Ok folks, now here is my review of the Symmetry IC of Chris Venhaus. But first this:
Itâ€™s always difficult to write/speak about something that you actualy have to hear to believe that itâ€™s true or not. And whatâ€™s more important that we all have to remember that there is no best, no matter what. Itâ€™s not absolute! Everything is relative, even in the Hifi/High end bizz. I know not all will agree, ahum!! But thatâ€™s the way I see/hear it! But I just read a article in a German Hifimagazine called Audio, about how people hear. The University in Heidelberg (Germany) have tested that people hear the same notes or tones very different. So not that one hears better than the other but really different, like different colors. If that really is true, than my â€˜statementâ€™ (haha) about â€˜absolute soundâ€™ doesnâ€™t exist, comes very close! Wouldnâ€™t that be nice that you can say: â€˜Itâ€™s a beautiful expensive amplifier, Mr. Salesman, but I hear it in strange â€˜colorsâ€™, so Iâ€™ll take that one, yes the pink sound will do! No, serious the article is very interesting!
This is the first time I write a â€˜reviewâ€™ here at the Asylum. But I have to write this down and share with you. I have had a lot of different ICâ€™s in my system, but when I tried the Symmetry (RCA), I was ............amazed.
I play a lot of different pop/rock/jazz music. Iâ€™m a great Zappa fan and now for the first time I hear the very â€˜clean guitarâ€™sound, that Frank plays on tracks like â€˜Any kind of painâ€™ or â€˜Outside nowâ€™ from the perfect album â€˜Broadway the hardwayâ€™, so clear that I get tears in my eyes, so beautiful emotional (and what a guitarplayer he is!!!). I always had that (how do you say that in english) glanze?/glare? I donâ€™t know, but that the sound is surrounded by something, and with the Symmetry itâ€™s gone, itâ€™s pure but not clinical!
Another great artist that I like very much, but very different than Zappa is David Sylvian. If I have to test (for myself) equipment or cables, I always play â€˜Sercrets of the Beehiveâ€™ (remastered version last two years). Songs like â€˜Mariaâ€™ or â€œWhen poets dreamed of angelsâ€™ give you a real impression how a voice is really in the room, away from the speakers, The Symmetry does that in a really outstanding way, itâ€™s like you can feel his voice and almost smell whatâ€™s he has been drinking!
The Symmetry is a natural sounding cable, but in a very â€˜organic wayâ€™. It let the music flow like itâ€™s just there and that you can really go into the music! A very wide and deep soundstage is also a very strong point from this VH cable. Really amazing to hear, of course (one of the best recordings) is â€˜Amused to deathâ€™ from Roger Waters. But with the Symmetry itâ€™s like my room isnâ€™t there. The space behind the speakers is like Iâ€™m in a very large landscape, where somewhere in there walks Jeff Beck with his guitar, noodling around, so cool! Of course this is a perfect recording , but I never noticed this scenery with a Siltech I had or a NBS, regardless which one!
I have to give Chris a big compliment, because this Symmetry is the most outstanding IC I have ever heard, regardless price or name or whatever! In my colorperspective of course, hahaha!!
Greetings, and a Happy New Year to everyone
Geurt van Kooten
Lua Apassionato cdplayer (with tubes inside)
Primaluna Prologue Two
Chario Academy Millennium Two
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Lat SS 1000-mk 2 biwire
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Topic - Venhaus Symmetry IC (RCA) - shakespeare 13:28:40 12/28/05 (0)