1 Meter Silver Balanced Interconnects
SILVER Tip to Tip
First of all, there is no other cable on the market at this price point that even comes close to these.
No hype, No snake oil No voodoo. Pure, simple, outstanding cables with performance approaching the very best and most expensive audio cables on the market, for a fraction of the price. Well below what audiophiles normally expect to pay for superbly engineered and hand crafted components. Best Value of any cables available.
All my cables are made by hand by me one at a time, I'm a small operation working at my home, with a small markup (40%) including labor. Unlike large cable manufactures which have a large overhead and typically charge 16 - 20 times cost. My mission is to the finest audio components, of the finest materials, at a reasonable price.
The wire is MIL spec aerospace stranded silver plated copper wire, silver being the best conductor of electricity,
Teflon insulation is very close to air resulting in very low capacitance which makes the cable suitable for any audio component as it will not contribute to instability,or absorb the signal.
Teflon insulation is very thin resulting in a cable that is lightweight and flexible.
This cable will not stress the jacks on your components, but is very large gauge.
This configuration provides incredible imaging and detail across the entire audio spectrum, deep, tight, powerful bass, sweet transparent midrange smooth and linear high frequency response.
This cable provides incredibly low resistance.
Mark Tunis Audio Review
Last month at the Suncoast Audiophile Society meeting, several new members appeared and as luck would have it I had the great fortune to meet Mr. Marcus (Mark) Tunis. Mark is a new entry into the high-end mix presently constructing high-quality interconnect cables and speaker wires in his living room, but do not let this modes garage-style beginning fool you about what lurks (or lures you) behind the curtain.
After a brief but engaging chat regarding esoteric materials and interconnect technology, Mark loaned me two pair of unbalanced 1-meter interconnects that I agreed to review. But this is not the only style of cable Mark currently produces; in his repertoire are balanced (and unbalanced) interconnects terminated in your desired connectors, and an interesting-looking speaker wire.
Mark is a believer that – to a certain degree – history in the audio realm repeats itself. Engineers and enthusiasts have bantered back and forth different technologies and applications yielding to new materials and innovations basically taking a good idea and trying to make it better. However, the original idea is grounded on solid science and this is where he steps in. He uses proven technologies in cable design and upgrades the connectors.
Mark likes the sound of silver (as do I) and is also a huge fan of air as an insulator. Air is a proven and widely used technology – just look at the electric transmission lines or high-tension wires your power company used to bring electricity to your home as a classic example. His next favorite insulator is Teflon, and I must say that after adding small Teflon shunt capacitors on my signal-path crossover network capacitors, I must completely agree with him. Mark uses high-quality copper plated with silver for both the multi-stranded center conductor and braided shield of his interconnect cables and multi-stranded wire silver-plated copper wire for his speaker cable.
As it is with anyone promoting their own goods or services, Mark started out (as anticipated) stating that his cables had been reviewed by others claiming they were better than those costing 10s and 100s of times more (…and do I have a deal for you on a bridge in Brooklyn…). Needless to say, I was initially skeptical but intrigued by his sincerity. So the cables sat on the shelf at home for another day or so until I connected them to my system. When someone claims to have a better cable than the mainstream sells for a tiny fraction of their cost, it is a lot to believe as I am certain that most of you would agree. But although skeptical, I was hopeful and gave them a chance.
Putting it mildly, I expect a lot from interconnect or speaker cables. My current hand-made interconnect cables possess a phenomenal soundstage in all three dimensions and unmatched smoothness from all but the best I have ever auditioned. But two of my quad-wired (think of them as bi-wired times two) hand-made speaker cables use Teflon-insulated silver-plated OFHC copper each wound in a star-quad configuration. Each segment of my crossover network (sub, bass, mid, and tweet) is isolated from the other (no shared signal or ground paths) and each requires its own speaker cable (no shunt straps). Yup, you read this right: four discrete speaker wires run from the amp to each speaker.
The 1-meter unbalanced cables I auditioned used the WBT gold RCA plugs, very high quality plugs without a doubt. And the attention to assembly detail was equally as impressive since Mark uses 5% silver solder at the termination points. The cable itself is VERY thin; with an external diameter on the order of 3/32” (2.4mm) it is the smallest diameter cable I have ever tried. But tiny is anything but the way I would describe their sound. These are some amazing interconnects and what they do, they do very well.
