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Written by Andre Marc   
Monday, 10 June 2013
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Darwin Ascension Silver Interconnect Review 
Listening
Conclusion

Conclusion

The folks at Darwin Cable Company have turned the price-to-performance ratio on its head with their new cable, the Darwin Ascension. Within the context of my system, I have not heard a “better” cable.  I can honestly say I wanted for nothing sonically. The cable's balance was spot on, and never had me fidgeting or feeling something was not right. When audiophiles talk about a cable “getting out of the way” of the music, this is what they mean.

It is an undeniable fact that high performance audio cable pricing has become comical in recent years. This, in my estimation, has allowed small artisan cable makers to flourish and offer frustrated audiophiles a way to enjoy a carefully crafted product without having to rob a bank.  Darwin is one such cable maker who, as detailed above, set out to make a cable that sonically competed with the very best, regardless of price point. Making a compromised cable was not the game plan; I believe they have achieved their goal.

Darwin Cable Company Ascension Interconnect

With many complaining about price-to-performance correlation in the audiophile cable market, here is a nice alternative. Count me as a believer in the Darwin philosophy -- start with solid engineering theory, trial and error, and ultimately listening to finalize your product. Hats off to the Darwin Cable Company for offering relief from audiophile cable pricing sticker shock. Highly recommended.


Specifications


Darwin Ascension silver interconnect: $595
(June, 2013 introductory special $495)
www.darwincables.com

Darwin Cable Company offers personalized sales via phone consultation. They also make a suite of audio cables for most applications, including speaker, digital coax, and phono cables.


Review System 1


CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
Server: Squeezebox Touch w/ CIA VDC-SB power supply
via Ethernet to MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate
external drives.
DAC: Bryston BDA-1
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Audio Research SP16, Music First Audio Classic Pre V2
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Bob Carver Black Magic
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4, Bogdan Audio Creations Art Deco
Cables:  Stager Silver Solids,  Darwin Ascension (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs TosLink, DH Labs AES/EBU, Audioquest, Forest, WireWorld Ultraviolet, DH Labs USB(USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner,Salamander rack

Review System 2


CD Player: Onkyo C7000R
Music Server: Squeezebox Touch via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity V-DAC II, MyTek Stereo 192 DAC
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh  MA6600, Electrocompaniet ECI3
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3, M.A.D. 1920S
Cables: Darwin Cables Silver IC, Kimber Hero HB,  DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Transparent MusicWave (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Mojo Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold, KECES XPS






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