Review Marco Ultimate HDMI

Review #11 - Ultimate HDMI Cable - Ricable Review

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Marco L.

Sources: Audiolab 6000CDT CD Transport; Aune X5S digital audio player; NVIDIA Shield TV

Amplifier: Lector ZAX-70

Acoustic speakers: Indiana Line Tesi 561

Other: Aune S6 Pro DAC; Sony Bravia Full HD TV

The following review of the Ultimate HDMI cable is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Marco for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to you choose Ricable?

Reviewing an HDMI cable used only to carry the video signal could seem reductive and uninteresting for a community that gathers Hi-Fi enthusiasts and in fact... also for years I have neglected its importance, using a cheap cable of unknown brand and price around ten euro. It looked good: nice look, gold plated and heavy enough. Maybe too heavy, as it disconnected from the TV dragged by its own weight or by any slight movement of the TV. Another problem was the occasional lack of video signal when turning on the units. Knowing Ricable for Hi-Fi cables (of which I own some especially of the Primus series), I have so decided to invest a more than reasonable amount of money for the first price of the HDMI they produce, sure to go on the safe side 🙂 .

Review Marco Ultimate HDMI
What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

The construction of the cable is as always impeccable: solid, rigid but not too much and above all with absolutely stable connections. Aesthetically it is elegant but not too showy, the ideal in short. Like all good quality cables, it could be a bit bulky if the back space is limited. The ideal is not to exaggerate with the length if you don't need it.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

Since this is not an audio but a video Hi-Fi test, since I use the cable only to carry signal from the Android box to the TV, I can make comparisons only with the previous sub-brand cable used with the same devices. The test was carried out by watching some HD movies (recent and dated) available on Amazon Prime and Google Play Film platforms, as well as watching TV documentaries on Rai Play platform (Ulisse, Superquark).

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Review Marco Ultimate HDMI
What were your
listening impressions?

As said above, I have no listening impressions since I use the cable only for the video signal. I can report (I don't know how it can be scientifically explained, being a digital signal) an evident improvement of the video quality. As a proof even my wife (unaware of the umpteenth change of the umpteenth cable and not asked about it), has spontaneously noticed a quality jump in the video output. Totally absent, obviously, disturbances or interruptions of the signal during the vision. Therefore, even though I remain convinced of the idea that it is not convenient to spend astronomical amounts of money for digital cables, I believe that a leap in quality is absolutely perceptible.

Your conclusions.

As always, a praise to the quality and the commitment of Ricable in the realization of the products and in the pre and post sale assistance. To report the reliability of the products even of entry level range. Although form should never prevail over substance, it is necessary to highlight how the original packaging and shipping are always impeccable.

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What did you like?

- Product yield
- Excellent quality/price ratio
- Guarantees offered by the manufacturer
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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SasaDF Theater

Review #10 - Supreme AI HDMI MKII Cable - Ricable Review

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Salvatore D.

Sources: Panasonic DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player; Oppo BDP-105D Blu-ray player; PlayStation 4 Pro

Amplifier: Yamaha RX-A3040

Acoustic Speakers: JBL TiK Series

Other: Velodyne DD-12 Subwoofer and Yamaha NS-SW1000; VPL-VW270ES Projector; Samsung 32″ UHD FreeSync TV

The following review of the Supreme AI HDMI MKII cable is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Salvatore for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to you choose Ricable?

Chosen Ricable after seeing some tests on YouTube of how this brand had an extra gear for any cable produced, of very high quality, especially the top of the range series. The lifetime warranty is another reason why I immediately opted for their purchase on Amazon, among the myriad of Chinese cables overflowing with data and astronomical figures not very credible (like the bandwidth for HDMI at 48 Gbps when the certification was released only in September 2020 and still there are no official certified cables: I bet soon Ricable will have one of the certifications of the HDMI consortium).
I buy the HDMI cable I need for the PlayStation 4 Pro and I'm amazed by the quality of construction and package. I mount it: perfect vision! Then the unexpected: the video connection goes down. And the culprit is the cable Ricable which is a few months old. Discouraged I go on their website: in a very short time I find a surprise: no boring e-mails to CA that answer TOMORROW, but a WhatsApp chat in real time, or almost! I contact them very skeptical: after ten minutes I have my answer! And believe it or not, the next morning the courier was at home with the new cable! At this point, struck by such seriousness, I ask them to send me their best HDMI cable, of the Supreme series. I mount it, and I'm BASED! First of all it passes the necessary bandwidth for 4K at 60 Hz, but then you see a substantial difference with the already excellent Hi-End cable mounted before. At this point I have been so conquered by them that when I take the big step to have the longed-for 4K also on the projector in the SasaDF Theater 2, I immediately think of them.
I get the Hi-End HDMI cable, just to be on the safe side. Then I reconsider: I can't skimp on just the most important connection in my entire home theater! Final photo with the VPL-VW270ES projector, proud to have under it the HDMI Supreme MKII cable with the signal amplification chip. Crazy cool. From now on every cable I'll need in my SasaDF Theater 2 will have the brand "Ricable" printed on it and, sooner or later, I'll even make a plaque: "This Home Theater is connected with RICABLE".