First, the top two octaves just open up and become dynamic, detailed, accurate, and seamless. Most cables favor one band or another and as a result the sound is unbalanced from top-to-bottom. These are the exact opposite. What I realized after just a few minutes of listening is what my other reference cables had left out.
I use a ribbon tweeter (super tweeter) that crosses over at about 9,500Hz. After a long series of experiments with the selection of crossover network capacitors, I assumed that the sound from this driver was as good as it was going to get – until, that is, I auditioned Mark’s cables. They allowed more sound to come through unaltered; just un-emphasized, un-compressed, and un-damped neutral music from source to speakers. Everything I suspected as an issue in the crossover network was instead an issue with my old interconnect cables. I was relieved, excited, and really started listening to their uncanny ability to reveal nuances.
Spinning my favorite reference disks found new life, new information, and new clarity in almost every measure. Performances with which I was intimately familiar now resounded with life-like realism unachieved before. Saxophones sounded like saxophones, not sort of like saxophones. Pianos had that inner detail of the felt on the hammer striking the string prior to its resonance; then the resonances of the sound board can be heard as it blooms; I listen in total awe. My mouth literally dropped then and it still does today regardless of what I play.
My worst critic, my wife, even admitted that these cables were thrilling and incredibly realistic sounding providing– so to speak – a seat at the mixing console. These cables eliminate one more layer of grunge between you and the performance, something I find exhilarating. To me, sitting down to a sound system and having that “being there” experience come to life is the Holy Grail of audiophiles. Like having a concert in your listening room, these cables do the job.
What music sounds best? All of it! Even those tracks you thought were so-so you may again find to your liking. Classic rock has never sounded so good and the music I relegated to the “boring” category is now at least revealed to its fullest. The ability to notice differences between MP3, SACD, DSD, and higher-resolution recordings is easily brought to bear as the size and depth of the soundstage, the detail improves as do the dynamics. No matter what I listen to it now sounds good and those esoteric discs are to die for. One person – a newbie into the high-end realm – dropped by a few days ago and after hearing these cables said “Thanks for ruining my CD collection.” What he meant was that he now had to invest into higher-quality recordings since the Red-Book 44-16 standard of CDs was now in his own words “grossly inadequate.” I agree but I still listen to them because sometimes there is no other format choice available and I like the artist.
With every improvement in your system, you begin to notice other issues. Like peeling back an onion, there are layers upon layers of issues that until you achieve a certain level of refinement you may have been totally unaware of their presence. This was my case for my line filter. I use a Hospital Grade differential toroidal line filter (a PowerVAR ABC-1200). I have already changed grounding to a true single-point scheme but the introduction of these fine cables caused me to rethink something about this grounding scheme. While the internal wiring reflected a single-point ground, the metal outlet frame is connected to the ground wire terminal. Attaching standard mounting screws to the frame therefore introduced more ground loops (Oops! Overlooked that one.). Adding electrical tape to the front and back of the outlet frames, enlarging the mounting holes on the frames, and adding insulating sleeves to the mounting screws created a true single-point grounding scheme on the unit.
The results were absolutely astounding. The sound stage expanded exponentially allowing live recordings in large rooms to reveal the ambience nuances associated with long reverberation times. For example, on the SACD album “Missa In Nativitate Domini” by Kåre Nordstoga, track 19 Orgelimprovisata (Deilig er Jorden ) clearly revealed the position of the organ ranks along the walls and enhanced the low-level information in the performance literally thrusting you into the balcony (one wonders how far off the floor the microphones are placed). Outcome: one more layer of the onion peeled back and one step closer to the audio Grail. Other well-recorded music yields identical results: you just hear more detail and realism than you did before.
Apparently made from a MIL-Spec stranded coax cable these cables are a delight and at their modest cost well worth the investment.
Latest Customer Review:
First of all I love these xlr cables. from the moment i plugged them in i knew i was in for something special.
