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Around about the same time that LW Audio sent me the Stereoknight Silverstone and Enigma pre-amplifiers to review, I was also sent a quantity of cables from TrusoundZ, a cable brand I had not come across before visiting the March Heathrow HiFi Show at the Park Inn, where LW Audio distributors of SteroKnight were using them as part of the system being demonstrating there.

Anyone who has read both of my reviews of the aforementioned StereoKnight pre-amplifiers will be aware that I have already mentioned these cables in the text of those reviews, but not in any great detail as I was not prepared to do so before spending a great deal more time trying these cables out in the context of a much broader range of equipment, than just systems using Stereoknight products. My reasons for doing that was to establish if the degree of synergy possible with these cables went further than just use with just Stereoknight products and I am pleased to say that yes they do.

Over the last few months I have been using and introducing TrusoundZ cables both line level signal, digital (more about this in a forthcoming DAC review), speaker cable and mains cables to a number of systems made up of components I own, which have included items from Meridian, Art Audio (borrowed), EAR, Chapter Audio, Marantz and Nakamichi and I have found a degree of synergy among these diverse components and TrusoundZ cabling that I have not hitherto found among many other cable brands, in fact I can maybe count on one hand the number I have over the years.

Now I am not going to claim I have tried every make of cables on the market, as that would be a bare faced lie, but I have over the years tried many different and varied ones,  and I have mostly found in the past that cabling, even from one brand,can be inconsistent in the same system and also between different ones and they are not always applicable to every part of a system.

Atlas would claim and very logically that this is due to there being no consistent use of cable material among many manufacturers cable ranges (they use one type for interconnects, another for speaker cables and so on) and that there are variations between cable ranges and even among a range. Atlas insure that all their cables are made from the same materials within a range, say Mavros; so all Mavros cables are made from as Atlas say on their site 6N 99.9999% pure copper taken from the same source (1).

The Atlas, Mavros cables were one of the first brands that I have ever been able to use within an entire system, from sources to amplification to speakers, and this is why I purchased a whole systems worth of these cables. However in saying that I have not always found the Mavros cables to be usable within every system set up I have had in for review. Now the whys and wherefores of this are open to a degree of debate but I always try to make sure that any components I have in for review get as level a playing field to work from as I can achieve and that will mean that I will chop and change elements of my system to reach this goal.  There have been a few times when I have found Mavros to not be totally synergistic with certain items in for review. However in recent times with the items in for review, the cables in from TrusoundZ have been (2) and very much so but this in itself has also raised an interesting thought; one I will go into in more detail later on.

Now let me make it very clear here for those who might seek to make trouble with this (you know who you are), I am not knocking Atlas or Mavros cabling here but as the Mavros cables are my main reference cables within my system, I will logically compare them to any cables coming into me for review; as doing so will give me a benchmark to compare with and they will always be the first cables I will use with any components in for review, or to compare new cabling with. Good reviewing must be done from and within known conditions; however in saying that no components on the market, including cabling makes are 100% synergistic in all applications. I wont apologise if I seem to be labouring this a bit, as I feel some clarification re these points was required.

Before discussing the various aspects of this review in more detail I feel its very much worthwhile having a closer look at the company behind the products; as Trusoundz are, perhaps, a new company to most who are reading this review.

All about TrusoundZ

Trusoundz are based in the UK and the company is headed by Peter Sidebottom and they have a very close partnership with an undisclosed cable manufacturer and it is the end result of that relationship that Peter markets as TrusoundZ Revelation (the focus of this review) and Inspiration cables. I asked Peter early on whether or not TrusoundZ made their own cables (the inner material) and his reply was that he had thought seriously about doing that at one time  but the cables that his unique partnership have produced were so good that he was not entirely convinced any of his own efforts would surpass them and because of that to date he has chosen not to pursue this course of action. What he was also at pains to point out was that he does not buy in cables of the roll from RS or similar sources and then brand them as TrusoundZ.

