QSA LANEDRI Series

Hi Steven,
Very glad yo see that there is a QSA Forum on WBF.
Congratulations!



I think I wrote the first QSA review on WBF, back in 2012.
:D

May I ask you two questions?

Firstly, I notice on you website that QSA-Lanedri cables are being launched.

May you tell us more about them?
What metals are employed and what special features do they have?

Secondly, several frds of mine in Hong Kong have bought QSA JitterPower.
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Again, please tell the WBF members more about these series of accessories.

Many thanks!

Cheers,
CK
 
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It's 3 months since I received my first QSA Lanedri cables and finally the long awaited Ultimatum Infinity speaker cables arrived. During these 3 months quite a lot of upgrades including my second order of QSA -Lanedri cables including Spectra Prince Infinity and Gamma Infinity Ethernet cable and more Gamma Infinity power cords and the Taiko Switch and Taiko network card. So my system has been boosted to a much higher level than before and I was a bit nervous on whether the Ultimatum Infinity speaker cable can still shine amidst all these upgrades. Because my speakers and power amps are old designs and the space for speaker cables is very limited and it cannot accept normal size spades so I have to use an adaptor rat-tail to fit in the speaker cables. And I have also applied some heat shrinks to prevent shorting the two cables. And after double checking sound finally comes out through the speakers. It is still a WOW. The unmistakable sense of ease is so obvious that I should probably give 2 WOW. The performance venue becomes so realistic and the performers are communicating to one another seamlessly. The soundstage is wider than before but everything still very natural. Everything is so transparent that you hear so much more detail than before. The mid range is very rich yet everything is never slow. Music is so enjoyable with this speaker cable in the system. And the cable is fresh from factory without any burning. I would say this speaker cable is still the most dominant and most powerful amongst all. Once it is in everything goes to a much higher level. Bravo Anas.
 

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It's 3 months since I received my first QSA Lanedri cables and finally the long awaited Ultimatum Infinity speaker cables arrived. During these 3 months quite a lot of upgrades including my second order of QSA -Lanedri cables including Spectra Prince Infinity and Gamma Infinity Ethernet cable and more Gamma Infinity power cords and the Taiko Switch and Taiko network card. So my system has been boosted to a much higher level than before and I was a bit nervous on whether the Ultimatum Infinity speaker cable can still shine amidst all these upgrades. Because my speakers and power amps are old designs and the space for speaker cables is very limited and it cannot accept normal size spades so I have to use an adaptor rat-tail to fit in the speaker cables. And I have also applied some heat shrinks to prevent shorting the two cables. And after double checking sound finally comes out through the speakers. It is still a WOW. The unmistakable sense of ease is so obvious that I should probably give 2 WOW. The performance venue becomes so realistic and the performers are communicating to one another seamlessly. The soundstage is wider than before but everything still very natural. Everything is so transparent that you hear so much more detail than before. The mid range is very rich yet everything is never slow. Music is so enjoyable with this speaker cable in the system. And the cable is fresh from factory without any burning. I would say this speaker cable is still the most dominant and most powerful amongst all. Once it is in everything goes to a much higher level. Bravo Anas.
Thank you for the shared impressions!

Glad to know that your music joy has reached a new level to the point of being wowed. The Ultimatum Series is designed from scratch with one objective in mind being to result into the maximum QSA impacts.
 
Thank you for the shared impressions!

Glad to know that your music joy has reached a new level to the point of being wowed. The Ultimatum Series is designed from scratch with one objective in mind being to result into the maximum QSA impacts.

Then it should be called "Ultimate" not "Ultimatum."
 
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It's 3 months since I received my first QSA Lanedri cables and finally the long awaited Ultimatum Infinity speaker cables arrived. During these 3 months quite a lot of upgrades including my second order of QSA -Lanedri cables including Spectra Prince Infinity and Gamma Infinity Ethernet cable and more Gamma Infinity power cords and the Taiko Switch and Taiko network card. So my system has been boosted to a much higher level than before and I was a bit nervous on whether the Ultimatum Infinity speaker cable can still shine amidst all these upgrades. Because my speakers and power amps are old designs and the space for speaker cables is very limited and it cannot accept normal size spades so I have to use an adaptor rat-tail to fit in the speaker cables. And I have also applied some heat shrinks to prevent shorting the two cables. And after double checking sound finally comes out through the speakers. It is still a WOW. The unmistakable sense of ease is so obvious that I should probably give 2 WOW. The performance venue becomes so realistic and the performers are communicating to one another seamlessly. The soundstage is wider than before but everything still very natural. Everything is so transparent that you hear so much more detail than before. The mid range is very rich yet everything is never slow. Music is so enjoyable with this speaker cable in the system. And the cable is fresh from factory without any burning. I would say this speaker cable is still the most dominant and most powerful amongst all. Once it is in everything goes to a much higher level. Bravo Anas.

