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REVIEW: VH Audio Flavors 1, 2, and 3 Cable

Model: Flavors 1, 2, and 3
Category: Cable
Suggested Retail Price: $129
Description: VH Audio Power
Manufacturer URL: VH Audio
Manufacturer URL: VH Audio

Review by Lensman on February 03, 2005 at 11:22:14
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Recently upgrading my CD player I was ofcourse excited to reveal more detail and musicality into my system and for the most part that was true. However, in my past experience the introduction of a quality power cord is nothing short of stunnning in helping your system perform to it's full potential. I've become a fan of the internet dealers out there, sampling and buying gear from a few vendors with great success in bettering my musical enjoyment. I have to be honest here when I say that the VHAudio Flavor 1 on my new CD player has somewhat single handedly lifted my mid/hi fi system up to a completely new level. I'm really quite astonished even though I knew there would be something better, I didn't think it would be this great. Clarity in mid range is outstanding, allowing my CD player to reveal detail, breath, and three dimensionality that I've never heard in my system, or more expensive systems for that matter. My long listened to CD's are suddenly sounding unbelievably life-life, as though they were playing in my room. Burn-in is crucial, as Chris states but out of the box there was a very noticable improvement. I've burned it in using my 1500 watt kettle, which is about 38 times the power of my CD player. Sound opened up even more, much smoother sounding, enlarged soundstage, more liquid and realistic. Wonderful is about all I can say. Not to mention the linear power deliverance across the bandwith that used to be veiled or harsh before with a lesser shielded cable. I don't have to turn up the volume as much either but when loud doesn't hurt the ears, if you know what I mean = clean power! The soundstage has relaxed and that digital upfrontness now sounds more organic. I'm really stunned at the leap in quality my system and I am experiencing! Very happy customer, with great customer service to boot!

Product Weakness: Not flexible in use for other components. Tried it on my amp and the sound totally changed from lucid and relaxed to super clinical. Only to be used where VH advises it but that doens't bother me considering how well it's doing in it's proper place.
Product Strengths: Super clean power transfer allowing the CD player to shine it's brightest, and keeping a solid musicality. I'm hearing new and amazing things on recordings i've heard a million times before. Soundstage has enlargened, and naturalized, relaxed in depth allowing clean decay into a black background (amazing), excellent separation of instruments/vocals, more lifelike.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Arcam AVR 200 with Vibrapods (wonderul tweak)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Cambridge Audio 640c (Vibrapods and Vibracones)
Speakers: Quad 12l
Cables/Interconnects: Kimber 8TC, basic RCA's, Transparent MusicLink (now gone--bad cable!) awaiting Guerrilla Audio Silver IC's, Virtual Dynamics Power 1 p.c.
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Electro clash, indie, Jazz, blues, lots and lots
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Power Werks Power Pro AC line conditioner
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: VH Audio Flavors 1, 2, and 3 Cable - Lensman 11:22:14 02/03/05 (1)

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