The following (taken from TrusoundZ website) outlines the origins of TrusoundZ…..

‘TrusoundZ is the latest development in a growing and dedicated audio manufacturing business called SurebuyZ which has many years experience in the design and manufacture of the highest quality hand made audio and video cables, cable looms and custom made hardware for both professional and domestic high end audio and video production and we are committed to the continual development of our high quality products.’

‘Towards the end of 2009 it was decided that a new department should be formed within SurebuyZ dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of our own bespoke ranges of the very highest quality high end performance Hi-Fi cables that would be known as TrusoundZ ‘Revelation’. The specification for this range of cables was very simple, to build a range of cables designed specifically to satisfy the sonic and visual requirements of the most demanding audiophiles. In other words our goal from the outset has been to build high end performance Hi-Fi leads that not only look great but also sound absolutely phenominal and would do justice to the very best Hi-Fi equipment available. To this end our first TrusoundZ website was successfully launched on 24th March 2010 and has steadily gained support from discerning audiophiles both here in the U.K. and in North America.’

Having looked at TrusoundZ’s history I feel its time for a wee confession re reviewing cables and how I feel about it.

The trials of reviewing cables

I will be honest here I am not a massive fan of doing cable reviews, not because I don’t enjoy listening to different cables in my system but simply because due to the way my system is set up/positioned in my room this makes getting access to the back somewhat problematic. I must confess to being a tad envious of those who can simply walk behind their gear and swap cables easily. Usually I will end up having to remove equipment from the top of my right hand table and lean/contort myself across it to reach the back of the equipment. Doing this with a mirror in one hand a torch in the other and a cable between the teeth (only joking) makes for a weird image. Being truthful there is also from time to time a degree of ‘colourful metaphor’ use, as the lack of a standard re the positions of XLR sockets on the back of different makes of equipment (even within a manufacturers range) can make fitting these a real pain; especially if the cables are stiff ones. Thankfully TrusoundZ cables are very flexible so no ‘colourful metaphor’ usage happened during this review.

System Used

The Trusoundz Revelation cables (+ mains cables and distribution block see Part Two of this series of reviews  for more details on these (3) ) were used over a fairly lengthy period of time in a number of systems. These included those used during the StereoKnight pre-amplifier reviews (see those reviews for more about their use in that context) but also with an EAR 864 pre-amplifier, Art Audio Diavolo power-amplifier, Ruark Equinox speakers, set up with my usual Moon Andromeda CD player as the front end.

However the main system context for the comparative part of the review would comprise my usual Meridian G02 pre-amplifier and G56 power-amplifier, Anthony Gallo 3.1 speakers and the afore mentioned Moon Andromeda CD player. All equipment was housed on Clearlight Audio Aspekt racks, with various accessories including: SSC Big Feet, SSC isolation platforms, Synergistic Research MIGs (review coming soon), M8 isolation cones, Telos RFI caps. No mains filtering was used and mains cables were from TrusoundZ, Analysis Plus Power Oval 2 and Audience AU24.

Music Used

Dali Demo CD

Thomas Dolby -Aliens Ate My Buick

Nitin Sawhney – Beyond Skin

and many others to numerous to individually mention.

The Protagonists

All the Trusoundz cables I was sent came in plain poly bags (as it should be no wasteful, having to pay for it packaging) with an instruction/information/spec sheet. All the cables are also run in/burnt in for 48 hours before being shipped. Revelation cables come with a five year warranty and each cable has its own serial number. While talking to Peter about the cables he mentioned this very interesting aspect of TrusoundZ cables….

“All TrusoundZ Revelation cables have their own unique serial number permanently attached to the cable which is automatically registered to the purchaser (or to the distributor) so making it unnecessary to return any guarantee forms etc. and could be further beneficial in the event of any insurance claims against theft etc.” Quite a clever idea and I think possibly a unique approach being taken there by TrusoundZ.

