A good friend of mine and I borrowed the CrystalConnect Art Series Da Vinci cables last week and tried them on 4 hi-end systems in Hong Kong.
I’ve had experience with their grounding cables and did not like the build quality at all. Their wooden connectors are awful in my view and would break quite easily. Maybe I am wrong...Try Entreq.
The sound is organic, ethereal and extended at both frequency extremes.
The is a lush musicality combined with terrific drive and punch, so the best of all worlds.
Price-wise they should be right where you are aiming
Ftr, I have no relationship with Entreq apart from 'customer'
Love to read your review of the Da Vinci Series.A good friend of mine and I borrowed the CrystalConnect Art Series Da Vinci cables last week and tried them on 4 hi-end systems in Hong Kong.
I will post a short review of the Da Vinci powercord and xlr interconnect very soon.
Stay tuned please.
i have always wondered....if the wiring inside a component would carry more weight than the wires connecting separate components. and if a good pair of cables that end up with a 4% tin solder compound... how does that actually work for the greater picture... lol just being philosophical
But indeed how many cost no object cables are out there .....not solving the simple intermediate materials used. for eg - a siltech triple crown cable with mono x silver ...crimped at the end with a crimp that is not of consistent metallurgy - then attached to a furutech connector that is copper which has a rhodium plating layer over.....there is hardly any metallurgy consistency from source to end component...is that the definition of cost no object? A siltech triple crown is certainly not cheap. Am no specialist but always amazed by what i see
If something is readily available to everyone, it doesn’t mean it is bad. maybe siltech compared the top furutech connectors to their own and decided they were beaten. No shame in that.Very smart observation!
Even cost no object stuff has compromises because nothing is perfect, however this can't be an excuse to use mid-fi quality parts in cables with 5 figure price tags.
Consistent metallurgy and custom parts is key at this price level IMO, there's no sense in buying custom amorphous metal or monocrystal silver conductors (for example), and then use a Neutrik connector with brass pins (there's a 14000$ cable that uses them), or even rhodium plated copper Furutech (good connectors but obviously not at the same level of quality of the expensive conductors).
Funny you mention Siltech...did you notice that the Triple Crown range uses custom connectors (excellent!), but the powercord of the Triple Crown range uses Furutech rhodium connectors and not the custom ones?
What does this mean? Are the custom connectors are sidegrade and not an upgrade from the readily available for everyone Furutech stuff, or is Siltech just lazy and doesn't care? Taking into account that a Triple Crown cable costs between 20000€ and 60000€ depending on configuration (!!!), this is unacceptable, not even OK as a joke.
If something is readily available to everyone, it doesn’t mean it is bad. maybe siltech compared the top furutech connectors to their own and decided they were beaten. No shame in that.
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