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Darwin Truth Silver Cable Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
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Darwin Truth Silver Cable Review
ImageOver the past year or so I have come to rely on a few cable manufacturers that make reference products at their price points and even beyond. Darwin Cables, who I first heard about from Mark O’Brien of Rogue Audio, initially sent me their standard Silver offering, which sells for $295. I was so impressed, I went on to review their higher-level Ascension, which featured several design enhancements essential to high-end cable performance: low mass ends, military grade solid core silver conductors, and air dielectric.

Darwin is a bit unique in that they not only use scientific methods to voice their cables, but they also rely heavily on subjective impressions from a carefully chosen listening panel, for lack of a better term. Sometimes what looks good on paper does not translate into improved performance.

I have to admit, after having the Ascension in my system over the past year, I wondered where Darwin could go from here, as the Ascension is simply a superb cable. Well, I was not surprised when Tony Bender, point man for Darwin, dropped me a line and noted they were working on a new design that would shatter previous performance barriers. The new cable has been dubbed The Truth, and sells for $995 for a 3-foot pair (though, as we publish this review, they are currently discounted by $100). Tony also informed me of some recent changes to the Darwin line and nomenclature. He noted the following:
  • Digital Cables are available in Darwin Silver, Ascension lines and The Truth.
  • We overhauled our shielded cables. Our new design is no-holds barred, impervious to outside noise while retaining excellent resolution.
  • We now offer the Ascension speaker cable, which lives up to the Darwin tradition of transparency and balance.
Tony offered up the following additional information, "our main criteria is that our cables must significantly outperform other cables costing 3-5 times more. It is important to us that we remain a big price/performance ratio value. We have a cost-is-no-object approach, as illustrated by the super-chill cryogenics we have committed to at 40 times the cost of "normal" cryogenics, BUT our mission is to outperform any cable at any price, especially with our Ascension and Truth lines. The more resolution the source has, the more our cables will reveal.

We have concluded, based on some pretty good data, that while our cables start fast, they do not seem to reach their full potential until around 200 hours. We now offer "cooking" by a Hagerman FryKleaner but The Truth cable I sent you was cold so you can experience any break-in naturally. We started out cooking our cables 72 hours but have come to the conclusion that really only provides a head start. We've had the best results doubling the time, and even then we think you need to play real music in the last stages of break-in


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