|Trends Audio SA-10 Monitors & CQ500 Speaker Cable Review|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Bookshelf/Monitor Loudspeakers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Thursday, 23 February 2012|
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Trends Audio, located in Hong Kong, is one of my favorite purveyors of budget minded, nice sounding, mini components. Recently a real market has grown for smaller components that don’t compromise on sonics and are affordable to all. I had a blast with their PA-10 Tube Headphone and Pre Amplifier and Mini Component Combo. Their product line has been growing, and they now offer speakers, cables, and accessories.
Trends decided to include their new CQ500 speaker cable as well. The cable is extremely impressive in build quality, and the gold-plated copper banana connectors are absolutely top flight. The conductors, according to Trends, are comprised of “Single Crystallized Copper (OCC), which has been considered one of the state-of-art conductor materials in the world. OCC is actually a special type of high purity Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) in which the whole copper rope is composited by a single copper crystal. There is no "Crystal Boundary" ("Crystal Boundary" reflects and refracts the signal to produce distortion & signal decline) exists between crystals.” There is also a silver-plated copper-braiding shield, and the cable is housed in a rugged and attractive black jacket. The overall appearance of the cable rivals anything I have had in my system. The price? $110 per 2.5 meter pair. I had to check it twice. Spade lugs are also available for an additional $10.