This model’s construction is fully symmetrical. The conducting element is made of silver bands. The air insulation allows to reduce so called capacity of dielectric. The unit is placed within a maroon silicone cord. The RCA version is confectionized with connectors made of rhodium-plated beryllium copper with reduced resistance. The XLR series is equipped with the highest quality connectors also covered with rhodium. This cable is brilliantly “balanced” – the sound is coherent without any brightening up and acoustic holes. The bass is snappy, well controlled with full and repleted medium range. The unit provides with subtle and balanced high range and space that is unmatched within its price range. The space ranges to the sides but also deep into the stage sustaining natural proportions. The most common expression for describing this kind of characteristic is “harmonic”.
While Monolith and Geo have long since left university and made a success of themselves in the worlds of science or academia (and Flat One is years into his easy-going, backpacking exploits around the globe – I’m not sure even he knows or cares exactly where he is) mom and dad were a little err… ‘careless’ and produced ‘Blue’, dashing their hopes of early retirement. And guess what, with Flat One’s globetrotting adventures having meant he’s never met his youngest sibling, unsurprisingly, Blue adores and idolises his older brothers, Geo and Monolith, desperately trying to be just like them.
As the baby of the clan, soundstaging is far smaller by comparison, not really extending beyond the speakers in the spectacular way that its older siblings do, but already, he has the same orderly, ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ attitude, with good transparency and the same emphatic presentation. At a fraction of their price, unsurprisingly, Blue lacks the absolute polish and refinement of the more expensive cables in the range, with bass being full but not as controlled – achieving a similar level of control as Flat One, from over-emphasis, just doesn’t have the absolute quality of its older siblings.