Monster Cable Retro Sigma Interconnects Speaker Cables

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)


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High End Interconnects


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by qramos a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I have used some very nice interconnects in my system and I am absolutely blown away by these monsters. After burning them in, I thaught maybe they had been designed to emphasize the highs. But, the more I listen and compare them to live performances and other cables, I realise that these are the the way hghs are really supposed to sound like. Amazing! Soundstage is massive, though more in terms of width than depth. transients are awesome. They are superfast but not harsh or unbalanced. Transients are followed by full, rich body. These cables have transformed my already excellent system. I have used Cardas Golden reference and neutral reference, along with some dimarzio cables and some LAT IC-300 and the monster are hands down the best. Well, the Golden reference come pretty close,, and may be just a hint better controlled in the bass registeres.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   ebay



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

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2005

Bottom Line:   
just an update on my last posting:

While everything I said about the Sigma's is true, I have found the Cardas Golden Reference interconnects sound better than my Sigmas after full break in. The bass becomes more natural, has slightly less focus but is more visceral and authoritative. There is more of it as well with slightly better articualtion. The highs are just a tad more open but tonality is identical to the Sigmas. The midrange is more forward but the Golden Reference offer superior soundstage depth which easily makes up for the slight forward presentation of the Golden Ref's in the midrange. Also, following complete break in of the Cardas ic's, I noticed that they sound louder at the same volume when compared to the Sigmas in an A/B comparison. Overall the Cardas cable was better in almost every area in my system and has therefore become the interconnect of choice. Interestingly enough, I was able to get more out of my system using Monster Sigma speaker cables when I replaced the Sigmas with fully burned in Cardas Golden Reference ic's. Lastly, the MRSP for the Cardas ic is less than that for the Sigma, so the Sigma loses out here as well but is still a very good product in its own right.
Hence, I have adjusted the retings to show for this:

Value rating: 5 (used on ebay this cable is a bargain)

Overall rating: 4 (bettered by the Cardas Golden Reference, although the Cardas sells for more on the used market, so in the end you pay for what you get)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay



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

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2005

Bottom Line:   
These are the best interconnects out there for the money period. That is my opinion!

For musicality they have no match. I've tried replacing them many times, with some interconnects that cost more and others that cost less. All have come short in my system. The way these cables bring out the highs is just magical and no silver cable can match them in this area.

I know that Monster Cable is a company that focuses mostly on advertising their mainstream products, most of which are below the mediocre line in the true audiophile world. But money talks, and if that's where the market is, you can't blame Monster Cable for taking advantage of that. Seriously. Monster Cable wants to be around for a while too.

But to return to the Retro Gold interconnects: bottom end that only copper can render, visceral yet articulate and fast with warmth when needed. Mids are cohesive, yes that's the best way to describe it. The music has body and is consistent. And highs? Well, imagine highs that have all the detail of a cable like the Cardas Golden Reference with absolutely no harshness whatsoever and with a sureal magic about them that no cable (that I've heard) has. The Golden Reference by Cardas is the only cable that comes close in my system, but I still like the Sigma's better, probably becasue I also use the Sigma Retro Gold speaker cables. Makes sense ...

system:

1. Audio Aero Capitole MKII

2. YBA passion integre (preamp bypassed, amp used in bi-amping mode with 2 sets of Moster Sigma Retro speaker cables)

3. Revelation Audio Mistral S6 speakers (some of the best speakers in the world in my opinion,made in Canada. I went to the 2005 Montreal HI-FI show ... "son et images" for those who remember ... wanting to hear the YBA passion and Nagra amps, the Audio Aero SACD player, the Sonus Faber Stradivari speakers and came home with these amazing speakers. Congratulations Alain, meeting you was the best experience at the show. Owning your speakers has openend my eyes at what true music sounds like. I'm honored to be the second person to have these speakers in my home. They are an amazing accomplishment in music and I can say with certainty that they will never leave.)

Associated equipment:
1. Shunyata Hydra 4 powerconditioner (every system should have one, if not a Shuyata, then something in the same class; the benefits of this addition are unmistakeable, once in my system I was never able to remove it, despite a number of attempts)

2. Powercords (Cardas Golden Reference to the CD player, Revelation Audio Labs Precept to YBA integre and Shunyata Copperhead to Hydra - soon to be replaced with another Precept)

3. Symposium Rollerblocks, double stacked isolation blocks with tungsten superballs (set of 3, brought the sound of my system to a reference level, I still remember coming home after Montreal, turning the system on and ... ahhhhh so musical compared to anything that we heard there ... we felt trully spoiled to be able to enjoy that sound in our bedroom. These isolation blocks equal the value of all other links in our musical chain, and without them our system would sound nowhere near the level it has reached today, we use them on the Capitole MKII and the YBA passion integre with unbelievable results)


And the best thing: only one set of Monster Cable interconnects in the entire system (that's the main advantage of owning the Audio Aero Capitole MK II Cd player, easily one of the best Transport/DAC/Preamp combos's on the market today at any price!, it's so good that I believe that EVERYONE should have the opportunity to hear this CD player connected to a reference amp, top notch stuff, beats Esoteric/Moon Audio/Gryphon by a WIDE margin indeed and offers the best of all the CD players mentioned in one package with a reference preamp as well ... that's money well spent)

Rating:
Value: For the money I spent 5 stars (don't think you can get better performance at this price or at any reasonable prices. the reference Nordost Valhallas cost a fortune and there are other ic's out there 3 or 4 times more costly than the Valhallas, sorry but I don't have silly money to throw around)
Overall: 5 stars (just simply an amazing product)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay



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

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2004

Bottom Line:   
The best cable I've heard to date. Beat Audioquest's King Cobra hands down ... more natural voice rendition with better bottom end. Don't think it ranks lower than top of the line Acoustic Zen interconnect. Transparent interconnect ($1800 USD) sounded more muddy in midrange compared to Sigma. Silver interconnects are usually brighter with the same amount of detail, but they are very fast. Overall a great interconnect, I'm very happy with it. I also use the Sigma speaker cables and they bring out what the interconnects can do. Use high resolution system to get all the detail that these interconnects can render ... it's quite awesome.

I heard that higher end Nordost interconnects (Valkyrie and Valhalla) are much better but some say these are only faster than the Sigma's otherwise very small difference.

If you can find them for $350 on ebay I think that they offer outstanding value at this price.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay



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

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2000

Bottom Line:   
These are great interconnects in my system; B&W N803 speakers are good, but bright (~3dB hump in freq response at about 15kHz). The MIT terminated Shotgun cables were muddy sounding, just not nice. The Kimber silvers sounded like good cables, but way to BRIGHT in my system. The Sigmas are clean, bass is tight, and overall I get a nice, musical presentation. Hard to describe, but its the difference between liking how my system sounds and not liking it.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Stereo Exchange




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