POSITIVE FEEDBACK GIVES POSITIVE REVIEW

usbReviewer Dave Clark of Positive Feedback said:

The ANTICABLES (USB Cord) is open and dynamic, clean and articulate. The music comes through with a wonderful sense of flow. It does tend to be a bit more robust and perhaps darker through the midrange than others here in house, though I feel that might be related more to the bass presentation being big and ballsy (or perhaps the use of gold).”

“You get all the little things—air and ambiance—and lots of the bigger things, like atmosphere and space. Lots of separation and “thereness”. The high end is all there though perhaps the overall presentation is a wee bit more forward in relation to the speakers when compared to other USB cables here in house… though I guess one could argue that perhaps those are a wee bit laid-back? Even so, the ANTICABLES USB was never fatiguing or over the top. Stellar soundstage too.”

“The ANTICABLES USB is highly recommended. Sweet indeed… I found myself listening more to the music than what the cable was doing to the music. Which is what it is all about anyways.”

You can read the entire review here: Positive Feedback / Issue 89

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ANTICABLES named Product of the Year by Audiophilia!

audiophilia-product-year-smallWe are proud to announce that Audiophilia.com named our new Level 5 Signature Speaker wires as Product of the Year!

The Audiophilia writers listed their choices, including many as “runner up”, “special mention” and “honorable mention”, but if you scroll to the bottom of their Product of the Year lineup, you will see that Martin Appel chose our Level 5 Signature Speaker wires as the Product of the Year.

level-5-signature-awardsThe Level 5 Signature Speaker Wires were originally reviewed by Mr. Appel last September. You can read the entire review HERE, or if you want a quick read of the highlights, here are some snippets from that review:

 

“Along with killer imaging it was apparent that detail, resolution and transparency were off the charts and placed these 5 Signatures in rarified air. Instruments were so well defined — at times it was startling. It was as if each instrument had its own envelope of air surrounding it.”
-Martin Appel, Audiophilia

“I must report, to these ears, the 5 Signatures got the musical timbres of instruments as correctly as I’ve ever heard. I think the combination of characteristics also contribute the fact that the leading edge of notes or transient attack is accomplished without sounding edgy or hard and still produces a full, three dimensional image that is smooth and texturally complete. This is so difficult to achieve that one usually suffers at the expense of the other.”
-Martin Appel, Audiophilia

ANTICABLES would like to thank both Mr. Appel and Editor Anthony Kershaw for their efforts and the recognition we have received from their fine publication.

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Paul Speltz
Founder & President, ANTICABLES

 

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Announcing NEW Level 2.1 & Level 3.1 Speaker Wires and Jumpers

ANTICABLES would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year, and with the new year comes a new version our longest loved product line:

Level 2 and Level 3 Speaker Wires and Jumpers have been improved and are now called Level 2.1 and Level 3.1 Speaker Wires and Jumpers.

To help you celebrate the new year, through the month of January you can buy the new speaker wire and jumpers before the price increases on February 1.

Here is how the improvement came about.

Material Scientist Dr. Douglas StaufferAfter observing some batch-to-batch sonic inconsistencies with our #12 gauge wire, and accumulating reels of wire I was not willing to use in product, I launched a research project to find the assignable cause of the inconsistency.  Material Scientist Dr. Douglas Stauffer and I worked together for 6 months and successfully determined the variable causing the batch-to-batch sonic inconsistencies.  Dr. Stauffer called the variable “Dislocation Density”.

In material science, “dislocation” is a crystallographic defect, or irregularity, within a crystal structure. So “dislocation density” is simply the measure of the number of dislocations in a unit volume of the crystalline material.  Now knowing the variable, I could not-only control the variable, but it enabled us to push that variable as far as possible in the direction needed for even better sound. The goal in our case was to reduce the dislocation density as much as possible.

Dr. Stauffer helped me work with the US facility that draws our high purity oxygen-free copper wire to our specifications, to change the wire drawing process to achieve the lowest dislocation density possible. The new process was achieved and the sonic outcome was well beyond what was expected. This new #12 gauge Reduced Dislocation Density (RDD) wire is so good sounding that a new pair of Level 2.1 Speaker Wires sounds better than a fully run-in pair of the previous Level 3 Speaker Wires. Yes, Level 2.1 actually leapfrogged the more expensive Level 3 in these ways: a sense of increased volume, midrange sounds more real, less grain noise, the highs are much smoother (like driving on a newly blacktopped road), more bass and better bass articulation, more exciting and involving.

Even though the new RDD™ wire will cause an upcoming price increase, since the new better sounding Level 2.1 will still cost significantly less that the old Level 3 Speaker Wires, this is yet another example of how ANTICABLES continually strives to offer better sounding products at lower prices. 