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What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

Elegant packaging, but absolutely sober, professional I would say. Cables of excellent quality. You have the sensation to have well satisfied the Anglo-Saxon concept of the "value for money": quality for what you have spent. I recommend you to keep the box! Never throw away something that in future resale or movement could be vital.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

The comparison has been made with cables of other Chinese brands found on Amazon, with the same cost of the cables Ricable. The feeling of cleanliness of the video signal in favour of the Italian company was so clear, that even with the VPL I bled, but I had to have at home their Supreme cable!

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What were your
listening impressions?

On listening impressions, you'll have to wait until I save up the cash to get their flagship power/power/signal cables. Will we be talking about that in 2021? Probably so. This I promise, because I'm sorely tempted to "rewire" my glorious TiK's with their Hi-End power/power/signal cables from the brand under review. The problem is that I will have to have a special design made for the tri-wiring with double vertical bridge that was designed for me by Parasound, and which I would not change for anything in the world.

Your conclusions.

Supreme MKII STRICTLY ADVISED cable for those who have projectors to connect at a long distance from the source. Or even for those who will soon switch to buying a next-gen console. If you want to have the bandwidth to enjoy the maximum quality of the next-gen, there is a brand "Ricable", and a model of HDMI Supreme MKII cable that must be for you precisini an absolute must-have at day one, resting on your flaming PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X! And if anything goes wrong, you'll have Amazon-worthy, if not superior, support for life!!!

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What did you like?

- Quality Management
- Availability in case of problems
- Direct and immediate relationship
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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Review #9 - Cable Dedalus Signal - Ricable Review

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Gianni Alberto B.

Sources: Stanton ST 150 M2 turntable; FiiO M11 DAP.

Amplifier: Arcam FMJ A29; pre-phono Vincent PHO-701

Speakers: B&W 707 S2

Other: Topping D50s DAC; Oehlbach XXL Powerstation 909 power supply unit

The following review of the Dedalus Signal cable is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Gianni Alberto for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to you choose Ricable?

Reading several positive reviews on some Hi-Fi forums, I have decided to buy the products of this brand. Another factor that has pushed me to the purchase is that we are talking about a product made in Italy.

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Ricable Review Gianni Alberto
What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

It already starts off well from the product packaging which is eye-catching and well cared for. The products are well built and very solid. The various mechanical contacts are well established and ensure an excellent connection to the electronics. The various cables are also very flexible facilitating the installation in tight spaces. Aesthetically I find them really beautiful.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I started out listening with the classic low quality serial cables that are sold with the electronics. In sequence I went from Ricable Ultimate Signal, Ricable Magnus Signal and finally the Ricable Dedalus Signal. I based my cable changes on listening to albums that I know well.

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Ricable Review Gianni Alberto
What were your
listening impressions?

The first changes I noticed were when I switched from the basic cables to Ricable Ultimate Signal. The things that I noticed most in this transition were a better presence of detail and a more orderly sound reproduction. Then I switched to Magnus Signal; this is where I started to notice the biggest differences. The thing that impressed me most was the midrange reproduction. Here I could hear hidden details that I couldn't hear with the previous cables. Finally I moved on to Dedalus Signal. What can I say, amazing. Wide and well reconstructed musical scene. Detailed mids, never fatiguing highs and well defined and precise bass.

Your conclusions.

They are well built products with an excellent quality/price ratio and then they are Made in Italy. Surely, considering my personal experience, I feel like recommending this brand to others. Nowadays all my system is wired with Ricable cables (except for the USB cable connected to the DAC because it is not yet commercialized - the USB cables, in the meantime, have been commercialized Ed.)

