I have a 20 foot pair that I bought around the same time. I'd also like to know some info about this product / company. Are they still around?
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FMS stands for "Favorite Music Systems". This brand was sold by Joe Harley and Bill Low originally. They went on to found Audioquest. The first of their cables were marked FMS by Audioquest. Then the name changed to Livewire, then to just Audioquest.
I hope I am remembering this correctly. I was one of the first Audioquest dealers and seem to recall this history.
The FMS blue that you have, became Livewire Type 6, then Audioquest Blue...I think.
The web site for FMS is below. I have some of his newer cables. The Blues are about 20 or more years old. If you need a cable for your center speaker send me an email we can work out a deal. Alex worked with AudioQuest then went on his own. Your Blues could be his or thiers. He was based out of NH when those cables were made.
to add what has already been posted, there were 3 versions of the blue interconnect; Blue, Blue II, and Blue III.
after that Alex switched to another naming scheme; had one called microwave, but I don't recall where it fit into the line up. Alex was also one of the first to start using litz wire which is way better than any of the silver plated copper. At one time, I had my whole system wired in Blue II or Blue III. I think I have one 20 Ft pair still left.
If you want to be surprised, order some litz and make your own. You'll need a solder pot to tin the ends.
Alex/FMS started out on his own around 1995 +/-.His base cable was the blue IC and waveguide SC.Next up was the Microwave,followed by the Nexus series.
The Blue is fairly neutral,Microwave more full bodied and the Nexus was an attempt at maximum detail retrieval(only heard the first generation prototype).
The Blue I believe morfed into FMS ESP then ESPII as I recall. It was a good cable which I felt led the way at that price range. Alex makes great cables today although they cost a lot more than the $200.00 ESP. Alex led the way in cables designs and is interested in hand made cables which I understand was the reason for the split with Audioquest.
FMS is located in CA today.
Thanks for your replies. I decided to contact Alex Gibson at FMS and got this response about the FMS Blue....
"FMS designed and had the raw cable manufactured by New England Electric Wire Corp.
The cables you have were likely terminated by Audioquest, although if you bought them from a Mass.,
or New Hampshire dealer, they may have been terminated by FMS.
It's hard to say what they are worth today. If you put them on Audiogon, you may find someone willing
to pay real money for them. There are audiophiles who still think highly of them. Good luck!"
-A Gibson - FMS