GutWire in Canada has just finished creating the GutWire Congruence REL subwoofer cable. It isn't on the web anywhere yet, but will go up to our site soon. I've uploaded a picture here:
It will be $450 CAD for a 8ft cable and $20 CAD per additional foot.
For me, I prefer it over the REL Bassline Blue. The nice thing is that you're not having the signal go through so much extra cable as the REL cables are very long. You order the length you want. I find the sub disappears incredibly well with this cable which really adds to the transparency.
Configuration: Red (right), White (left equivalent of the REL yellow wire), Black (ground)
I haven't heard the Kimber, so I can't compare to that, but I thought I'd mention this as nobody would know yet that GutWire is a great option because it is so new. I'm using the very first one on the market.
Regarding the extra long stock REL cable...it is actually VERY easy to cut it down in length to any size that is needed. I think there is a nice increase in SQ when one cuts the cable to the minimum length required. Just be careful you don't cut too much..:0)
That's true Daveyf, you can definitely cut down the length on the REL cable and that would work very well, but you'd lose the factory terminated spades. You'd just have to re-terminate with the connectors of your choice or go bare wire.
I've been using a Rel Stadium 2 for over 10 years and just added another one (big improvement with room node reduction and increased smoothness overall) but I called Frank at Signal Cable, told him the length(s) I needed and he made me custom lengths to replace the stock Rel cables. *Dramatic difference? No. *Well worthwhile in extra dynamics,speed and detail: yes. Am not familiar with the brands/models you've mentioned so I can't compare but changing from the stock cable seems a likely improvement... FWIW, I will never use stock power cords nor will I buy any component with captive power cords unless I swap in an IEC connector to allow aftermarket cables as the improvements are profound; but that's a whole other can of worms not worth opening. Good luck.
I love Neutrik connectors (years in pro audio) and find it's really simple to build cables using these things. Get a shrink wrap setup (for the amp end) and off you go...I replaced my REL cable with some well designed cable (Canare...made from ground up small birds) I bought someplace and although it's not solid core like most of my other hifi stuff, it sounds great. The REL was working fine prior to my "new" cable, but since it's a sub these things are harder to quantify...I will say the "speed," accuracy, tonal balance, odor, power, subtlety of nuanced dynamic variables, increase in variability of non variable variables, and dust rejection of the open weave speaker grill have all improved by exactly (I measured this with an Exactness Measuring Device) 4.3%. Totally worth it.
Hey everyone. I just installed 3 m Analysis Plus REL Theater 4 cables for hi-level connection from my amps to my pair of REL S/510. I am considering buying the 6 foot cables from Frank at signal hi-fi/signal cable and wonder if anyone has compared these two. Obviously, I would be keeping the ones I like better and returning the ones that lose the competition.
Thanks for that, @b_limo , that’s just what I needed to hear. I was leaning toward having them both at home and comparing the two and you nudged me all the way :-) I will post my impressions here once I have a chance to listen to them both.
I have REL cables made by Signal and also by Audio Art. Both less expensive than the bassline blue. I use them in different systems. Haven’t had chance to compare. The AA cost about double the Signal but use better connector and wire seems higher quality but I like both
Re: Analysis Plus REL cables vs. Signal Audio REL Speakon cables.
After hours of auditioning each set of cables, giving them each at least 100 hours of break in time on my pair of REL S/510s, I returned The Analysis Plus REL cables that I purchased on a 30-day trial from The Cable Company. Frank’s Signal Audio REL cables are just better in every way. Deeper and yet more articulate bass, more three-dimensional space to the soundstage, and all the stuff that REL subwoofers are known for.
As they say, your mileage may vary, but I am a big fan of the Signal Audio REL Speakon Cables and give them my highest recommendation!