Sternklang Cables


No, not another cable promo! This is probably one of the first thoughts that bubbles up in you when you see the above intro. Part of our fabulous hobby is discovering new products and sharing your experiences with the audiophile community. Fortunately, my dealer Colin @gestalt shares my passion and enthusiasm for new products. So when he mentioned, he is exploring another cable brand from Japan; I said bring it on!

Sternklang cable theory originates from following idea,

“It seems to me that a wire of audio cable is not a solid body but a living organism in which numerous cells breathe. Each cell has it’s own vibration damping function and they all cooperate with each other”

Currently, the Sternklang has two tiers or series offerings, Ephemera and Sarume. I chose to audition the Ephemera XLR due its unique construction, which uses a rolled copper in a coated nylon ‘Organdy’ jacket. Due to delicate nature of the jacket, certain handling precautions must be observed. I would keep them away from Vacuum Cleaners and your Cat :-)

Unlike most cables, the Ephemera series is a extremely low mass design. Koji Teramura, founder of Sternklang cables is a minimalist and the design of cables clearly reflects his philosophy.

So how do they sound? In one word, Fabulous! The Ephemera XLR imparts a lively, textured, organic presentation. To my ears, they are aptly designed to convey all the nuances in a recording. I am very comfortable in saying that Ephemera XLR’s don’t have any sound per se or coloration.

The Ephemera (flat ribbon) cables are available in Speaker, RCA, SPDIF and XLR configurations.

I auditioned the Ephemera XLR between my Marantz SA-11S2 SACD player and Accuphase E-650 Integrated. The rest of the system is wired with HIJIRI cable loom.

And No, Sternklang cables are not replacing my HIJIRI loom. IMHO, Ephemera is a very fine cable under $1.5K price range that deserves an audition in your system. For retail prices, please call Colin @ Gestalt Audio Design. 

http://www.konus-audio.com/ephemera-interconnect-cable.html

http://www.konus-audio.com/ephemera-speaker-cable.html

 

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@willgolf 

Thank you for sharing your impressions. I am not at all surprised by HIJIRI’s cables uncanny abilities to render the best possible version of your system. They are not cheap but once you hear them, there is no going back.  As I said previously, they ended my quest for best possible cables money can buy in the context of my system. Heck, they not only elevate the performance of connected components but also enhances the performance of ‘budget’ cables like Sternklang cables. 

@facten the Neodio cable is a variant of the I3 interconnect, specialized for S/PDIF use. Stéphane's perspective is the changes in I50 aren't meaningful for S/PDIF purposes.

OMG, I just got the Sternklang.  As much as I liked all of the other SPDIF cables, the Sternklang SPDIF took it to another level.  I asked my wife to sit in on the listening session.  She could tell the difference in a minute.  I switched back and forth from the Hijiri to the Sternklang.  I said that I could listen to Hijiri for hours on end and never get tired.  However, It was like I had the perfect seating position in the most acoustically perfect concert setting. The music was alive.  The thumping of the bass drum, ping of the piano, and vocals were so clear like they were right in front of you.  For the first time, I heard a 3-D / holographic sound that I never really heard before.  These cables are live and dynamic.  Dammit, now I wonder what the RCA cables sound like!!!!!!

One final comment ...my wife and I recently attended the Amos Lee concert and had great seats.  We are listening to his Dreamland album and she says it sounds better now than when we went to the concert

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