Stealth Cables CWS Speaker Cables

4.89/5 (18 Reviews) MSRP : $400.00


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Cross-wrapped Silver interconnects


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael D a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I use a pair of Stealth CWS AES between my Theta DAC and Krell integrated. It took me a while to significantly upgrade my cables because of the cost of doing so, and because I had already spent a bundle on well respected and reviewed cables. Unsolicited advise from others about how good the Stealths are convinced me to give a pair a try.
When I first hooked up the Stealth CWS, I thought "nice, but not spectacular" and left them in the system playing. I did not pull out all of my test CDs and try to analyze the cables, I just listened to music. Over the next 3 months, I thought my system was sounding particularily good, but did not attribute it to anything specific.
For fun I swapped out the Stealth CWS on night for my previous AES cables - a pair of Apogee AES. I put on a recently acquired (but now well worn) CD which I had only heard through the Stealth cables. The Apogees, which I always thought sounded reasonably well balanced, were harsh and almost unlistenable. I nearly lept out of my seat screaming. I momentarily thought I had put on the wrong CD. I listened to many other CDs for the remainder of the night trying to be objective about my previously well tolerated cables. I found I was turning down the volume further and further on each CD from the harshness. It was not an enjoyable night.
Back in to the system went the Stealth CWS. Much better. No more harshness. Much less grain. Nice tight bass. Up went the volume. I could listen again without getting tired of my system. The music was much more enjoyable. I did not realize how good of a cable this was until I took it out of my system. What I thought had been a good purchase turns out to be an excellent purchase. The Stealths are why my system sounds so good to me again. My mind immediately went into Audiophile mode. How can I upgrade my two digital cables to Stealth? Could I slip the purchases past my wife by claiming they were repairs... Maybe I could poor cheap wine into good wine bottles for a while until the cables had paid for themselves... Maybe our kids could go without lunch at school a couple of times per week...
I am surprised by how much these cables make music sound good and do not appear to impart their own sonic signature. That is a rare thing to say about any piece of audio equipment.

Associated equipment: Digital system
Genesis VI speaker
Krell 300i
Theta Pro basic IIIa/TLC
Pioneer Elite transport
Stealth/Audioquest/DH Labs/Apogee

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SoundsGr8toMe a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Greetings reader!
This being my first ever writing of a review, I'm forced to recall one of the first rules of written communication. And that is, "Tell'em what you're gonna tell'em!"
Well, what I'm gonna tell you is, that Stealth makes flat-out GREAT products!

....and IMnsHO, they are also a GREAT value!

My experience, & qualifications for making the aforementioned statement:

I'm a 54 year young audio enthusiast who's been fortunate to have some pretty good equipment over the 34 years I've been enjoying this hobby/addiction.

My current system (it changes regularly) is a Sony SACD ModWright modified 333es player, EVS Ultimate Attenuators (passive-pre), BAT VK-60 power amp, and Tyler Acoustic Linnbrook Monitors.

To be sure, I find a bit of a parallel between trying to explain my experiences with listening to music, AND tasting & enjoying good wine. ....and I've enjoyed visiting & sharing with very knowledgable people (with impressive credentials) in both fields. And my experiences (hearing & tasting) in both areas always seem to be in line with the "experts". I seem to be able to pick the "better" Cabernet from a group of six, and also the "better" speaker from a similar number of models.
So my point of ths rambling is, I'm pretty comfortable in making the statement that I've got a pretty good palate as well as pretty good ears. And can tell the difference between, what most aware folks would agree are, "higher quality" vs "lower quality".
However, that being said, what I don't and CAN'T do, is to pick the wonderful flowing descriptives that you see/read in so many reviews. (I remember a wine described as, reminding the writer of "freshly starched linen sheets flapping in a summer breeze")
I'm sure you've read some similarly toned words describing the listening experience!
Well, sorry....I don't have the words! Can't find them.....don't want to... Not my style.
What I will tell you though is that my style is to cut to the BOTTOM LINE. And that is that ALL the products I've used by STEALTH, have sounded noticibly BETTER than other like-priced products from other cable makers.
I realize this is a review for the Stealth CWS and my "general" comment is especially applicable to this model. I've done A-B comparisons with other interconnects that cost up to $700 and the CWS was simply BETTER sounding. More "stuff" was there in the music! You can hear details (guitar strings squeeking from fingers sliding across them, cymballs with clarity, etc) that are not obvious with other similar priced cables I've had. And that is what I mean by being a good VALUE.
ALL Stealth products that I've used, (ETS-get the optional silver rca's, CWS, M7 interconnects, Varidig Digital, FR & UR speaker cables) have noticibly outperformed every other like-priced product that I've tried!

