Transparent Audio MusicLink Ultra XLR Speaker Cables

MusicLink Ultra XLR

Balanced interconnects

User Reviews (7)

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muzz777   AudioPhile [Oct 02, 2004]
Strength:

tonal cohesion top to bottom, macro dynamics

Weakness:

not liquid, poor low bass, poor imaging, grainy highs

poor bass, edgy highs, not smooth midrange. I suggest acoustic zen or harmonic technologies. Changed all my cables after a 1.5 year a/b demo.see below

Similar Products Used: acoustic zen, harmonic technologies, nordost,ultralink, audioquest, Monster.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
DTS   AudioPhile [Jul 29, 2003]

I am currently using 5 sets of 2meter runs within my system. Using the XLR doesn't seem to be that much different from RCA however, I like the locking mechanism the cable brings rather than the conventional RCA. The sound and the openess really defines the cables quality to produce a realistic an airy sound. They are pricey however, compared to the rest of my system it seemed to be the wise choice. System Krell- FBP300 & KAV250 AMPS Krell- HTS Processor Krell KPS 28c - CD player Krell HTS DVD player Martin Logan Odessey Speakers Magnum Dynlab Tuner

Similar Products Used: monster, audioquest, straight wire, red dawn
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
arcls25   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 26, 2002]
Strength:

Neutral, transparent for all frequencies, unaudible noise floor, better soundstage, dynamics and frequency response than Musiclink Super

Weakness:

price (although I bought them as 2nd hand for a good discount), heavy and big network box

This is the best cable I have tried to integrate to my system based on the price/performance ratio. Sky is the upper limit but considering the rest of the system there should be a balance that you should spend for cables, otherwise it may be better to upgrade the other components. I decided Ultra is the best choice and allows me for a possible upgrade of my other components without considering the upgrade of cables. Adding the Ultra Speaker biCable (Actually two seperate cables in a single jacket each is direclty connected from power amp to the speaker terminals rather than regular biwire) is a magical combination. I directly connected my Ultra XLR from Audio Aero Capitol 24/192 cd processor/preamp to the power amp (Rotel RB-1090). Bypassing preamp and another interconnector increased the soundstage and bass lines. Although I bought two pairs of Ultra XLR and one is idle for the time being, I will use it with a hiend tube preamp which i am looking for the near future. My system: Audio Aero Capitol 24/192; Ultra XLR; Ultra Bicable; Rotel RB-1090; B&W Nautilus 803

Similar Products Used: Various Transparent Audio cables: Super, Plus, Link. MIT Terminator series
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Rick F   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 05, 2001]
Strength:

Open and quiet sound

Weakness:

Network boxes are heavy

I purchased two sets (1m and 2m). After break in of about a week these cables sound very open and the background is black. I couldn't believe the difference from the MIT 330HE single ended cables I was using. The Ultras are so quiet. I attached a 2m set between the ARC Ref 2 preamp and Levinson 332 amp and a 1m set from the Wadia 861 to the ARC. Yes, I did try hooking the Wadia up direct. It sounded very quiet, open, transparent, but too anaylitcal. The system sounds better played throught the preamp. It's warmer, more musical, and lost none of the transparency. The network boxes, billet aluminum I think, are heavy and scratch easily. Be careful when handling them. These cables are well made and worth the cost.

Similar Products Used: Mit
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
tapsa lappi   Audiophile [Dec 04, 2001]
Strength:

Neutral, huge soundstage, very good bass

Weakness:

price

Transparent Ultra is best cable what i have own.Very neutral,huge soundstage, very good bass.I think that silver cable have own sound(new Siltech g 5 is very good silver gold cable), Transparent Ultra is more real music.I understandt now why so many topclass systems use Transparent cables all in the world, they want best sound best systems.( see Dunlavy, Wilson, Avalon, Krell, Mark Levinson, MG, ´Gamut. Audionet, Audio Physic, A Capella etc work fine with Transparent cables) My system is now:A CAPELLA Horn with plasma tweeter(this tweeter is best, amazing), Gamut m 250 monoamp(very, very good), Advantage s 1 cd with preamp module(best cd, upsampling), Audio Physic Minos sub(simbly best)with Transparent Ultra xlr and Ultra speaker cable biwire, Siltech power cables. Happy listening tapsa

Similar Products Used: Cardas,Siltech,Cello, Dunlavy,Van den Hull, Audioquest etc.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
George M   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 13, 2001]
Strength:

Musicality, low noise

Weakness:

takes about 200 hours of break-in to sound their best

I am using a 15 ft run of these cables between an ARC LS25 and an ARC VT100 MKII. The quietness of this cable is palpable (yes, an oxymoronic statement.) Thus, allowing my preamp/amp to "strut their stuff" . Acoustical instruments sound very natural, dynamics and bass are exellent. With this cable in my system, I have no desire to upgrade in the near future.

Similar Products Used: XLO Sig 2.1, Burmester, Audioquest Diamond, NBS Monitor III/II, Kimber KCAG, Siltech SG38
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Steven   Audiophile [Jan 12, 2001]
Strength:

Real Music vs a good stereo, Great Bass, Mids, Smooth Highes.

Weakness:

Expensive!!!

I tried these on a lark with lot's of skepticism. My experience in the past has been that how a particular cable sounds has to due with the source and load components interaction with the cable. I used them to connect an Accuphase DP75 to a Levinson 26 balanced input.

Immediately I was taken aback by the sense of listening to live music as opposed to a good stereo. My reaction was, "Can this be real". I didn't perceive any obvious frequency response changes such as when I've tried other cables such as Tara RSC (bright and cold).

Afterwards I checked the Transparent web site and encountered a rational discussion of what they're doing with the termination networks. Unfortunately too late for me, one reviewer warned not to try these cables unless you could afford them since the experience would forever spoil you. How true.

Similar Products Used: Cardas Quadlink 5C
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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