Also – I have decided to add a review. The testing started at the end of October and finished a few days ago. And, timing is perfect and makes a great read! The review is from Stereo I Kolorowo in Poland. The report is translated from Polish to English by using the Google translator.
The cables were delivered in a regular carton by Lithuanian Post. When buying a Perkune cord, the shipment already included in the price. Usually, the package takes about 3-4 days from the date of dispatch. The cables wrapped in a plastic bag, and the plugs additionally secured with small plastic bags. Simple but effective!
The cables look good and covered with a black mesh. The XLR connections have tightened black rubber flanges at the connection point with the wires. The cables used are silver-plated copper OFC 99.99%. Three-level AirGap insulation was used (range from connector connectors to connectors of the second plug). This technique used to minimise static and external disturbances. Thanks to this, the cable can reveal the smallest details and information from music. You can read more about ‘AirGap’ insulation technology.
Connections Audiophile Christmas Special
The plugs are made in Japan and have a larger size for cable handling. The new cable now has three levels of insulation (AirGap) and runs to the top of the XLR connection. And, called ‘tip to tip’ contact. During testing, this connection gave better performance resulting in a high quality sounding cable. You can buy, for example, excellent interconnects for just over a dozen zlotys (I am thinking here mainly of professional cables such as Klotz, Van Damme, Sommer Cable, etc.). Still, there are also such expensive (Siltech Royal Signature Emperor Double Crown – 190,000 PLN, Nordost Odin Supreme – PLN 109 500, or Kimber Cables KS 6068 – PLN 98,500).
Are the most expensive really 1,000 times better than the cheapest ones? Do they sound so much better? And finally – does the price of these tops reflect their quality? There is no simple answer here. And I used to follow common sense on my way, and I choose cables with optimal quality/price correlation. I also think that Perkune Audiophile Cables also contain such safe limits, although you can always say they could cost less. Expenses of approximately PLN 3,400 for the cables are not enough. I connected the Ultimate XLR interconnects 1.5 m between two DACs (and headphone amplifiers): Pioneer U-05 and NuPrime DAC-10H and a SPEC RSA-G3EX integrated amplifier. Then I connected them to the Hegel H160 amplifier and finally to the Pathos Classic One MKIII amplifier. I also used them for the Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL phono preamplifier. The exact list of accompanying equipment listed at the end of this text.
Well, the difference in sound immediately becomes noticeable and distinct. Perkune ensures high crystallinity and transparency of the message. Excellent dispersion and diversity of the sound. And, most importantly, incredible shape and proportionality of music. The effect of “wiping with a dust cloth on a dusty surface” is immediate and indisputable.
The tones become more transparent, sharper and more resonant. Space “puffs up” and expands, while the individual instruments arranged on it gain in consistency, mass and precision—both localisation and sound. Also, the background gets more black, and on such details suspended in the air have a chance to be better visible, and in principle – better audible. And they are! I do not know what magical miracles Mr Goodwin uses, but the new Ultimate XLR is a remarkably harmonious and transparent cable. It gives full and deep insight into music, and at the same time brings a very advanced message.al
Conclusion Audiophile Christmas Special
I would like to use only nouns to determine the sound of the title interconnects correctly. And it would be the following nouns: colour, intensity, brightness, clarity and clarity. Sharpness, plasticity, penetration, juiciness, freshness, expressiveness and vivacity. And even more massive, precise and tangible. Perkune audiophile cables are one of the best tonally balanced interconnects. Because they do not brighten or sharpen. And it’s better to write – illuminate and specify.
The above-mentioned immanent features of interconnects heard when connecting them to headphone amplifiers. And, used to listen to headphones (and preferably those with symmetrical cables). The increase in sound quality is of the highest and most complete. I especially recommend Perkune Audiophile Cables Ultimate XLR 1.5m to the headphone track from the DAC. To others (i.e. those with loudspeakers). These are some of the best XLR interconnects at any price, which I had on test.
The Price of cables 797 Euro, (about 3 400 PLN) Recommended!
Original review in Polish
Author: Ludwin Hegel – the underground (Poland)
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