Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cables

Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cables 

DESCRIPTION

Consisting of sixteen individual TCSS conductors, eight clear and eight white, arranged in a large format braid. Individual conductors are Hyper-pure copper and utilize our proven VariStrand conductor geometry. The insulating dielectric is a high pressure-low temperature-extruded Teflon. The aggregate wire size is two 9 awg conductors.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 09, 2012]
vince
Audio Enthusiast

kimber kable 8tc best cable ever purchased and has stayed with my system as upgraded to better ancillaries , as a musician i like the naturalness of the cable everything in the correct place if your system is high resolution this cable will astound you.
current system
cyrus pre qxpd and power supply, two power x amplifiers momoblocked, linn sondek ortofon rondo bronze cartridge, lehmann se phono stage, liinn genki cd player, cambridge np30 streamer, kef reference one speaker with bespoke super tweeters and silver and gold glasshouse interconnects

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 28, 2010]
henry lee
Audio Enthusiast

Finally purchashed two run's of 12 feet with banana plug temination's. I must admit, I was very skeptical about spending that kind of money for speaker kable. Having used lower lines of kimberkable and having fantastic result's with them.So clean sounding very impressed,so the big decision was how much was I willing to spend?. After further review on my part and reading all the review's posted(great input by the way).I decieded I would go for it,I knew my linn keilidh were capable of so much more.And I was right,but not right away. Right out of the box I was not impressed at all,has kimber let me down on this one. The monster cable I had hooked up prior sounded better!But after approximately 50hr's or so, they really started to open up and every day since then. Every day I hear pleasant change's everywhere,from top to bottom.I can finally justify spending the extra dough now(to myself anyway's) but I know what I like and kimberkable has not let me down again. Very glad I did'nt step outside the box on this one,kimberkable for life.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 17, 2009]
scott montgomery
Audio Enthusiast

Moved from a 22'X14' listening room to a12'X10' room and downsized my system from a B&W 605s and an old Denon reciever as a pre-amp thru an Adcom 125 w amp. I had built 2 pairs of cat5 speaker cables(different lengths) and thought they were great. Now have an all Vincent system with small NHT Classic 3's. Been listening to this for 6mos. Added Kimber Kable and noticed tha the sound stage has opened up and the detail is wounderful...even without a sub woofer. Crystal, like opening you eyes thru clear lenses not cloudy ones. Best money I've spent in a long time!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 23, 2009]
EllisDJ
AudioPhile

This is without a doubt the best cable I have heard !!

I have been an avid fan of QED Silver Anniversary for a long time, but this stuff has blown my socks off!!

From the minute I pulled it out of the box I was impressed. The quality is exceptional and the weave of the individual strands is something very unusual indeed. Its supposed to reduce interference which took me a while to understand the point until I wired them up. The cables were running past several others including mains!! A good reducer of interference is therefore essential and then you start to appreciate and understand the magic behind the design!!

The sound quality is everything you expect from a cable of this price approx £400 2.5m pair with bananas. To me its a very natural sound which has got to be the best way surely. Its very open and a real pleasure to listen to for hours.

I am a big fan of dance music, some commercial, and lot of older stuff, reggae, pop etc. a real mix and so far there has not been anything I think sounds bad, or harsh or anything.

To me you dont put these cables in your system and immediately go wow, but after you have had them for a while you will be very glad you forked out for them and you will want to listen to a lot of music back to back.

I have written this review to help you in deciding wether its worth investing or not. I always do a lot of research before buying anything and I have read many of reviews on this website. If you are reading this then chances are you are doing the same.

If that is the case then rest assured you will be very happy with this purchase unless of course you can afford the more expensive set - The Crystal 24s I am sure they would be better still.......

The blue is a very noticeable colour, the newer white/silver is better I am guessing at hiding hence the colour change. This is the only negative I can think of.!!

Speakers used on are B&W Nautilus 805

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 23, 2007]
Lefteris T.
AudioPhile

Strength:

Detailed and "airy" without sharp edges at high frequencies. Balanced presentation without emphasis on specific spectral areas. Extreme value!

Weakness:

None at this price point, personally I would not go any further than this.

“To Cable or not to Cable?”

I am positive here: cables make a difference!

But is this a good or a bad thing? In most cases it is not very good…most companies nowdays seem to be able to predict the acoustic effect of a cable (possibly using computers) and they manipulate the signal so that it sounds as desired…

This behavior does not fit my goal: I want to hear the real thing (as close as I can get to it anyway) and NOT your cables guys, I’ m sorry!

