22.1.10

Tärkeä kaapeli musiikin ystäville



Hifistit ottavat äänenlaadun vakavasti. Parhaat soundit saadaan parhailla välineillä. Parhaat välineet maksavat helvetin paljon. Siksi parhaat kaapelit ovat tietenkin kalleinpia.

Kuuluisaksi kaapeliksi on noussut Denonin valmistama AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable. Yksi johto maksaa vain 500 dollaria. Se on valmistettu todella puhtaasta kuparista. Näin saat kirkkaimmat signaalit cd- tai dvd-soittimesta kaiuttimiin. Kaapelia pitkin kulkevat nollat ja ykköset pysyvät varmasti oikeassa järjestyksessä, toisin kuin halvemmissa kaapeleissa. Lisäksi AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable on varustettu nuolilla, jotka neuvovat mihin suuntaan informaatio kulkee kaapelissa.

Amazonin valppaat kuluttajat ovat kirjoittaneet asiantuntevia kommentteja tuotteelle.

A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the "directional markings" on the cables, your music will play backwards. Please check that before mentioning it in your reviews.

I was disappointed. I consider myself an audiophile - I regularly spend over $1000 on cables to get the ultimate sound. I keep my music-listening room in a Faraday cage to prevent any interference that could alter my music-listening experience. Sending any signal down ordinary copper can degrade the signal considerably. While ordinary listeners might not notice, to somebody with even a rudimentary knowledge of sound, the artifacts are glaring. Denon should have used silver wiring (hermetically sealed inside the rubber sheath to prevent any tarnishing, of course), which has a significantly higher conductivity than copper. Furthermore, Denon needs to treat the wires they use in the cable with a polarity inductor to ensure minimal phase variance.

Needless to say, I returned the cable and wrote an angry letter to the so-called engineers at Denon.

Michael McKinley


If Denon had captured the Divine light of creation and distiled it into 1.5 meters of ultramegaradioactive copper, it could not have been better than this cable. Just holding the packaging it comes in, I can see distant galaxies and, though you may not believe it, hear what the aliens there are thinking. THAT is how good this cable is. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. Honestly, looking at it is better than foreplay. You feel wracking orgastic shivers just touching it. I just know that zeros and ones will achieve true integer perfection when they travel this cable. But I'm afraid to actually install it. I might die.

Denon has, in marketing this, permanently entered the rarified realm of vendors inhabited by the likes of Machina Dynamica. I honestly can't think of a better way to express my feelings on this product, than that. I'm breathless to see what they want to sell us next!


S. Mayo



You pretend tech-jokers, laugh all you want - this cable is the real deal. When I first received mine, I rushed to hook it up to my system. and was crestfallen; the edge of the music sounded as if it had been routed through an echo chamber. It only lasted for a fraction of a millisecond, but *I* could hear it. I immediately got on the phone to Denon, and as you can imagine, their support was superb. After asking me a few questions about my rig, the support person said "this is a question I am hating to be asking you, but did you follow the directional arrows when you plugged it in?" Well, I felt like he could see the face go beet red.

I regained my composure, and explained how embarassed I was, especially as a binary engineer. How could I have expected to get clean ones and zeroes through a backwards wire? The best way I can try to explain this to a neophyte is this: imagine grating cheese with the grater upside-down. Now, you might argue that if you push hard enough, cheese will still go through, and I will concede this point. But is the cheese the same? No, of course not. Instead of smooth strands worthy of a gourmet taco, you end up with a mushy facsimile better left to melting on a bowl of chili (no offense, chili fans).

And as it is with cheese, so it is with music; the real cheese versus a mushy facsimile. After I got off the phone, just for amusement, I scoped the signal with the wire - both ways. And wouldn't you know it - phased correctly, I got a pristine signal; the ones and zeroes we are all looking for. But when flipped the wire, only 1% of the signal could be said to be within .005 volt of target. In essence, instead of something like 1011 0011 1001 0111 we would have .9 .1 .9 .9 ... Well, you get the idea.

I rushed to put music back on. I immediately went for the powerful remastering of Iggy Pop's Raw Power, often chosen by audiophiles to demonstrate nuance of the highest order. Of course, not satisfied with the decidedly low-resolution CD-ROM offering, I used the direct-to-disk vinyl recording. And before any of you geeks start yelling 'Nyquist-Shannon', slide down a sliding board, then down a flight of stairs and then try explaining to your sore butt some mumbo-jumbo about information theory.

At this point, words fail, but I will try: transcendence, ecstacy, bliss... sublime, magnifique, awesome, dude. To go farther would be to offend common decency. Buy this cable. If you were going to spend $500 for a hand-polished diamond needle - buy this cable. If you were going to have the Ethiopian sheep leather in your Ultrasones relined, buy this cable. You get the idea...

Buy this cable.


Sound Biter


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4 comments:

Wanhan liiton high-end jermu said...

Kai kaikki high-end audiofiilit ovat muistaneet korottaa kaiutinkaapelinsa irti lattiasta, jotta betoniraudoitus ei häiritse musiikkisignaalia?

Nykyajan iPod-pennuille lienee turha edes kertoa, että joskus kuunneltiin vinyylilevyjä levysoittimella. No - onneksi kaikki tosimiehet tietävät, että kaikki levysoittimet, joiden levylautanen on alle 3000 kg, ovat ihan pilipalivehkeitä, koska niiden ääni huojuu levylautasen nopeusvaihtelujen ja moottorin jyrinän takia.

Näin vakavilla asioilla ei sopi pelleillä.

Juha Haataja said...

Tämän on viikon, ellei kuukauden paras, loistavia kommentteja asiantuntijoilta.

Täytynee laittaa tiedoksi tutuille hifisteille.

Tiedoksi muuten tämä tutkimustulos, kannattaa varoa miten päätään liikuttaa musiikkia kuunnellessaan. (Nyökkääminen saa aikaan positiivisen mielipiteen.)

Tästä tulee mieleen mainio idea audiokuulokkeiden testi-cd:ksi: siinä pyydetään heiluttamaan päätä ylös alas jotta signaali saataisiin normalisoitumaan (tms. tms.)...

Hreathemus said...

No mutta jos musiikin saa noin helposti soimaan takaperin, niin kuvittelisin monen True Christianin riemastuvan kun saatanan musiikillisten juonien setviminen onnistuu taas piirun verran helpommin. Miten ne muuten ovat tehneet sen tähän asti?

Tuomo "Squirrel" Hämäläinen said...

Nurinperin soittamiseen on käs. jopa laitteita. Jotkin kasettisoittimet (olen NIIN vanha) kykeni soittamaan molemmin päin nauhoja. Luultavasti levysoittimen pyörityksen tms. voi kääntää nurinperiseksi (jos ei muuten niin avaamalla kuoren ja fiksailemalla vähän, luulisi että amerikoista löytyy ainakin 1 tekniikantaitoinen kristitty. ;D )

Tietokoneaika on tehnyt kääntämisen helpoksi. Esim. mulla on ollut Windows tosivanhasta (ei edes mitään 98 tms. numeroa vaan joku mallia 1.1.1 tms. Siis ihan hlvetin vanha) lähtien ohjelma, jossa voi ottaa haluamansa kohdan ja kääntää nurin päin. (Wav. -pohja. Mutta konverttereja saa ihan mistä vaan.)

Ja ylipäätään: Kaikki kamat, joilla editoidaan musiikkia esim. studioissa. Niillä on voinut aina tehdä ties mitä erikoisia taikoja.