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What did you like?

- Bass reproduction, medium detail
- Aesthetically beautiful!
- Value for money
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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Ricable Review Andrea

Review #8 - Cable Dedalus Speaker - Ricable Review

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Andrea G.

Sources: Teac Z-5000 CD player; Technics SL-1200 MKII turntable.

Amplifier: MastersounD BoX

Acoustic Speakers: Harbeth HL-P3ESR SE

Other: Nothing

The following review of the Dedalus Speaker cable is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Andrea for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to youchoose Ricable?

For a long time I was trying to improve part of my components, among which the cables Speaker ; I was coming from the basic Transparent cables (sold by the metre) not bad but I was looking for something more. Searching on the net I came across Ricable; for some time I was uncertain between this company and another brand highly publicized in various forums; the site, the few but good reviews, the Made in Italy and a certain something made me lean towards Ricable. Actually I was oriented to Magnus, they seemed more proportionate to the commercial value of my system, then a good opportunity in the second hand ... and I took the Dedalus.

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What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

As soon as I opened the plain cardboard box that contained the Dedalus packaging, I was genuinely surprised and amazed. The packaging is worthy of a jewellery product! The first impression when touching the cables was of solid, well finished and carefully constructed objects... they give a pleasant sense of reliability. Certainly they are not easy to hide, both for the size and for the rather garish colour, but this is an exquisitely aesthetic aspect that in some cases could be considered a merit.
I also appreciated the detail of the Velcro ties to hold the cables, rigorously branded with the Ricable logo. Even though I bought the cables used, I had the sensation to be in front of a new product, both for the packaging and for the condition of the content.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I plugged in the new cables and started listening to a range of music that I know particularly well, from pop-rock to jazz to classical, the latter two being the genres that I listen to the most. I didn't do any comparison tests with my old cables, I knew them quite well and the difference was immediate and so clear that I didn't feel the need for any further comparison.

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What were your
listening impressions?

Right from the start it was evident that there were a number of differences, for the better, from my previous equipment. The Dedalus brought out a more articulated and controlled bass range from my speakers, producing the perception of a greater importance of the low frequencies, and their greater intelligibility.
Even on the highest frequencies there has been a clear improvement, for example the cymbals of the drums or the hi-hat were more limpid, vivid and resonant in the listening room, as in air suspension, with a sound, especially when passing the brushes, pass me the term, "golden". The detail in general is much improved, a small anecdote: while listening to Blue in Green (in Kind of Blue, Miles Davis), towards the end of the piece, I realized, for the first time, that the double bass makes the last beats played with the bow! What can I say, maybe I had never been so careful in listening, but the effect of surprise and amazement of having seen a "new" sound in a piece heard over and over again made me fall in love with Dedalus.

Your conclusions.

In conclusion, I can say that the whole sound range has improved; in general the sensation is that there has been an enrichment of the harmonics and therefore a more involving, warm and present sound. After what I've written, I can only recommend these cables; to me, with my system, they have brought improvements that frankly I wouldn't have believed, obviously we're talking about nuances, but so evident that I think I've spent every penny well. Given the good experience I've had, I'm planning to buy interconnects for my CD player as well. Ricable made my listening sessions happier!

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What did you like?

- Sound output
- Construction care
- Value for money
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What would you improve?

- Cables are not always easy to manoeuvre
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Ricable Review Salvatore

Review #7 - Primus Coaxial Cable - Ricable Review

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Salvatore G.

Sources: Technics SL-1200G turntable, Ortofon MC Quintet Black S cartridge; Esoteric K-01Xs CD/SACD player

Amplifier: Pre-phono Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL; Two chassis preamp McIntosh C1100C/T; power amp Bartolomeo Aloia ST 240

Acoustic speakers: B&W 802 D

Other: PowerStation IFL Network Filter

The following review of the Primus Coaxial cable is a result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Salvatore for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to youchoose Ricable?

I had browsed through the various internet sites and often found conflicting opinions on the quality of the various cables. I preferred to go on the safe side with Ricable where the quality of the product is associated with a "possible" price. I already own other cables of the Invictus series which I am very satisfied with (two interconnects and the power cable).

