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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For those interested, we provide the option to upgrade to the official Gamma Infinity DC cable.

Anas, can you clarify more on this point? How does one upgrade? And into what form, still an extension cable?

Both original extension cable and current cable are labeled Gamma Infinity. Did both cables undergo the same QSA process?
 
Anas, can you clarify more on this point? How does one upgrade? And into what form, still an extension cable?

Both original extension cable and current cable are labeled Gamma Infinity. Did both cables undergo the same QSA process?
The QSA process is the same, but the official version boasts an enhanced wire design for superior performance.

For those with the special extension cable edition, we offer an upgrade using the same extension cable connectors for 1,500 USD. Opting for custom connectors, the upgrade is available at 3,000 USD. This investment is particularly worthwhile for those with components compatible with the Jaeger or GX16 connectors. The Gamma DC cable with a Jaeger connector delivers phenomenal impacts. This upgrade comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
 
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I see from your site the DC Gamma Revelation on offer now. Does the original DC extension cable processed at the GI level exceed this current GR in performance despite its inferior wire design?

I'm trying to see how the extension cable fits in the DC cable hierarchy. Thanks
 
I have had the pleasure of trying a lot of cables over the last 20 years, some extremely expensive 20-30 K cables. Still, I have to say that QSA Lanedri Ultimatum cables exist in a universe of their own. They are different from any other cable I have heard of in one way. More on realism. For me, it is the only cable that really recreates the magic of live music in my listening room.

Considering the level of audio that @takacs75 is at, this is the highest praise indeed. Wow.
 
During the initial launch of the Gamma DC cable, we introduced an exclusive limited edition of 50 units at a special introductory price. This offer was designed to give early a glimpse into the effects of this DC cable.
I thought that it was a brilliant move to offer the DC extension cable as it simplified things for you as you need not have to worry about custom terminations. But I understand of course the benefits from offering custom connections.

I’m still hoping you one day offer a headphone extension cable. Given the huge number of connectors in use, being able to support them all would be too much for a small business. I believe Wireworld exited that market for that very reason, which was a bummer as their headphone cables were a good value. The downside though with any custom headphone cable is that changing either the headphone or the DAC has a good chance of requiring a cable re-termination. An extension cable would stand a better chance of surviving that, I think.

Absent a QSA-L headphone extension cable, it would be cool to see the equivalent of a QSA jitter plug for headphones.
 
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I see from your site the DC Gamma Revelation on offer now. Does the original DC extension cable processed at the GI level exceed this current GR in performance despite its inferior wire design?

I'm trying to see how the extension cable fits in the DC cable hierarchy. Thanks
The Gamma DC cable from our introductory special edition is part of the Infinity Line, which outperforms the Revelation Line in terms of both vertical and horizontal sound impact. This means the Infinity Line enhances a broader range of sound characteristics with a more profound effect.

For those considering an upgrade of the introductory Gamma DC cable toward the official version, it needs to be within the Infinity Line.
 
I thought that it was a brilliant move to offer the DC extension cable as it simplified things for you as you need not have to worry about custom terminations. But I understand of course the benefits from offering custom connections.

I’m still hoping you one day offer a headphone extension cable. Given the huge number of connectors in use, being able to support them all would be too much for a small business. I believe Wireworld exited that market for that very reason, which was a bummer as their headphone cables were a good value. The downside though with any custom headphone cable is that changing either the headphone or the DAC has a good chance of requiring a cable re-termination. An extension cable would stand a better chance of surviving that, I think.

Absent a QSA-L headphone extension cable, it would be cool to see the equivalent of a QSA jitter plug for headphones.

Second this.
And it so happens Anas is a headphones guy.
 
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I thought that it was a brilliant move to offer the DC extension cable as it simplified things for you as you need not have to worry about custom terminations. But I understand of course the benefits from offering custom connections.

