Cable de interconexión de referencia.
Conector XLR/RCA => XLR/RCA
Conector RCA por Next-Gen por WBT
Conector XLR por Neutrik
|Crystal Cable Delivers Clarity and Performance with their Dreamline Speaker Cables and Interconnects
In The Inner Ear’s last print issue (Vol 17 No. 4/2007), I had the opportunity to review Crystal Cables’ earlier high-end speaker cable — the Ultra. I remember it well, because its performance was extraordinary. The Ultras’ performance highlights included speed, transparency, resolution and a high degree of sonic neutrality. And just when I thought that these cables couldn’t be improved, Gaby van der Kley, Crystal’s president and founder, shocked the electronics industry (and me) with a new no-holds-barred design for the discriminating listener. Benjamin Scarcelli, Canadian distributor for Crystal products, provided a two-meter pair of the new Dreamline speaker cable and the matching interconnects and I began to evaluate their performance in a variety of amp/speaker systems, I had in-house at the time. Before I get to the nitty gritty, however, I’d like comment on the Dreamline’s presentation — the containers for both cables. No doubt, packaging Crystal Cable’s top of the line product is a display of the cable’s rank and its lineage. Packed in a handbag-like black suede case, it would not surprise me to see it worn on the street. The material is pleasant to the touch as it elicits an almost sinful, perverse response. Both, the interconnects and the speaker cables are packed in these “handbags” which remind of designs from Gucci, Fendi etc.
||The Dreamline — both speaker cables and interconnects — sounded impressive straight out of the box, but when properly burned in, I thought that the most conspicuous element is the cable’s ability to recreate an unobstructed multi-dimensional sound stage. That is to say that front-to-back, horizontal and vertical dimensions are appropriately presented, but in addition to these important elements, the often-ignored dimension of space/time further magnifies the sensation of listening to an integral musical landscape.
I tested the interconnects with my source components — a Magnum Dynalab tuner and the CD players mentioned above, and quickly established that the cable didn’t imprint its personality, thereby allowing a clear perspective of the source components. This brings me to the cables’ voice or personality; and that is difficult to explain. In the world of reviewers, we can only guess at the sound of neutrality, actually an oxymoron, since neutral can be defined as colourless, impartial, even boring. But in the cable industry, neutrality is a good thing, because it allows the end-user to choose what they like in amps, preamps and source components. A lot of high-end cables offer a high degree of sonic impartiality, although this cannot be scientifically confirmed and readers will have to take a reviewer’s word for it. Be this as it may, I hold that all cables have a personality, but even if they were entirely impartial, they are going to interact with components. If, as I believe, the Dreamline is a very neutral conductor it acts like a large spout would in an aquatic environment. Nothing seems hidden; nothing seems out of whack; and that, folks, spells high performance made for those of us who are spoiled.