Rumor had it that Kimber were “sharp” cables. Did I mention I can’ t stand “sharp”??? Well I hate it. But I love analysis. The beauty of seeing the instruments floating independently in space…this is a blessing.
So having in mind Kimber=sharp, I never tried Kimbers…

Not until a pair of Hero interconnects were sighted used at a low price…at the time I was looking for a replacement for VDH 102mkIII on a secondary source (FM radio). Well, the Hero cable was too good for the money, except a minor metallic timber in the vocals (maybe not a fault of the cable itself). So the door for Kimber stayed open…

Lately I realized that the “air” of the high frequencies was thick and dense in my system…I could not blame any component for this (they have been selected with so much care and pain) except for the speaker cables or the speakers themselves.
Thank God I chose to start with the most inexpensive part to replace…

It has been a week now that a single run of Kimber 8TC (8ft) carry the burden to feed them Spendors with signal.
Not fully broken in, I love what this cable does for me…

1. Balance: no particular emphasis anywhere in the spectrum, results in a very detailed but at the same time relaxed presentation. Bass is not as strong as my previous cable, but this is good as it unveils information at the lower end that used to be covered.
2. Analysis: tons of masked info came to light. Breathing, smacking lips, pops and cracks on wooden floors, piano pedals, you name it…
3. Lively: music seems to be…well…more musical! Instruments are more lifelike, same with voices, no colorations, just the real timbre.
4. Transparent: no more instruments glued together. Each one has its own well defined space, especially high frequency percussion is alive and vivid (and it does sound as percussion).
5. Expanded: music occupies more space. Instruments come from all-over the place. Behind, left and right of the speakers. Live performances are so much more realistic…
These are just first impressions. The cables have been in use for less than 30 hours, I expect further improvements in time.
Summary: this is a top-sounding-cable regardless of price. It does so many things right that you just can’t focus on anything negative. I am so impressed that I think I will replace all cabling in my system with Kimber. This is my top recommendation for a speaker cable. If you intend to spend more, keep the money and enjoy other things too…
If I changed the speakers and got the same effect, I would say I made a very good choice, now I just can’t say enough!

System info:

Spendor S8e, 2way floorstanders
TACT (Lyngdorf) SDA2175, semi-digital power amplifier
Pass X2 line preamplifier
Marantz SA17S1 SACD/ CD player
Interconnects: VDH Integration (XLR), Kimber Hero (RCA), Ultralink, Monster, others.

Similar Products Used:

Audioquest midnight plus, Audioquest Type 4, Ultralink bi-wire

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 11, 2007]
rbsnoddy
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Very transparent. Makes good-quality component systems come alive....

Weakness:

None

Originally I was using Tara Labs RSC Prime Bi-Wire cables in my system. After recently moving, I hooked the Tara Labs cables up and my system sounded 'muddled'. I tried numerous tweaks and adjustments to determine what the cause could be.....My last attempt was to replace speaker cables (as I thought the Tara Labs could not be causing my system to sound this way) with Kimber Kables. Once I hooked up these cables, I was amazed at how my system came alive - the highs and mid-range was clear, and the definition I was able to hear was eye-opening. Highly recommend trying these cables out....

Similar Products Used:

Tara Labs
Audioquest

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 11, 2007]
stecar
AudioPhile

Strength:

Detail and flow
Natural organic sound that avoids 'spotlighting '

Weakness:

Price when new. I think it's an excellent cable but over priced

I trialled these cables with by Naim/Spendor set up. I had been told that the Kimber could be 'risky' when used with Naim.I t was quite the opposite. The timing was excellent and it brought out detail I hadn't previously heard. It gave music a fluid and organic feel.It is a subtle cable that does most things right. It doesn't get in the way. There's no excessive bass and no 'pulling about' of the sound.
When I compared it to the Naim cable, it won hands down. The Naim seemed to choke the music and gave a 'bathroom acoustic' feel to the Dab radio. No reall synergy and quite disappointing.
I bought it for £200 for two good lengths and termination.A fantastic bargain.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 15, 2005]
James howard
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Live sound, clear, the music is in the room with you. Great Bass

Weakness:

none that I know of

Excellent cable..it makes such a big difference to my set. Unbelievable. The bass feels palpable it is so good. The instruments are very clear and sort of jump out at you, out of the speakers. Other more expensive cables like, Nordost, were warmer, but they were less ALIVE. I prefer the kimber 8 tc I use them terminated with WBT plugs on the amplifier side , and great spades WBT 0660 on the speaker side, bi-wire. I would highly recommend this, as the WBT plugs help you get the most out of your kimber cables. Expensive...but still considered a best buy (see hifichoice !)because the sound you get out of them is phenomenal.