I’m still hoping you one day offer a headphone extension cable. Given the huge number of connectors in use, being able to support them all would be too much for a small business. I believe Wireworld exited that market for that very reason, which was a bummer as their headphone cables were a good value. The downside though with any custom headphone cable is that changing either the headphone or the DAC has a good chance of requiring a cable re-termination. An extension cable would stand a better chance of surviving that, I think.

Absent a QSA-L headphone extension cable, it would be cool to see the equivalent of a QSA jitter plug for headphones.
The headphone extension cable is part of of our research and development within the Ultimatum Series. The prototype is nearing its final stage of development.
 
Second this.
And it so happens Anas is a headphones guy.
The physical immersion offered by a stereo setup is unparalleled, but the headphone experience possesses its own unique allure.

Incorporating headphones into our QSA Lanedri range is part of our journey.
 
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The barrels can be tailored to fit specific client requirements, including options like GX12, GX16 (2, 3, or 4), Jaeger, XLR, and Oyaide (2.1, 2.5). While the external appearance remains relatively unchanged, the internal wiring features a different, larger gauge. We'll be updating our website with photos ASAP.
Will there be a service for the inevitable need to change terminations on a DC Cable? A common issue with DC Cables due to component changes. I can imagine big issues with the QSA/L treatment process.
 
Will there be a service for the inevitable need to change terminations on a DC Cable? A common issue with DC Cables due to component changes. I can imagine big issues with the QSA/L treatment process.
A new DC cable will be necessary for different connectors. While we designed the DC Extension cable to address the challenge posed by the variety of connectors on the market, our custom DC cable with dedicated connectors significantly outperforms the DC extension model.
 
I have now had a Spectra Infinity power cord in my system for about a month and a half. This means I now have end-to-end QSA cabling in my analogue system. On the digital side, the only cabling that is not QSA is between my Taiko Extreme music server and my Chord DAVE DAC. That consists of a Shunyata Omega USB cable feeding an SRC-DX USB-to-dual coax bridge, and a pair of High Fidelity 3D CT-2 Double Helix Signature BNC interconnects. Otherwise, I am using all QSA Lanedri power cords, interconnects, and speaker cables.

What does the Spectra Infinity power cord bring to the system? Regardless of where I have placed it, this power cord brings:

- solidity and muscularity, especially to bass and percussion

- more tonal density and saturation

- even more clarity

- immediacy and realism

I've been quite happy with the three QSA Lanedri Gamma Revelation power cords I've owned for most of the last year. The Spectra Infinity is a different animal, however. If I could afford it, I'd just upgrade all of my power cords.

The Spectra Infinity is a treated Sablon Prince power cord, and I owned one of these for about three years, using it primarily on my Extreme. I always thought the Prince was a great power cord on its own, with great solidity but also a darker, more relaxed presentation than my Gamma Revelation power cords. That character carries over to the Spectra Prince, so despite the enhanced clarity, density, and muscularity that you get with QSA treatment, there is still a nice dark, somewhat relaxed character to the sound. It makes for easy listening.

There is a burn-in process that continues for at least several hundred hours. Treble will open up and you will gain more air and spaciousness.

I tried the Spectra on four different components: Shunyata Everest power conditioner; Taiko Extreme music server; Crayon CFA 1.2 integrated amp; and a Paul Hynes SR5-DR48 power supply that feeds my Crayon phono stage. Regardless of component, the sound improved substantially. After lots and lots of hours of listening and continued burn-in, I ended up preferring the Spectra on my Everest power conditioner for both analogue and digital. This is what I expected going in. There were some moments of doubt early on, however, as I was quite taken by the sound I was getting with the Spectra on my Crayon integrated amp.

With the Spectra on my amp, I heard a new authoritative, dynamic sound that I was not accustomed to hearing with this amp. No one will ever mistake the Crayon for a muscle amp and I like to say that the Crayon is all about light and space. And yet . . . it was like someone grabbed the amp by the shoulders and said "Stand upright young man!" The improvement in bass alone was pretty staggering. There was incredible presence and immediacy with well-recorded music. I would have been pretty ecstatic had I just stopped right here.

