Chimera Laboratories Series II Interconnects Speaker Cables

5/5 (8 Reviews)


Product Description

The Series II are ultra high-resolution, low distortion pure copper interconnects. Using specially treated Continuous Cast Copper wire, it''s hand litz braided for maximum Bandwidth, superior phase performance and optimum RF rejection. The copper process is continued using copper solder and hand machined solid copper connectors: either RCA or Balanced. These connectors are Oxygen Free High Purity Copper with Direct Flash Gold plated directly on the copper surfaces. Finally the connectors are sealed for ''''gas tight'''' protection against oxidation. The effect of not contaminating the copper with other metals results in astonishingly revealing interconnects.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cm7 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2004

Bottom Line:   
After purchasing an amplifier and tubes from Chimera Labs, I was informed that they manufacture very high quality interconnect cables. Apparently Chimera Labs has refined their cable design over many years. They use a long crystal CCC wire with very high quality direct-gold over copper connectors. The price was very reasonable and with a money-back guarantee, there seemed to be little risk.


After letting the cables break in, I listened carefully. These cables are clearly better than every other cable I have tried and owned!!! (Monster, Kimber, Harmonic Technologies, Tara Labs, Audioquest, Discovery). They have excellent resolution and detail without being harsh. The bass is tight and the midrange/treble detail is outstanding. I can hear more musical information being passed through these cables than any other. After installing these cables I find my system much more relaxing and enjoyable to listen to. These Chimera Labs cables are reference level and one of the few true audio bargains out there.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $248.00

Purchased At:   Chimera Labs Direct



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

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I'm new at "high end" (relatively speaking) audio. In the last few months, I got bit by the bug pretty badly, however, and pulled together about $5000 to buy a system. After a lot of reading, I got a Creek 5350SE integrated amp, Music Hall MMF-CD25 (heavily modified by Sound Odyssey), some NHT ST4 speakers, and after considerable experimentation, a Shunyata Hydra-4 power conditioner with Shunyata and Audience power cords.

Then I got stuck. After trying a couple of different interconnects, I realized to my amazement that they could profoundly change the way a system sounded. So I started looking for interconnects to create a sound I liked, at a price that would be proportionate to my budget. But after borrowing or buying (and reselling) several highly rated pairs costing as much as $600, I wasn't very close.

After reading a review of the Chimera Labs Advantage II interconnects, and reassured by the money-back guarantee (although somewhat dubious about the claim that no one had ever returned them to get their money back), I tried them. Woof! Search over. The entire system was in a different gear. After a few days of burn-in, I heard smooth, extended sound, with more detail than I'd ever heard. And it wasn't a close call, either, even up against the Acoustic Zen Matrix I (instruments didn't sound realistic) and II (sounded realistic, but the bass was soft and the treble lost its extension). The "tish" of symbals sounded totally convincing, dying smoothly away into silence. Bass was rippin' and alive. Best of all, the timbre of instruments was the closest to real I've heard in my system (and in several others costing considerably more!).

But the biggest difference was in me. After several days, I realized I was no longer comparing the sound to whatever had gone before and trying to improve it. I was comparing it to my memory of the real thing, and figuring out how to upgrade the rest of the system to get even closer. They're not going anywhere...!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Chimera Labs



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by adrian lucy a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Cable on test: Advantage 2 XLR interconnect.

Equipment in my system - Transport: theta data2, Dac:Theta pro basic
3a, (i also use a Theta TLC with the upgraded powersupply between
transport and dac) Amp: Krell kav300i, Speakers: Definitive
technology BP2002. Cables consist of nordost/townsend, kimber on the
mains with a dedicated spur. I use townsend seismic sinks to support
both equipment and speakers, with nordost titanium pulsar points
under everything.

I'll start by saying i began my experiance with the adantage 2 XLR
by being highly sceptical indeed. Could they really be as good as
claimed on the web site? Were they really equal to cable of ten to
twenty times the price? The money back guarantee convinced me to
take a chance.. On their arrival in the U.K. i was hit with the
charges for inport and taxes so the cost went up some, but i said to
myself that if what Dennis says is even half true it'll be worth it.

Now i've spent some years going to the shows and boworing high end
cables at my favourite hifi shop from the likes of
transparent,nordost,audioquest etc. So i'd like to think i know what
you can generally get for you money. So down i sit infront of my
system, i've got my sceptic's hat firmly on and off i go...

