Review: Pure Note Titanium Interconnect

Category: Cables

This review evaluates some of the newest thinking in cable design using palladium wire. The three brands I chose were Silversmith, RS Audio, and Pure Note. My main focus was with 2m XLR interconnects between amp and preamp (see my system below). I also compared these cables to other pure silver cables from Siltech and Pure Note that I had on hand. All cables were burned in for 400 hours and I spent around 200 hours of listening. I used LP, CD, SACD formats with music ranging from rock to classical.

First, I must say I was very impressed with all of the aforementioned palladium cables. Most impressive was the improvement of the palladium vs. pure silver cables. This in my opinion is the solution to the sonic issues of sterility heard with silver cables. Palladium has the magic in the mids and highs that other metals cannot duplicate.

The most unique cable was the Pure Note Titanium and the overall winner of this review. Instead of the typical plastic cable jacket, the Pure Note cable is wound in a titanium alloy. Pure Note used a similar jacket in their old Epsilon line a few years back but it was mostly nickel. The idea of this metal jacket is to remove yet another level of signal masking dielectric. The cable jacket is very attractive, tough, light, and reasonably flexible.

The Silversmith palladiums are also top notch but are double the cost of the factory direct Pure Notes. I did favor the Silversmiths for ultimate purity but the Pure Notes had the best sound stage and focus. The RS Audio cables were last and to my ears were thinner and more brittle sounding.

Back to the Pure Note Titaniums. I had on hand Pure Note Paragon and Pure Note Epsilon Reference silver cables to compare. The Paragons are truly excellent cables for the money and easily bested the Epsilons in purity and imaging. The Titaniums excelled above the Paragons in foundation, imaging, and focus. These differences were not subtle in my system. Most stunning is the quiet or black background of the best recordings with these cables. The Pure Note Titaniums are for folks with reference grade components and a thick wallet. Some may consider their price a bargain to many of the ‘mainstream’ boutique brands after an audition.

Associated gear
Martin Logan CLS IIz, Martin Logan Depth subwoofers
LP: VPI TNT, SDS, JMW 12.5, Benz Ruby, ARC Phono
CD: Sony SCD-XA9000ES
Audio Research vt100 mk3 amp
Audio Research SP-11mk2 preamp

Similar products
Silversmith Palladium
RS Audio Palladium
Siltech Gen. 5 Compass Lake Silver/gold
Pure Note Paragon Silver
Pure Note Epsilon Reference Silver
Sonic Genius,
Thanks for the information, it is very useful. Hopefully you had an enjoyable time evaluating the various interconnects in your system. I know how time consuming and mind fatiguing this type of evaluation can be.
A few questions I have that were addressed in your review but I’m interested in some clarification:
Did you only evaluate the 2/M XLR interconnect between your amp and preamp?
I ask because I'm wondering if one would gain increased sonic benefit with a second interconnect (of the same type) added between the CDP and preamp?
Did these newer Palladium interconnects improve the bass at the lower end?
Best regards,
Interesting. Titanium is a weakly magnetic metal. It is possible that the fact may have some bearing on the sound. Isn't the strategy of some manufacturers to solder a string of ring magnets at one end of ICs?
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Hello Folks.

I've received a couple of emails from people (as opposed to gerbils I guess) saying they weren't aware we offered a Palladium cable. They're right - we don't. Neither is "RS Audio" Ridge Street Audio. We go by Ridge Street Audio Designs (some just say Ridge Street or Ridge Street Audio) or RSAD.

Just wanted to clear up some apparent confusion. Carry on!


Hi Robert, have you experimented with Silver-Palladium alloyed conductors and/or Titanium jackets? In your experience, what is their effect on sound if at all?

IME, mixed brands of cables do not always yield the best results. I was using the Siltech G5 between my CDP and pre and Paragon speaker cables. The bass was better than the cables on hand, a richer rendition in the lower registers. When I scare up the cash, I will try a system-wide configuration with the Titaniums.


Unsure about the Titanium jacket application but I am sure Pure Note has its reasons since it is a very expensive material. Obviously it is better than plastics. The bottom line is whether the cables work in your system. I found the Silversmith cables also excellent yet they are of very different construction.

Here is some more info:


The cables I used in the review either were on trial or borrowed. I have no connection with these companies. I had to pay full boat for the Pure Notes as they are no longer doing any discounts or sales. Guess sales must be good for them but IMO, the Titaniums are worth every penny.
Thanks for the analysis of these cables. I am curious, is the Purenote Titanium an alloy of palladium and silver? Are any of these cables pure palladium? Wondering if these differences could partially explain the sonic differences you heard. Of course, dielectrics, terminations, construction could all contribute as well.

Good question. Pure Note tells me it is an alloy of PD:AG, not a plated or clad wire. I believe the wire does make a difference. Other cables that use silver/gold, silver/copper, silver/platinum IMO sound diifferent than say a pure silver cable. It appears that the use of these wire recipes is similar to the various dielectric materials used today. The bottom line is how does the cable perform in one's system. My analysis is only a comparision with the cables in the review, in my system, and with my biases. I now have a pair of the Titanium speaker cables on trial. So far very nice compared to my Siltech G3 series cables.
Thanks for your response. Can you make some general statements about how the palladium/palladium alloy cables compare sonically to copper or silver. I realize that it would be difficult to be specific since there are dramatic differences even in like materials. But a general description would be appreciated.