The look of these cables inside the packaging and outside of it made me want to listen to these cables and looking at and handling them I am not surprised that TrusoundZ are very proud of their products and as a sign of that pride they offer a full five year warranty on all the Revelation cables.

Revelation Speaker Cable (TSZ – 0683) fitted with WBT NextGen Topline 0610 banana plugs £738 5m pair

The TSZ – 0683 speaker cables are built using Linear Crystal Oxygen Free Copper (UPLCOFC) which is also known as long grain copper and is probably the most pure form of copper wire available. Both conductors of the 6mm sq. TrusoundZ Revelation speaker cable each contain more than 700 strands of very fine 0.1mm diameter linear crystal copper strands which are plaited together to minimise the so called ‘skin effect’ and have a resistive value of below 8 Ohms per kilometer. When fitting the connectors a gold crimp is attached to the bare copper ends before the connectors so as to avoid any damage to the actual cable.

Like all other TrusoundZ ‘Revelation’ cables these are made by hand and as in the case of the other cables in the Revelation range use WBT connectors; the speaker cables are terminated with 8 x WBT-0610 Cu gold plated Topline nextgen® technology banana plugs.

Revelation XLR to XLR Interconnects (TSZ – 0500) fitted with FP – 601/602 male and female XLR connectors  £518

The TrusoundZ ‘Revelation’ hand made balanced stereo XLR interconnect cables are built using the finest Ultra Pure Oxygen Free Copper (UPOFC) cable. The connectors used for this cable are the Furutech FP-601M (G) and FP-602F (G) high performance XLR connectors. The +Ve and -Ve conductors are independently screened with all connections being soldered with lead free solder with a minimum 4% silver content. Unlike many other cables on the market these cables are very flexible and easy to use and the fit and finish of the cables and the materials used are first rate.

On the TrusoundZ website they go onto explain their methodology for their choice of cables and connectors….

In our efforts to ensure that TrusoundZ cables are synonymous with cables producing only the very best audio qualities great attention has been paid to the actual choice of cable and connectors used for our balanced stereo XLR interconnect cables (as is the case with all of our cables). For TrusoundZ it is not just a case of marrying high quality cable and expensive high end audio connectors together to produce our cables rather that we pay particular attention to the electrical characteristics of both the cable and connectors to ensure that they are a perfect match for each other and so produce the ultimate harmonic response when mated together. This policy is very perceptible with our ‘Revelation’ range of balanced XLR interconnects.’
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Revelation RCA to RCA Interconnects (TSZ – 0356) fitted with WBT – 0102 Cu Topline RCA plugs £346

TrusoundZ ‘Revelation’ unbalanced Mono Interconnect Cables are built using the finest Ultra Pure Linear Crystal Oxygen Free Copper (UPLCOFC) coaxial cable. The stranded 0.63mm centre conductor is made from bare UPLCOFC and is insulated with foam skin polyethylene with the braided screen woven from fine strands of bare Linear Crystal Oxygen Free Copper wire providing a 93% optical coverage. The connectors used for this cable are the WBT-0102 Cu Topline RCA / phono connectors with nextgen® technology.TrusoundZ as with their TSZ – 0500 balanced cables extol the virtues of how they make these cables…..

‘All connections are soldered using a lead free solder with a minimum 4% silver content after which they are meticulously cleaned to remove any flux residues that might damage the precious metals’.

‘The cable is directional so to ensure that it is installed in your system the correct way round, thus ensuring that you obtain the very best results, we have included directional arrows permanantly located near both ends of the cable to show the direction in which the signal should flow.

In our efforts to ensure that TrusoundZ cables are synonymous with cables producing only the very best audio qualities great attention has been paid to the actual choice of cable and connectors used for our unbalanced mono RCA interconnect cables (as is the case with all of our cables).’