Without even being burnt in it is instantly apparent that i'm
dealing with something quite exceptional for my money's worth.
Granted i was doing a side by side comparison with the single ended
townsend cable i had previously been useing so it wasn't quite a
level playing field. I would have expected even a moderately decent
XLR cable to be an improvement. However i did check out other cables
in my price range, the best of which was probably transparent's new
balanced "super" cable at just under £1000 (sorry, don't know what
that is in dollars). To be blunt, it blew the transparent right out
of the water.

Is it as good as other cables on the market for 10 times the price
you ask? Well it cost me a little extra on the import duty as i said
but yes, i think it quite possibly is. If anyone's in the the market
for a sub $3000 interconect this is definately the bench mark by
which to judge and that's praise indeed for a cable in the $300
area.

But there's more to this story... I wanted to know how the cable
would fare as a digital connection so i borrowed an audiolab 8000cdm
with an XLR digital ouput (my Theta only has single end out). To my
utter amazement, as a direct connection between transport and dac it
made my TLC hooked up with tranparent pdl cables sound like garbage,
and that's about $1500 of high level kit!! Neddless to say i now have an
order
pending for more cable to use in the digital domain. These get my
unreserved recomendation, they really are superb.

Adrian Lucy,
London, U.K.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $287.00

Purchased At:   chimeralabs.com



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JBK3 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I call myself an audiophile because I've been an avid listener from my college days until I could afford the best equipment I could afford to reproduce music as realistically as possible. My current system consists of the following:
Krell CD-DSP CD player
Blue Circle BC 23 phono preamp
VTL 5.5 preamp
Krell KST100 amp
Audioreflex turntable
Stanton 666e cartridge
Talon Peregrin X speakers
Cardas Crosslink speaker cables

I have replaced the interconnect between the CD player and preamp, phono preamp and the Preamp, and the preamp and the amp.

The types of music I listen to is Blues, Jazz, Rock and some sound tracks. Some of the test records and cd's were Pink Floyd Darkside of the Moon, Miles Davis Kind of Blue and the Gladiator sound track.

The first thing you notice when you open the box is the cables are very skinny and appear undersized when compared to their contemporaries. The Siltech's are thick and heavy but were to dark and laid back for my taste nor are they neutral ie. just conveying the signal. The Kimbers were not as dark and laid back but not as natural as I would have liked. The Audioquests were just flat. The Homemade silver cables were a little bright and thin. The Krell XLR was hooked up between the pre amp and amp. Supposedly, you should have an approximate 6db gain when using fully differentiated equipment but when replacing the XLR there was a noticable improvement in my system overall.

When listening to the opening of Darkside of the Moon (original album)the bass is deep and articulate. You can hear the drums being struck. This isn't something that is distracting but adds to the reality of the recording. Later at the beginning of Money with the triangles and metal strips(?) that are being played. you can hear the being struct and suspended in the air.

Miles Davis Kind of Blue reissue cd the sax solos by Cannonball Adderly and John Coltrane were great, you can really apprecaite the qualities of the different instruments.

The Gladiator sound track according to experts is a challenge for our equipment because of the complexity and range of the music. The music was more engaging and realistic.

The Advantage II cable are just the ticket for audiophiles lookging for cables that reproduce the music the way it was recorded. They are very neutral and natural. If you are looking to tune your system using cables because some parts are more forward or laid back and you want to add something to the mix. These cables aren't for you.

If you are looking for natural and neutral cables without fatique that will bring you closer to the music then buy these cables!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $248.00

Purchased At:   Chimera Labs



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

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2003

Bottom Line:   
These cables are constructed from litz-braided CCC (Continuous Cast Copper, or OCC/Ohno Continous Cast) wires from Japan and Vampire OFC RCA connectors.

At first enconter they don't stir emotion as the physical sizes are smaller and thinner than most high-end cables. However, the materials are all top grades and sizes can be deceiving.

After tens of hours of break in, I started to hear their merits of better clairty, treble extension, and resolution. But at first I thought the bass was lacking. After more listening and back-and-forth comparisons I started to realize that the bass with previous more expensive cables was a bit boomy while the one with AdvantageII was tight and linear.

Compare to other more expensive cables I have, these are relative bargains as they are cheaper, sound better, and are easier to use (much more flexible than the stiff JPS). Give them a try.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Factory direct




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