I know what you’re thinking already…speaker wires don’t make any difference. Well, you are wrong. In fact, the difference in frequency response between one speaker wire to the next can easily be measured and most wires (even the 12 AWG size wires) vary in quality quite dramatically. Some people even claim that even a coat hanger will suffice. Oh well, if you believe that, then more power to you as you don’t have the need to look for and/or spend big bucks to get the speaker wires of your liking.
For me, the most important thing I’m looking for in speaker wires is a flat frequency response so regardless of the system I test, I know full well that the sonic quality will not be affected by the speaker wires. Unfortunately, these speaker wires tend to be insanely priced to the point that the wires cost about the same as (or more than) the speakers I review. It just doesn’t make sense, to me at least, to spend upwards to $3,000 (US funds) for a pair of cable.
Thank God for Vermouth Audio from Indonesia. For the $1,000 MSRP, I can get virtually the same measurement characteristics and indistinguishable subjective sonic characterstics (or lack thereof) of some of my ideal cables that runs in the $3,000 – $5,000 range for a 6-foot pair.
The cables come in a wooden box complete with serial number and Certificate of Authenticity, well built and cosmetically easy on the eyes.
As previously mentioned, the measurements done on this cable shows a near-perfect flat response througout the entire frequency spectrum. How about the subjective listening test, however?
As usual, I’m using my Oppo 103D as my CD transport connected using S/PDIF coaxial digital audio output to Parasound ZDAC Digital-to-Analog converter measured at 15 picoseconds in jitter value (as opposed HDMI output which yields 50 picoseconds of jitter). The analog output then sent to Pioneer Elite SC-85 analog input via Nordost Valhalla RCA interconnect. The receiver’s speaker output then fed to System Audio Aura 30 speakers, which is still my reference speaker system for 2-channel review.
During the review, I played various audio CDs from the slow paced and scarce incomplexity such as Diana Krall CD “Love Scenes”, to various snippets from the various albums of Michael Buble, and ends with Judas Priest “Ram it Down”.
As for analog subjetive listening test I use both Technics SL-1000 and Audio Technica 120 with Rek-O-Kut phono pre-amp. Various album were played from my entire The Beatles collectio, Frank Sinatra “Duets 20th Anniversary Edition” to Michael Jackson “Exscape” and even Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of The Seventh Son”. They were all played back flawlessly without any hint of extra sweetness or anything else for that matter. Every frequency sound like they should without any additional flavouring.
The midrange and top-end are preperly integrated but without any loss of inner details. The overall effect provided a sound that was more natural and comfortable to listen to, without compromising any openness or soundstaging. Couple the stunning audio performance with the high quality feel of the cable and it’s difficult to not see the Vermouth Audio “Black Pearl” as THE best audiophile AND studio monitor speaker wire bargains around.
And as for you, Mr Hendry Ramli (the designer and owner of Vermouth Audio), you are never getting these cable back. I’m using them to replace my XLO speaker wires. Furthermore, I’m looking forward to have Vermouth audio lineup to be available in Canada…the sooner the better.