Review: Silent Audio Apollo-A & Apollo-C Interconnect
I’ve been buying and selling audio gear for some time now and have had a large parade of gear and gadgets work their way through my home. This is the first time I have been impressed enough to post a review.
I stumbled onto Silent Audio during a non cable related transaction on Audiogon with one of the owners of this new company. I was intrigued with the web site and e mailed for advice as to what interconnects may work with my system. I received some thoughtful suggestions that took into account my equipment and listening preferences. I mostly listen to acoustic rock,folk,and instrumentals.I value a full midrange with lots of detail and soundstaging.
The first interconnect I tried was the Apollo-C. This is a copper based cable and I would refer you to the web site for details in the unusual appearing cable. When I first plugged it into my system I was nonplussed. It sounded OK but not exciting. Then about 5 hours latter the music suddenly opened up. Frankly I was blown away. I had no idea how much detail I had been missing in my music.
I was intrigued, and the kind folks at Silent Audio sent me the silver based Apollo-A to demo. Putting the Apollo-A into my system was as dramatic of jump as the Apollo –C.
I’m not very adept at audiophile hyperbole but if I was to try to describe these cables I would say they are particularly detailed. They let the high end through with what seems to me to be very little roll off. They also have great sound staging. I am able to pick the exact location of the singers and instruments. They have created a 3 dimensional soundstage that didn’t exist in my system before. Both cable types seemed to need about 5-10 hours to open up and I haven't noticed much additional change after about 200 hours on them.
I have 2 systems. My second system is solid state. My main system is an SET tube based system. I have discovered that in my solid state system the Apollo – C works best as the A is just a bit too detailed and bright. In my tube based system the Apollo- A is incredible as the tubes seem to love the crispness of this cable.
Frankly, until I tried these cables I had been under whelmed “rolling” different cables. In my experience I would be able to get a little change in the sound by switching cables. But the cost of the cables didn’t seem to justify the results. The Silent Audio cables have changed my mind. I would say that from a cost to benefit ratio these cables are the best addition I have made to my system. In fact I have completely re-cabled my system with Silent Audio cables including 35 feet of silver speaker cables.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the outstanding customer service and communication from the folks at Silent Audio. I have been fortunate in all of my experiences with small internet based high fi business’s. However Silent Audio stands among the best I have dealt with. Their advice has been spot on and they have been extremely generous in their dealings with me. I couldn’t ask for more.
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