With two of the new RDD wires (Level 2.1) out performing four of the old wires (Level 3), the next question is what would four of the new RDD wires bring to the table? Doubling-up the new wire still proved quite beneficial, and will be available as Level 3.1, which when compared to the new Level 2.1 provides: an even greater sense of increased volume, livelier, more harmonic structure through the midrange, an increased clarity of downward dynamics (hear deeper into the recording), instruments sounding more presence in space, and additional bass weight, body and definition.

If you recently purchased a pair of our speaker wires, I have extraordinary news for you. The above research project ran from January to July of last year and we have been making and shipping all speaker wires orders since Aug 1st with the new Reduced Dislocation Density (RDD) wire.  So, if you placed your order as far back as Aug 1st, you already got the sweetheart deal of getting the new RDD wire at the old price.

If you are unsure if you bought your speaker wires before or after Aug 1st, just look at the wires as they come up to the speakers. If there is a piece of red shrink tubing where the wires do a “Y” split, then you have the new RDD wire, and your Level 2 is actually Level 2.1, or your Level 3 is actually Level 3.1.  Enjoy!

If you are considering a new set of speaker wires and/or jumpers, order at anticables.com now through January 31 before the price increases.

Level 2.1 Jumpers 
Current Price: $30/four  // New Price (Feb 1): $35/four

Level 3.1 Jumpers 

Current Price: $90/four  //  New Price (Feb 1): $95/four

Level 2.1 Speaker Wires

Current Price: $6/ft per speaker  // New Price (Feb 1): $8/ft per speaker

Level 3.1 Speaker Wires 

Current Price: $12/ft per speaker  //  New Price (Feb 1): $15/ft per speaker

I would like to publicly thank Dr. Stauffer for his invaluable assistance, Chuck Bottemiller for his help with sonic testing and comparing, and the US wire drawing facility that accommodating our process change.

Paul Speltz
Founder & President, ANTICABLES

Many thanks from ANTICABLES

ANTICABLES would like to give immense thanks to our customers, for their continued loyalty.

Judy and I would also like to give an extended thanks to our ANTICABLES team who deliver outstanding service and quality products:

  • Thaine, who hand builds all of our analog and digital interconnects.
  • Mike hand-assembles all our power cords, and who recently has also taken on many of our office coordinator tasks.
  • Scott, helps with shipping and building power cords.
  • Ryan, our newest employee (since August) hand assembles all of our jumpers and speaker wires.
  • Thomas, steps in to help with special projects including working at and preparing for trade shows.
  • Lauren & Dan, who help with marketing, including these monthly newsletters.
  • Chuck & Doug , who help with new product development and continued quality control.
  • Dave at Cryo-Parts who cryo treats all our terminations and top-level products.

 


Paul Speltz, Founder & President; ANTICABLES
Judy, Thomas, Mike, Thaine, Ryan, Scott, Chuck, Doug, Dave, Dan & Lauren

Report: New York Audio Show

Image Credit: Audiophilia

Image Credit: Audiophilia

Images courtsey of Karl Sigman of Audiophilia.com

I was humbled when invited to join with Alta Audio and Krell Audio to share a demo room a the New York Audio Show earlier this month.

Micheal Levy of Alta Audio debuted his new $27,000/pr Hestia Titanium loudspeakers. Michael is a highly skilled speaker designer – I have to say, the Alta Audio Hestia Titanium speakers are some of the best sounding speakers I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. They continually sounded more like real instruments and less like speakers, than any other speakers I have ever heard.

It was a treat to team up with Krell Audio as well. Krell is now back in the hands of co-founder Rondi D’Agostino, who I am sure will direct the company with a “love of music” perspective. Also from Krell was Dave Goodman, who is their chief designer and has been with the company for decades.

Reviewer Karl Sigman of Audiophilia.com declared our room as his “favorite sounding room” of the entire NY Audio Show. Karl stated, “the sound-stage was huge and focused (nothing amorphous) with pinpoint accuracy of imaging, voices had the singer way up high smack in the center and there was amazing bass and detailed tonal accuracy”.  You can read Karl’s entire show report here.

Adding up the total equipment cost in our demo room well exceeded six figures, which is a first for ANTICABLES at an audio show.  We are proud that our products are recognized to be good enough to be a part of such an elite team.
The room consisted of:

Listening to other rooms at the show, I cold tell our full loom of ANTICABLES wires had a significant contribution to the success of our great sound.

I look forward to teaming up with both Krell and Alta Audio at future audio shows!

Paul Speltz (President & Founder, ANTICABLES)