Review: Audioquest FLX/Slip 14/2 Speaker cable
Budget esoterica review magazine
June 2013 supplement edition
Audioquest has come out with a very good entry level bulk speaker cable. The audioquest FLX/Slip speaker cable is a 14 gauge, 2 conductor cable that comes in a very flexible
and attractive greyish-black jacket with a solid red stripe running down it. The cable is available in bulk at audio advisor for .99 cents a foot. The positive traits of this cable include, a very good sense of musicality and body, as well as very good elasticity.
Listening to track number eleven on Shirley horn's recording titled , "here's to life", I noticed a fuller sound. The vocals were clear and the recording had a slight bit of warmth to it. The pace seemed to be slowed down and it had a relaxed feeling to it. The percussion sounded, perhaps a little too soft. Transparancy levels were pretty good.
I listened to steve miller band's popular recording of "fly like an eagle", and on track number 3 I noticed an increased sense of musicality and fullness. The sound seemed to be pretty neutral sounding. The vocals seem to be a little spot-lighted or emphasized. Percussion was a little bit zippy, and there were good levels of airiness.
Joe Newman quintet at count basie's is not what I would consider a high quality recording, but I like the music and if you work at it , you can make this disc sound rather decent. I listened to the track titled, "please send me
someone to love", and I noticed very good width and depth. You can hear people talking and glasses clinking in the background as well as a few barking noises from a few overzealous audience participants. The drums have good texture. There is a little more body to the instruments and the trumpet has pretty good tonal color.
very good musicality and fullness
very good elasticity
good high frequency detail
very good accuracy - most notable with percussion
very good depiction of density and texture
subtle and expressive vocals with very good detail
lacking a little solidity
tonal color a little bit light
Overall, the audioquest FLX/Slip 14/2 speaker cables make for a very good pair of entry level speaker cables. I terminated mine with ram electronics bfa banana connectors with very good results. I appreciated the increased musicality and fullness and the neutrality and I suspect that you might like them also. Stay tuned for more reviews as well as a few t-amps you might enjoy.
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