lightness, it seems he’s ready to release the first fruits of his unreasonably long development cycle: Indigo “Silverwave”. More »

Balanced Mains Units are used extensively in professional studios and are starting to make their mark in domestic audio situations. Janine Elliot gets her life in balance and plugs in the Russ Andrews BMU 3000 costing £3599. More »

roksponsmallOctober was a real whirlwind of a month, there were Hifi Shows including Hifi Show Live Windsor and The Indulgence Show plus a huge amount of news and we reviewed gear ranging from £89 IEMs to a £32,000 Power Amplifier.  Just in case you missed anything, here is a round up of what happened last month… More »

roksponsmallAtlas Cables, has added to its range of analogue cables with the introduction of four new replacement turntable cables – Element TT, Element Tonearm, Hyper TT and Hyper Tonearm.  In response to the vinyl renaissance, Atlas has taken the step to offer its top selling cables with the addition of earth cables (Element TT and Hyper TT) and in the case of the Element and Hyper Tonearm, utilised its dedicated straight or right angled 5-pin Din connector to connect straight into the bottom of compatible tonearms. More »

roksponsmallBurson got in touch with us to tell us about their new product, the Cable+. “There are two bottlenecks preventing your smartphone, tablet and laptop from sounding hi-end. They are the low voltage output of these devices and the 1940 era audio cable connecting them to the audio amplifier. We have created a new type of audio cable for today’s audio world. Our Cable+ removed both bottlenecks and ensures perfect synergy between your playback device and amplifier.”
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roksponsmallThe design of the Tempest and Breeze is based on the Twist, Twirl and Samba speaker cables but include many additional design features.
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Danish manufacturer DALI has developed a series of terminated loudspeaker cables to complement their speakers. Dubbed DALI CONNECT, there are four loudspeaker cables in the line-up (including a bi-wiring option), each variant being available in mechanically tuned two, three and four metre lengths. Each of the cables is fitted with carbon-cased cable splitters that physically separate the terminations to avoid accidental shorting. The terminations comprise corrosion-resistant rhodium-plated banana plugs, encased in the same carbon material as the splitters. A mechanical twisting mechanism expands the plugs’ centre-pins to make a tight, secure connection with amplifier loudspeaker terminals. A distinctive mesh outer jacket over a PVC inner jacket provides the finishing touch. 

DALI SC RM230C – High Definition Speaker Cable 

Incorporating an impressive 74 strands of 3.0mm2 OFC (oxygen-free copper) wiring, the SC RM230C combines concentric stranding with insulating materials with low dielectric properties, to ensure a low-resistance, low-distortion and well-shielded path for audio signals. Each concentric conductor bundle is individually shielded in polyethylene (PE) and, by twisting the conductor bundles around each other in layers and by changing the direction of the conductors in each layer, we ensure that every layer is tightly gripped. This arrangement forces every strand in the conductor to be closely packed together, minimising microphonic effects while maintaining flexibility.

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DALI SC RM230S – Absolute Clarity Speaker Cable 

Like the RM230C, this version also uses PE insulation but here each of the 74 individual strands of copper wire used are now silver-plated to help improve performance in the ultra high frequencies.

DALI SC RM230ST – Ultra Transparent Speaker Cable 

The flagship cable takes the RM230S formula and elevates it to yet another level by replacing the standard PE conductor insulation with a high-purity, inert FEP (Foamed Polyethylene) type and a PE outer layer.

PRICING (SRP)

SC RM230C: 2m – £269, 3m – £299, 4m – £329

SC RM230S: 2m – £309, 3m – £359, 4m – £409

SC RM230ST: 2m – £349, 3m – £399, 4m – £449

SC RM430ST: 2m – £539, 3m – £599, 4m – £679

 

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UK based Black Rhodium, whose interconnects we reviewed previously, have released Rumba and Salsa loudspeaker cables which are based on design features of Black Rhodium’s Thunder, the highest quality loudspeaker cable in the Black Rhodium range. The special design features of Rumba and Salsa include the following. VS-4 vibration stabilisers to reduce distortion due to mechanical vibration. Mechanical vibration suppression materials used in construction. Silicone rubber insulation for low dielectric absorption. Thick wall insulation for lower ‘Proximity Effect’ magnetic distortion. Conductors wired in opposing direction for lower noise floor. Twisted conductors for low RFI, with additional RFI suppression. High quality rhodium plated connectors, plus they are all hand built at the Black Rhodium factory in Derby.Black_Rhodium_salsa_speakercable_news

Specification of Black Rhodium Rumba Loudspeaker Cable

Outer diameter of cores 6.1mm

2.5 sq. mm plated copper cores

Silicone rubber insulation thickness: 1.4mm

Capacitance for 3m length: 90pF

Specification of Black Rhodium Salsa Loudspeaker Cable

Outer diameter of cores 5.9mm

4 sq. mm plated copper cores

Silicone rubber insulation thickness: 1.0mm

Capacitance for 3m length: 100pF

Rumba and Salsa will be available at these Retail Prices:

3m pair Rumba Loudspeaker Cable £700.00

5m pair Rumba Loudspeaker Cable £800.00

3m pair Salsa Loudspeaker Cable £950.00

5m pair Salsa Loudspeaker Cable £1150.00

Other lengths can be supplied to order with prices pro rata.

 

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Leema Acoustics has launched a range of high-performance analogue and digital cables designed to complement its Welsh-built electronics. The new Reference 1 and Reference 2 ranges, comprise speaker cables plus several digital and analogue interconnects, all carefully built to specification. The range has been designed to ‘deliver incredible performance while offering striking value for money’. The cable configurations have been carefully specified by the ex-BBC sound engineers behind Leema Acoustics: Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls. Features include advanced continuously cast mono-crystal 6N-purity copper conductors, Teflon-insulation and Beryllium-copper plugs. The range includes the Reference 1 and Reference 2 interconnects, which comprise analogue cables in RCA and XLR terminations, digital cables in RCA, TOSLINK and USB configuration and loudspeaker cables.Leema_cable_news
All cables are available now, pricing in £ as follows:

Reference I interconnects

50 cm RCA-RCA 249.00

1m RCA-RCA 295.00

50cm XLR-XLR 295.00

1m XLR-XLR 345.00

Digital Optical 1m 175.00

50 cm Digital RCA 125.00

1m Digital RCA 150.00

USB cable 1m 145.00

Reference I speaker cable

3m pair terminated 445.00

5m pair terminated 549.00

Extra 1m (pair) 90.00

Reference II interconnects

50cm RCA 449.00

1m RCA 495.00

50cm XLR 495.00

1m XLR 549.00

USB cable 1m 485.00

Reference II speaker cable

3m pair terminated 900.00

5m pair terminated 1,500.00

Extra 1m (pair) 280.00

 

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