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Tara Labs Missing Link Jumper Cables
17 Reviews
rating  4.47 of 5
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bhipp2 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I hooked these jumpers up to my NAD C370 and immediately heard more detail in my system. Watch out if your system is on the bright side. Drastic improvement in soundstage and speaker seperation. My house-mate also noticed the bass got tighter. Some reviewers said that they lost bass, but I think they might have just lost some of the boom. There is much more going on in the high frequency range. Almost bright.

I figured with all the money they I spent on my Synergistic research interconnects I should give these a try. Its worth it.
Im giving it 4 stars because I have not tried anything else.

NAD C370
Paradigm Studio 60 v2
Sony ES Cd player
Synergistic Research Alpha Quad speaker cable(none acitve)
Synergistic Research Sterling interconnects (active)



Synergistic Research

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   San Francisco Stereo



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

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
The "missing link" used on the NAD C320:
These small interconnects does a great job when used with this little wonder of an amplifier.
The original NAD sound great but with the missing link hooked up everything just sounded even better!
Better imagination, more air and stronger focus and I also feel that the bass got a more clean appearance.
This is one really great upgrade in all aspects!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $30.00



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

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2002

Bottom Line:   
These short interconnects made a "meaningful" difference to the music reproduction of the Creek 5350SE, making it a very effective and worthy upgrade to the Creek.
The transparency of the entire soundstage improved, making the air between the instruments more "perceivable". The harmonic structure of the instruments and the natural air and sweetness of live music became apparent. The transient speed of the music increased, letting the music flow much smoother. Mid bass cleaned up, improvement to low bass extension was minor but the bass became more tuneful and rhythmic. Vocals sung instead of yelled. Resolution and level of detail across the entire spectrum improved a great deal. High frequency extension also improved and the highs lost edginess.
To me, replacing the stock metal U joints with the RSC Link yielded a highly worthwhile improvement overall. Highly recommended for similar applications. Not easy to convey in words how pleasantly surprised I was.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Integrity Audio, New Hope, PA



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by zugswang a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2001

Bottom Line:   
My system is also a B60 sourced by a Link Dac. During the first couple of weeks of ownership of my B60, I felt that treble was more attractive than my previous separates had shown, but maybe it could be juiced up a bit more.
Unfortunately the Links did not live up to their Audioreview ratings in my system. I tend to agree with those who found them to be lightweight. They give a slightly more detailed, sweeter treble rendition but at the expense of lower mids and bass. The tonal balance is shifted up. In other words these simply are a trade-off, giving one audio virtue at the expense of the others. Since the strength of the B60 is in the midrange and upper bass, I don't see much point to backgrounding that just to get an artifically sweet sounding treble.
An example is Stan Getz' Serenity CD. The piano soloist expresses his main ideas with one hand in the treble range, while the other hand accompanies with comping in the midrange. Through the U-bars, the midrange chords are always forceful, but through the Links, you sometimes can barely hear those chords although you can hear all the treble notes easily. Also the powerful bass in this recording fades away through the Links.
Improvement on the U-bars is certainly possible, but it will require a jumper or interconnect of greater range and transparency than these. The Links are 'good value' but
$30 is still $30. Don't buy unless you can try first.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Saturday Audio Exchange



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stefan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2000

Bottom Line:   
this short cable is a relatively inexpensive upgrade from those metal U-bars supplied with the pre-out-main-in amps.
the material used seems also to be more exclusive than what´s in tara´s basic interconnect serie: prism. but im not
so familiar with tara labs, so i´m not sure...

if i compare the link with those U-bars it bettered the sound in almost every aspect. in the beginning it sounded a
little harsh, but after a while the bass bloomed and it just
got rounder and better.
-more air
-better soundstaging
-detail; a tad better
-fuller bass
-better tonality (biggest improvement)

but i feel that the base (although better than before) just got a bit overblown, it´s a matter of taste i guess. also: as i said, the tonality was a big improvement, but the whole sound is too much colored; a bit to sweet and "golden" sounding.... (?)

the improvements over the U-bars are many, the vices fewer. but the link has a distinct sound of it´s own, and the u-bars, although bad in most respects, have not...

when i changed my "supplied-with-cd-player" interconnect to van den hul´s d102 III EVERYTHING just got better! in EVERY single aspect.

the Link is no vdh. for it´s price it´s ok. it´s fab if you fancy bass and like a tad impact added to your music. but if you are in to drive and rythm, look for another cable to replace those U-bars, the Link is a slow performer...

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $30.00




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