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REVIEW: VH Audio Flavor 4 Cable

Model: Flavor 4
Category: Cable
Suggested Retail Price: $169 (4 ft.)
Description: 9 AWG Cryoe'd Power cable
Manufacturer URL: VH Audio
Manufacturer URL: VH Audio

Review by highendman (A) on October 20, 2003 at 15:49:36
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I've been using the VH Audio Type 4 cord (cryo version $162 for 5') for the last month or so on my modded Aranov 960 power amp and now on my BPT-2 balanced line conditioner and it delivers the goods.

The Big Three

Tonal accuracy, dynamics, resolution. The VH Type 4 cord excels in all three of these aspects. It is rare that any product succeeds at all three of these qualities. The Virtual Dynamics Power 3 cryo cord, which does work very well on my amp excels at dynamics, and soundstaging, but is slightly veiled compared to the VH 4 and is a bit dark on the high frequencies. Though offering a different perspective (less up front -- images start about 3 feet back), the VH 4 cord is at least as good at soundstaging and a touch more open. The VH sounded more linear throughout the frequency ranges. A slight midbass bloat that my system has was much more under control.

On my Aranov, comparing the VH4 to the Virtual Dynamics Power 3 Cryo cord was interesting as their natures are quite different. Firstly, with the VH 4, there was less hash -- everything is cleaner and more clear. Also as blatant was the change in the soundstage -- everything took one big step back behind the speakers. Everything was there, it just started further from the listener. The VH sounded more linear throughout the frequency ranges. A slight midbass bloat that my system has was much more under control. Soundstaging was excellent -- placing images on an expanded soundstage as least as well as through the VD cord (which is outstanding in this regard). The Type 4 cord is perhaps a touch more open sounding. The VH cord sounded cleaner and was not a touch dark like the VD. Interesting -- more light, yet less hash. This cord allows every last bit of authority to come through. On Ariel's wonderfully fun and accomplished "Power of Five 2010" Alan Parson's 'Eye in the Sky' opens with wide open thunderous chords which are beautifully portrayed by the VH4. The slam factor is excellent with this cord. On familiar vocal, every voice sounds more tonally accurate and has more texture.

Aside from the new Bybees in my line conditioner, I also listened to another round of Bybees placed in my system. The VH4 cord allowed the improvements to be heard quite easily -- more harmonic richness, low level information and overall coherence as well as a lowered noise floor and improved dynamics.

Enter the BPT-2 Balanced Line Conditioner

I had intended to run my new BPT-2 Ultra (fitted with Auricaps, Bybee filters and silver wire) on my fridge and microwave for 4 days before listening, but I just couldn't wait and put it into my system with a prior burn in of about 28 hours, 4 Hot pockets, 3 Lean Cuisines and some scrambled eggs. I ran it for a few days with the stock C-7 cord and enjoyed the excellence of the product (review to come), but was disappointed when plugging my amp into it -- there was just no slam. I then moved the VH cord over to the BPT -- WOW! The whole system came alive -- much better tonal accuracy and fine tonal enunciation, great resolution and a wide open soundstage. Then I tried plugging the amp into the BPT. Now it was wonderful -- no significant loss of dynamics and wonderful resolution and naturalness. As much as I liked the cord on my amp, it was nothing compared to running my whole system through the BPT-2 powered through the VH Type 4 cord. The last 2 nights I have spent mesmerized in front of my system listening to LPs and CDs late into the night.

VH Audio's company slogan "Let The Music Be Heard" is exactly what this cord is doing for me -- in more than one way.

Product Weakness: none
Product Strengths: Tonal accuracy, dynamics, resolution

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Aranov 960 w/mods kt88s
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): highly modded Link DAC, MMF7
Speakers: GR Paradox 3, souped up
Cables/Interconnects: Mapleshade Ribbon
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz vocals, 70s
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: VH Audio Flavor 4 Cable - highendman 15:49:36 10/20/03 (4)

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