It wasn't simply a matter of sounding smooth or detailed or even rich, etc. Instrumental and vocal timbres and tones did not require my brain to filter out anomalies in order to believe they were how real life sounds like. Most audiophiles have experienced something like this. While listening to one's favorite female singer, one part of the brain has to work hard to filter out that hardening and thin upper midrange in order to believe and enjoy the performance.
While listening to Miles Davis, especially the so-so quality recordings, one's mind has to constantly battle the brittle trumpet notes in order to imagine the tones surely must have been sweet and powerful in real life. While nothing can cure a truly bad recording, TWL cords do not exacerbate the poor recordings and bring out their best qualities. TWL cords' naturally "right" tone and timbre provide an abundant buffer of believability to give less-than-great recordings a fighting chance.
One very important aspect of TWL cords' attraction is the rock-solid center "lock. And when someone belts out a note, the sonic energy explodes into the room toward the listener, but all without the actual center-lock being disturbed or distorted. There are highly-praised cords out there that "sound" transparent with lots of sparkle, air, and blistering speed that fail to satisfy long-term due to having ghost-like insubstantial center fill.
If one ever tried one of those cords and thought "Oh, only if these fast cords had a solid and juicy midrange! The other spectrum of power cords include those that are known as forgiving, warm, and perhaps even rich. While all that may sound very inviting, what many of them lack is killer detail resolution.
We are not talking about false detail achieved by highlighting low-treble or by implementing bottom-shy frequency balance, a trait often found in poorly-designed silver or silver-plated cabling, for example. A good test of resolution and low-level detail is to listen to favorite music with system volume turned down, below what one would normally listen to. Most of the so-called forgiving cords simply fail to convey fine detail and transparency, an effect magnified by lower volume levels.
The TWL Plus cords are exceptional when volume goes down, showing off immense clarity without harshness or spikiness. The big TWL trick is that when volume is turned up, even way up, resolution seems to increase without unduly increasing ear fatigue. This improved transparency and resolution is the main area of improvement the newer TWL "Plus" cords exhibit over the original TWL cords, which were excellent cords already but perhaps leaning slightly towards the warmer and smoother side of dead neutral.
The presentation was simply marvelous. This system uses a simple Onkyo TX-SR receiver powering Energy speakers and for the first time I heard the kind of immediacy one only hears from high-end systems. Immediately I heard its signature sound; a bit of extra brightness in the upper midrange and highs. By itself, that was okay, but when I added the Revelation interconnects, again, the sound became a bit too bright for my taste. This worked exceedingly well for me as it had in my larger reference system, so I left it at that.
Conclusions All in all, my experience with the DH Labs family of cables was quite positive and eye-opening in some areas. For my system and taste, these cables were the standouts and brought my system to new heights of musical splendor.
I heartily recommend the DH line of fine audio cables and note that they are priced quite low for their very high level of performance. Happy listening to all! Manufacturer D. Labs, Inc. Associated Equipment:. Analog Front End. Digital Front End. AC Conditioners. February, I was eager to experience, what Peter Grzybowski did with his speakers cables, where the design logic differs by no small margin compared with the construction of the power cables.
Let me refresh briefly the company history. The Triode Wire Labs is located in Massapequa Park, New York, and established with the clear goal to create the affordable, but highest quality high-end audio cables. The company was established by Peter Grzybowski Triode Pete. Peter is a professional engineer with a B. Working for over 25 years in the power generation industry, Pete has gained considerable experience and knowledge in electrical theory and construction.
Triode Wire Labs designs its speaker cable for the lowest possible resistance, capacitance, and inductance. This clever passive device installed in the speaker cables reduces EMI effects resulting from electromagnetic fields, common impedance, or other forms of interference. This installation method of the hydraulic compression die forging using 16, lbs. The proprietary deep cryogenic treatment of TWL speaker cables adds the following benefits versus non-cryogenic versions;.
To summarize the benefits of Triode Wire Labs, Inc. Three different pure copper spade connector combinations available standard 6. Cardas Rhodium over silver-plated pure copper spades is also available. The installation of the bananas will require the use of Cardas Quad-eutectic solder, the finest audio solder in the world, originally developed by the Western Electric Corporation.
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