My other components have changed a good bit over the last couple of years (amps= BAT vk200, Coda 11.5, Mark Levinson 23.5, Clayton S40, Clayton M100 monoblocks, Aragon 8008BB) just to name a few. And I wont't even go into how many different CD Players and speakers I've had.
But, some time back, I discovered that I've not been able to find better performance for the price (VALUE) than the products in the Stealth line. They are a keeper!

Sounds almost like I'm sellin'em....but I'm not. I'm just telling you about'em!

Hope your musical experiences are good too!
Happy Listening!!!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Purchased At:   Interlink House - St



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scubadaddy123 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have owned and used many great I/Cs. Cardas Golden Reference, Golden Cross, Golden Hexlink 5Cs, Wireworld Gold Eclpise, Silver Eclipse, Harmonic Technology Pro-Silway MkIIs....and many others.

I need to put a good word in on these GREAT sounding cables. Of all the I/Cs I've used, these Stealth CWS are by far the best value and sound for the money, bar none!

You get incredible resolution and detail in this silver cable, but you must ensure that you are using components 'worthy' of this high end of a cable before inserting them into your system for they will reveal all the inadequacies in any of your upstream components.

So in conclusion, if you can find a pair of these for sale, I would jump all over them as you will never be able to find this kind of sound out of a $200 I/C anywhere else!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Interlinkhouse



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

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Unbelieveable quality at this price. I have used all of the expensive cables during my 20 year audio hobby and can honestly testify that you absolutely can not buy a better cable at this point than teh Stealth CWS. I have replaced all cables in both my audio and HT set with these and the sound is both amazing and enjoyable. Much more open, better imaging, wider soundstage with tighter bass. You can not go wrong here folks, trust me. Also the folks at Interlink are great to work with on upgrades and any questions or problems you may have.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Interlink



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

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
In my Quad ESL 63 system, Stealth CWC was the uncontested low noise floor
champion, even when up against other Stealth cables like CWS. Ultimately,
I preferred the overall presentation of CWS--I guess I can't resist the
silkiness of silver and what it does for upper mids and highs. But
whenever I switched back to CWC, the lovely purity of this Litz wire design
made me wonder if CWS were really the better choice.
An experiment I did with the CWC and CWS wires--kindly supplied for this
purpose by the Stealth designer--was revealing both about these wires and
about a competitor, Kimber AGSS, which is often used in so-called "deluxe"
versions like Sam Tellig's favorite Purist Sound Systems Model 500 passive
preamp and the Sonic Frontiers upgrade for their SFCD-1. I had built two
identical passive preamps around Shallco ladder stepped attenuators, Holco
resistors, Kimber Ultraconnect RCA's and 6" lengths of Kimber AGSS. I
replaced the AGSS in one by Litz copper wire as used in Stealth CWS and in
the other by the 32 gauge silver as used in Stealth CWC. In each case, the
sonic improvement was immediately obvious and huge! No one could have
disagreed. As to which Stealth wire was better--well, that was much harder
to say. I preferred one on some recordings and the other on others, and my
wife felt the same way. In each case, it was easy to make a choice--it
just wasn't always the same choice.

Of course there's a lot more to an interconnect design than just the wire
employed. But it's equally true that the wire is a crucial factor, if not
the only one. It's hard to believe how many prestigious cables, at least
those of a few years back, fail on this score. Not to leave Kimber as the
only target of my criticism here, I should mention that I used AudioQuest
Diamonds for some years. They too no longer come close to competing with
the Stealth cables that I my two systems feature now.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Interlink House dire




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