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 ~ Audiophile Christmas Special
The review is from Stereo I Kolorowo in Poland. The report is translated from Polish to English by using the Google translator.
Mr Paul Goodwin, the constructor and owner of Perkune Audiophile Cables, sent me his latest cables. A pair of Ultimate XLR with a length of one and a half meters. And, as Paul writes: “The Ultimate XLR GOLD offers an unmatched music reception level for an advanced audiophile. Improved sound stage, clarity, instrument position and sense of realism.
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! Audiophile Christmas Special.
In the beginning, 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, after inserting the new Perkune Ultimate into the hi-fi system and listening to them, the above arguments become even more challenging to justify, and the possible answers are even more convoluted. 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!
listening room Audiophile Christmas Special
- Amplifiers: Hegel H160, SPEC RSA-G3EX, Feliks Arioso 300B, Cayin CS-120A, Haiku-Audio Bright MK4 and Pathos Classic One MKIII.
- Columns: Living Voice Auditorium R3, AudioSolutions Figaro S, Legend Audio System, Pearl 27 Audio Pylon, Martin Logan Motion 35XT and Guru Audio Junior.
- CD player: Musical Fidelity, A1 CD-PRO.
- Network player: Auralic, Aries Mini.
- DAC: Pioneer U-05 (test TU), NuPrime DAC-10H and Encore MDSD and Dell Latitude E6440.
- Turntable: Nottingham Analogue Horizon.
- Cartridges: Ortofon 2M Black, Goldring 2500 and Goldring Ethos
- Phono preamplifiers: Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL and 1ARC Arrow SE.
- Tuners: Rotel RT-1080, Sansui TU-5900 and Tivoli Model. Cassette players:
- Nakamichi Cassette Deck and Tandberg TCD 320.
- Mini system: Pioneer P1-K. Audiophile Christmas Special
- Headphones: Fostex TH-610, Meze 99 Neo, MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed, MEE Audio Matrix 2, Audictus Achiever and Final Audio Design.
- Network conditioners: Xindak PC-200V, Taga Harmony PF-2000.
- Accessories: Rogoz-Audio 3SG40 anti-vibration mount, Rogoz-Audio 4QB80 speaker bases, Solid Tech loudspeaker bases, Rogoz-Audio BW40 anti-vibration feet.
- Also: Solid-Tech Radius Duo 3 audio cabinet, mat gramophone Harmonix TU-800EXi and pressure disc for Clearaudio Clever Clamp. Mass conditioner for QAR Dynamit loudspeakers RCA Sevenrods plugs/speak.
Original review in Polish
Author: Ludwin Hegel – the underground (Poland)
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