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Review Methodology

Normally I would only introduce any product into my system, specifically during its own period of review, but in this case I introduced the Trusoundz cabling into my system sooner than I had intended to do; simply because it gave me a more synergistic system with the StereoKnight pre-amplifiers – I reviewed a few months ago. Once those reviews were over I needed to broaden the review parameters out to get me as far under the skin of these products as I could and in order to do this before reinstalling my normal system I tried a few other set ups including the aforementioned EAR 864 pre and the Art Audio Diavolo power-amplifier before reverting to my usual Meridian pre-power combination.

Once back to my usual system I listened to the system with a full loom of TrusoundZ in place, swapping them in bit by bit and then out again and I also compared them with my Atlas Mavros cables, individually and in the context of full looms i.e source to pre to power to speakers. During this part of the review to keep a constant I left the TrusoundZ mains cables in place.

As it turned out doing things this way was very educational and has given me an excellent overview of how TrusoundZ cables perform in a number of contexts. However it has also reminded me of how important review methodology and system synergy is, and why one system used for reviewing any individual product or group of products can be a bit hit or miss.

Impressions

The quality of sound that the TrusoundZ cabling gave me with the StereoKnight components and the other systems I used before the comparative set up was excellent with a nice even balance, openness, articulation across all the frequencies, a wide, high soundstage (in proportion though) with very good depth of image and a rightness to the overall sound that was really, outside of my reference cables from  Atlas, the Mavros, a first for me in that I had not come across a single brand of cable that worked well together in my system, other than Atlas Mavros before. The surprising thing about this is that the three Trusoundz cables do use slightly different cable materials (see above for the exact details of this) in their construction. I guess each cable gels with the next to create an overall synergistic matching, unlike Atlas whose cables are all made from identical materials; within each range and thus gel in a different way.

Usually the speaker cable or interconnects would work but to balance things out other cables would be required. Altas say this is due to most cable companies using different types of cables within even one range. I am not in a position to get into that, nor will I, but in the past my systems usually had a mix of different cables to get the most out of the system. To put it mildly I was delighted to find another cable make that worked as a whole.

As the months went by I completed the reviews I was working on and at no time felt I should reinstall the Mavros cabling so delighted was I with the Revelations, however the time eventually came for the TrusoundZ cable review to happen and that is when I tripped across an issue that is important to go into in the context of this review. I don’t want to detract from the TrusoundZ cables by doing so, but I think it important I do, so in order to give balance to this review I will. I am aware I am getting ahead of myself slightly but I feel its important to mention this now as it was during the comparative phase of things this came up.

Now its also important to keep in mind when reading the following that relative differences are not huge between these cables and in quite a few cases I am describing nuances rather than fundamentals so please keep that foremost in your mind. However in order to put these differences across the words used, and they have been selected very carefully, may make differences seem bigger than they are in reality (4)

Comparisons

I started off with the Revelation speaker cable as it was simpler and less hassle to swap this in and out from the back of my Meridian G56, or so I thought until I came to do it.

Fitting the cables was easy at the speaker end but the WBT NextGen Topline 0610 banana plugs, which have a plastic stub as well as the main signal pin were a pain to use on my Meridian G56 power-amplifier. Not because there was anything wrong with the TrusoundZ cables or the WBT plugs but because of the way the Meridian speaker terminals are shrouded in plastic sleeves which meant that the TrusoundZ cables had to be fitted a particular way so that the plastic stub on the WBT 0610 plugs could slide into a corresponding slot on the plastic shrouding the binding posts. This meant inserting the plugs at an angle which stretched the cable awkwardly and this in turn slowed my pulling cables in and out for comparisons.

Anyway sitting down to listen critically to this set up for the first time (it had had a week to settle down and warm up before this) I listened to a number of tracks of the CDs listed above (with all the Trusoundz cables in situ) and I was aware that there was a degree of veiling to the sound compared to how the previous systems had sounded and how this system normally sounds with the Meridian pre-power combination in use.