I cant wait for my Ultimatum Infinity speaker cables to come .
Also Ultimatum Power Infinity should be compleated shortly I believe.
Anas will update us probably with exact timing ,
 
Then it should be called "Ultimate" not "Ultimatum."

The Ultimatum Series impacts are beyond any expectations.

This Series is so unique that the cost of not using the cables is a deprivation of an incomparable music joy and hence we opt for naming this Series: the Ultimatum.

Only once experienced that one can grasp the magnitude of change, just beyond the beyond.

The Ultimate, many can claim and many can achieve but the Ultimatum is one and one only.
 
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The Ultimatum Series impacts are beyond any expectations.

This Series is so unique that the cost of not using the cables is a deprivation of an incomparable music joy and hence we opt for naming this Series: the Ultimatum.

Only once experienced that one can grasp the magnitude of change, just beyond the beyond.

The Ultimate, many can claim and many can achieve but the Ultimatum is one and one only.

Call it what you will. Ultmatum means "a final proposition, condition, or demand, especially one whose rejection will end negotiations and cause a resort to force or other direct action."

The thing is what happens when QSA's developer, or someone else, improves on where the QSA process stands now? That's the nature of science and the business. Then Ultimatum will not be so "Ultimatum" anymore -- or even Ultimate, to be strict about definitions. Humility doesn't do anyone harm.
 
Call it what you will. Ultmatum means "a final proposition, condition, or demand, especially one whose rejection will end negotiations and cause a resort to force or other direct action."

The thing is what happens when QSA's developer, or someone else, improves on where the QSA process stands now? That's the nature of science and the business. Then Ultimatum will not be so "Ultimatum" anymore -- or even Ultimate, to be strict about definitions. Humility doesn't do anyone harm.

Ultimatum
Ultimatum 2
Ultimatum 3

It will be different from all other Ultimate series of other brands and with updated if possible treatment.

I dont have a problem Anas calling his cables in any way he likes, but it looks some do.
 
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A Gamma Infinity power cord and XLR pair arrived yesterday, along with a LAN cable that Anas tossed in to try out (although I don't really have a place for it except between router and desktop Win 10 PC). Instead of dealing with the ups and downs of burn in on my living room system, I decided to burn in the cables for a couple of weeks with my desktop PC. The power cord runs from wall to HiDiamond power distributor (with a HumX at the wall) and the XLR's go to Quad 12L desktop speakers, using the PC's mobo's native sound and a standard cheap audio cable, then RCA to XLR adapters. So nothing fancy.

I mention all of this because of an unexpected result. Previously, using decent RCA cables to the speakers, when I turned off the computer with the Quads on, I'd get a buzz from the speakers. Now, with the QSA cables involved, it's dead silent. Would that be the effect of using balanced cables, or...?
 
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A Gamma Ultimate power cord and XLR pair arrived yesterday, along with a LAN cable that Anas tossed in to try out (although I don't really have a place for it except between router and desktop Win 10 PC). Instead of dealing with the ups and downs of burn in on my living room system, I decided to burn in the cables for a couple of weeks with my desktop PC. The power cord runs from wall to HiDiamond power distributor (with a HumX at the wall) and the XLR's go to Quad 12L desktop speakers, using the PC's mobo's native sound and a standard cheap audio cable, then RCA to XLR adapters. So nothing fancy.

I mention all of this because of an unexpected result. Previously, using decent RCA cables to the speakers, when I turned off the computer with the Quads on, I'd get a buzz from the speakers. Now, with the QSA cables involved, it's dead silent. Would that be the effect of using balanced cables, or...?

Do you use a LAN cable in your home theater? The QSA-Lanedri LAN cables yield amazing results there.
 
Do you use a LAN cable in your home theater? The QSA-Lanedri LAN cables yield amazing results there.

