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Audiofest '15 - Herb Reichert - Stereophile
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To summarize from Ron Brenay (Reviewer from New Record Day)
To summarize from Ron Brenay (Reviewer from New Record Day)
See you next time!
Guillaume W. – FRANCE
Bob M – San Francisco, CA
My system consists of a Parasound Halo A-21 power amp, Parasound JC-2B pre, Marantz UD-5007 DVD/SACD player, Peachtree DACitx and Goldenear Triton Two speakers and Forcefield Five sub. Not a real uber system, but a decent system.
I had heard of Triode Wire Labs cables, and their reviews but I had not heard them. I went to AXPONA and went to the Volti/Border Patrol/TWL room and I was blown away with the incredible sound I heard in that room. Now I understand that the equipment they were using in that room was ultra uber, but it is only as good as the weakest link and that would be the cables. The TWL cables delivered everything that equipment had to offer.
I ordered a complete set of TWL cables for my system, Sevens for the amp, Tens for the Pre, Speakers and Sub, Twelves for the DVD, Tuner and DAC and the American speaker cables. The TWL cables out of the box blew me away with the increase in soundstage all across the musical spectrum. The bass was tighter and deeper. The midrange was cleaner and sharper and the highs were clean and clear. It was almost like I went and bought all new stereo equipment. There was a little harshness and haze, but that is to be expected with new cables that have not been fully broken in. But for out of the box, wow!
Now that the cables are fully broken in with over 200 hours, I cannot believe that my meager system can sound so good. The sound is defined, clean and as smooth and refined as my equipment can deliver it. One of the best investments I have ever made for my stereo system.
If you are in the market to upgrade the cables in your system, look no further than TWL. You will not be disappointed! One of the best bangs for the buck in audio gear IMHO.
Jesse A – Milwaukee, WI
I’ve been too busy and distracted (lazy?) to swap the Ten Plus and the Digital American to see what I can tell about their comparative performance with a digital source. I’m almost exclusively a vinyl person, rarely use a digital source, and don’t even have a high-quality digital source, so comments as to comparing those two as against each other will await another day.
Thanks. I will likely be ordering a phono cable and another interconnect in the future.
Martin M – Mercer Island, WA
It was a pleasant shock, to say the least, when the music started playing.
Pete, bass was clean and tight and the overall presentation just seemed to open up and bloom.
“You’ve got to be kidding me!”
Long story short, for the past 2 hours I’ve been going through my collection simply amazed at what I’ve been hearing.
The 7+ has completely transformed my system…honestly.
I am blown away.
Most importantly, I want to thank you for your patience working with me.
If a prospective customer ever needs a reference, please feel free to use me.
Greg R – Coral Springs, Fl
I have been running through a lot of music to put the cables through their paces and one in particular is a song from Buddy Guy on his Blues Singer album called Hard Times. In it there is a subtle reverb that some systems don’t catch at all. I heard it and was astounded by how clear it is. Instruments have size and truthfulness in texture.
If you are debating or thinking about making changes in your system, I recommend trying a set of these out first. You may just find that you have a better set up than you thought or you can bet that whatever you do after getting them, you’ll know what that piece can give you. Besides if they were thought to be good enough to go on a $35k pair of speakers and get Steve Stone’s Best at RMAF, they are definitely worth a try. Thanks Pete for producing a synergistic cable that I have quickly come to love in the line up here in my humble abode.
Don F – North Carolina
Audioaéro Capitole Reference SE, McIntosh Mc501x2, Focal Micro Utopia Be, HP Nirvana Sx-Ltd, Audioprana Argent OCC Cryo XLR, Secteur Triode Wire Labs 10+.
Dedicated room, and light acoustic treatment. Direct connections in walls, dedicated lines.
How can I say? The best PC I have had! At any price, any technology! Ouch!
One word: Natural.
Actually, and to be more specific, your slogan is exactly the result, which is obtained: “natural, open and balanced sound “.
The very high quality of these cables; they respect the tone of the electronics, but by glorifying it : silence, dynamics, transients, tones, focus, soundstage (3D), everything… everything… everything…
But your products do not tempt to speak about it in audiophile terms… In fact, we are talking about “natural and musical qualities”, nothing else. This is the best compliment I can do. Bravo!
Really, an incredible achievement and I think one of the best audio quality and value (in this order) of the market. Sorry for my bad english
David D – FRANCE
Luis C – CHILE
The cable arrived today, popped it into my amp, replacing a $850 IsoClean Premium II. I’m listening to Jennifer Warnes “Famous Blue Raincoat” – your cable is absolutely crushing the Premium II. The overall improvement in performance is in the “are you kidding me”? range!
