Has anyone heard or listnened to Cardas new series of "Clear" cables?
Seems interesting and one step up from previous top-cable Golden Ref!?
What are the priceranges?
I only listened to the new clear for about an hour in the speaker cables and the inter conects for even less time. They are very good cleaner sounding than the golden ref. In the brief time I heard them i thought they were better. hope that helps
There is a short review out now by Alan Sircom in the newly available TAS/HiFi+ Guide to Cables, Power Products, Accessories and Music.
I quote Mr. Sircom from the article:
"...if you have a good, but not expensive system and slot in Cardas Clear, the performance will improve, but only up to a point. You'll come away impressed, but not mind-boggled. Put the same cable into a system where it's appropriately balanced (i.e. where Cardas Clear represents 5-15% of the cost of the system) and there will be at least a 75 percent increase in boggling."
"Although still musically insightful and expansive (vs. lower priced cables in the Cardas range), this cable is as neutral as they come. No more upper-mid softening, no more bass bloom, but a lot more dynamics and energy. This might come as a bit of a shock for owners of top-end Cardas cables. It's a lot more accurate - still as entertaining as ever, but less warm. If you built a system with a lot of top-end energy and used Cardas' slight softening to compensate, Clear will expose that energy in full effect....
Clear also helps improve the perceived speed of the overall sound too. There are some cables that make a big thing of transients, making leading edge transients appear so filled with attack they almost make the music sond like it's a couple of beats per minute faster. Of course, this isn't the case, but it's a common audible illusion, all the same. Cardas is not know for its speedy transients, but Clear redresses the balance. This is a faster cable than usually heard from Cardas, with leading edge delivery that might even endear Cardas to those who normally shy away from Cardas designs."
I wonder how Clear would compare to a silver conductor based reference interconnect like the Kimber Kable KS 1030? Anyone made the comparison?