I am happy to introduce the Bass Boss. It
combines all the greatness of the original Black Axiom but with better detail
and clarity. This model uses solid wire instead of stranded wire. This removes
the dullness that skin effects can have on stranded cables. The imageing is also
greatly improved as well. These wonderful one meter interconnects are guaranteed
to make your system sound full and rich. They have an extended bass, but still
retain clarity and detail on the top end. Their warmth is very tube like but
without the bloat often associated with rich sounding cables. Imaging is very
evident creating a large well defined soundstage. Sometimes I feel like the
musicians are visiting my house for the night, especially on live recordings.
They are great on entry level systems making your equipment sound like their
high price brothers. They are great on high end equipment delivering every last
bit of musical information possible. They are really fantastic when used on home
theater systems. Just wait until you hear the dynamic explosions with these
have been told that this wire is used by a high end amplifier manufacturer,
(K----), in many of their products. I have tried many different interconnects
over the years and these are the most musically satisfying that I have ever
heard, bar none. The connectors are the world famous Neutrik brand. Even the
outside sleeve contributes to the final sound by blocking out EMI and RFI
pollution. Lastly, they look as good as they sound. That makes this one of the
truly great values in audio equipment!
So what have you got to lose?
Please check my feedback and you will become a true believer in AURAL THRILLS
AUDIO. If you have been thinking about getting a pair of Black Axioms, now is
the time. Be sure and break them in fully as the sound quality will change with
use. At first they will be very bright but will soon open up and sound fuller
with more bass. So if you would like to try this fantastic sounding interconnect
don't delay. Be sure and break them in fully as
the sound quality will change with use. At first they will be very bright but
will soon open up and sound fuller with more bass.
Just a word about Aural Thrills Audio. We are
a personal, upscale, company that builds and tests custom cables one at a time.
We run only one company, 24/7 and strive for your complete satisfaction. Check
out our 100% positive feedback. Please read POLICIES at
shipping details and production times. NO STOCK IS KEPT. ALL ITEMS ARE MADE TO
ORDER AFTER PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. The goal is to be the best high end, custom
cable company by designing and producing innovative products to order. Our
audiophile grade of wire is made exclusively for us and is created using base
metals of 4 nines or better. The innovative engineering and designs make us a
leader of high tech, cables. In closing we want to thank all of my present
customers and look forward to making many new ones.
$249.99 for 1m pair
What makes Aural Thrills Different?
The unique feature of Aural Thrills Audio is the
fact that ALL EQUIPMENT (except
sending components) in my reference audio system has been developed by me! From
the phono stage, pre amp, mono blocks and cables, to the final sound of the
speakers. Each product has been developed and tested by one person. This gives
me a unique understanding of the reproduction of sound. With four years of
college ear training, ten years as a professional musician in NYC, and unmatched
passion, I feel that I have the tools necessary to create the finest
reproduction equipment in the world. I have spent the last ten years learning
the intricacies of tube amplifiers. Every part. Every wire. Every component.
They all matter. Connecting all of this equipment with compatible cables has
become a daily obsession. As one of my customers said, "I live audio."
In these days of endless loops of frustration,
you can count on getting a real person when you deal with Aural Thrills. No
press 1, press 5, etc. You get a real person from the beginning. Someone who can
answer all of your questions. Emails are answered many times a day. Leave your
number and I will call back, really! With a 60 day, no questions asked policy on
all of my cables, you can be sure that your purchase will work with your total
Lastly, it is my commitment to make sure that
every product is made to my standards. Every product guaranteed to bring a smile
to your face. Every order processed with the passion that only hand made goods
can deliver. I put my reputation on the line with every product I make. I try my
best to do all that is needed. I also try my best to keep prices reasonable.
Please consider that you are buying more than a constructed product. You are
buying my mind, my craftsmanship and my ears which have worked on each component
obsessively for countless hours.
Cable Design Theory
Aural Thrills Audio only sells
very special cables! Designed to provide your system with the ultimate sound.
They will not degrade the signal as many other cables tend to do. Why? Our
cables have been specially designed to provide a clear, deep sound by utilizing
solid core technology. Stranded wire has many points where the wires touch each
other. This creates a smearing effect as the signal jumps from one wire to the
other. The larger the wire, the more this effect becomes evident. Research also
shows that stranded cables creates time distortions due to the uneven manner in
which the signal travels.
Next we must look at
the wire size. I am always amazed by the "oh wow" reaction of audiophiles upon
seeing a very fat cable. In true American fashion, the belief that if a little
is good, more is always better comes to mind. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE
TRUTH! The major portion of an audio signal actually travels as a wave on top of
the wire, much like a train travels on top of the tracks. A very small part of
this wave travels inside the wire. Since the wire actually slows the signal down
a time distortion is created between the signal on top of the wire and the part
of the signal in the wire. The best way to minimize this effect is to use a
small diameter wire so that very little signal is traveling through the wire
The third item in
cable construction to consider is the material surrounding the wire. Some
companies use many layers of coverings to convey the image of huge size. Again,
this is not a good thing. These layers act as huge capacitors for the signal.
Capacitors store and then release their energy. The result is a smearing and
time warp creating a cloudy sound. The cleanest sound is achieved by using
Teflon. Teflon will not absorb any of the signal. This means the total signal
arrives at the same time. None is released later causing distortions.