Thanks again, I’m very impressed that you have created products of this quality at these price points. As they years go by and I get closer to retirement age, I have to be a bit more careful about where I put my $$. Being able to upgrade without breaking the bank is a good thing!
Bruce M – Martinez, California
Anyway, just wanted give you a quick report. I’m going to have to leave my room to be a part of the New Year’s Eve festivities but wish I could keep listening!
Take care and have a great New Year!
Steven T – Blue Springs, MO
Interesting, I’m using a single American Spirit phono with my mono set up in similar fashion but I hadn’t been able to fully appreciate your wire since it’s the only one I’ve used there. Now with a basis for comparison, I can see/hear what a superb job you’ve done. Bravo!
Jeffrey K – Bronx, NY
Thanks for building a great cable priced so that many if not most of us can afford. I think I’ll be trying your speaker cables next.
Arnold S – Meridian, ID
Zach O – SINGAPORE
I’d like to thank you for these 2 excellent cables. They both offer the higher definition and quality among all other power cables I could test.
I must add that your range of cables is very rich. We can always find the good element for a given context.
I wish you the best
Philippe G – FRANCE
So Pete, you are a great artist! You cannot imagine how happy you have made me with that cord. Now the music has got me as I never heard before…
Ric – The NETHERLANDS
I certainly hope you are in business to stay as I plan on getting a new CD player (Bryston BCD-1 or a Primare CD31) in the not too distant future & I think I’d like to outfit it with a 12 or maybe(?) a 10 gauge. I’m also planning on buying a better power conditioner/surge suppressor after that, so another 8 gauge. You’ve got another happy customer on your hands that want more!
I’ll send you more feedback @ 500 hours.
Follow-up – Just wanted to get back to you regarding the cord. I believe it’s fully broken in now and all I can say is I love it. It has settled in very nicely—sound is very natural, with just the right amount of warmth. As I said previously the space between the instruments & voices is superb, and the overall sound very dynamic.
Tom H – Springfield, IL
Along with great products Pete, your customer service, timely communications, and exacting fulfillment of commitments was very refreshing! Keep up the great work and I wish you well in your continued endeavors!
Jay M – Fort Worth, TX
HOLY SHIT !!!
P.S. Thanks, you just saved me 5k, thinking I needed to buy new amps.
Roger P – Boise, ID
Steve W – Reno, Nevada
I love both your 10+ and 12+ cables! I did not tell you before but next to my daytime job, in my free time, I am a freelance writer for the biggest audio internet site of the Benelux www.hifi.nl (dutch only i’m afraid) and for the monthly Dutch High End magazine MusicEmotion. So you can understand that I have heard a few power cords in my time. The ones around the price point where your cables are were amongst others Siltech SP30, AH! TriAC, Essential Audio Tools and the first active power cord of Synergistic Research. Your cables give me far more pleasure! One more reason why I still hope that the 7+ will eventually arrive here. I know that your cables will sound even better in a month or two (I listen to music a lot:-)) and can hardly wait to arrive at that point. Of course I will let you know! Thanks for your wonderful cables!
Jan de Jeu – The Netherlands
Mike F. – PA
“Just installed a full set of Triode Pete’s cords – preamp, amp, CDP and DAC and the improvement was immediately apparent. The sound is now more detailed, open and the background is definitely blacker. I had thought the “veil being lifted” descriptions perhaps a bit hyperbolic before but now I get it…”
Dave M – PA
I am getting a connection to the musical timing and intent that I have not had in a long time.
I plan on a post with a series of comments and observations
Thank you so much for the offer of these and I am so happy I contacted you.
Jason R – Indianapolis, IN
Peter has another winner on his hands and for the price, it is a no brainer for me!
Anand R – Wilkesboro, NC
Well I have to admit you definitely have a great speaker cable here!…Even against the “top of the line” Transparent audio cables, yours exhibited a little more dynamic and slightly forward sound, in a good way. They are still perfectly smooth from top to bottom, but they have a little more life in them. The Transparent cables with the “Turtle Coffin boxes” now sounds a little “Soft” maybe pulled back or laid back. It’s still a great cable and has a nice “Esoteric” sound, however for sure what is better about your cables after they burn-in, is that it gets more of the inner detail between the speakers with a little more impact across the whole frequency spectrum.
With the Transparent cables, they might be a bit artificially smoothed out which many might find a better match in their system if they have “Hot” sounding components in the first place, which is probably why they are popular with Wilson Audio speakers, etc… That may actually be a little too analytical and the Transparent cable can help balance them out better.
