QED Silver Spiral Interconnect Speaker Cables

Silver Spiral Interconnect

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User Reviews (9)

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hower   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 05, 2003]
Strength:

Good Bass Extension

Weakness:

Cable tends to get sticky in humid environment like Singapore.

Surprise to hear so much complain about this fantastic interconnector. But then again, it is up to individual taste. Hooked up to my Marantz CD-17 and John Shearnes Phase 2 and Phase 3 Integrate and Power combination, the resultant sound is full and amazing. Just like it.

Similar Products Used: MIT, Straightwire, Cambridge Audio & Monster.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
GanjaTron   Audiophile [Aug 31, 2000]
Strength:

Detail, clarity

Weakness:

Overly bright and forward

I tried this interconnect in my Musical Fidelity X series setup. My initial reaction was a nervous twitch; piercing treble like you wouldn't believe. This is one nasty cable if not mated carefully. It was downright unbearable with my equipment. After trying other interconnects and switching back to the QED, I realized there was no way in hell I could (literally) warm up to this cable. After listening to this cable I'm somewhat prejudiced against silver conductors.

Some reviews have classified this cable as neutral. I agree with Seng Hui below and would place it on the icy side of neutral. Given the price and the detail it offers, this cable could work miracles in dull systems. Your mileage may vary...

Similar Products Used: Audioquest Quartz, Clearaudio Trident, MIT
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Randy Muir   Audiophile [Nov 07, 1999]

This cable transformed my system! It is very fast and extended the highs and lows. The impact is noticably imporved over other cables. The imaging is excellent with music firmly planted in the sound stage. Excellent!! I want to upgrade the rest of my system too. I am using:

MG 3a's, Bi amped
Sound Valves Pre-Amp
2 Dennon POA 1500 amps
Mirage 1000 watt sub

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
neil   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 30, 2001]
Strength:

astonishingly weighty bass, timing, clarity, treble that doesn't make my ears bleed(for once!) and imaging

Weakness:

given the many strengths, not much to grumble about

As i'm writing this i still can't believe the difference these bits of cable have made to my system!(sony cd/amp and rogers speakers). My system has always been bass light but then...enter Qed Silver Spiral Interconnect - as if by magic there was the bass, so weighty and tuneful. Also, the harshness in the treble that i'd experienced with vocals was smoothed over nicely though not at the expense of detail. I found timing to be slightly better as well. Put all this together, throw in some clearer imaging and you've got what i believe to be the best interconnect in it's price range.

Similar Products Used: qed qunex 2, chord cobra 2
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Serhat Erdogan   Audiophile [Jan 13, 2002]
Strength:

good bass,very bright,soundstage is big,looks nice

Weakness:

I dunno yet

I was using QED Qunex 1 and I was thinking of upgrading,I first bought Van den Hul D102 III HB..I tried it at home but belive me I could not see any difference between QED 1 and the Van den Hul..I was terribly dissappointed then I took it back to the seller and changed it with QED Qunex Silver Spiral..Let me tell you this interconnect is better than Van den Hul..Even my first interconnect(Qunex 1) was as good as Van den Hul and it was four times cheaper than Van den Hul...Now I am very happy with Silver Spiral..there is an hype going around with Van den Hul but QED gives better performance at lower prices...So why should I choose Van den Hul..With QED the sound is brighter and more lively...

Similar Products Used: Van den Hul, QED Qunex1
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Jon-Jon   Casual Listener [Oct 22, 2001]
Strength:

Makes my cassette deck sound fuller

Weakness:

Made my CD player sound unlistenable

I bought this cable unheard as it was nearly half-price in my local shop. But I could not listen to it when used on my CD player - far too much boomy bass, so much it forced me to turn the volume down. Better on my tape deck where it fills in some of the lost frequency.

Ststem:

Marantz 63 KI Signature
NAD amp
Mission speakers

Similar Products Used: Kimber Silver Streak, JPS Superconductor, Cambridge Audio Silver Spiral
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Dennis Thong   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 04, 2001]
Strength:

Nice, slightly forward midrange. Full, warm mid->lower bass.

