I know this is a considerable departure from my usual playing field, but this extremely affordable Litz-wire interconnect from ultra-high-end Japanese manufacturer Audio Tekne, handmade by the wife of Mr. Imai (the designer of all Audio Tekne gear), is genuinely terrific--exceptionally high in transparency, low-level resolution, and sheer naturalness from top to bottom (and I'm talking in comparison to the best interconnect I know of, $14k/m Tara Labs Zero). It may not be the Zero's match, but for 4% of the Zero's price ($550/meter-pair) it is phenomenally good. I haven't tried the Audio Tekne speaker cable yet, but if it's as swell as the ARC-500 interconnect we may have one of those rare price/performance breakthroughs in an area that seems to rub audiophiles rawer than any other.
Here is the Audio Tekne price list:
ARC-500 all litz wire interconnect with RCA, 0.7 meter=$460.00 pair
ARC-500 all litz wire interconnect with RCA, 1 meter= $550.00
ARC-500 all litz wire interconnect with RCA, 1.5 meter=$650.00 pair
ARC-500 all litz wire interconnect with RCA, 2 meter=$800.00 pair
ARC-500 all litz wire interconnect with XLR, 1meter= $500.00 pair
ARC-500 balance all litz wire interconnect with XLR, 1.5 meter=$575.00
If you're interested in getting information about Audio Tekne interconnect and cable, call or write:
3131 Piccolo St.
Pasadena, CA 91107
info [at] tangramaudio [dot] com