No. SSD or USB stick for now. Server/streamer maybe in my future. And six hours in, the LAN cable between router and PC is having a mild warming effect, on the influence of the other cables, although that may just be in passing.
 
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Hello, What' Best Gang,
This is my very first time writing on this forum, and I wanted to just share my thoughts on the Lanedri Spectra series Infinity (Sablon Prince) AC cord. I originally told Anas Lanedri that I wanted to hold off on my comments until my review but gave it a second thought since he was so gracious enough to send me the Spectra Infinity to audition. I'm awaiting the Ultimatum speaker cables, which are scheduled to arrive next week. Truth is, I wanted to write on both but guess I should, at the very least, share some of my experiences here. I've learned very quickly to stay off forums (like these) due to the number of armchair skeptics circulating on forums who tell others what they're hearing without ever hearing the product or even knowing what it is. Hence my hesitation. Since joining this forum, I see there's not too much of that going on here, so I'm going to share my experiences.

I can guess there must be about 200-plus hours now on the Lanedri Infinity AC cord. Having the QSA Gold series fuses in my space has lifted my system to heights I did not think attainable without possibly changing a major component. I've written about this at length with respect to my reviews of the QSA products, namely their Red, Red/Black, and Silver series fuses. There must be nearly a dozen contributors on The Stereo Times who use QSA exclusively in their systems, albeit the lower-priced products, which also have great bang for the buck!

I continually doubted the performance of every fuse that is produced by QSA since the Violet was their top-of-the-line. I am proud to report that I have been proven wrong for three years straight with each new product. The Gold series QSA fuses, now the new reference, are hard to fathom in terms of asking price, but I'll be damned if they don't lift the system's overall musicality to unheard-of levels. The word that continues to come to mind for me is DENSITY. Instruments sound more authentically rich and palpable in a far more 3-dimensional hemisphere. The term richer usually is accompanied by a richer or thicker low-end, but the Gold series QSA tightens the low-end, speeds up transient snap, gives it far more punch and power, and produces far greater pRAT. It took the usual 300 hours before the system started sounding its best, but when it did...all I can say is, WTF is going on here? The jump from Silver to Gold is huge, huge, huge.

Of course, the price is prohibitively expensive, but I'll never be able to say it isn't worth it.

Personally, for me, there's nothing like having a system you chose carefully over many years. That you love and admire, and it somehow improves dramatically beyond anything you could have imagined just by tweaking it out with QSA products. The face of my system looks unchanged, yet it sounds dramatically different.

I spoke briefly with Anas Lanedri many months ago before he decided to partner with QSA. Knowing what I know about the QSA performance, I'll say it was a very calculated and ingenious move, especially since I have in my possession the Lanedri Spectra Infinity AC cord.

On first blush, I wasn't too taken by it its initial performance, although a much quieter AC cord than any other I had heard in my upstairs rig (Behold BPA768 electronics, Sunny Supreme horn loudspeakers, Laufer Teknik 32-core Memory Player, Hemingway speaker cables; Bella Sound, M101 and NanoFlo AC cords). Plugged into a heavily modified (QSA Silver) Puritan model 1512 AC conditioner, the Spectra Infinity seemed to take a lot of the dimensionality, air, and delicacy away. In a word, way too restricted. This only meant one thing: Burn-in. So, I left the system on for the next 72 hours, and I noticed some sonic restrictions lift whenever I came up to peek my head in the room, but it still did not sound as good as it did prior to its arrival. The only meant the burn-in was going to get long and ugly (much like when I first installed the QSA Gold duplex). Fast forward to 200-plus hours later, and I write this with my head spinning. Not just because it sounds so utterly delightful but because of the dreaded length of time it takes to really strut its stuff.

Once again, like the Gold fuses, the sense of DENSITY is improved upon greatly, but this time, it also brings along SCALE. Dynamics go higher and lower with naturalness and zero exaggeration (horns perhaps lend to this too). Separation is quite enhanced and something I never thought could - or even thought needed improvement. If you love classic jazz from the 60s as much as I do, then you can only imagine how appreciative I am about the improved discernment of musicians to the left and right of the soundstage.

