No, no sheild. You may or may not need sheild. They have a 30 day trail on pre-made, but not on the kits.
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As already noted, they are not shielded. However, the braided design used by Kimber and HomeGrownAudio tends to reduce problems from RFI, etc. I have the Silver Lace cable between my preamp and power amp, and Silver Solution interconnect on all of my components. The equipment is in a large entertainment center, next to a 32" direct view TV, and I have not noted any particular problems due to lack of shielding.
Hello Sdcampbell. How have you been? What are your impressions of the Silver Lace? I am using this cable between my CD player and my integrated amp currently. I originally installed it between my tuner and int amp. Just to give it a 10 day continuous break - in. Of course I wanted to hear what it sounded like right out of the box. Initial impressions - WHOOAAA!!! The cable sounded HUGE. Dynamic, powerful, menacing bass. I almost thought it overshadowed the rest of the spectrum, but I later saw that everything was there. I have never been this impressed by an interconnect before. I have now had it for over 3 months. I still find the sound big. But, there is also warmth, smoothness, liquidity, and detail. I have tried many cables in the past. This one will not be coming out of my system for a while.
I have both the silver lace and the Kimber KCAG in my system, and to be honest, I still prefer the Kimber. It may be that it has been broken in for longer - it has hundreds of hours on it, while the silver lace has perhaps only about 30 hours. I hooked up both cables between my Bryston BP20 Preamp and my Bryston 3bst (the KCAG is balanced, and the Silver lace is RCA). I switched between both by using a switch at the back of the amp that allows you to change inputs to the amp. Overall, I found the KCAG was more lievely and expressive IMHO.
Outlier: If the Lace is anything like the Super it will require a minimum of 125 hours run in - in a setup such as yours. There was a change for the better with my Silver at around 50, but 125 sounded much better as did 200+. I ran mine in almost continuously (had to let stuff cool down every now and then) for a couple of weeks and checked it out along the way.
Dekay- are you using the Homegrowns in your system with the CAL? I have been thinking about some changes since I feel like the overall sound I have now is a little too laid back (CL-10, BAT VK31, DNA 0.5 dlx, Vandersteen 2ci) I have a mix of cables including an old MIT (pre-box) Shotgun btwn pre and amp and DH Labs T-14 (dual biwire) speaker cables. I heard a pair of stand mounted B&Ws (C-J pre, McCormack 125 power) the other day and while I thought they were too bright, realized that i may be missing a lot in imaging and soundstage. Of course, my listening room leaves a lot to be desired since it doubles as a living room.
Swampwalker: Yes, I am using the Homegrown Super Silver anolog IC's in combination with the CAL and a Bel Canto DAC. The digital IC is a Mapleshade Double Helix which is also no slouch in detail, HF information and dynamics. I am very pleased with their synergy with the CAL as the Homegrown especialy is a bit forward however overall well balanced in its sound with no grain or edge to its detail (in my system and IMO). Trelja feels that the Super Lace is a nice step up because of other things its fullness, however as you know thinness is not a problem with the CAL's. They (HG's) can be purchased with a 30 day return policy or if you can get by with a 1/2 meter pair you are welcome to audition mine (which are well broken in) when Carl returns my 1.0 meter pair that he is almost through auditioning. I should have the other pair back in a week or two, so just let me know if you are interested. Also if the 1/2 meter pair does it for you we could just trade for something (CD's or whatever) or you could keep them for a song as I think that they only cost 50 or 60 dollars at the time that I purchased them. David. (Offer only good for Swampwalker at particiapting dealers.)