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DH Labs White Lightning, Odyssey, & Encore Cables Review Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 October 2011
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DH Labs White Lightning, Odyssey, & Encore Cables Review
Set Up, Listening, and Conclusion
ImageDH Labs is one of my favorite audio cable makers. As a matter of fact, their digital cables and the silver Revelation interconnect are two of my references. They have been at the top of my list for a number of reasons. First, they actually design and build their cables based on solid engineering and scientific principles. Second, they do not engage is absurd hyperbole to prmote their products. Lastly, they are among the highest value products available to audiophiles today. Oh, and they just happen to be built to a very high standard and sound terrific across the board.

I recently reviewed a set of DH Labs digital cables and found them to be reference quality performers.  Darren Hovsepian, head honcho at DH Labs, understands that cables can be very intimidating to new entrants into the audiophile world, and that when one sees the astronomical pricing that has taken over the cable industry, it is easy to see why. This is especially so when much of this pricing seems questionable in relation to performance. When reviewing the DH Lab price list I was note that not a single cable in any category, except for the Red Wave AC cable, is over $500 in standard length!

White Ligtning CableDH Labs has just brought to market several new offerings that should even further solidify their reputation for high value and performance. I received a set of White Lightning interconnects, Odyssey speaker cables, and the Encore AC cable. They have also developed a high performance USB cable to serve the growing computer audio market.

The White Lightning interconnect replaces their Phantom interconnect. Dh Labs says it offers lower capacitance, improved shielding, and better aesthetics and is more flexible.  Other features include: OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) copper conductors and Foam PE dielectric. Each cable is also hand terminated with high quality DH Labs connectors and lead-free silver solder. The White Lightning is priced at  $60 per 1 Meter pair.

The Encore, priced at $125 per 2 Meter AC cord is a shielded power cord that features three high-purity stranded 14AWG OFHC conductors and full shielding and noise rejection. It is hand terminated with high-quality connectors, not the molded ones usually found at this price point. The Odyssey, at $3.50 per foot, is DH Labs' "entry-level" speaker cable. It features 14AWG multi-strand OFHC conductors and PE dielectric.  I received my samples terminated with very nice banana plugs, but to maintain its low price, DH Labs also sells Odyssey in bulk, unterminated form.


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