BEL the wire Speaker Cables

4.63/5 (8 Reviews)

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interconnects and speaker cable

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Discriminator a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I was very impressed with my BEL 1001 MkV amp (see reviews) and decided to try the S-24 speaker cables and P-1 interconnects. Both are made with the same low-inductance wire (The Wire). I'm pleased to report that the S-24 speaker cables work especially well with the BEL amp. Sonic quality was improved throughout the audible spectrum relative to the homemade Audioquest cables I had been using. The P-1s replaced similarly-priced interconnect cables from manufacturers like LAT, Gronenberg (Odyssey), and Monster Cable and produced a significant sonic upgrade. Detail is more apparent and the overall tonal balance is very credible. What's dramatically different is the weight, presence, detail, and pace of the low end.

To my ear the use of BEL The Wire cables made the difference between a very good system and one with astounding realism. In short, they took me over the hump to high end. I give 4 stars because these cables costing about $100/m don't sound as good as some cables costing ten times as much. At their price point they leave NOTHING to be desired. The competition had better hope that you don't hear these first!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Tailored Technology

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Montana4 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Unless you paid $1000 or more(and only god knows why you would care about other peoples' reviews, it seems sales people already have your ear) for your 1m interconnects, you need to sell your current IC's. I will say this ONLY ONCE! Buy BEL-The Wire. Natural, great depth, smooth, extremely listenable. I have yet to hear the speaker cable but I've heard it it more of the same. I put off even listening to the IC's. But...when I did, I looked to sell all my $200-$250 cables. I'm purchasing 3 sets(2 sets of interconnects, 1 as a digital coax and 1 as a subwoofer cable).You won't believe what $200.00 can sound like. I first heard them on $50,000 worth of equipment then I took them home and listened on my B&K/Tannoy/Sony equipment and Wow!(my wife said they were the best she'd heard). You'll be amazed. I am.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $185.00

Purchased At:   local dealer

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Lysaker a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I'm trying these in place of Kimber Hero's. A remarkable difference was immediately appreciable, but I'm not sure what to think. My system is:

Bryston 4B-ST
Sonic Frontiers SFL-1
Magnepan IIIA's
Arcam 7SE
Thomas Gray Line Treatment

The cables brought a whole lot more attack to the Maggies, and brought out the pluck on lower bass tones, thus significantly enriching the low end. Boom is one thing, the sound of the instrument's contribution another, and the BEL increased the latter. They also brought vocal parts forward in the mix, again with added "attack" to the sound. Highs disappeared somewhat, but this may be a matter of cancellation given the additions. They also removed some of the Maggie aura, that remarkably dry, transparent tone somewhat unique to this line of speakers. If one compiles plusses and minuses,thus far the BEL scores high on the plus side, particularly since I bought them second hand and only paid $95 a pair. (I'm using two pair.) My only gripe is that they murder solo piano recordings, particularly those that aren't of the highest quality. The tones ring and lose sharpness, particularly when the piano is played more vigorously. So, I'm a bit torn since I still insist on listening to the music and not to my stereo. Still, a great deal and a true, detailed cable.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $95.00

Purchased At:   Corner Audio

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nimbus Storm a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Dr Brown has my vote for the best value, hi performance wire ever made for audio.

Arcam CD23 FMJ CD-ROM front end
VTL 5.5 pre amp
VTL MB250 power amps
Vandersteen 3A signature speakers
ALL BEL wire used in system.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Audio Concepts

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Siegert a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Neutral, neutral, neutral. These interconnects make it possible to have upper-level performance at a mid-level price. They work well both from source to pre-amp and from pre-amp to power amp. They are well made and the Neutrik RCA connectors are really nice to use. They are definitely a viable alternative to the ever-present WBT locking connectors. I have used them both with tube gear and solid-state gear without a problem.

My current system:
Luxman PD375 (vaccuum hold-down) turntable
Ortofon MC-200 MC cartridge
Mark Levinson JC-1 phono pre-amp
Audio Research CD2 CD player
Denon TU-800 tuner
Sony TC-K707ES cassette deck (!)
Quicksilver full pre-amp (tubed)
Musical Fidelity A3CR power amp
Monster Cable HTS 3500 power conditioner
B&W CDM-7SE speakers
Bi-Wire BEL speaker wire
Transparent Audio music link super interconnect
Bel interconnect
D.H. Labs Silver Sonic Interconnect
Kimber PBJ interconnect

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

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Long speaker wire run to the garage... Help please

Hello, I ran some speaker cables from my home receiver (Yamaha 100wpc) to the garage so I can enjoy my 100 disk cd player in a random mode. My problem is my speaker tweeters don't sound right.(These sound good normally.) Here is what I have..... The speaker cables are 10 or maybe even 8 ga ... Read More »

The Standard - Wire Post to Wire

Well Davey, it took about one week for me to get this puppy from, not quite the eternity you figured on. I thought I made a mistake and ordered it twice, then I realized that my other order was for a cd titled "Post to Wire" by Richmond Fontaine (more on that later). It's really s ... Read More »

Using CAT5 for speaker wire is the dumbest idea ever

I needed some hookup wire for a recent project to wire some additional tweeters up. Not much current, short runs of a foot or two each, and since there was plenty of CAT 5 around I figured I'd use it. I knew that some people use it for DIY speaker projects so I thought what the hell, how bad could ... Read More »

Wire is no Wire: The proof? You decide!

Brought home identical CD players. Hook them up to my linestage. CD player one connected to the linestage via a interconnect from a high-end manufacturer. CD player two connected to the linestage via a cheap Radio Shack interconnect. Too bad Home Depoit does not make them! Placed to indentical ... Read More »

Wire is Wire - The Proof

I’ve concluded that high end cables/speaker wire are a waste of money and does not significantly improve the sound of your system. As long as your wire has a “solid connection” meaning the wire is not broken or have crimps in it, 10 cent per foot speaker wire performs just as well as $10+ per foot w ... Read More »

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