Lets be clear here the degree of veiling was small but it was audible and as I was puzzled by this I spent quite a bit of time listening to normal music and reference tracks, but despite the wide program of music I was still aware of this issue. In order to see if there was a synergy issue I installed my Atlas Mavros cabling and low and behold the veiling was gone; the system was more open and detailed once again. Switching back to the Revelation speaker cable returned the veiling and the soundstage shrank slightly and the bass was a tad fuller but less well controlled. This was the total opposite to how things had been with the EAR/Art Audio/Ruark combination a week before.

Lets be clear here the degree of veiling was small but it was audible and as I was puzzled by this I spent quite a bit of time listening to normal music and reference tracks but despite the wide program of music I was aware of this issue. In order to see if there was a synergy issue I installed my Atlas Mavros cabling and low and behold the veiling was gone, The system was more open and detailed once again. Switching back to the Revelation speaker cable returned the veiling and the soundstage had shrunk slightly and the bass was a tad fuller and less well controlled. This was the total opposite to how things had been with the EAR/Art Audio/Ruark system a week before.

It then dawned on me that just possibly I was looking at a system matching issue one similar to the one I had experienced with the Atlas Mavros at the beginning of the StereoKnight review period. In that context the Atlas had sounded a tad bright, thin and forward whereas the Revelation cables had sounded just right.

After step by step replacement of the cabling for Atlas and then back again, it became clear that while the Revelation interconnect cables had a fairly similar tonal balance to the Atlas but were just slightly warmer, fuller and less forward than them. The biggest issue came when replacing the Atlas speaker cable with the Revelation speaker cable. By doing this the overall system performance dropped off by another couple of steps. So Revelation between the CD player, pre and power worked well with Altas Mavros speaker cable, however the reverse was not quite the same as the addition of the Revelation into the system robbed the Atlas Mavros, totally wired or with Revelation speaker cable system, of openness, air and clarity; not to a huge extent but enough to ruin things.

I must admit I was not expecting this to be the case at all (based on my previous experiences with the Revelations) and I was thrown a bit by this, a slap in the face re system matching and synergy. This got me once again wondering how many reviewers/audiophiles  fail to get the complete performance out of a system when sliding a new product into their set up? Quite a lot I suspect and I particularly question the wisdom of group testing. How an earth can that work? In my opinion it can’t and it fails more often than not.

A distributor/manufacturer sends an item in for review and it does poorly or gets a middle of the road result simply because the system being used (reference one or not) fails to gel with it is a big problem as the issue lies with the system used and not the product. In the case of the Meridian system, the all Revelation loom failed to recreate the excellence of the earlier set ups and the Atlas loom suited the Meridian components and not TrusoundZ.

However does that make Atlas Mavros better than Revelation cabling? Well in some ways yes, as after a lot more listening I felt it did indeed posses more clarity and detail but not massively so. However the TrusoundZ cables come fairly close but for a fair bit less money but whether the TrusoundZ cables suit your system or not will still depend on whether or not there is synergy between them and your system. Having done a great deal of comparisons and thinking about this I think I can distil this matching criteria down to the components/system in question needing to sit on the middle neutral line or too the leaner/brighter side of things (but not too far into this) as did the EAR pre – amplifier Art Audio combination and the StereoKnight Silverstone pre. I should also point out that neither the Atlas or TrusoundZ cables had the advantage to any greater or lesser extent with the slightly tonally richer Enigma pre – amplifier and Art Audio power – amplifier based systems.

In the case of my Meridian set up, which sits just into the warmer side of neutral, the Atlas Mavros cabling was the better match overall, than the TrusoundZ. The interesting thing was that within the right system context both cable ranges had a fairly similar tonal balance, though the Mavros is a little bit more forward, in that the soundstage sits in front of the plain of the speakers and the Revelation’s starts from the front of the speakers. Width was about the same as was height and depth, however the Atlas Mavros cables had greater clarity overall and this was not down to the difference in leaner vs richer as in the case of the Revelation cables or the Mavros etching things re the slightly softer Revelation cables; the Altlas cables were just better but not massively so.