The ability to comprehend complex passages is never more realized than through the Spectra Infinity. There's an unmistakable increase in the overall muscularity of the music, and yet it is delivered without being devoid of delicacy. My system is totally solid-state and digital in its makeup, yet it doesn't sound like a solid-state system driven by a digitally-based music server. That is the greatest virtue one can offer if you ask me. I have an Audio Note system (amp and speakers) in my downstairs rig, and it is tube-based and sounds absolutely heavenly. But it's only 20 watts, and I just need much more than that to feel bathed in the music in the manner that suits this listener. Hence why I have two rigs.

I was never able to achieve that harmonic truth of timbre with my upstairs rig, although I was making great strides since investing in QSA products over the past three years. With the Spectra Infinity series AC cord now inhouse, I feel, for the first time, that I have a solid-state system that not just mimics the harmonic richness, spatial continuity, and tonal authenticity of my downstairs rig but does it without any of its shortcomings (soft bass and only decent bass control). Sacrilege as it may be to compare the two, I've always used Audio Note (UK) and Audio Consulting of Switzerland, just to name two, as a reference for harmonic truthfulness and top-shelf artistic engagement in their respective craft. How absurd is it to say that can be achieved with carefully chosen solid-state gear and a digital front-end when infused with a QSA|Lanedri collaboration? Needless to say, the Lanedri Spectra Infinity AC cord was purchased and now resides in my upstair rig wearing the crown of my new reference AC power cord!

Clement Perry
 
A Gamma Ultimate power cord and XLR pair arrived yesterday, along with a LAN cable that Anas tossed in to try out (although I don't really have a place for it except between router and desktop Win 10 PC). Instead of dealing with the ups and downs of burn in on my living room system, I decided to burn in the cables for a couple of weeks with my desktop PC. The power cord runs from wall to HiDiamond power distributor (with a HumX at the wall) and the XLR's go to Quad 12L desktop speakers, using the PC's mobo's native sound and a standard cheap audio cable, then RCA to XLR adapters. So nothing fancy.

I mention all of this because of an unexpected result. Previously, using decent RCA cables to the speakers, when I turned off the computer with the Quads on, I'd get a buzz from the speakers. Now, with the QSA cables involved, it's dead silent. Would that be the effect of using balanced cables, or...?

Thats the beauty of the balanced connection. Rca usually has some issues.

Also the is no Gamma Ultimatum .
What power cord you haave ?
Gamma infnitum or Ultimatum ?
 
Hello, What' Best Gang...

Thank you for your post, Clement, and welcome to WBF! It was your initial review of QSA's fuses on Stereotimes back in 2020 that first introduced me to QSA. It emboldened me to gamble what felt like an absurd amount of money on one of QSA's Red fuses and my experience with this Red fuse was all it took to open the floodgates. It quickly became clear that QSA was not about fuses but rather this mysterious proprietary treatment that Steven can seemingly apply to any conductor. Fuses led to outlets then circuit breakers, vacuum tubes, and through Anas' vision, a complete loom of cabling.

My system has never advanced in such leaps and bounds so quickly. It really has been quite a thrilling ride because it's as if I couldn't miss. Each QSA addition was revelatory and brought me a significant step closer to the real thing. As you said so well, the price can get prohibitively expensive but I'll never be able to say it isn't worth it because these days, I'm no longer hunting for the next best speakers, amplifiers, preamp, DAC, or music server. I've come to realize that the equipment I already own is FAR better than I ever imagined (and better than even the manufacturer ever imagined). My days are now spent trying to replace as much traditional conductor with QSA-treated conductor as I can because the gains are greater and there is seemingly no diminishing return.

I could relate to so many aspects of your post. I love the harmonic richness and holographic expansiveness of tubes. But I also love the drive and dynamic scale that seem to be the exclusive domain of high-current solid state. You could combine the two and I've paired many tube preamps with solid state amps but there always seems to be some compromise and so I could see why you would have 2 separate systems.

Then something very enlightening happened. I shipped a pair of Takatsuki 300B tubes to QSA in Hong Kong last year and had Steven apply his Silver treatment to these tubes. I really didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly shocked to find that not only were the virtues these tubes were known for significantly enhanced but they now also harbored solid state-like virtues that were previously not there like improved bass, control, and dynamic drive. It was really the best of both worlds with no apparent negatives.

