Interconnection cables, excellent finding.
We often hear, that we get what we pay for. But occasionally
we find products which are very priceworthy, and now I want to communicate one such finding to you.
The product in question is called Silk II, and I will now tell you the whole story of how I found it.
As a Swede I have an ability, although limited, to read norwegian. Having subscribed to the Norwegian magazine Audio
for about a year, I sew,in the magazine´s fifth 2000 issue,
an elaborate review of an IC cable called Silk, that was almost unknown to me.
The four reviewers/editors were all very poitive about it;
one wrote e.g. "Together with the Transparent Reference and
WireWorld Gold Eclipse, the Silk is clearly the most homo-geneous cable that I have tested."
You might wish to ask me, is this magazine trustworthy?
As I see it, it´s as good as it gets, and together with the
English hi-fi+ the only ones that I subscribe to.(But of course, I occasionally read some american magazines,such as
Stereophile and TAS, as well).
Back to the Silk cable! At a price, that is significantly
lower than the other two cables mentioned above,and considering the very favorable review, I felt that I had to check it out, so I ordered some cables.
When I changed the balanced interconnection between my pre-
and poweramp, from the Tara Labs Prism II(which I had borrowed from a friend),to the Silk, I found the improvment
to be considerable! The Tara was not bad at all, but the Silk was perceptible superior in my system.Then i changed
the unbalanced IC´s as well, to a very positive result.
Some months later, Petter Hörlaas, the distributorof, among other things, Silk interconnections here in Sweden, and from whom I had bought them, called me up and told me that
the cable now was available in an improved mark II version, and of course, out of curiosity, I couldn´t resist checking them out! Was there an improvement? Indeed yes;some un-wanted,but nearly unnoticeable artifacts mainly in the upper registers, was now gone, and the sound from my system
had taken a big step towards "the naked truth", a goal that
I, for my part aim at.
If you are looking for an honest,neutral cable, at a reasonable price, you might want to try the Silk II for yourself. Naturally, I can´t gaurantee,that you will like it as much as I do, but I think there is at least a fair chance that you will like it a lot.
Petter has now told me, that the Silk II interconnections will be introduced in the US through direct-selling to customers in the US, from his company Intelligent Sound (the distributor), here in Sweden. I believe that a 4 foot
set of terminated (RCA or XLR) IC-cables will cost you approx. $ 170 plus postage and duty.
If you are interested, please mail him at:
(The company has a web-site: www.intelligentsound.se
but it is only partly written in English,so I don´t think it´s very informative to you).
I want to stress, that I have no economical interests in
his company. I only volonterely wanted to support him, in
his efforts to get this splendid product to a bigger market!
My system comprises of: J.Rowland Synergy II preamp
Sony SCD-777ES player( on home-made
suspension table and with home-made
power cord)will be modified,but not
the Audiocom way.
LC Audio Patriot (2*100W Class A
power amp from Denmark)
Home-built (kit) Focal 802 speakers
Sil-Speak speaker cables
And hopefully:in the near future
my homebrewn speaker, that has
costed me nearly two years of labor
and about $ 7000, to build. Serious