Further comparisons.

Having almost put this review to bed I decided, almost at the last minute, to try a different pre-power combination in the form of my Chapter Audio Preface Signature pre-amplifier and Chapter Audio Couplet power-amplifier (6). I gave them a few days to warm up and listened, as I had with the Meridian pairing, to this set up wired with TrusoundZ and Atlas Mavros  fully and then as a CD interconnect, pre to power etc.

Well the system, bar the pre-power being the same, sounded quite different, with either sets of cables installed, to the Meridian based system and in this case using the TrusoundZ cables gave the much better balanced sound than the Atlas cables. Using Atlas the bass was less tight and lacked a degree of nuance and detail that the TrusoundZ had. The bass was also slightly fuller using Atlas Mavros and as such made the system sound a tad slower than with the Revelation cables in the system. The position of the soundstage, relative to the front of the speakers was also very similar with the Atlas Mavros being just a smidge out in front.

The midrange and treble were similar to each other but the TrusoundZ cables just sounded a bit more open, detailed and had greater clarity to the Mavros cabling. Sound stage width, height and depth were again fairly close but the Revelation cables just edged ahead.

I used exactly the same music as earlier and spent a fair bit of time listening with one set in and then another and by the end of this phase of the review I much preferred the Chapter Audio pre-power, Moon Andromeda and Anthony Gallo’s hooked up by the TrusoundZ.

Truthfully I was quite surprised by this turn of events and I am glad I went to the trouble of putting the Chapter Audio electronics into the system, as this allowed me to once again hear a similar level of sound quality to what I had heard earlier on during the beginning stages of this review. I would have to say that overall the Chapter Audio system, with the TrusoundZ cables in place has offered me one of the best sounds I have had in my reference system for awhile, though the lack of a tape out makes using it as a regular set up awkward. I guess from many’s perspective that is a good problem to have.

Conclusions

I will make no bones about it this has been a fairly difficult review to do and it has taken more time than expected (apology goes to Peter for the delay) down to a few issues in my private life and not wanting to rush things, as these cables are very special indeed and deserved a full, normal standard, Adventures in High Fidelity Audio review; which is what they have received.

Well this has been a very educational process for me (in that it has reinforced/reminded me of some of the fundamentals of reviewing again and the potential flaws and pit falls) and I hope for the reader too, as once again the basis of being able to accurately evaluate a product has been shown to be 100% dependent on the right system conditions being present and being able to adapt existing conditions to get the full story.

The one other major reminder to come out of this review, is that there is, really no one cable make that fits all systems and this is as much true of Atlas Mavros (my normal reference cable) as it is of TrusoundZ Revelation cables. If anyone tells you there is, may I kindly suggest you smile politely and either walk away or try it yourself and see if it suits your system and to what degree it does. This has really been the trick with this review process as early success slipped into less success before finally rising further up the synergy/matching scale. However despite this slight roller coaster

However despite this slight roller coaster I am at the end of the day very impressed with these Revelation cables from TrusoundZ and they do offer excellent value for money re their level of performance at a very reasonable price. These cables come close in some respects to my much more expensive Atlas cables, though not quite in all areas but regardless of that within their price range ( and matching a system fully) they are so far the best I have heard to date and as such are very special indeed.

However I would like to point out once again that like all the items I or any other reviewer writes about the results we hear are specific to the equipment context, room and music used and you really must audition these items  in your own system and I think that the best match re the TrusoundZ Revelation interconnect and speaker cable will be systems that are dead neural or sit, just to the leaner side of neutral rather than those that sit to the warmer side of neutral.

They say that ‘parting is ‘ such sweet sorrow’ and indeed I feel that way about the TrusoundZ Revelation cables as when they go back to the manufacturer I will miss them, particularly when the Chapter Audio pre-power are at the heart of my system. In saying that I don’t want to give the impression they are only excellent in that context, as having heard them used by LW Audio at a number of audio shows I can vouch for the fact that those systems which were wired with TrusoundZ Revelation cabling sounded very good indeed.