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What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

Even though it's a "basic" product the build quality is very good; the RCA connectors fit perfectly, it has a nice touch and a very good look. Considering what you can find on the internet, it seems to me that in this price range there are very few good products. On the other hand, there are plenty of products at stratospheric prices.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

For the test I used the first movement of Brahms' Symphony No. 4 conducted by the incomparable Carlos Kleiber (CD with Deutsche Grammophon digital recording). I first connected an LG Blu-ray player (see picture) to the Esoteric's DAC using a spare black coaxial cable. Then I connected the Ricable cable in the same manner. Finally, just for fun, I played the first movement through the Esoteric again. The volume remained strictly the same throughout the test.

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Ricable Review Salvatore
What were your
listening impressions?

With the first cable the sound was dull, flat, with reduced image and instruments not always spatially placeable; but given the poor quality of the cable, the result was predictable. With the Primus things are definitely better. The sound became clearer and more refined with, I think, a slight increase of the volume (but maybe it's just an impression); the soundstage widened and the instruments were more characterized. At this point I put the CD directly into the Esoteric. Apart from the cable, I found the comparison to be impractical (the LG player is a budget model, only good for watching movies on TV), but I have to say that in the end the difference between using the coaxial and the Esoteric was not as big as I would have expected.

Your conclusions.

The Primus coaxial is very good in its price range. Since I bought it for an occasional use and only to listen to records that the Esoteric doesn't read, spending a much higher amount of money to buy theInvictus probably wouldn't have made much sense, even if the curiosity to compare the two has remained. Excellent value for money.

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What did you like?

- Good performance
- Value for money
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What would you improve?

- I'd like a less spartan package
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Review #6 - Cable Dedalus Power - Ricable Review

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Mauro T.

Sources: VPI MK III with PLC, SAMA motor, AudioQuest TP 6 tonearm, Benz Micro Glider cartridge; NorthStar Model 192 MK II and DAC wired in I²S standard

Amplifier: Audio Research Reference MK II preamplifier, VTL ST-85 power amplifier

Acoustic Speakers: MartinLogan Sequel II

Other: Pre-phono VTL TP-2.5i

The following review of the cable Dedalus Power is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Mauro for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to youchoose Ricable?

I've read flattering reviews of your products on the net, together with a commendable customer caring service. I've followed with pleasure the YouTube review by Audiofilando's friends and an article about your cables Ricable recently published on the magazine "Suono".

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What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

Excellent packaging in both an aesthetic and functional sense. Efficient and fast delivery. The construction shows the presence of excellent connectors that immediately make you appreciate the product giving an immediate sense of reliability. The robustness of the connectors is combined with a welcome flexibility of the cable, despite the large section of the latter.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I have tested the cable using various reference records, both in CD and vinyl format. The configurations have concerned various combinations in terms of possible uses in various devices of my system, with particular regard to the digital source, the preamplifier and the final amplifier. Finally, the tests have been carried out also in a comparative sense with similar products I already own.

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What were your
listening impressions?

It is an excellent product, which combines positive characteristics without characterizations of any kind and without any evidence of specific characterizations of the sound message, characteristics that I personally consider negative and harbingers of possible (and unwelcome) sonic imbalances. The imprinting is therefore neutral, with a harmonic fabric rich in details without artificial hyperdefinitions. Excellent dynamics and general cleanliness of the sound message, thanks to an evident insensitivity of the cable to possible external interferences. The voices are beautiful, with a very welcome hint of "warmth".

Your conclusions.

Product highly recommended in various and possible configurations of use. Excellent quality / price ratio, especially in comparison with similar products of foreign brands.

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What did you like?

- Performance
- Value for money
- Customer care
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What would you improve?

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New products in the catalogue Ricable: USB cables, AES/EBU and Jack variants

Last week we summarized in an article what have been the improved versions of some Ricable cables released recently. Today we want to summarize what's new in the Ricablecatalogue. We refer to the USB cables, anticipated by the only sample of the Magnus series, but with the cables of the Dedalus and Invictus series coming soon; to the AES/EBU cables, already available in the three series Magnus, Dedalus and Invictus; and to the Jack cables, present in the catalog also with the 6.3 mm connector and with relative extensions.

USB Cables

USB cables have become an object of daily use. But what is their function in Hi-Fi? USB cables in Hi-Fi are used to carry a digital signal between a personal computer and a DAC, usually. The quality of technique and materials of the USB cables Ricable allows to obtain great results compared to a standard cable (and not only) especially if the source file has a lossless data compression. According to the tests we've carried out with the USB cable Magnus, the improvement is perceivable even in PCM and, even, with compressed formats, such as MP3.

