Audiophile Elite interconnect review

Audiophile elite interconnectAudiophile elite interconnectAbout three months ago, I received from Lithuania a set of Perkune Audiophile Cables from the ‘Elite’ series. The items were Loudspeaker cables, RCA analogue interconnect cables and speaker Jumper cables. The Speaker cables were reviewed at the end of October and to read this review please click here.

This is now the second part of the testing – The Audiophile elite interconnect review

I would like to add from myself that I really like Paul’s cables, although they are not perhaps the most fancy and the most beautiful in the world, and vice versa they look like those from the ceiling between vintage. But praise them for great musicality, great plasticity of sound and first-class transparency.

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I must admit that Paul has a good ear for cables. General impressions and construction Well. Perkune cables look like they look. The cables are protected by a dark green, rubbery heat-shrinkable jacket. This shrink coating is to play an additional role of “air cushioning”.  Inside there are two microphone cables, I do not know which ones, but this time it is not an Italian Tasker.  Audiophile elite interconnect

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Before sending to the client, every cable demagnetises, basks and subject it to many other physical processes that cause full optimisation of the sound. As with loudspeakers, Paul recommends that after removing the interconnects (and jumpers) from the box do not touch with your bare hands (fingers) neither plugs nor connectors – it is best to use cotton gloves.  Audiophile elite interconnect

That’s why the wires have all plugs packed in plastic bags. It is only during the process of connecting/installing the cables that the bags should be carefully removed. Mr. Goodwin writes about his interconnects: “This is a neutral cable, which means you can hear everything from the source and ultimately allow your equipment to reach its full performance potential!” The end of the quote. Time for sound experience.

Sound impressions

Test systemSince I had more than three months of the Elite cables, I managed to test them with a lot of equipment. From cheap, to extremely expensive, ie from an inexpensive, eg DAC S.M.S.L. M7 PLN 1,100), through the average NuPrime DAC-9 and further – higher Hegel H160 and Yaqin MS-650B, up to the high-end SACD / DAC transport DSD Esoteric P-05X / Esoteric D-05X (90,000 PLN).  Audiophile elite interconnect

And what? – you can ask. Well, Perkune Audiophiles Elite Interconnects in all the ceilings worked well and adapted to everyone. No loss of sound substance or resolution, no thickening of bass, excessive lighting of the sopranos and thinning of the diameter, and finally without slowing down and without loss of voicing. The sound in each case was fully saturated, substantial, vivid and first-class resolution. Followed in the direction of naturalness, but with the simultaneous maximum staining of the sound and its three-dimensional reception.

I was particularly surprised that the Elite interconnects effortlessly and completely neutrally (which does not mean that they were colorless!) Cooperated with the demanding Esoteric set. Meanwhile, it turned out that the Elite cables provided him not only with a wide and deep dimension of the stage and exemplary resolution, but also with superpowerability and directness of the sound. Perkune discover in music only unpretentious goodness and tangible corporeality.

Audiophile elite interconnect

They give full sensuality. With a large price disparity of Elite cables and the Esoteric source, this is indeed an unusual phenomenon. (It is also astonishing that the cables sound so well, and their cross-section is small, just 2 x 0.25 mm, but Paul also uses the screen as a guide). Cables cost less than PLN 1,500 (converted from Euro to PLN), are constructed by one man alone, namely Paul Goodwin. It is neither serial nor factory production, but manufactory.

Probably more than one person will ask themselves if this type of product really has a chance to play well in its system. Yes, as I wrote earlier – of course, yes. As far as I know, Paul has done a lot of sonic experiments with different guides, various configurations and layouts. Different processes, etc. He chose the optimal ones, most often after tedious consultations with users of very expensive high-end systems. The reader will probably ask now: OK, but can the cable for PLN 1,500 be equal to the most expensive interconnects of the world ?!  Audiophile elite interconnect

Conclusion

The Perkune audiophile elite interconnect does not have to be equal to them because  the cable has a very natural, transparent character of playing – not sharpened, but also “not silenced”. It’s an open, clear, clean and transparent sound. Analytical, detailed and retail. The high-end cable should have the same characteristics, and Perkune obtains such a sound using a studio cable as a guide. This can be considered as a mystification or something impossible, but I urge everyone to their own listening sessions, because in my opinion cables with the Perkune Audiophile Cables logo ensure, without a doubt, a very mature and advanced strictly high-fidelity sound which I can recommend. If the buyer is dissatisfied with the sound effects the cable causes (or does not cause) he can return and get a full refund.

