I received a pair of Raven speaker cables and interconnects about six weeks ago. I find them to be an excellent value at their price point and I would recommend them to anyone that is looking to spend within Raven's price point (under $300). Looks like they are having a sale now along with free shipping. You can always find a product that's going to sound better but honestly, Raven's speaker cables and interconnects compete with products costing five times more, and the build and workmanship are excellent.
I definitely like audio envy sp9s, but for my taste found them a bit lacking in bass/bass details. Great highs and mids though - I think they’re solid.
Raven soniquils seem to also be a neutral and quiet cable but able to retrieve more detail across the spectrum. In my opinion.
I’ve got a long list of cables to try from Silnote, Tellurium, Wire World, anti-cables, and Audio Art so if anyone else has opinions of how the Ravens have stacked up to their other cables, I’m all ears.
@cd45123, you might want to take a look and listen to the new: FIDELIUM CABLES
AN EVOLUTIONARY AND REVOLUTIONARY BREAKTHROUGH IN CABLE DESIGN
Derived exclusively from electro-magnetic wave equations, Silversmith Audio's FIDELIUM speaker cables reflect our design philosophy in its purest form: A single, ultra-thin ribbon conductor per polarity; seamless from end to end and without traditional, sound-degrading soldered, welded, or crimped connectors; and individually laminated in an extremely thin, yet rugged, polyimide film in order to achieve a geometry with a primarily air dielectric.
AN EVOLUTIONARY BREAKTHROUGH! The skin-effect characteristics of our state-of-the-art FIDELIUM alloy are up to 33 times superior to those of copper or silver. The FIDELIUM speaker cable, already at less than a thousandth of an inch thick, performs as if it were 5.5 times thinner, thus experiencing less frequency dependent attenuation and phase distortion than even a .00018 inch thick copper or silver ribbon or 64 gauge wire.
A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE! Geometry and alloy advancements contribute to the new FIDELIUM cable’s 330% performance improvement over our previous top-of-the-line PALLADIUM, yet FIDELIUM is only 1/10 the price. It is also less than half the price of our original SILVER speaker cable line. A complete stereo set of FIDELIUM speaker cable is available in lengths and prices from 4ft at $795 to 10ft at $1395.
Each FIDELIUM cable is 2.25 inches wide. The conductive surface is a .75 inch square with a .25 inch wide notch compatible with most binding posts.
FIDELIUM RCA and XLR interconnect cables are also planned.
I appreciate the call out for Silversmith. I actually bought Jeff’s cables a couple months ago. They’re fantastic!
I’ve become a bit of a cable collector as it were.
The Fidelium do things in the bass that I’ve never heard before- lots of detail, layers of bass and a decay of string instruments and piano that is really one of a kind from my limited cable listening.
Raven has more glistening highs and a strong bass response. From my listening, if you have a pair of stand mounts in a small room, these would almost eliminate the need for a sub. Please don’t misunderstand me on that, it’s just extremely solid bass, more emphasis than normal but it’s enjoyable for me.
If I go back to The Sound Advocate review of Fidelium it’s a very unique conveying of bass. It’s absurdly even across the spectrum. These are really special cables.
I also have a very modest system. Jeff’s cables are around as much as I want to spend. My amp and speakers are very resolving to recording quality, but I don’t really have the need or the funds for that matter to get the higher end cables from Shunyata, Cardas, Kimber, Purist, Transparent etc etc, so if Fidelium is competitive with those, I’ll have to take the different reviewers’ word.
Raven though has really surprised me. A 2 meter pair for less than $200 and just beating some cables I’ve had that are 2-3 times more expensive and well regarded.
There’s others that I haven’t heard like Black Cat, Sound String, or Dynamique that are supposed to also punch way above their weight, but Raven was pretty easy to access and so cheap that I didn’t even need to think about budgeting for it.