In any case, your cables are very impressive and add a little more raw and real sound, they don’t cover anything up. It’s interesting as they are louder as well than the other cables we have on hand to test, I think I have noticed this in the past testing some Cryo’ed cables vs. standards it seems to make them sound more efficient many times.
At first the Transparent cables seemed to have a bit deeper bass and filled the whole floor from front to back of the room. Your cables had a little more “Boxed” in bass, but after about one hour of play that all changed and I’m getting about as good if not better bass response specifically on more delicate notes.
Your cables were a little more upfront in the beginning, but as the bass opened up, they did smooth out substantially after letting them run for about 2 hours, with really excellent balance. Even some of the more digital sounding recordings sound very analog now.
If there is any absolute determining factor for sure your cable is the most neutral with dynamics, where something like the Transparent cable sounds great, but now it is noticed that it pulls everything back a little bit more maybe making it pleasant, but it’s not as true to the recording in a raw sense.
There was no competition besides the Transparent’s; we have Audioquest, Supra, DH Labs, Kimber, Nordost etc…and none of those can be take as seriously in this case, so nothing at this level.
Thanks again, I will be in touch.
Dave M – North American Audio, Chicago, IL
I just wanted you to know that I have been very pleased with your cables. I now have (2) “Ten Plus”, (2) “Seven Plus”, and a set of jumpers. I will be needing one more power cord for my TT in the near future and am looking forward to your upcoming interconnects. Your cables bring much more detail and openness than other aftermarket cables I have owned in the past at a fair price. Keep up the great work.
Mitch S. – Chambersburg, PA
Your speaker cables sound better than my other three speaker cables. I am looking forward to buy more cables from you later.
Tom P. – Calgary, CANADA
Burning in three TWL PCs and three Furutech outlets at the same time certainly had its ups and downs (more on this below), and it’s only in the last few days that everything finally fell into place: fantastic top and bottom extension, glorious soundstage, and excellent overall balance.
1) Some highlights:
– My overall setup is still very detailed, fast and neutral, but everything now has much more harmonic complexity and layering. For example, ‘lush’ recordings sound absolutely glorious, without turning everything to syrup. Sibilants are never harsh. Cymbals and brushes are revealed in all their glory without being over the top.
– I’ve never experienced such a wonderfully deep and holographic soundstage, and it does not sound artificial or contrived. This is especially obvious when I shuffle play a bunch of recordings with very different soundstages and sonic signatures – switching from one track to the next highlights the differences, which can be quite startling as the sense of space specific to that recording suddenly reveals itself.
– Deep, fast, controlled bass.
– Annoying ‘tubbiness’ (and chestiness in vocals) has vanished.
2) It’s been an interesting journey. A year ago when I started to upgrade my system (eventually replacing every component), I was a complete skeptic when it came to power cable upgrades. At the insistence of my local shop, I tried a few PCs, but most either provided marginal improvements, or made things worse. The only ones I eventually liked were the Shunyata Alpha series, but I could not bring myself to spend that much money for the real (but not great) performance improvement they provided. This prompted some further research on the net that led me to your TWL PCs, and as they say, the rest is history. As much as I am extremely pleased with the results, I don’t believe in magic. What I do believe is that your PCs enable all the other system components to perform at their absolute peaks, and that the end result can be just wonderful.
And for that, Sir, I thank you.
Louis D – Montreal, Canada
However, my first impression is that the usual excellent dynamics, soundstage and precise detail I expect from a very good cord are all there (I`ve had quite a few cords previously for comparison). But there is definitely something different about the TWL cord, and we (my wife, who could make a German Shepherd feel deaf, is always along) have finally come to conclude that there is now a “sweetness” to music that was previously absent. Double bass and cello notes are still still deep and “raspy” but the sound now seems to gently float in the air, piano notes now sound somewhat fuller and more extended, and violins are no longer penetrating, but rather, seem to caress the listener`s ears, to the point that it would seem Salvatore Accardo finally got a better instrument. Extremely difficult to describe, but not at all a subtle difference. This is the sort of sound I was looking for, as we are more into listening to music, as opposed to permanent equipment testing, but did not expect it from a cord almost fresh out of the box. An amazing and ear-opening experience, and after a proper burn-in period, will be in contact for a 10 Plus cord which I now realize my amp desperately needs.
Luis C – Santiago, Chile
Tom M. – NY
“I’ve got to echo the same results (as Tom M)… These cables just let the music flow effortlessly. And like your analogy to a musician, it may all be in the timing. PRAT rules!
I’ve now got a 12awg WE and 10awg WE from Pete as well as one of his Buss cables on my Uber Buss. By far, the biggest difference/improvement was putting either of the WE power cords on my DAC/Preamp. After that the results are additive albeit in a less striking manner (at least for me, YMMV).”
