Review: Focal Elite Speaker Cable / Morrow Audio MA1 / Van Den Hul MCD MKIII Jumper
Budget Esoterica Review Magazine
February 2020 Issue
Vintage Stereo Cable Trifecta
It has come to my attention that some of you like playing with vintage stereo gear. I do too. I have found a loom of cables that should make that vintage gear you are using sound a little bit better. I have noticed that some speaker cable for instance can make vintage speakers sound better than you thought possible. So today i will be reviewing a system consisting of a 1970's vintage Fisher stereo receiver and, to make things interesting i will pair it with the venerable Dynex SP-115 bookshelf speakers. It turns out that the little Dynex speakers are better than i initially thought they were. The three different cables i am using are the reason for this. The other reason is i mounted the speakers using Mt. Fuji Tuning Blocks.
This definitely improved the bass response.
The first cable i would like to introduce is the Focal Elite 15 AWG speaker cable. This cable is the key to making your vintage gear sound better. It is a little more expensive than regular bulk cable, but if you are using vintage gear you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
Cable number two is a custom made amp preamp jumper i purchased from Canuck Audio Mart. The cable is made from Van Den Hul MCD 102 MKIII interconnect cable and is terminated with Switchcraft rca connectors. This cable works very good with vintage amps.
For stereo audio interconnection between amp and cd player, i chose the entry level cable from Morrow Audio. This would be known as the model MA-1 stereo interconnect. Price is $60 for one meter with standard rca connectors.
Reference Cd - Gregory Porter, Take Me To The Alley.
I was pretty impressed with the bass response coming from the little Dynex speakers. Listening to track number two, "Don't Lose Your Steam", i heard a slightly punchy and bouncy bass from the left speaker. The purity and directness from the vocals on track number three, "Take Me To The Alley", was quite evident, and a bit surprising considering the cost of this system. The percussion on track number thirteen, "Holding On", was fairly crisp sounding.
Overall, i am very impressed by what these cables did for my inexpensive system. I recommend all three cables as solid cable choices. For vintage speaker usage , the Focal Elite speaker cable is a must buy and should not be missed.
Fisher 143-92531600 stereo receiver with audiophile fuses and rca noisestoppers
Dynex SP-115 Speakers
Target speaker stands
Mt. Fuji Tuning Blocks
Onkyo DV-SP405 DVD player
Supra power strip with audiomagic xstream power cord