XLO Signature 1.1 Speaker Cables

4.5/5 (6 Reviews)


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ubalanced interconnect cable


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

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Bought as a demo for price above, so not a bad deal - probably the best-sounding i/c to be had for this price range. Excellent bass, somewhat recessed mids, nice highs. Lots of detail and speed without glare or grain. Seems quiet. Very good dynamics. Well-built.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Cable Company



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by krell a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Try this Cable you'll find a new improvement from your Hi End systems.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Absolut HiFi



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter Yip a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This cable has been highly recommended a few years ago in local journal. I bought it and I think that it worth its price. Analyitcal, powerful and balance. If you compare it with those cable with soft tone you will hear a big difference. Excellent as ic between pre and power amp, too dry and mechanical between CD and preamp, and intolerable as phone cable, although the background is still silent.

Cannot be replaced as ic between my ML 380S and CJ premier one.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $350.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Lum a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Many of us can’t afford those top-notch super-duper massively expensive interconnects. Furthermore, we want something better than the budget models, good as they may be. So what if you want something really excellent, but can’t pay for the top-of-the-line stuff? Well, the XLO Signature 1.1 may be the answer.

Years ago, when I was first putting together a high-end audio system, I auditioned this interconnect. At the time, I was not impressed. Now that I have higher-resolution equipment, I revisited the Signature 1.1, and now I realize the folly of my ways. It turns out that my old equipment simply was not that high-performing. The Signature 1.1 was only passing along what the equipment sounded like.

No matter what I hook the Signature 1.1 up with, the cable imparts its sonic Signature on the treble. The extension and air remain, but high-frequency information is robbed of sheen, tonal color, and correct instrumental timbre. While image specificity is above average, image depth is foreshortened. Thus, trebles sound somewhat cold and two-dimensional.

Midrange data are focused, with razor-sharp image outlines. However, this leads to a lack of fullness, roundness, and body. I can turn the volume up, but scale-wise, the mids remain a bit too small.

Other than these two criticisms, the XLO Signature 1.1 is an honest, neutral performer. It does not slow down or speed up what’s fed to it. It does not blur image outlines. It does not add that stupid warm, bass-heavy coloration prevalent in 85% of what passes as “high-end” cable these days. It does not obscure bass information. Until you use cables of this caliber, you might not know what a variety of sound exists in the bass regions. With the Signature 1.1, you will hear the texture, pressure, and direction of the movement of low-frequency air.

The Signature 1.1 sounds okay out of the box, but it takes a full six weeks, before it burns in fully, and sounds the way it should. Be patient, and do not jump to any premature conclusions. In use, make sure that you tighten the RCA plugs. Do not bend the cable at sharp angles (duh!). Keep an anti-static spray handy, to prevent electrostatic buildup from hindering your cables’ performance.

Top-notch interconnects now cost over $1500 a one-meter pair. When I tell you that, at $625 for a one-meter pair, the XLO Signature 1.1 performs at 75-80% of those price-no-object models, you should listen.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jimmy James a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 24, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I have XLO Sigs. throughout my system. Most connections are balanced. No real point of comparison as previous cables were AQ Ruby and Quartz, good cables at their price point. XLO uses teflon insulation through their lines and I have found that teflon cables sound better than PVC or other materials. AQ Emerald uses teflon as well as other cable mfrs. in their higher priced cables. Roger Skoff of XLO has written a couple of white papers and did a long technical interview with Stereophile concerning his ideas on cable design. His theories make more electrical engineering sense than any other babble or spin from the other cable theorists (Tara and Cardas). XLO cables can consistently be had for 40% off retail. Add this to their fab sound and you have a high end steal.

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Duration Product Used:   an Audiophile




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