To shield or not to
shield? In most cases adding a shield to a cable takes away a little bit of the
spaciousness from the sound stage. Unshielded cables are great for Solid State
equipment using lengths of under nine feet. They deliver a spaciousness and
clarity of sound that most people find very appealing. When using Tube equipment
or cables over ten feet shielding is needed. The transformers of tube amplifiers
are gigantic EMI producing machines. Using an unshielded cable with tube
equipment will result in an induced hum. Always use a shielded cable with tube
equipment. Cable runs of over ten feet tend to act as huge antennas picking up
local radio stations. (RFI) To avoid this you MUST use a shielded cable. Lastly,
phono cables must be shielded. Cartridges produce very small amounts of voltage.
some moving coil cartridges produce only .2mv. This low voltage is very fragile
and must be protected from your local radio stations which will overpower this
Cable Break In
All cables take a certain amount of
time to burn in. This may sound crazy but it is true. I have heard many theories
for this, but the one I tend to go with is the alignment of atoms within the
wire. It changes as the wire is subjected to electrical charges and ends up
aligning in the direction of electron flow. Most cable will sound good for the
first hour or so. Then they start to degrade. They become bright, edgy,
distorted, and closed in. The worst sound is at about 50 hours of play. Slowly
the sound will began to improve and at about 100 hours things will start to
really improve. The one exception to this scenario is Silver wire which breaks
in much more slowly. We do offer a burn in service using the Hagerman
professional model. It takes 48 hours to complete the process. The cable is
subjected to a frequency sweep which contains signals above and below the
frequencies of Human hearing. Although additional break in is still required,
this really speeds things up.
Amplifier Design Theory
I am committed to simple
designs which do not feature a lot of additional circuits. I love the
early designs. They tended to stick to the basics and did not add a bunch
of "correction" circuits. I have constructed and listened to most types of
tube audio designs. The more circuits that you add, the more they start to
sound like solid state. If that is what you want, why not just buy a Solid
State unit? My amps use the old designs but with an important twist, high
end parts. Modern capacitors and resistors are faster sounding, but still
retain the tube qualities we all love. The best of old and new.
Due to the length of break in I offer
a 60 day return policy on all cables, no questions asked. Just pay for shipping.
I can offer this warranty because I am so sure you will not want to part with
this cable. All cables carry an unconditional lifetime warranty to the original
purchaser. Just return to Aural Thrills Audio and we will take care of any
problems. Cables that have been abused or mistreated will be repaired for a
slight cost to be determined upon inspection.
This is my pride and joy, no, my
obsession. As you can see, all components (except sending units) have been
constructed by me. This gives me a unique perspective on sound reproduction. I
am an avid record collector of 50's Jazz as well. I have a good collection of
the regular labels, Blue Note, Verve, Pacific Jazz, etc. and also a bunch of not
so well known labels and artist. You would not believe how good some of these
50's recordings sound. Most were recorded with tubes so they just seem to sound
right in my all tube system. My system generally looks terrible. I am always
trying new combinations of circuits and design ideas. It's all about sound.
As you probably noticed, I watch
movies with this system as well. I really believe that the sound is superior to
five channel home theater systems. The soundstage is more real, not manipulated
and much closer to reality. A good Stereo VCR is close to a record for sound
quality. Rich, warm, just awesome Analogue. I hate to admit it but I have become
a fan of the musical.
The mono blocks are Aural Thrills
Audio 300B, push pull units. Each puts out a big 25 Watts but still retains the
beauty of the 300B. As you might expect, the filaments are AC powered. PP
configuration cancels out noise and the sound is big and rich. These amps sound
like the reason you wanted a tube amp to begin with.
The speakers are a very efficient
96db. Max continuous power is 45 Watts. 25 Watts will blow you out of the room.
My love of early design, low powered tube amps led me to these back end loaded
horn design. The drivers are full range which eliminates the need for a
crossover. My theory for audio is always "less is better."
The bass that comes out of these
speakers is unbelievable. The transmission line design is tuned for 50Hz. The
sound coming out of the lower outlet is also delayed a little bit. This creates
a wonderful ambience for Jazz and Classical. These cabinets have been
constructed of 1" Baltic Birch Plywood. A very dense, slow growing species
imported from Russia. Unlike normal plywood, any voids in EACH layer are cut and
filled with a plug. You can see that there are no areas without wood, on each
layer! The speakers weigh about 175 pounds each. As is the case with a single
driver, imaging is spooky. Final finish will be done soon
A VPI TNT with speed controller
mounted on a Lead filled VPI stand is the basis for all of this great sound. A
Graham tone arm is used. I love this arm. It is very easy to mount a cartridge
and alignment is accomplished to an amazing accuracy. I usually use Low Output
MC cartridges. Mounted now is a Benz Gold. A very nice cartridge for the money.
The table is connected to an Aural Thrills Phono Stage by an all Silver Aural
Thrills tone arm cable with five pin Cardas connector. Next the Phono stage is
connected to a Two Stage Cathode Follower pre amp of my design by a pair of
Aural Thrills Bass Boss cables. Output to the 300B mono Blocks is handled by an
Aural Thrills, Tube Powered Active cable. All amps are connected directly to a
dedicated line by Aural Thrills 10awg Power Cords.