The Trasparent Cables are well known to the audiophile community for their strange appearance: almost every cable by this Company is equipped with a mysterious black box, called the Transparent Network which is a passive network used to optimize, as we'll see later, the performance of the cable.
The Transparent Cable audio production line can be divided, roughly speaking, into three main sections: the budget-oriented series called Performance, the mid-priced Premium and the hi-end one called Reference.
The Music Link has a dry mid-range with a slight tendency to a forward sound.
The high range, open and transparent (what else? :-) ) is a perfect match for this mid-range performance, so that you have the feeling of a very open and detailed sound.
Now, with dark chains this could be a healthy touch, but with already dry systems the use of the Music Link should be carefully studied and tested before buying. And so the use of the Music Link with very low-budget systems has to be carefully evaluated, since the transparency of this interconnect can easily reveal the drawbacks of the components.
The mid-bass and the bass range are full bodied and give a very strong impact to the musical reproduction.
Only sometimes the lower bass seems slightly *gummy* and uncontrolled. This happens especially with discs with a heavy energetic content of bass frequencies.
One of the big pluses of this interconnect is the overall dynamics: probably the Transparent Network, filtering out any unwanted signal, leaves the amplifier to deliver its power just to the musical program.
Hence the sound through this cable is plenty of power and fast, very fast.
Another big plus is the 3D imaging: the soundstage is very wide, well beyond the loudspeakers, back and forth, from left to right.
Actually it is the soundstage width that amazes but don't expect larger than life musical instruments: no! This interconnect does reproduce a wide soundstage but the instruments and the singers still retain their normal and natural *size*.
If this level of performance has been reached even with a budget cable one should expect the high-end models to make wonders.
© Copyright 1998 Lucio Cadeddu
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