Weakness:

Odd, lumpy mid->upper bass. Can be a bit bright with poor recordings. Can't seem to keep up with some music rhythmicly.

System:

Arcam Alpha 9 CD - Cabletalk Broadcast 2s
Arcam 8R/8P Biamped - Van Den Hull D300 Mk III
Whatmough Monitors 202i - QED Silver Anniversary.

I was looking for a replacement for the Van Den Huls and the strategy I was approaching was to eventually replace ALL my interconnects with the same products.

I decided to try out the QED Silver Spiral i/cs in the hope that I could replace the CableTalks eventually to have an all QED wired system.

I first tried the QED Silver Spiral between the CD and the integrated amp. I burnt it in with pink noise for several days. The results were not too encouraging. Bass became a LOT fuller, but the lower mid bass had a tendency to bloom. As usually when this happens, the mid-upper bass exhibited a tendency to suck out. The net effect, songs with bass (acoustic or electric) that drives a lot of the rhythm sounded very ploddy and slow, making it very difficult to get into the music. I tried repositioning the speakers, but to no effect, they're already 1.5m away from the walls.

The midrange was quite nice though. The previous VDHs were quite laidback, and the more forward nature of the QEDs were quite nice. However, there was a hint of chestiness, which may have been brought about the odd bass.

As for the treble, they were probably a little too harsh for my ears. Not that there was anything wrong with it, but I found that with certain types of music (i.e. the ones my wife listens to), it sounded quite bright.

So what did I do? I swapped the cables around and used the QED to drive the power amp and the Cable Talks as the CD->Integrated Amp. The result was a more pleasing and balanced presentation, better detail with a silky smooth treble, although still a slightly laid back mid-range. The bass definitely evened out, but there was slightly more extension than the VDHs.

I suspect that the Cabletalks are a better balanced cable than the richer/lusher balance of the QEDs and since the Arcams already exhibit a hint of warmth, it probably sent them over the edge.

I'd recommend the QED Silver Spiral if you have a quick/fast system but definitely not if it has a warm tonal balance.

Similar Products Used: VDH D300 Mk III
Cabletalk Broadcast 2
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Seng Hui   an Audio Enthusiast [Apr 21, 1999]

I bought this interconnect for afew months already......Maybe I can give some comments about it. My impression of this cable is fast, dynamic and detailed. In terms of details, this cable will bring alot more costly ones to shame. Very dynamic, good bass and good highs and mid-range too, and the soundstaging is good too....Sounds like a cable made in heaven??? Well, not really. To me, if you can properly match this cable with a suitable system, it will sound fantastic. However, for my system, which is slightly on the bright side, this cable makes it even brighter, making the highs abit piercing at times. I am settling for something more mellow.....
But I'm sure that in "darker" systems, this cable will really shine. Will help to bring out afew more layers in terms of both width and depth of the soundstage. And details as well.

Anyway.......my system comprises of Copland CSA8 (fully transistor) integrated amplifier, Marantz CD17KI (which is already very detailed), Sonus Faber Concertino Speakers, NBS Dragonfly speaker cables, API Power Wedge IVp, REL Strata II Subwoofer, and self-made interconnects and power cords. As you might be aware......the CD17KI is already forward in nature.....and so too is the copland.......so can't have the silver spiral to add to the effect.

Actually, I will give it 4 1/2 stars.....but since there are no such ratings, then a 5 then (for what improvements I know it can bring about in "darker" systems)


OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
ash patel   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 01, 2000]
Strength:

fast bass,good midrange,

Weakness:

upper treble is bright

I tried this cable between my mudical fidelity x24 DAC and pre-amp - midraneg and bass are fine , but upper treble gets bright to the point of piercing sound.

I then plugged in van del hul TheFirst and this resolved that issue and added more detail , openness to the sound.
I used the silver spiral between the premap ( Linn Kolektor) and the poweramp ( Nu-Vista 300 ) and the bass is fine ( a little compressed ) but the treble is still a little bright.
The highs in vocals can get ear piercing at times.

Im looking for somethign that is very open and sounds natural but not as bright.
Any suggesstions are welcome - please emial me.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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