Eventually, though, the Everest proved to be the best option. With the Everest the hub for all of my other components, the sound was a little darker, tonal colors were more beautiful, the whole presentation was natural and balanced, and there was a sense of calm and quiet that made it difficult to stop listening.

I should add that I preferred the Spectra on the Everest even though I needed a C15 to C19 adapter to allow the Spectra to plug into the Everest. For this purpose, I used a relatively inexpensive ($90 USD) Voodoo Cables copper adapter, which uses 10 AWG wiring. My understanding is that the Everest also uses 10 AWG copper wiring, so you could view the adapter as simply an extension of the wiring already in the Everest. With this adapter, the Spectra was far superior to the Gamma Revelation power cord that I had been using (without an adapter) on my Everest.

Given the leap in quality from Gamma Revelation to Spectra Infinity, you have to wonder what sort of leap there is to the Ultimatum. That will have to wait for quite a while as my bank account recovers.
 
@alwayslearning - I’m glad that you enjoyed my Prince cord. From the timings you mention plus usage on Extreme, it sounds to me like it was an earlier version using the silver plated iec. The palladium plated iec version replaced it two years ago and gives more clarity, incisiveness and realism. It also has wider equipment compatibility than the earlier silver. If your Spectra Infinity cord is a new build, then it will be using the palladium plated iec.
 
I have now had a Spectra Infinity power cord in my system for about a month and a half. This means I now have end-to-end QSA cabling in my analogue system. On the digital side, the only cabling that is not QSA is between my Taiko Extreme music server and my Chord DAVE DAC. That consists of a Shunyata Omega USB cable feeding an SRC-DX USB-to-dual coax bridge, and a pair of High Fidelity 3D CT-2 Double Helix Signature BNC interconnects. Otherwise, I am using all QSA Lanedri power cords, interconnects, and speaker cables.

What does the Spectra Infinity power cord bring to the system? Regardless of where I have placed it, this power cord brings:

- solidity and muscularity, especially to bass and percussion

- more tonal density and saturation

- even more clarity

- immediacy and realism

I've been quite happy with the three QSA Lanedri Gamma Revelation power cords I've owned for most of the last year. The Spectra Infinity is a different animal, however. If I could afford it, I'd just upgrade all of my power cords.

The Spectra Infinity is a treated Sablon Prince power cord, and I owned one of these for about three years, using it primarily on my Extreme. I always thought the Prince was a great power cord on its own, with great solidity but also a darker, more relaxed presentation than my Gamma Revelation power cords. That character carries over to the Spectra Prince, so despite the enhanced clarity, density, and muscularity that you get with QSA treatment, there is still a nice dark, somewhat relaxed character to the sound. It makes for easy listening.

There is a burn-in process that continues for at least several hundred hours. Treble will open up and you will gain more air and spaciousness.

I tried the Spectra on four different components: Shunyata Everest power conditioner; Taiko Extreme music server; Crayon CFA 1.2 integrated amp; and a Paul Hynes SR5-DR48 power supply that feeds my Crayon phono stage. Regardless of component, the sound improved substantially. After lots and lots of hours of listening and continued burn-in, I ended up preferring the Spectra on my Everest power conditioner for both analogue and digital. This is what I expected going in. There were some moments of doubt early on, however, as I was quite taken by the sound I was getting with the Spectra on my Crayon integrated amp.

With the Spectra on my amp, I heard a new authoritative, dynamic sound that I was not accustomed to hearing with this amp. No one will ever mistake the Crayon for a muscle amp and I like to say that the Crayon is all about light and space. And yet . . . it was like someone grabbed the amp by the shoulders and said "Stand upright young man!" The improvement in bass alone was pretty staggering. There was incredible presence and immediacy with well-recorded music. I would have been pretty ecstatic had I just stopped right here.

Eventually, though, the Everest proved to be the best option. With the Everest the hub for all of my other components, the sound was a little darker, tonal colors were more beautiful, the whole presentation was natural and balanced, and there was a sense of calm and quiet that made it difficult to stop listening.

