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REVIEW: VH Audio Pulsar Interconnect Cable

Model: Pulsar Interconnect
Category: Cable
Suggested Retail Price: $134.99
Description: Fine wire shielded interconnect for digital, analog and video
Manufacturer URL: VH Audio
Manufacturer URL: VH Audio

Review by Duster (A) on September 29, 2004 at 15:44:17
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Type: VH Audio Pulsar SP/DIF digital interconnect cable.

Review: DIY Cryo'd Pulsar/NextGen digital cable (1.5 meter).

This review is for a DIY version using a 1.5 meter length of cryo’d VH Audio Pulsar wire, WBT NextGen rca connectors and WBT solder. This version is without Teflon tubing and a Techflex sleeve. I grew up with vinyl so I figured at least one delicate component (a cable this case) was fine with me to fuss about damage to (no worries). An attempt at a “less is more” SOTA approach. Teflon tape is used to build up the cable’s ends to use as a cable grip to secure the connector’s Torx screw.

Here’s a lttle correspondance I had with Chris of VH Audio:

-snip-

(Duster) Have you ever auditioned a Kimber D-60?

(Chris) Yes.

(Duster) I'm telling myself that the cryo'd Pulsar/NextGen will resolve like it without the D-60's tipped-up treble energy (solid silver center conductor). Am I a fantasist?

(Chris) No. I think you'll be very pleased.

-snip-

Yes, I am very pleased to know I am not a fantasist (in this case at least).

The cable’s soundstage depth of field is it’s strongest presentation quality with images that posses a great sense of dimension and delineated space between them. Soundstage width and height is in perfect balance and very outstanding as well. The cable offers a very high resolution yet natural presentation of detail with an almost spooky black background. Those who are great lovers of “air” in a cable’s presentation will be very pleased with this one in their system. Tonality is supremely neutral. No sins of commission or sins of omission to my ear. This is the most transparent cable I’ve had the pleasure of using in my system, digital or otherwise. It has no euphonic element that I can detect and has no obvious sonic signature to speak of. Rather, it gets out of the way and with a speed of propagation that is remarkable. Dynamics are first rate and challenges the cable’s strongest quality of being that of a superb soundstage depth presenter. Dynamic improvement due to a cable swap can sometimes be portrayed in such a way that a cable makes one think, “Gee, this cable really makes my system sound more dynamic”, instead, I found myself thinking, “I can better hear the dynamics of the composition flow with a greater intimacy of the music being expressed”, leaving the bloody system out of the equation. Brilliant.

Cheers, Duster


Product Weakness: None, IMHO.
Product Strengths: Soundstage depth of field, dynamics, tonal neutrality, detailed imaging with plenty of air, very transparent. Huge bang for the buck. A giant killer, perhaps?


Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Acurus DIA-100
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): passive
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Modified Marantz/Museatex digital front end
Speakers: B&W Matrix 805, KEF subs
Cables/Interconnects: Analysis Plus, Harmonic Tech, XLO, Van den Hul, Zu Cable
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz
Time Period/Length of Audition: 100 hours
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Vans Evers, MIT, Powervar
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner




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