For virgin cables to sound better than my big buck thousand hour audioquest cables right out of the box is pretty amazing.
I already gave the other cables away! I am working up a list of what it is i need in regard to your power cables. As it looks now i will be needing ten(10) 3" power cables.
Talk to you soon!
I began the audition by comparing the single ended cables to my Audioquest Colorado.
In sum, even right out of the box, they fared pretty well and I suspect they would’ve gotten even better had they had more than a 12 hour break in.
But then I tried the balanced IC’s. And all hell broke loose. Maybe it’s because this is the first time I’ve been able to utilize the balanced output of my VAC preamp into my Plinius amp; but, the difference was stunning.
I’m not talking about increments. I’m talking along the lines of getting a new component. And this was cold, out of the box!
Just as with the addition of your power cord to the preamp, the soundstage expanded again in depth and width.
But it’s what was going on in that soundstage. Breath. Air. A sense of a giant church around Margo Timmons voice on the Cowboy Junkies’ Trinity Sessions when she sings “Hard rock miner”. I
kept reaching for vocal tracks, just to confirm that I was hearing in voices what I’ve been seeking out of my system: emotion. The emotion that comes with hearing the inside of the vocals;
that is, the intake of breath, the smacking of lips, the vibrato, a faint sigh of punctuation I never heard before from Nancy Wilson. “Pony” from Tom Waits’ Mule Variations brought a tear to my eye just from the flesh and blood presence of the musicians in my room and the longing in Tom’s voice.
I didn’t know my speakers were capable of such a midrange. I sent my wife-who I enlisted for her superior ears, and who always felt our system was fatiguing and had an edge- downstairs to listen to Elton John’s First album on SACD.
I didn’t think she was going to come back up. When she emerged, she said that she’d been listening to this album since she was 14 years old, and had never heard the whispering in the vocals, the separation in the choir.
After an overnight burn in, the bass became more focused. Charles Mingus’s bass gave off a woody resonance I’d never caught before. The treble, while already very good, gave me more sparkle and roundness on brass.
I played the SACD of Paquito D’Rivera’s Portraits of Cuba loud and there was no edge whatsoever. So, that’s what was going on Sunday evening after about 24 hours of burn in. And I thought I’d need to keep them for quite some time before I could decide.
Good bye, Audioquest!
Whatever it is you’re doing, keep it up!
Below is a description of the RCA/XLR interconnect provided by Mark:
Silver plated Coaxial Cable RCA/XLR
Constructed with stranded silver plated copper conductors insulated with an extruded PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) dielectric. The outstanding electrical and mechanical properties of silver and PTFE over a broad range of frequencies makes this coaxial cable outstanding for audio applications.
Extremely transparent, clean and clear with solid soundstaging, pleanty of bass, and does cymbals better than I’ve ever heard. Silver wire gives realistic, natural and organic sound with both solid state and tube gear, and takes the edge off of digital that wears me out.
Teflon insulation and silver braided shielding for the best EMI/RFI rejection,
Silver plated Coaxial Cable
Constructed with stranded silver plated copper conductors
insulated with an extruded PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) dielectric.
The outstanding electrical and mechanical properties of silver and PTFE over a broad
range of frequencies makes this coaxial cable outstanding for audio applications.
NEUNC3FXXB AND NEUNC3MXXB- Neutrik XX Series 3-Pin XLR Female and Male cable connectors.
WHITE METAL HOUSING, SILVER CONTACTS
Neutrik's "next generation" XLR connector, improves on Neutrik's industry standard "X" series connectors.
Similar in style to the NP*X series, this new series is simple to use and will be available in 3 pin configuration.
The compact unique styled die cast shell has internal threads that mate with the external threads on the boot to eliminate damage sometimes found on exposed threads.
This series also incorporates Neutrik's unique chuck-type strain relief.
5% Silver solder
Unique female and male cage type contact for increased conductivity and reduced wear of the male contacts
A new ground contact that provides better integrity between the chassis and cable connectors.
NC**XX series black metal housing with silver contacts.The new unified shell is stronger, and mates with all current Neutrik X series connectors.
1 pair 1 meter
Other lengths available.
Shipping is a flat $6.95 USPS
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All the best,