Magnus USB

Always taking into consideration the USB cable Magnus, the least valuable - although of very high level - among those present in the catalogue Ricable, we have performed computer tests to understand its limit. The Magnus USB goes well beyond the 2.0 certification (which guarantees a signal up to 5 m). We ran tests with a Hi-Fi DAC with 96kHz audio files and a very simple passive pen drive. The result is impressive. We were able to connect the DAC up to a distance of 30m, playing 96kHz files. With the passive device, which has no auxiliary power supply and has to receive power from the cable, we were able to go up to 25 metres connected to a direct USB port on the PC.

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AES/EBU Cables

AES/EBU is also a standard format for digital audio, used to interface different devices together. In Hi-Fi, it is mainly used to connect digital sources to the DAC. Some high-end devices enjoy the possibility of connection with a 110 ohm XLR cable, which improves transmission performance over the classic RCA coaxial (the analogue equivalents). The AES/EBU cables Ricable are subdivided in the three classic series: Magnus, Dedalus and Invictus, with a progressive increase in the quality of materials and construction technique.

The key to a good AES/EBU cable is that it maintains as close to optimum 110 ohms as possible for as long as possible. In this sense, even the cable that would be the least valuable of the three, the one belonging to the Magnus series - still outstanding, does a great job.

Jack 3.5 and 6.3 cables

This is a line of professional connection and headphone cables based on Magnus Signal. The Ricable Jack cables are ideal for connecting or extending high-end headphones, microphones, mixers and other high quality equipment; they are also great for some musical instruments that have 3.5 mm or 6.3 mm Jack connections. The cable Magnus Jack 3.5 is, in fact, an old acquaintance of all our most loyal customers. However, we have added variants of this cable to our catalogue, all exclusively for the Magnus series.

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The first is the Jack 3.5 cable extension, which is joined by the Jack 6.3 cable and its extension. The other very interesting addition is the Jack 3.5 / RCA cable. If you want to visit the pages dedicated to each new product line, with more details on both technical specifications and prices, just click the button dedicated to each new entry in the catalogue Ricable.

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The cables Ricable Invictus Speaker, Magnus Speaker and Magnus Power available in an updated version

The product catalog Ricable is always on the verge of not only getting richer (even on Custom, see heat shrink tubing), but also to improve. 2020 was a year full of complications related to the Covid-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop us from perfecting three of our customers' most beloved products. We're referring to Invictus Speaker, which earned the Reference designation, and Magnus Speaker and Power, both of which have been upgraded to their MKII versions. With this article on our blog, we want to give a brief summary of not only which products have reached a higher level, but also in what way. Here are the latest updated cables from Ricable.

Invictus Speaker Reference

The base from which Invictus Speaker Reference started was very good. The top of the line Ricable Speaker cable was already high profile in its previous version. Invictus Speaker Reference, according to our tests and the feedback of some of our most loyal customers, goes much further. This is despite the fact that from an aesthetic point of view little has changed; the eye only sees the larger dimensions and the non-magnetic/screened carbon cable separation block. However, it is not so much the shape as the substance that has changed drastically.

The number of conductors increases from 970 to 1,038 wires, which together with the polymer-insulated centre conductor make up each 7.6 mm² hexaphone conductor. The real innovation, however, is in the double dielectric, made with two newly developed R-TEC polymers, capable of decisively improving the dielectric constant and consequently the flow of the audio signal in the form of a low-voltage electrical signal and at the same time favouring the functionality of the semiconductor (RNR Noise Reduction), which has also been improved. Finally, a new insulating material was introduced into the cable in combination with the treated cotton. This operation allowed us to further strengthen the double shielding, without altering the electrical characteristics of the conductors.

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Magnus Speaker MKII

Magnus Speaker has been since its debut a very appreciated product for its high quality/price ratio. So Ricable has decided to improve it further by inserting an aluminium/mylar shielding before the external sheath. This allows to sensibly improve the protection from EMI/RFI interference that can creep into the cable Speaker on the way from the amplifier to the loudspeakers. This feature, combined with the Noise Reduction system, brings the performance of Magnus Speaker closer to its big brothers Dedalus and Invictus.

Magnus Power MKII

The argument for Magnus Power is similar to that made for the Speaker. The components of this series are appreciated, perhaps a little more than the others, for the quality/price ratio. Starting from here, the efforts of Ricable have been projected to make Magnus Power more and more child of the major series. Unlike Magnus Speaker, which was unshielded, Magnus Power already had it. What we have done is to insert a second aluminium/mylar shield before the copper braid. The interference protection here is on the way from the socket to the electronics.