Similar Products Used:

Nordost red dawn, QED silver anniversary, cheapo IXOS cable, powervocal.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 07, 2005]
cteffner
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

After a good 60 hours of break-in these things smooth out and come to life, very natural. Can't say enough good things.

Weakness:

None.

Very nice cable. Timing is just right, tonal balance cannot be beat for the dough. I have 2 pairs for my bi-wired system. I consider them a "reference cable".

Similar Products Used:

Too many.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 07, 2004]
m. v. m.
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Thermionic

Weakness:

A pain to terminate

This, my friends, is a story about self-deception and being fooled by reviews. A long time ago – well, not really so long ago: just six years – I bought some B&W DM 601 loudspeakers. They were awful – bass was overbearing, treble was tinselly bright and they were coloured (what would you expect from thin-walled chipboard boxes?). These were my first hi-fi loudspeakers, and I had them single-wired with some Supra Classic 2.5 – but then I started reading hi-fi magazines; I tried biwiring the speakers with another run of Supra, and lo!, the soundstage opened up, the sound became clearer and gained the ability to fill the room. So naturally I thought – biwiring is the only way to go about it. Then I bought my ProAc Tablette 50’s. Evidently, they were biwired since their first notes. After hearing what biwiring did to my former loudspeakers, how could I have it any other way? I upgraded my cables gradually, and one day I ended up trying the Kimber 8 TC against the Transparent Music Wave. And nice were these: well-built, with those big anti-RF networks, single-wired, and… about 50% more expensive than the Kimbers. Curiously, the latter wiped the floor with the Transparents in terms of speed and imaging! So I bought a 2,5 metre pair of Kimber 8 TC. As I swore by the biwiring dogma, I split the strands – half for the woofer and the other half for the treble. Some years later I decided to split the strands in different configurations: ten for the woofers and six for the tweeters, and even a 4 – 12 configuration. The results were good – an increment in detail was clearly noticeable –, and the latter configuration worked very well indeed, so I went silly and thought the next logical step would be to buy a pair of 4 TC for the treble, leaving all sixteen strands of 8 TC for the woofers. You see, by this time I was reading too many reviews in Audioreview… Anyway, the improvement – if there was any – was very marginal, and really not worth the expenditure. I must say I was a bit disappointed, and began to fear I had spent a lot of money senselessly. About one year after I purchased the 4 TC, I had a «what if…?» moment and decided to put the little rhodium jumper bars back into the Michell terminals on my ProAcs, and connected them with the 8 TC in single-run mode. I was shocked – there seemed to be no audible difference whatsoever between this configuration and the biwiring option. I felt so foolish! Further auditions made me realize the sound was actually better in single-run mode – which didn’t add to my self-esteem… Now I have single runs of 8 TC. Additionally, I cut two ends off the 4 TC and substituted them with the jumper bars on the speaker terminals. Quite simply, I have the best sound from my speakers I have ever had! The 8 TC is a fabulous cable: tonally neutral, very dynamic, with lots and lots of low-level information – just the thing for conjuring a wide and deep soundstage. Bass is full, yet fast and articulate, and treble is sweet and extended (I have a vinyl front-end, so treble glare is seldom an issue). All in all, it is a wonderful cable. I have to recognize that people like John Crabbe and Ivor Humphreys are right when they deny the benefits of biwiring. Good, well-designed loudspeakers – and in my judgement there is no doubt that the ProAcs fall in this category – have quality crossover networks, so biwiring becomes redundant. I reckon ProAc inserted the double terminals for biamping purposes, as my speakers are totally insensitive to biwiring. The bottom line is – beware when buying speaker cable. Trust your ears and don’t get fooled by all that mambo-jambo about biwiring and shotgunning! Self-deception is very easy with all hi-fi components – let alone cables! Also, bear in mind that cables are system-dependent. What works well in a certain context may be disastrous in another! Anyway, you can be sure you won’t go wrong with Kimber 8 TC. It is a terrific cable. Expensive? Maybe, but others are even more so and don’t offer as much all-round quality as the 8 TC.

Similar Products Used:

Loads of 'em

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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