What A Difference A Cable Makes

This is not a review. Consider it more of an appreciation.

This story began at Munich High End 2015 in the Sound Galleries room:

"Do you have a favorite room at the show so far?" asked Geoff Armstrong as I sat in his room on the last day of the show. "Yea, this one." I replied.
That room has stuck in my mind ever since. There was "stunning clarity", something Geoff and Co. seem to enjoy combined with:
...Spark of life. Great control, delicate. Embodiment of singer. Lovely.
What does this have to do with cables?

The sound I heard in the Sound Galleries room in Munich was the product of a complete system, which includes cables, and the cables in use were from Tellurium Q, a company new to me at the time. When I return from Munich, I started looking into Tellurium Q cables.

Fast forward to RMAF 2015 where I learned that Fidelis had become their US Distributor. Hmm, I thought.

Fast forward to roughly a month ago and I sent a request to Fidelis for a loaner pair of their Black XLR cable ($579/1.5m) and Black USB ($578/1.5m). The idea being, I wanted to try them in my system based on a hunch. The day they arrived, I placed them in my system and let them play music for about a week before devoting my animal brain to the sound of my system and the inevitable A|Bing.

My hunch paid off. What I heard was greater clarity, a more natural presentation, a more open yet defined sound image, improved tonal qualities and, taking a few steps back, a more engaging musical experience. So I shot off another email to Fidelis asking for a pair of their Black speaker cables ($609/5m).

photo credit: Tellurium Q

What he said: "greater clarity, a more natural presentation, a more open yet defined sound image, improved tonal qualities and, taking a few steps back, a more engaging musical experience."

My hunch was that the sound I heard in the Sound Galleries room in Munich was due, in part, to the cables (dah). And I was correct, at least in terms of how they perform in my system and how my ear/brain system reacts to the sound of my system with the Tellurium Q cables as part of it. I'll also mention that I change cables about as often as I change undercoating.

The thing is, cables being part of a system, which in turn communicates to our ear/brain system, pretty much makes their performance site- and user-specific. The Tellurium Q cables are two-for-two on my scorecard.

Like I said, this is not a review, more of an appreciation. I'm appreciating my music even more. Sold.


Speaking of hunches, after I'd rearranged my racks and added the sonicTransporter/microRendu/Tellurium Q cables to my system, I had a hunch that things would sound even better if I moved my speakers farther apart (the blue tape is where they were). That hunch paid off as well and I cannot emphasize too strongly how important it is to spend real time on speaker placement. Inches, even less, can afford real sonic gains. And it's free!

See my Updated System details

COMMENTS
spyder1's picture

Adjusting speaker placement, to accommodate the wider soundstage of Tellurium Q cables. I like the concept!

Genez's picture

When accuracy is involved? Speaker placement becomes as demanding as its for NASA plotting a precise trajectory for a star thousands of miles away. Just moving one speaker as much as the thickness of a lead pencil line? It is enough to lock in and focus realistically the imaging and sound. I gave up of ever stressing this factor to others unless I could demonstrate it in person. Otherwise, I assume, it would sound like an insane obsession. But, we are dealing with two images that require a perfect coalescence to create the illusion they were designed to do. I might add... I listen nearfield. Not sure how much precision is needed for listening at a distance.

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