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AudioTruth Lapis
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rating  4.2 of 5
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mario Cassar a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2000

Bottom Line:   
The Audioquest Lapis*3, are very natural-sounding cables. Well the term "natural" has a thousand meanings to a thousand individuals-naturally. Overall the cables intrude very little in the music chain, but is not 100% transparent, and like most other silver cables, it sounds laid back to a fault. But overall the result is very pleasing.
FYI- the cable is used between the DAC and the Power amp, when other "similar" kimber cable was used, the result was not up to my liking. This is not to say that the Kimber is less capable than the Audioquest, but perhaps it did not "fit" in with the system, as well as the Audioquest.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chris DeArmitt a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 3, 1999

Bottom Line:   
These cables can be admired for their transparency but I find them uninvolving and irritating even for short listening periods. In contrast the Tara Labs RSC Prime sound full and musical but too bloated and with a boomy bass in my room. If I use the Tara Labs from CD to preamp and Lapis from Pre to power amp then the overall balance is a good compromise. The Harmonic Technology Pro-Silways are much better than that combination though, they have the transparency but the sound is still musical and natural.

It's dangerous to discuss transparent cables unless you mention your system. Such cables can let through nasty sounds from your system so you may be listening to your system accurately instead of the cable itself.

Here' s my system:

Meridian 508.24 CD player
Pass Aleph L preamp
Pass Aleph 3 power amp
B&W Nautilus 805 speakers
Kimber 8TC bi-wired speaker cable (1 meter)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MARKUS B. a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 20, 1999

Bottom Line:   
AN EXCELLENT CABLE AT ANY PRICE,ONE OF THE SMOOTHEST TOP ENDS. VERY ACCURATE IMAGING, WITH A WIDE SOUND STAGE.MUCH SMOOTHER THAN COMPAREBLE STRAIGHT WIRE VIRTUOSSO OR KIMBER. DOWN SIDE IS IT'S RATHER SYSTEM DEPENDANT, SOUNDS GREAT WITH FORWARD OR AGGRESIVE EQUIPMENT COMBO'S, VERY LAID BACK BUT GREAT DETAIL.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Milos a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 27, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I am audiophile from Yugoslavia, my name is Milos. I am very interesting about Aq cables which is greatest for me. I ve triedall audiotruth inter. in my system except diamond x3, now I use old
emerald with quad structure, not like new air hyperlitz x3 version
between cd and preamp as well as lapis x3 between pre and power amp. I
am very happy with this combination, also I used forest in low biwire
mode with heybrrok HB 100 speakers on HBS1 stands. My system consist of valve preamp
from Yugoslav company and class A power amp which is very like old Krrel.
This combination were imported in England ten years before and have
great success, especial Oakley image s preamp, which were on Hi Fi
choice hit list as recommended (500 pound). My cd is NAD 502. I ve tried also many nonAq inter. cables in my system including: transparent ultra, vdh first, mit terminator5, cardas 300B and many others.
I found that lapis x3 is very revealing, smooth and in comparison with emerald have more body and bettered them in terms of absolutely lack of grain. Lapis is very quiet cable with great control across the spectrum which is characteristic off all audiothruth cables. Audiothruth cables have easy presentation, touch of warmth and make music. This is most important, because with many other brands like ones with network tehnology music becomes processed and finally wrong. Very often people forget that when listening music, they listening music and not component and this is only possible when emotional content of music is present. In other terms this cables is very very musical and its hard to explain things when everything is wright, just music end nothing but the music. At a same time emerald is perfect between cd and preamp because
it have "copper" kind of mid presentation, which is very lush and
palpable, as well as excellent bass definition and extension. I think
that copper and silver cables in this combination works extremely good
because it forms a synergistic combination. Audioquest range of truly great interconect cables start for me with emerald, and my advice is to spent money for serious cables.

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Overall Rating:5
Submitted by P. F. Kelly a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 24, 1999

Bottom Line:   
OK. I read all these reports. Here's mine. Take it with a grain of salt. I design and build speakers, for personal use, as I have for 35 years. Originating from necessity, I could not afford to build the speakers I could appreciate. However in the end, the speaker product was an improvement over the high-end references which had been my comparison. This makes this painstaking hobby quite gratifying. This also requires that my equipment, including interconnects, be employed for both listening enjoyment and also diagnostic purposes. What I have found with these interconnects is very accurate signal transmission between equipment units of exceptional fidelity. Thus I employ them from each signal source to each amplifier. This translates into a wonderful listening experience. Of course, in a triamplified system, this can get expensive. The transparency change is immediately apparent upon cable substitution. However, after the usual silver oxide surface deposition which characterizes aging, conductance and impedence changes, I found some problems. I found the increased detail revealed inaccuracies with one D/A converter system. This took a while to diagnose. Then, the signal accuracy became so acute as to point out some diffraction effects of my version 5 ribbon speakers which the new version 6's were designed to eliminate. There were many other engineering improvements, so I was not aware this aspect was such a significant problem previously. Also, as the sound stage depth varies with recordings, and this can extend to envelop the listener. This is an unusual experience, perhaps I am just lucky. I find them a pleasant experience. So, I am quite satisfied with this product. It is unlikely I will upgrade this component.
However, if anyone would like to compare interconnects, they are welcome to make arrangements and bring reference recordings to compare as well. I really have no opinion, and if something is better, that is fine with me. Lastly, I would
recommend to anyone interested in this product to test a variety of interconnects, but further to understand that the science and engineering behind them should be an appropriate match for the level of their other components. Based on the quality and pleasure of reproduction, as well as their help in a diagnostic capacity with other components, I would rate these interconnects "4.9".


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