Mike C – NC
Mike R – Spring Branch, TX
Mike P – Papillion, NE
My name is Irenee. I was impressed with your super fast delivery.
As for the cables, well so far, very good too. The rest of interconnects in my system are Audience AU 24 ($1,100 us /pr). I can tell you that your cables equal their performance, but will do some serious evaluating when properly burned in.
What struck me immediately is their neutrality.
Watching AV.showrooms video on youtube and hearing all good comments made me decide to try your interconnects.
Thank you again for a very affordable quality cable.
Irenee G – Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
I have some interesting news for you…
I’ve been listening to your Spirit interconnects and speaker cables for a bit now. I had a top audiophile friend visit today and in his words, “you have reached stratospheric high-end sound, the mids are gorgeous, the sound is balanced, and there is no particular part of the sound that draws you in, the tonal balance is perfect, this is the best sound I have ever heard”. This client has extremely good ears, he is a musician, audiophile and hosts concerts in his house, mostly classical and baroque type. His son is a top violinist too. Better compliments than this you won’t get!
One word of advice to anyone thinking that your cables are too tamed, “re-evaluate the system synergy, you won’t be sorry”.
Your cables tread a very difficult line between musicality and resolution. If anything is out of place, it won’t be the cables, that’s for sure. Another thing that my client’s seem to like is that you don’t have 3 different interconnects and speaker cables, please remain focus and don’t go gaga like so many BS manufacturers out there. You have the best cables and you don’t need to prove anything more to the world.
In the meantime, I am very satisfied with my sound and have stopped tinkering, thanks to you!
Ramsey R – Audio Tweak (Audio Dealer in South Africa)
Both the TWL Regular Digital & High Power digital cords are fantastic on my Devialet 200 !
I have compared them extensively with a Graditech Vioma, ESP Reference-II, Virtual Dynamics Master 2.0-LE.
Andy L – Ontario, CANADA
Just wanted to let you know that I am really being seduced by the sound of my system, as your cables continue to break in. It just boggles my mind how good things are sounding, particularly the better recorded
music. I am trying to sell off my recently purchased MIT cables. I am considering taking the funds from that sale to help fund the purchase of your Digital American HP cable to use with my Crown digital amp, in place of the 7+ cable. I would then move the 7+ cable to my subwoofer.
Anyhow, things are sounding fantastic as it is!
Stew G – Rochester, NY
Follow-up – In terms of hitting the 500 hr mark. I may be close but not quite there yet. I am by no means an expert at coming up with bloated words to describe performance of audio equipment. What I am familiar with is how certain things have changed what I hear from my system in my room. I don’t just sit in the sweet spot and listen. I wander around and do things. I work on my bicycles. I play with the cat. And I sit and critically listen. I use a Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum with Gold Lion KT88s and some Mullard 4003’s and old RCA 5071’s. I have a Rega Apollo and Paradigm Studio 40’s. My interconnects are from Snake River Audio. Which like you, are a small company that tries to keep things reasonable. But still spendy nonetheless. Anyway, your cables are spectacular in build and audio presentation. They are there but they are not. Two particular cd’s come to mind. Mumford and Sons and Adele. The vocals are spot on with this eerie effortless, roomfilling sound. Silent where silence is intended. Powerful and explosive without distortion when called upon. I think what these cables do they do very well and if anything they, along with my other components, expose poorly recorded audio. I guess what I can say is that what you build in your cables opens everything else up. Makes you stop and listen. And when listening critically, my brain hasn’t been more pleased. For lack of more technical words I would just close the eyes late at night and let the music do the talking and you will understand. Well done Pete.
Justin H – Plymouth, MN
- More depth….the wall behind my speakers just moved back
- Imaging locked in even more (and it was darn good before if you don’t mind me saying so)
- Air/Space/Blackness… all are more……better……”just right”
The best way to describe it is to say that ‘the passing by from another room’ test just fakes you out into wondering a bit longer whether it’s live or memorex…. A very high compliment indeed.
Pete told me there’s about 100hrs on them so far and I’ve added about 10 more at this point…I can’t say what another couple of hundred are going to do but my guess is they’ll only be getting better.
For the record, my system is finicky, persnickety, and unforgiving…sort of like a spoiled prima-dona…(the notorious Apogee personality) but when it all gels, it’s very engaging.
And my system LOVES these power cords.
Cables being replaced (which I have always liked and have served me well) are available and soon to be on A’gon. Next I’ll be ordering more 8g’s for my line conditioners and then we’ll see what else.
Nice job Pete; these are keepers.”
Grant A. – NY
Robert F – Boca Raton, FL