Supplement –

The Elite Jumper cables

Audiophile 'Elite' interconnect review

As a supplement to the above text, I will also mention the ‘Elite’ jumper. They are made of identical conductors as interconnects. For testing, I received four sections of 30 cm ended with forks and bananas (on the other hand). I used them mainly in the Klipsch Forte III Special Edition and Living Voice Auditorium R3.

Jumper cables

The sound effect is the same as in the case of interconnects: sound opening, greater transparency, detailing, and widening of space. They are not big changes, but subtle ones, however important and clear. It is much more advantageous to use jumpers than ordinary ‘Bridging’ plates connecting speaker terminals. The Interconnects of the Elite series with a length of 1.5 m have a price of 345 EUR (including delivery) and I can certainly recommend them.

Test system ~

Audiophile 'Elite' interconnect review

Hegel H160 (TU test), Yaqin MS-650B (TU test), Hegel Röst (TU test), Pathos Classic One MKIII (TU test) and Cayin A-55 TP test (TU test). Columns: Living Voice Auditorium R3 (TU test), Klipsch Forte III Special Edition (TU test), Definitive Technology BP9060 (test HERE), Klipsch Heresy III Anniversary, Studio 16 Hertz Canto Grand (TU test) and Guru Audio Junior (TU test) ). CD player: Musical Fidelity A1 CD-PRO, as well as Esoteric P-05X / Esoteric D-05X. Network players: Pioneer N-70AE (TU test) and Auralic Aries Mini (TU test). DAC: Pioneer U-05 (test TU), S.M.S.L. M7 (TU test), iFi nano iOne (TU test), NuPrime DAC-9 and Encore mDSD. Computers: MacBook Apple Pro and Dell Latitude E6440. Gramophone: Nottingham Analogue Horizon (TU test). Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Black (TU test). Phono preamplifiers: Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL (TU test) and 1ARC Arrow SE (TU test). Tuners: Rotel RT-1080, Sansui TU-5900, Tivoli Model One (test TU) and Luxman 5T10. Cassette recorder: Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 (TU test). Minisystem: Pioneer P1-K (test TU). Headphones: Fostex TH-610 (TU test), Meze 99 Neo (TU test), MEE Audio Matrix 2 (TU test) and Final Audio Design Pandora Hope VI (TU test). Headphone amplifiers: Pioneer U-05 (TU test), Divaldi AMP-02 (TU test) and S.M.S.L. M7 (TU test). Power conditioner: Xindak PC-200V (TU test). Accessories: Rogoz-Audio 3SG40 anti-vibration mount (TU test), Rogoz-Audio 4QB80 speaker bases (TU test), Solid Tech loudspeaker bases, Rogoz-Audio BW40 anti-vibration feet, Solid-Tech Radius Duo 3 audio cabinet (TU test), mat gramophone Harmonix TU-800EXi (TU test) and pressure disc for Clearaudio Clever Clamp (test TU). RCA Sevenrods plugs. Sevenrods Speaker Jumper.

Technical specification 

OFC Red copper, – insulation: PE, – external coating: plastic shrink film, – screen: spirally twisted red OFC copper, – cable diameter: 6 mm, – size of the guide: 2 x 0.25 mm2, 23 AWG, – number of conductors: 8 veins 0.2 mm, – resistance: 0.075 Ohm / meter, – capacity: 55 pF / meter.

Author of this review – Ludwig Hegel – Stereo i Kolorowo – Underground (Poland)

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