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REVIEW: Clear Day Audio Solid Core Silver Cable

Model: Solid Core Silver
Category: Cable
Suggested Retail Price: $200.00
Description: Pure Silver Speaker Cable
Manufacturer URL: Not Available

Review by jonbee on July 24, 2008 at 14:50:23
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My main rig is anchored by a pair of highly resolving biwired VMPS RM-30 planar/ribbon hybrids. All my ICs are Goertz TQ silver, which I've always loved for their balance and detail.
A bit of background on speaker cables - over the years I've used a number of "mid-priced" ($2-400 per 8ft. pair) speaker cables, from MIT, Goertz, AQ, Mapleshade, Kimber and others.
A while back I tried some braided .99999 pure silver/teflon cables for my mids and highs, and found that they provided much more detail than any of the others I've tried. This was very addictive when combined with the RM-30s, so I moved away from the Goertz M2s on top to the silver braids.
I've loved the sound, except that there was always a trace of edge in the mid-treble that I could not eliminate.
When I read about the Clear Day cables (in ads on A-gon), I was intrigued by the reports that these offered silver cable sound without the characteristic edge. Models ranged from $150-400/ 8ft pair single wired. As I really wanted to get the most of my rig, based on owners reports I went for the top end double shotguns at $400/8 ft. pr. Paul offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so I figured I had little to lose.
When these smallish, light cables arrives, I installed them on the mid/high section of the RM-30s, and immediately liked what I heard. Indeed, not only was the detail as good as my high purity silver cables, it was notably better.
The biggest thing I noticed was the the background was "blacker", with more separation btween instruments, than I had ever heard, period. Also, the edge which I had hoped to eliminate was indeed completely gone. The microdynamic contrast and harmonic balance now was beautifully natural, with the emphasis on "beautiful".
I've put over 100 hours on them now, and I feel I'm truly hearing my system for the first time. Internal voices in complex works are much better differentiated, but the balance is a smooth and easy as a fine silk shirt. they simply sound right, from top to bottom. Truly great, IMO.
As mentioned, I'm only using them on the mid/highs. The midbass section from 40-280 hz. is wired with very heavy gauge Vertevarius copper cables. I love the sound of that section, and it blends perfectly with the mids, so I will leave it alone. Thus I can't comment on the bass quality of these cables. Other users have reported that they have great bass, however.
In the last year I have replaced my entire front end, at the incremental cost of $1-2k per component. All the improvements have been very satisfying, but I must say that the money spent on these cables made a bigger improvement, for much less $, than any other component upgrade, so I consider them a screaming bargain among truly high end gear.
Cables, even more than other components, are very synergistic, and great sounding cables in one system can be disasters in another. I've experienced this many times, so I would add that as a warning. However, I must add that Paul, the owner is very knowledgeable and totally committed the satisfaction of the owners. Needless to say, these cables are not going back to Paul, but I'm sure that if the synergy was wrong, he would refund the $ without question. On that basis, these really are a no-brainer. I highly recommend giving them a try.

Product Weakness: Decidedly not "Technicolor"; if you're looking for added color, warmth, or emphasis, these won't provide it.
Product Strengths: Smooth, yet supremely detailed in a totally natural way. Great "blackness", depth, width and soundstage delineation. Easy to work with.

Associated Equipment for this Review:

Amplifier: PS Audio GCC-250
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Modwright/Sony 9100 Platinum Sig Truth
Speakers: VMPS RM-30
Cables/Interconnects: all silver
Music Used (Genre/Selections): lots
Room Size (LxWxH): 16 x 19 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: Difficult to get good bass loading- 2 walls of glass
Time Period/Length of Audition: 2 weeks
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Clear Day Audio Solid Core Silver Cable - jonbee 14:50:23 07/24/08 (3)


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