Van den Hul The First Speaker Cables

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Interconnect (Digital or analog)


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

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I have been using THE FIRST for many years.Over this time I have never found a better cable for use between CD player or DAC and preamp.
Recently I bought THE FIRST ULTIMATE.This is a better cable.It retains much of the pleasing organic sound but adds better bass definition,image depth,air and dynamics.Rhythm is also better.

The beauty of this cable is that [like THE FIRST] it gives digital an analogue/organic sort of sound.The value of this cannot be underistimated.Many people never come to terms with digital replay.I am sure many of these people would if they tried these cables.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009



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

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2006

Bottom Line:   
The story so far:

Paid US$70 for a pair of 0.8m from a 2nd hand shop to try out between CDP to Pre-Amp after hearing all the hypes on the Internet about this cable.

After a week with it, I rushed out to get another pair for my Phono-amp to Pre-Amp.

And finally a month later I replaced the Pre to Power Amp cable with the 'second' due to the fact that I encounted a hum problem the 'frist' between the pre and power.

It shows how much I appercaited the 'first'. It has a presentation that on other cables so far I have heard can come close when it comes to playing classical music, airy and amazing micro-dynamic, spot on tonal balance.

but if anything other than 'classical' is on top of you listening list, then you might be able to do better with other cables, the first is so natural that it makes pop and rock a bit boring (in my sytem it is the case).

but i have always been of the view that one system can only play classical well when it play rock and pops bad.







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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand



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

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Van Den Hul First Ultimate MKII (2004) interconnect RCA 0.6m:

The best -by far- for barok/classical music listening at this price point. It is simply a must-buy for the real music/hi-end lover. This cable has a gift. It sound perfect and detailed enough on many mid-budget systems but it also can correct tone-shifting problems in the high frequencies like a magic hand. It will make your systems playing of a violin or piano sound by far more realistic and real-life without hardness or harshness found on MANY cables in this category. Its a smooth and slightly laid-back cable (like you are sitting in the middle of a concert hall, not back or front). Its s safe solution for forward or bright systems and magic upgrade for the classical listeners. Warm sounding, very smooth , but it does not like some heavy bass lines. The strange is that it plays rock very well, too.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   -



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by audiophiles a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Talking for the 0.6m The First Ultimate RCA interconnect , newest VDH version 2004:

I begin comparing this interconnect (and mostly the material , carbon fibres) with copper and silver cables at the same category or maximum double the price.

Replacing the Kimber HERO with this interconnect made a huge differance. Basically, plugin this cable you first notice a very relaxed, balanced frequency spectrum. This interconnect's character is smooth, enough detailed, prefering/helping to reproduce violins and female voices with uncomparable naturality . It smoothes out a great amount of edge and sharpness. From the other side, Kimber's Hero and even better SilverStreak had by far better bass control, and not the laid-back character VDH 1st Ultimate presents. Placing this cable to bright and slightly sharp or grainy problematic combos will be a great-great upgrade, but the difference is so large that you may find it after some weeks somehow "boring" and very relaxed presentation. Switching back to silver cables all systems sounded colder and brighter but with better control and air at highs and lows. Not so good with cymbals, may sacrifice the joy of listening the leather of drums, somehow it blurs something.

Listen to it before buying, its a very good interconnect that isn't perfect for all combos.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   -



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

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This cable is the magic hand that makes bright and cool sounding amps sound as warm and enjoyable as you wish. Compared with Kimber Hero or SilverStreak and KCAG it magically is by far,far,far more reallistic,warm,not over-greassy sounding. The magical is that it actually is a lot more dynamic sounding. Some could say that detail is exactly there but not forward and shinny -i think i prefer this level and character of detail instead the fake/not natural sounding bright generous detail I hear from Kimber's Hero.
Absolutelty perfect for guitar listening , piano and even the hardest of rock sounds fantastic, with depth , wood-pseydotube like harmonics. It has a relaxed and sligtly slightly laid-back sound that is almost magical how by far excels the other pricy cables.
Try this: Combine this interconnect 0.6mm (First Ultimate) with the Nordost Blue Heaven (rather cool and slightly forward/bright sounding speaker cable) and you get detail and neutrallity/naturality that you wont believe, right sounding not bright , natural lush. Also the strange is that all organs and voices have more air and dynamics compared with all the other cables.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   local store




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