I should add that I preferred the Spectra on the Everest even though I needed a C15 to C19 adapter to allow the Spectra to plug into the Everest. For this purpose, I used a relatively inexpensive ($90 USD) Voodoo Cables copper adapter, which uses 10 AWG wiring. My understanding is that the Everest also uses 10 AWG copper wiring, so you could view the adapter as simply an extension of the wiring already in the Everest. With this adapter, the Spectra was far superior to the Gamma Revelation power cord that I had been using (without an adapter) on my Everest.

Given the leap in quality from Gamma Revelation to Spectra Infinity, you have to wonder what sort of leap there is to the Ultimatum. That will have to wait for quite a while as my bank account recovers.
Thank you for your insightful feedback. Your observations reaffirm our research and development findings that prioritizing the power conditioner/distributor for the power cable significantly benefits all connected components. Nonetheless, our power cables have a transformative effect on each component within the audio chain. This impact is irreplaceable, enhancing the overall music experience to a level that is simply unmatched.

Your experiences comparing the Gamma and Spectra Sablon power cables underscore the critical role of cable gauge. While the improvements with the Spectra power cable are amazing, the transformative effect of the Ultimatum power cable on the music experience is in a league of its own.

In our ongoing commitment to excellence, our R&D is focused on a new power distributor, which has so far yielded astonishing results. This distributor not only drastically lowers floor noise to an unprecedented level but also preserves the full frequency spectrum, revealing the limitations imposed by even the best power conditioners in the market.
 
@alwayslearning - I’m glad that you enjoyed my Prince cord. From the timings you mention plus usage on Extreme, it sounds to me like it was an earlier version using the silver plated iec. The palladium plated iec version replaced it two years ago and gives more clarity, incisiveness and realism. It also has wider equipment compatibility than the earlier silver. If your Spectra Infinity cord is a new build, then it will be using the palladium plated iec.
Yes, Mark, I'm sure I was using your earlier version of the Prince. And yes, I'm pretty sure that my QSA-treated version would be palladium since I received a new Spectra Infinity as opposed to receiving my old Prince with treatment.
 
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I now have my third Ultimatum Infinity Power Cord. One is a 20 amp that powers my Inakustic 4500P power conditioner. One powers my Aries Cerat Kassandra DAC and my latest I decided to power the Aries Cerat Ageto Preamp. I debated going to the Lucas Audio Music Server but thought I would start with the Ageto.
Anas has said each upgrade provides additional benefits and I was not convinced that to be the case. However, I did hear an emotional change once I added the Ultimatum to the Ageto Pre. Hearing is believing. Thanks Anas.
 
Hello Willgolf, what's the playback software and OS of this Lucas server?
Hello, please call Lucas Domansky and talk directly to him. It is a Roon core. I use Tidal and Qobuz along with my 6tb of music. Super customer service and I love the server. If you want more information, please send me a private email or check out the LDMS thread under computers.
 
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I now have my third Ultimatum Infinity Power Cord. One is a 20 amp that powers my Inakustic 4500P power conditioner. One powers my Aries Cerat Kassandra DAC and my latest I decided to power the Aries Cerat Ageto Preamp. I debated going to the Lucas Audio Music Server but thought I would start with the Ageto.
Anas has said each upgrade provides additional benefits and I was not convinced that to be the case. However, I did hear an emotional change once I added the Ultimatum to the Ageto Pre. Hearing is believing. Thanks Anas.
The Ultimatum Infinity power cable is truly transformative, unveiling the hidden potential of every component it powers. Each component in the audio chain experiences a unique enhancement that is unparalleled and irreplaceable. The cumulative effect on the music experience is profound, creating an emotional connection that reaches new heights, just as you described, @Willgolf .

When you connect the Ultimatum power cable to your server, you will notice a substantial elevation in your music experience, and trying to put this impact on music into words is always a challenge. Our biggest surprise during R&D was when we powered the router with this cable; it yielded one of the highest impacts on both online and offline music.
 

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