This has been briefly touched upon before but not really discussed in detail and I won't do it now (I'll leave it to Anas to do it once he's ready) but the treatment that Steven applies to the QSA-Lanedri cables can be manipulated for the sake of personal preference and desired balance. Suffice it to say, I am purely solid state these days because gone is my tube envy. Because of a careful curation of QSA's different treatments, I feel like my system now fully captures all the things I love about both tubes and transistors without the downsides. Be prepared for options.
 
I think it was stated earlier that Iconoclast cables are being used as the base for the Infinity line. Which Iconoclast XLR model/copper option is being used? There are two models and three options for each: https://www.iconoclastcable.com/xlr/index.htm

Iconoclast cables are NOT the base for the Infinity line. "Infinity" designates a grade of treatment that is available at all levels from Gamma to Spectra to Ultimatum. The 2 different treatment levels at this time are "Revelation" (the entry level treatment option) and the "Infinity" (the higher end option). My recommendation is that you do not listen to an "Infinity" cable if you have no means to keep it. It will be very hard to go back to "Revelation" once heard.

As for Gamma vs Spectra vs Ultimatum, Gamma represents the entry level in the QSA-Lanedri line. At this time, the Iconoclast and Blue Jeans cables belong in this line. The Spectra line constitutes the high-end line and the Sablon power cords belong in this line but other cables may join this line that didn't necessarily start life as a Sablon cable if they offer performance that QSA-Lanedri deems worthy of this designation. In Q-L's opinion, cables in this line constitute the best of the best easily surpassing the performance of the Gamma series and any other traditional-wire based cable in the world and are surpassed only by the Ultimatum line. These cables are easily "end game" for most audiophiles. The Ultimatum line is Q-L's statement piece guaranteed to be the finest cable in the world by a large margin regardless of price. It is a no-compromise effort and best showcases what QSA's treatment can offer. Not all cables will meet Ultimatum designation. For example, do not expect an Ultimatum USB or LAN cable because small gauge cables like this will never lend themselves to Ultimatum class performance.

The Iconoclast cable used for the Gamma XLR is the 4x4 with their lowest purity 3N ETP (electrolytic tough pitch) copper. The rationale for using this particular cable was explained here:

 
Your last paragraph is all that I was looking for. By base, I was referring to the cable that the QSA process uses or builds upon, but neglected to mention the Gamma line. However, it was the only one where Iconoclast was mentioned.

Btw, the terminology used in your earlier post about the Iconoclast cable copper is now TPC for Tough-Pitch Copper at the Iconoclast site. That cable has a red cover, thus so does the Infinite.
 
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Last night we had a great gathering in my den again. Me and six other friends welcomed Anas and his silver suitcase full of QSA Lanedri goodies. Knowing that I have recently received my Taiko switch and NIC card he suggests that I should have an audition of his QSA treated Gamma Infinity DAC cable. He said that all those who have auditioned this DAC cable are all amazed at the SQ improvement that it brings. And within minutes seven of our friends confirmed that they are most delighted to come and listen. There is no change in my gears other than my Ultimatum speaker cables still in burning in stage. I am using a DIY linear power supply(amongst the best LPS I have listened to) for the Taiko Switch and the stock DAC cable between the switch and extreme while there is a QSA Lanedri Gamma Infinity Lan cable between router and Taiko switch. We used a piece by Diana Krall and also David Oistrakh Beethoven violin concerto as test piece. Both of them are PGGB files at 16fs 256 precision. By changing the stock DAC cable to the QSA Lanedri DAC cable Diana's voice become so much more impressive. Previously the voice seems to focus more in upper range but now the mid and mid bass help boost the voice to a much more expressive one. All the other instruments are similarly boosted to a much more expressive level and yet so natural again. Same is done to Oistrakh's violin tone. The characteristic warm tone of Oistrakh's violin is most convincingly presented. We then added a QSA Lanedri DC cable as an extension cable to my original DC cable feeding the Taiko Switch. Oh there is yet another boost to the realism of performers. The orchestra playing are so much more impressive. Every instruments becomes so more responsive. This is real dynamics improvement. We are all convinced that this DAC cable and DC cable are real gems. It would be a great miss if one has a Taiko Switch and not give a listen to this DAC cable. It really transforms the sound to an unbelievable level. We are sort of split between whether the DAC cable or the DC cable is the more powerful. But using them together the SQ improvement is probably even more significant than adding the Taiko Switch and NIC card. Thoroughly enjoyable in every piece that I listen now with the DAC cable and DC cable in place. Big thanks Anas.
 

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