I recommend these cables with the caveat that a home system audition is mandatory. Luckily in the UK both LW Audio and TrusoundZ will arrange such a home audition/loan.  Well done Peter of TrusoundZ and Iain of LW Audio for offering such a facility (7).

Neil

Part Two or the TrusoundZ  – Revelation cables review coming very soon: The mains cables and distribution block.

Specifications:

Bespoke high end 4mm & 6mm linear crystal speaker cables, professionally hand made in England

All TrusoundZ ‘Revelation’ cables are guaranteed for a period of 5 years

All TrusoundZ ‘Revelation’ cables are supplied with their own unique and fully traceable serial number permanently attached to the cable jacket

All TrusoundZ ‘Revelation’ passive speaker cables are colour coded with directional arrows showing the correct orientation laminated onto the cable jacket thus guaranteeing optimum performance in your system.

SurebuyZ / TrusoundZ
15 Blackshaw Road,
GLOSSOP,
Derbyshire,
SK13 7SN,
United Kingdom.

Website http://www.trusoundz.com/indx.html

Contacting Trusoundz

Either directly

from within the United Kingdom ~ 01457 869889
from outside the United Kingdom ~ +44 1457 869889 (substitute the + symbol for your countries exit code)

You may contact us by facsimile using the following landline number (charged at standard rates):

from within the United Kingdom ~ 01457 866764
from outside the United Kingdom ~ +44 1457 866764 (substitute the + symbol for your countries exit code)

or via the UK distributor Lw Audio http://www.lwaudio.co.uk/

(1) Peter and I have talked re this and he went to great lengths to point out that while he uses the exact same type of copper for the single ended RCA to RCA cable and speaker cable he is at the current time unable to offer same for the balanced XLR to XLR cables; though the cables all come from the same manufacturing source. However despite that I actually think that the cables still sit well together and this would appear to be a case when slightly different cable types have more than just a degree of synergy together.

(2) I don’t normally make a habit of mentioning items in for review before they are reviewed but in the case of the recent StereoKnight reviews the TrusoundZ cables suited the make up of the system at that time better than the Atlas cables that are my normal reference cables.

(3) Coming very soon

(4) I have to say that this review has panned out as being less straightforward than I had hoped and indeed the review you are reading now is one among may drafts as I struggled to write a full but balanced review out lining my whole experiences rather than a snap shot that might be misunderstood.

(5) Due to the way I have my system set up I normally use 6 or 7 M runs of cable to reach my speakers, with both runs being the same length. The very minimum I can get away with is 5Ms so I requested that length from Peter when arranges in the review. I do this as I have heard the presence of a system between the speakers adversely affect the way the system soundstages and images. To avoid this my equipment racks sit across from the speakers in the left side of a bay window.

(6) The Chapter Audio Preface Signature and Couplet power-amplifier are no longer available but retailed for nearly £10000 for the pair a few years ago and represent a degree of base line neutrality, that few of my other components have as they either sit to the warmer side or just to the leaner brighter side of neutral. However the Chapter Audio components sit bang smack on the line, neither being warm not bright. They are extremely transparent and will reveal the character of recordings and partnering equipment ruthlessly, without mercy and as such are an excellent reviewing tool. So why you might ask do I not use them as a reference? Well in the main because I feel too many reviewers use equipment that few real world audiophiles can afford and also there is no fixed level tape out facility and as I still use reel to reel and cassette tapes and the Meridian pre has two tape ins and outs I use the Meridian pairing.

However to give an even broader review base I brought them out of storage and fired them up.

(7) This is for a pre-arranged period and the loan/demo is done either by postage to the customers home or a booked home demo if the customer resides close enough to Iain. Terms and conditions can be found out by talking with LW Audio. http://www.lwaudio.co.uk/

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