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I had Chris @VH Audio make me a 1.5meter pair of cables to go from my preamp to power amp. Nothing I heard came close to what I bought from Chris. I believe it was a CU Twist cable with KLI RCA plugs on both ends. My cost shipped was $399
Chris, great guy, awesome products.
And there is a budget model of the liquid metal audio cables and it can be purchased for just less than that $399.
So one can try out liquid metal to see if there really is something there or not. And it’s fully refundable.
In my opinion and the experience of many (meaning, the people who have tried them in their systems) in one critical easily heard respect or way... it will exceed ’wire’ at any price (including $25k 1m ’wire’ cables) and will exceed most any cable priced anywhere near it, in the rest of it’s attributes.
It is the most hand made cable in the world with the deepest most unique physics, science, and lore involved. This is 21ft century technology where the science is still arriving..it is still being discovered across multiple disciplines in physics.....and the others, all the wire...is pretty well wholly 19th century in comparison, technologically speaking. Literally. Locked in, peaked out.
It was priced the way it is... as a gateway drug.
First dose is nearly free...with the 30 day right of return trial. And full value toward upgrades in the case of return in the 30 day window.
I’m always surprised that more people don’t try it out. What’s not to like?
So, I come to your house with $100,000 worth of cables, give you the spiel of how great they are, backed up by all the “white papers” all presented in exotic hardwood boxes, you are impressed. While I’m there, I’ll disparage all the cables you currently own. I’ll install these impressive cables while waxing poetically about how the emotions of the artist are freed for the first time ever. Then before we listen, I divulge all the famous people who have dumped their cables for my brand.
Now, I have you all primed for the best listening experience of your life.
Here is the fun part. The music sounds like crap. I know it, and you know it. However, neither of us is willing to admit to it. Because of the exorbitant price and my eloquent presentation you are likely to express a very positive response to my demonstration even though you are not emotionally involved in the music. You then try to rationalize the disconnect between what you are hearing and the pedigree of my cables. This could be the “accuracy “ axiom. For the first time ever, you are hearing exactly what is in the recording. But ???
The reality comes down to this, my cables really are the best but only in my system and for my ears.
Very few questions such as yours, have ever or will ever have a consistent consensus of OPINION. Therefore, research those products within your budget and try as many as you can.
Remember, different is different, not necessarily better. Give the Zafino a try and listen. My opinion or anyone else’s is ultimately irrelevant to your question regarding a cable brand.
I hope this short analogy helps with your question.
ps I’m not a cable manufacturer.
I like Silnote cables.Well made and reasonably priced. Silver will emphasize the leading edges and highs and copper is warmer. I think Silnote achieves both without leaning too far either way.
As a matter of personal taste since I have mostly tubed components, I have a mixture of silver and copper throughout.ZenWave ribbon are my favorite silver cables.