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|Suggested Retail Price:||$359.99|
|Description:||Spectrum analog interconnect|
|Manufacturer URL:||VH Audio|
|Review by astralpen (A) on June 06, 2006 at 07:57:21|
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I recently added the VH Audio Copper Spectrum interconnects to my HT system. These run between an Arcam AV8 and a pair of Ming Da 845C tube monoblocks. The short version is that these interconnects knocked my socks off. I am a long-time audiophile with four systems in my house. I have used tons of different high-end interconnects over the years: Siltech, Harmonic Technologies, Cardas, etc. I have to say that these were the most neutral, revealing, yet pleasing interconnect that I have found. There are a number of products out there that have a great sense of immediacy, but I have found that many of them sacrifice a sense of roundness in return for a finer degree of analysis. The Copper Spectrums seem to "lift the veil" and provide that sense of nothing between you and the music, without sounding harsh or overly-analytical in any way. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a neutral sound.
|Product Weakness:||Be careful handling these, they are delicate.|
|Product Strengths:||Immediacy, tight bass, effortless highs, great "air", neutral, 3D|
|Associated Equipment for this Review:|
|Amplifier:||Ming Da 845C tube monoblocks|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Arcam AV8|
|Sources (CDP/Turntable):||Jolida 100A CD|
|Cables/Interconnects:||VH Audio Copper Spectrum 2M|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Jazz, Alternative, Movies|
|Type of Audition/Review:||Product Owner|
Nice review (short and simple, but to the point, for sure). I fully concur with your listening observations. It's also good to know that someone else finds the Spectrum Cu to be extraordinary for HT use (and worthy of it's expense for such). I'm so pleased with the cable for use on my digital front as well as from pre-to-power that I also use a set for my 2-channel HT component (within the same system). I also find the Spectrum Cu to really sing when used for both source and pre-to-power connections. While it's expense might seem like overkill for a HT application; the cable is so beneficial to such that I feel it's value to be well founded. Like yourself, I tried a number of interconnects for HT use, and none came close to what the Spectrum Cu provides. I consider it's sonic signature to be nominally transparent while imparting a certain solid core copper warmth/musicality that's far from sounding euphonic. I find it's sonic signature to have the same "VH Audio AirLok house sound" as the AirSine power cord and CHeLA speaker cable. The Spectrum Ag (silver) version is also outstanding, but solid core silver IC's are not my particular listening preference (solid core silver IC fans should give it a listen, IMHO).
Just a note about durability: Chris informed me that while the cable is very supple and very lightweight (consider the AirLok dielectric); it is actually very robust and should not be considered to be a frigile cable (other than care should be given to the plastic-bodied low mass WBT NextGen rca connectors). It seems to me that the Spectrum is all-about the low mass concept from tip-to-tip (less *is* more, in this case).
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