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Cardas Audio Lightning
5 Reviews
rating  4.6 of 5
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2001

Bottom Line:   
First of all, this is for the Cardas L-15 not the standard Lightening. The L-15 is thick and well built & makes the standard lightening look like a penciled neck geek. The L-15 has bass in spades. It has a smooth detailed top end to die for! Never harsh or bright but full of detail. AIR? We are talking world class air and seperation here. I have other cables that retail for 3x the price of this cable, but barely better and in some respects this cable bests even that BIG boy! Retail is only $15 more than the standard Lightening at $270, but find them from time to time used b/w $125 and $175. It will smash anything close to it's price range!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   AR marketplace



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Robert Williams a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I strongly believe that this is the best digital coaxial cable money can buy. Sure its pricey, but compared to other brands/models, it's definately the best bang for the buck.
Bass is solid, and high frequencies are clean and clear. No harshness here.
I've used this cable for a few years now.
I originally had it between my Adcom CD player to my Sonic Frontiers Line1 tube pre-amp. Currently my use of this cable is between a Toshiba SD-6200 DVD and a Lexicon 7.1 setup.
When my components are upgraded, or my hi-fi tastes change, the Cardas Lightning will remain in my system.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1997

Purchased At:   Audio Empire



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Decon a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2001

Bottom Line:   
A very nice cable and well worth the money. l was very impressed with its performance even before the break in period, huge sound stage, detail, detail ,detail!! great powerfull bass, highly recommended.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   mortone hifi



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rusel Barroso a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2000

Bottom Line:   
It impressed me since the beginning. Its like a wine, as much it gets older, it gets better. It's open, detailed with amazing highs. I compared it to the terrific Iluminations D.60 and also to the Van Den Hul Second and for me Cardas Lightning was the number one. Unfortunately today I don't have it in my system because a very special friend listened to it in my stereo room and fell in love with Lightning. I didn't think twice, I gave it as present and when I tried to buy a new Lightning, I couldn't find it in the stores.
I am planning to write to Cardas Audio in America and naturally I will buy it back or the new Cardas Neutral Reference digital cable Cardas is producing at present.
Congratulations, George Cardas! Lightning is a product to show to the world what America is able to do.
If somebody is interested to improve his/her system, please give a chance to this wonderful cable. It's magic!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by T R a an Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 28, 1997

Bottom Line:   
I tried a Lightning cable after hearing the Cardas High Speed cable. I am using between a Rotel RDD 980 transportand Audio Alchemy DTI 2.0. I liked some of the things the High Speed cable did, especially in the bass, but it had problems. The rest of the music was muted and muffled. I thought the Lightning would be better and it was, but not for the difference in price. The bass was fantastic, and there was a large, deep, soundstage, but the higs and mids were still too dulled down. I just couldn't live with the lack of detail and had to return them. If you have a system that is on the bright, and edgy side this cable might be perfect for you, but it didn't work for me. I'll give it a 3 if used in a bright system.

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