It all started a couple of weeks ago when my chum,
Dave, lent me some of the well reviewed Tellurium Q Black speaker
cable, and said "I'm going away to work for a month, try
it in your system." My main source is a Linn
Sondek; my power amplifier is a Linn Akurate 2200,
and my speakers are Linn Ninkas.
Firstly I learned to live with, and burned in the Tellurium Q Black, the £47 per metre cable from this popular stable.
It settled down quickly. I e mailed the company and found that, no, the cable was not directional, but it is best to keep it connected up the way it is burned in. It produced a much more civilised sound than I was used to with my Linn cable. Less slam, less deep bass, perhaps less tune in the bass, but mid ranges were very sweet, and treble much more tame and refined than the Linn cable. For low volume listening it is one of the best cables I have heard - it brings out detail and warmth at the same time. You are not tempted to turn things up, just to hear that little bit more of what is going on. A civilised cable. Great for taming a wild system perhaps. A bit like the once favoured single-strand speaker cable on steroids.
I took it down to my friends at the Sound Organisation, York, my favourite specialist hifi shop.
We compared the Tellurium with their latest passion, the Mogami W2972 cable, at £15 per metre. We listened to vocal and self accompanying guitar mainly. The Tellurium acquitted itself well in a high end system. Plenty of detail, without becoming in the least bit brash. It was possible to notice little textures and nuances of sound which were not present on the Mogami.
I am not a great fan of the Linn-lovers' Tune-dem method of defining hifi sound. I do not really understand it. I prefer to shut my eyes and see how hard it is to imagine that I am there at the live performance. In my now long experience of doing this test, it is surprising how many "good" hifi systems sound too bright and bass soggy compared with reality. But that is another rant. Whether one uses terms like timing and spead, or the dreaded PRAT, they perhaps would have been resurrected when the Mogami cable was hooked up. It was just more tuneful. Feet tapped; faces smiled; heads nodded.
Which is how I came to then borrow the Mogami for a long weekend. And how, dear reader, I bought some. Now well on its way to being settled in.
While the Tellurium is ribbon-like in its form, the Mogami at first glace looks more like black rubber domestic shower cable. In fact that cable has four wires inside, each one containing a number of twisted cores of fine oxygen free copper strands. This makes every stripped cable look a bit like a miniature wire rope. No doubt plenty of surface molecules are within the cable for high frequencies to skip easily along. Or whatever high frequencies do in this age of Quantum Mechanics. Insulation is PVC. From what I can discover the cable is imported by HHB and is a good quality professional studio cable, well respected in its various guises in the trade.
Again, from what little I can discover about the cable, it is not commonly
used for hifi or stocked in the United
Kingdom; do let me know if I am wrong. The
only hifi stockist I can find are my friends at
The Sound Organisation, York.
To use the cable in single wire passive mode (just two wires into each speaker) it is of course necessary to pair cables together. The cable is easy to strip and fit plugs on, even with two wires going into each plug.
More details about the wire can be found on the Mogami site. (see) With respect to the bunch of four wires that make up the cable, looking cross-sectionally, it will be noticed that depending upon which wires are chosen for pairing different inductance and capacitance values (per metre) may be expected. This suggests that cable may perform differently depending upon how it is made up. Similarly, it will not be hard to test out its capabilities as a bi-wire feed.
But for the moment at least it is great as it is.
Linn is a trademark of Linn Products Ltd Glasgow Road Waterfoot Eaglesham Glasgow G76 0EQ More details of the Dynamik can be found on Linn’s website at http://www.linn.co.uk/
More information about The Sound Organisation York can be found at http://www.soundorg.co.uk/
© Don Lodge March 2012