Audiophile Intro Surprise cable review
First impressions Audiophile Intro Surprise cable review
And this has happened to me? I am in Hi-Fi for more than 45 years! And now, this ‘simple’ cable made all my seven Hi-Fi systems sound better than ever before! Unbeleiveable!
I was enthusiastic about the new sound, however as an electronic engineer I had no valid explanation about why this cable influences the sound so very persuasively. I performed some basic computer based electroacoustical measurements, and various listening tests. Here is a short summary report:
The Amplifiers: Naim NAP 110 solid state, and Cayin Spark 530 tube)
The Loudspeakers: Tannoy 3LS, Klipsch Cornwall, Spendor BC3, Spendor BC1, Rogers Ls3/5a, Linn Sara, Cabasse Dinghy 221, Cabasse Escadre, Klein&Hummel TX-2.
The “Surprise” cable: 10/10 (my new reference): rich, detailed, wide, lifelike, clear, clean, present, outstanding, fine, exciting, punch, quick, sharp, soft, natural.
Van den Hul cable: 6/10 neutral, good, nice, fine, rich, full, O.K., correct.
Conrad (no-name) cable: 3/10 O.K., good, plain, average, not bad, slow, mellow, normal, boring, nothing special.
The differences are very clear. More sound stage, music seems to flow out of the loudspeakers so easily. When I listened to the “Jazz at the Pawnshop” (Klipsch Cornwall, Tannoys), closed my eyes, and turned back from the loudspeakers, I questioned myself: »Am I in the club, or is it a club in my room?”. Amazing!
The “Surprise cable” gave the best results. Score 10/10 sets this cable as my new cable reference. All loudspeakers sound significantly better with the “Surprise cable”. This cable is a passive element, no doubt about that … however comparing to some other cables it seems to work like an “active device”, like some kind of a “voice stimulator” … it acts like a “morning coffee” … After 150 hours the sound is just a pure bliss – vocals are so rich, details are amazing, and I hear details that I never heard before!
At the moment I STILL HAVE NO VALID OBJECTIVE EXPLANATION about why this cable sounds so good. However, I believe that the answers should be hidden, and researched within the following cable properties: MECHANICAL (material-purity, structure, silver-copper combination), ELECTRICAL (phase-coherent signal propagation, conductance, low distortion), and MAGNETIC (magnetic material polarisation).
The “Surprise” cable immediately proved it was not a “Mickey Mouse” cable but was a real Hi-end, Very serious and very affordable cable