47 Laboratory OTA Kit Cable ( Stratos ) / Made in Japan
Single Track Speaker Cable / Interconnect Cable
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Price : 450 / metre
One rate EMS : Bht 50
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I wired up my entire system with the 47 Laboratory Cable Kit to get the full effect. I needed more interconnects than the cable kit provides so I had to ask Yoshi for enough connectors to make an extra set of interconnects for the Auditorium 23 step up transformer to Fi Yph phono stage connection & a digital connector between my DAC and transport. Then I let 'er rip. For the first 20 hours or so, the Cable Kit sounded a little bit lean and forward - but just a little. I was impressed by the clarity, oodles of detail and the deep & tight bass - from a skinny little wire no less! When things finally settled down completely, the Stratos maintained its detail, clarity, deep and tight bass and attained just enough natural roundness on decent recordings to completely banish any sense of the slightly lean and forward break-in sound. Compared to my reference full Nirvana cable system, the Stratos was more extended in the highs and lows, with the latter's depth and power surprising coming from such a small single strand of wire. Compared to the clarity of the Stratos, the full-system Nirvana listening experience was a bit like the aural equivalent of looking through lightly frosted glass. The Stratos allowed me to see deeper into the soundstage, provided better image definition, better tone, better decay of notes, a greater sense of space and better delineated fine details than my reference Nirvana cables.
While I no longer have the Cardas Golden Reference I reviewed for 6moons, my aural recollection suggests that the Stratos performs in the same league for detail recovery (i.e. oodles of detail) and betters the Ref by sounding more natural and - ahem, a touch more golden. I like the Stratos better than both my reference Nirvana cable set and the Cardas Golden Reference cable set or any other full cable set I've heard in my system for that matter. So what we have in the Stratos is a realsizer's dream come true: A true reference level product that you can use to wire your whole system for all of $600.
Stratos as a digital interconnect
I've talked about how the Stratos compares to some high-end full-rig cable sets like the Nirvana & Cardas Golden Reference. How does it stack up on the individual basis of its component parts? First up was the Stratos as digital interconnect between my Meridian 508.20 and Audio Logic 2400 vacuum tube DAC. I was rather shocked at the transformation of my digital front end by the insertion of the minimalist Stratos wire in place of my reference Cardas Neutral Reference or Nirvana Digital Transmission Interface. The Stratos sounds altogether more natural and analog-like while still maintaining a level of resolution and detail retrieval that was rather astonishing. This is by far the best digital interconnect I've heard in my system for infusing an analog-like ease and musicality to the music while still delivering the HiFi fireworks of excellent detail recovery, soundstaging, imaging, clarity and dynamics.
While listening to Greg Brown's Honey in the Lion's Head, I was impressed by how natural the decay of the guitar strings sounded and how well they were delineated. I was also struck by how natural & analog-like it made my digital sound. If I hadn't known better, I could have believed it was my idler-wheel driven Garrard 301 spinning a licorice disk instead of digits streaming off a hard silvery CD. The Stratos gets the flesh & blood feeling right. Next was the degree of resolution & clarity that allowed the Stratos to unravel each vocal and instrumental nuance and make musical sense of it. There's something else too - it makes the music fun to listen to. It made me want to just keep dropping disks into my Meridian transport to see what would happen next. Another thing that impressed me was how well the nether regions were resolved. No booming blurry bass here. I could hear the clearly deep and resolved individual
bass vibrations making up the overall sound of Rick Cicalo's bass notes. One could have counted the bloody cycles per second! The Stratos is easily the best digital interconnect I've heard in my system and by a rather large margin. How would I sum it up? I think I'd use the same words that Junji uses to describe the combination of vacuum tubes and LPs: A "rich and fresh musical presence with ambiance".
The overall character of the Stratos was natural, with lots of clarity & detail and an overall enjoyable take on the music. The Stratos did a good job of articulating the brushes on cymbals and the bass was well defined if not particularly deep. Miles' muted trumpet could sound slightly strident in the higher notes but never became outright annoying in the way muted trumpets can be when not reproduced well. I did note that the higher notes of the piano didn't have the last bit of sparkle that I like to hear, instead sounding slightly rounded off and softened. Soundstage depth and clarity were both better than the Nirvana, however.
Like the single-ended triode (SET) amplifier and the single driver loudspeaker (SDL), the minimalist single conductor wire design of the 47 Laboratory Cable Kit with its bare-boned connectors makes the most of its simple and elegant design to provide excellent sound quality and music-making ability at what can only be considered a real world everyman's price of $600 to do a whole system.
The Cable Kit's level of performance stands proud among the priciest High End interconnects & speaker cables that are its competition from a musical & sound quality perspective. While the Cable Kit may be 47 Laboratory's most inexpensive offering, it's also
one of its most impressive, proving Junji's maxim of "only the simplest can accommodate the most complex". Is this the best cable solution out there in audio land? I don't know but in the right application, it's certainly among the best. Highly recommended!
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