|Densen B-110 Integrated Amplifier & Darwin Cables Silver Interconnect Review|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Tuesday, 26 November 2013|
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Darwin Cables Silver Interconnects
High end, “audiophile” grade cables are maybe the most controversial aspect of a high performance home audio playback system. Some companies ask as much as Porsche Boxster for an eight foot length of speaker cable. One very prominent, well-known cable designer with decades of experience told me he just could not understand this kind of arbitrary pricing for what is essentially a few ounces of copper, silver, and plastic. All that being said, cabling is a necessary evil. Although cables are often categorized as accessories, I feel they are actually components in and of themselves.
Cables for an audio system are not optional, but there are so many cables on the market, representing every price point and design principle, it can be daunting. I subscribe to the theory that the best cable is no cable, but since, as noted, this is not possible, the best we can hope for is that cables do the least amount of harm as possible. This means a careful recipe of conductor, dielectric, connector, and all the various other elements must be assembled, tested, and finalized.
I noted above that cable pricing can be arbitrary and downright absurd. However, some very positive things have come out of this scenario. What can that be you ask? Well, it has allowed numerous small companies to open up shop and produce high quality products to sell to frustrated audiophiles at very fair prices. Often these purveyors of wire are direct-to-consumer, and generally use word of mouth to create product awareness. I personally have reviewed a few excellent cables from smaller companies, and have been very impressed. Element Cable, Stager Sound, and Mojo Audio come to mind. I must say, this market has become a crowded field. But how could it not be when hobbyists see reviews for $35,000 interconnect cables in their favorite magazines?
All of this brings us to Darwin Cables. I recently reviewed their flagship Ascension silver interconnect and was so impressed, it has become a new reference. The lower-priced Darwin silver interconnects sell for $295 for a 1 meter (3 foot) pair. I was interested to see what they could do at a slightly lower price point. Darwin also offers a line of cables that also includes coaxial digital, speaker, phono, and iPod cables.
According to the Darwin web site, "Darwin Cables are built using very simple principles without bizarre sounding metallurgy claims or suspicious science. The result plain and simple is better music. You will immediately hear improved detail, clarity, and sound stage. The price is also NOT bizarre, but a clear winning value compared to the big name cables."