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SVS SoundPath RCA and Ultra Speaker Cables Review Print E-mail
Friday, 18 March 2016
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SVS SoundPath RCA and Ultra Speaker Cables Review
Conclusion


If I had to encapsulate how the systems sounded with the SVS cables, I would say extremely balanced. Dynamics were excellent, bass was taut, and the treble region was detailed, yet smooth. I have never believed in using cables as tone controls, and the SVS wires do not fall into this category.

I listened to a very wide variety of music, of different vintages and genres, which is normally my habit. Throughout the review period, the SVS cables proved they were easily at home with gear costing far, far more. I mean much more. There was no let down or collapse of the soundstage -- findings audiophiles are conditioned to expect with inexpensive cables. It is a good story, and propagated by many audiophile review publications and manufacturers, and often parroted by those who buy into the belief system.

http://www.avrev.com/images/stories/equipaccessories/svs/soundpath_rca_connector_pair_grande.jpgThe 2015 24/96 remastering of Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall, while certainly more compressed than the original LP and CD, is highly enjoyable. The bass lines on both the title track and “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” were taut, nimble and stopped on a dime. All the interesting elements in the mix that producer Quincy Jones included were easy to follow, and Jackson’s lead vocal was just how I remembered it from the original vinyl.

Adele’s latest, the mega blockbuster 25, while a typical peak limited modern recording, is filled with her very best songs to date, and her voice is very well recorded. As a matter of fact, with the SVS cables, her vocals hung immaculately in space between the speakers. My favorite tracks “Sweetest Devotion” and “Million Years Ago” had great texture, drama, and emotional impact.

Last year’s Beatles release, 1+, featured twenty-seven remixes done at Abbey Road studios from the original multi-track tapes. The results are stunning, modernizing these tracks without destroying their original feel. The SVS cables allowed all the vocal harmonies, guitars, and the interplay between Paul’s bass and Ringo’s drums to come through immaculately.

I would like to comment on the quality of the connectors. I think they are very well made and offer up an extremely nice, snug connection. The banana plugs on the speaker cables exude quality, and have a modern, high tech feel about them. The cables are durable and flexible. Not much more you can ask for.

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Conclusion

Why are audiophiles “surprised”, for lack of a better term, when “inexpensive” cables sound excellent? Probably because cable pricing in the luxury audio market can reflect a certain insanity. Let’s face it, in the world of audio cables, sometimes the price is the product.

How do the SVS cables perform as compared to any of the much more expensive and esoteric cables on the market? To be honest, I don’t much care. Their presentation was extremely balanced, smooth, and without any obvious sonic deficiencies. Recommending SVS SoundPath RCA interconnects and Ultra speaker cables is a no brainer.



Specifications



SVS SoundPath RCA Interconnects: starting at $25/cable

SVS Ultra Speaker Cable: starting at $45/cable

www.svssound.com


Review System 1


DAC: Simaudio 280D
Tape Deck: Revox A77, Revox B77
Server: Bryston BDP-2
Preamp: CIAudio PLC-1 MKII
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Simaudio 760A, Rotel RB-1590
Speaker: Bryston Mini T
Cables: Stager Sound, Acoustic Zen, Element Cable, DH Labs, iFi
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks and Svelte Shelves, Shakti Stone, Bryston BIT-15, Salamander rack

Review System 2


Music Server: SOtM sMS-100 w/ Battery XPS
Preamp: Tisbury Audio Mini Passive 2, Belles Soloist 3
DAC: iFi Micro iDSD w/i iFi Micro iUSB 3.0
Power Amplifier: Onkyo M5000R
Tape Deck: Sony TC-350
Speaker: Magnepan MMG, Spendor S35R
Cables: Stager Sound, Transparent, DH Labs
Accessories: Cable Pro Noisetrapper, iFi iPower, Audience aR6




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