|Darwin Ascension Silver Interconnect Review|
|Home Theater Accessories AV Cables|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 10 June 2013|
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Darwin Cables very much impressed me with their Silver Interconnect, which I evaluated not too long ago. At its $295 asking price, the Darwin Silver is amazingly coherent and musically complete. In fact, it's still in my system, performing admirably. But my personal Darwin story does not end there. Tony Bender, co conspirator at Darwin Cables, sent me a note, indicating they had developed a cable a notch up from the Silver, called the Ascension, and wanted to know if I'd like to hear it and do a formal review. I said yes (of course).
To “ascend” means to go climb, or go upward. It seems the folks at Darwin felt they had a legitimate breakthrough in performance via careful tweaking of materials and build. The Ascension's appearance differs from the standard Darwin IC in that it features clear tubing, one for each silver conductor. The cables sell for $595 direct from the Darwin Cables web site, but as of the time of this publication, are on a $495 introductory special.
According to Mr. Bender, here are some particulars about the Ascension's design and development:
Lastly, and most unusually, the Darwin team sent out Ascension prototypes to a group of trusted audiophiles for feedback before finalizing the design. I personally had have not heard of this unique strategy -- a form of crowd sourcing in high-end audio? An interesting concept that may have its day!