Nordost Flatline Gold Speaker Cables

Flatline Gold

User Reviews (22)

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akosgyorfi2010   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 04, 2010]

Very week bass,thin,bodyless sound,lost resolution in high frequencies
Shift for Kimber 12TC. So much better

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Kekoa220   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 31, 2003]
Strength:

Clean refined midrange and treble.

Weakness:

Bass is a bit light. Rigid cable, not very flexible but attractive so I suppose you really don't need to hide it.

Switched out 10ft runs of Kimber 8PR with 12ft runs of Flatline Gold. Both are terminated with silver sodered Nordost banana plugs. The Kimber was an excellent cable but its top end was a bit harsh and forward. The Flatline was more controlled and musical notes that were a bit shrill with the Kimber 8PR were now smooth and refined with the Flatline. My system did lose some bass when I switched out the Kimber. I think the Flatline restricts the low end a bit but I would definitely trade punchier bass for a smooth clean top end. My musical tastes are heavily skewed toward female vocals, acoustic guitars, instrumentals and the like. So a refined midrange and treble are my main concerns. If you value these characteristics then the Nordost Flatline Gold is a good choice. This cable is by no means weak in bass, just less forward with it than the Kimber 8PR. For the money, about $4 a foot, it's a good value no necessarily cheap but not outrageous at all. My 2-channel system is made up of the following: Epos M12 bookshelf monitors on M12 spiked stands. Arcam CD72T Arcam A65 Nordost Black Knight Interconnect Panamax M500 Power Strip By the way check a pair of Epos M12 if you can, amazing speaker inexpensive price. ($895 MSRP) Store: www.definition.com

Similar Products Used: Various Monster, Kimber Kable In-wall, Kimber 8PR, Audio Quest FF 8.
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4
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Rob Whitehead   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 06, 2003]
Strength:

Neutral Clean Non-Coloured

Weakness:

Hard to hide Susceptible to damage?

I purchased this cable after having borrowed a pair to try to sort a problem that surfaced after a home renovation. Whilst it didn’t fix the problem (brighter room, speaker location and system mismatch) I was hooked. Contra to what I’ve read in a lot of other reviews I've found the bass & mid range to be tight and controlled.The treble has also lost the harsh edge it once had. As for the mismatch, I have been running a pair of Castle 2SE speakers (bright to say the least) via an old Denon PMA 350 amp & DCD 890 player. I’m pleased to say that after almost 2 years of demos these are both soon too be replaced with a Perreaux 200i amp and CD1 player. (The beauty of living in NZ…) As for cable, at this price I can’t fault it.

Similar Products Used: Monster Cable Flatline 2 "Others"
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4
keith   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 01, 2002]
Strength:

2 pair give powerfull bass and wonderfull mid.

Weakness:

sound bright in high

This is a good cable that give big and clearn bass. It can produce powerfull linear low frequency. I use 2 pair of bi-wire to drive my Matrix805. My 805 can play RR recording with alot of punch. I mean, quality bass punch. Midrange is clear and sweet. Yes, it really sweet. But it sound bright. It really give my 805 sound bright. If the bright high can be solved, then this is a good cable. I use 2 pair of bi-wire to drive my 805 bass/mid unit. Use AQ midnight2 to drive my 805 hight. So my 805 now sound powerfull bass, sweet mid and smooth high.... Sounded pretty good. Can try. I bought my flatline bi-wire in pre-owned price. Give five star for 2 pair to bass/mid. 4 star for it bright high

Similar Products Used: AQ midnight2.
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dolph   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 26, 2002]
Strength:

detail, clarity, honest, real sound and FAST!

Weakness:

too good (uncoloured) for some systems

it is a superb, clean cable, which excels if your electronics are good. It brings an unbelieveble detail e.g. in the bass, sounds that normally get lost in a shapeless bass mass are now being resolved. The cable does not 'add' bass or anything, it is honest in transferring the signal from your amp to the speakers. So, if the signal of your amp/cd combo has a harsh timbre, your sound will be harsh when using these cables. The same if the amp/cd deliver little bass: sound lacks bass. In this case you'd better find a slower cable, that is able to colour the sound to something tolerable.

Similar Products Used: vd Hul
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Patrick   an Audio Enthusiast [Aug 16, 1997]

I bought the Flatline Gold to connect with the excellent B&W DM601 speaker. The result was excellent. The Flatline offers a detailed and sparking treble, and the midband is open and clean. The bass area is bouncy and deep, and it works wonderfully with the B&W DM601. The best cable you can buy in its price range.

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Patrick   an Audio Enthusiast [Aug 16, 1997]

I bought the Flatline Gold to connect with the excellent B&W DM601 speaker. The result was excellent. The Flatline offers a detailed and sparking treble, and the midband is open and clean. The bass area is bouncy and deep, and it works wonderfully with the B&W DM601. The best cable you can buy in its price range.

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Rory Duncan   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 31, 1999]
Strength:

Clean midrange. OK imaging

Weakness:

Everything else- no deep bass too speak of- too heavy upper bass and far too overbright for most cds and amps.

I started this cable off with QLN111 speakers and at first thoroughly liked it. OK bass and treble etc. When my ears heard what a 'proper' hifi sounded like, I got rid of the QLNs, but the horrible racket was still there. I am now buying the blue heaven to replace it. OK for about £5 a metre- thrashes QED Qudos Silver but no way worth a tenner a metre!

Similar Products Used: QED Profile 4x4, Chord Rumour, Chord Legend, Nordost Blue Heaven
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2
Stanislav Horacek   Audiophile [Feb 24, 2001]
Strength:

Open sound and lots of detail

Weakness:

Weak bass and not neutral cable. Midrange unnatural!

Thise cable is only good for treble. Midrange is coloured and unnatural. Upper bass is to heavy. Lower bass too weak.
Qed Silver has much better midrange and bass, but Flatline is much better in treble!

van den Hul CS 122 beats all of them. Try van den Hul CS 122 and you'll see how Flatline Gold is much worse! Not comparable!

NAD C370
Mission 782
Onkyo Integra T-4711
van den Hul CS 122
van den Hul D-102 MK III

Similar Products Used: Qed silver, van den Hul CS 122
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2
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text   Audiophile [Oct 04, 2001]
Strength:

great

Weakness:

non

I can only say its a honest cable.for some system it will be a little byte bright.so it must work with some "warm equiment".it'll be wonderful if you got a amp like audiolab.

Similar Products Used: audioquest minight2
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