Magnus Power

Ricable, however, doesn't just refine the catalogue, but also expands it. In the next article we'll make a useful summary of the new entries that have seen the light between the end of last year and the beginning of the current one (USB cables, Jack and AES/EBU variants). In the meantime, we refer you to the product pages of the updated cables Ricable . More updates are on the way, regarding Primus and Dedalus Speaker. Happy listening!

Magnus USB Review Dennis

Review #5 - USB Cable Magnus - Ricable Review

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Dennis M.

Sources: Innuos ZEN MK3; Cambridge Audio CXUHD 4K Blu-ray Player; VPI Scoutmaster with TNT Feet

Amplifier: Electrocompaniet ECI-6; Remton 383 MK2 tube phono stage

Acoustic speakers: A2 Audio custom Nasac

Other: IsoTek Aquarius Mains Conditioner; Heed Audio ORBIT Turntable Power Supply; Metrum Acoustics Amethyst DAC; IsoAcoustics Gaia Feet and Orea Isolators

The following review of the USB cable Magnus is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Dennis for his time.

What did he do to youto choose Ricable?

As a regular visitor to a local audio store Omera Audio at Vlaardingen (The Netherlands) I became familiar with the Ricable brand. I myself had pretty much the entire cabling of AudioQuest. I read the Ricable folder in which an explanation was given about the construction of the copper and the connectors and my interest was triggered by this.
To put Ricable to the test, I took a demo Dedalus interlink with me. After a few hours of warming up, I replaced the AQ cable between my DAC and AMP for the Dedalus and sat down for it. Wondering if I could perceive a difference, I put on the same piece of music and instead of listening to the small differences in the details my mouth fell open.

Magnus USB

The music came to life so much more and a much better stage than with the more expensive AQ cable. After switching back and forth a few times, I was surprised every time. The Dedalus, which is cheaper than my AQ cable, performed several levels higher.
I immediately bought the Invictus cable and compared it with the Dedalus and the Invictus interlink went even further in everything. Until today I have replaced all my AQ cabling for Ricable Invictus cabling and Dedalus power cables and with every replacement I had a significant improvement in my system compared to the AQ.
The only connection I did not have from Ricable yet was the USB connection between my Innuos streamer and my Metrum Ladder DAC. Here an AQ Coffee USB cable did the signal transfer. I subscribed to a message from Ricable regarding the new Magnus USB cable. Two weeks later it was delivered and I could test what the differences would be.

Magnus USB Review Dennis
What do you think
of the construction and
the aesthetics
of the product?

The AudioQuest cable costs 449 € (1,5 m) and the Ricable Magnus USB costs 94 € on the same 1,5 m length. I first compared them visually and Ricable already has the first plus point. The AQ Coffee appears visually in comparison to the Magnus as a fragile thin cable. The Magnus looks and feels like a premium cable. Since appearance doesn't always say something, I compare them both with songs that I know well.

How did you carry out the tests? What songs
did you use
to test the cable?

I let the Magnus play for a day before I actually start comparing. I always compare A/B with three numbers. If you haven't heard it by then, the difference is very small. I play the songs in its entirety and then repeat the first minute before switching the cable. I do this with every change of cables.

Magnus USB Review Dennis
Magnus USB
What were yours
listening impressions?

First I play Our Love Is Easy by Melody Gardot and start with the AQ. The beginning of the song sounds oppressive when the strings start. When the Ricable takes care of the transfer, the song sounds a bit more dramatic and Melody's voice sounds a lot more intimate. When I switch back to the AQ, I notice that the Ricable performs better in terms of voices.
As the second song I play Grace of God from the beautiful album Weltschmerz by Fish (ex member of Marillion). The beginning sounds very holographic on both cables, but again in terms of voice the Ricable Magnus sounds a lot nicer. When I play with the AQ, the low end seems a bit more turned on and sounds less tight, which has a negative influence on the midrange.

As the third song I play Giorgio Conte with Gnè Gnè, it is striking that the pace, rhythm and timing of the Magnus is very good. It sounds so nice that you no longer want to pay attention to details but want to enjoy the music.
When I return to the AQ it sounds fine in itself, but the Magnus just sounds a bit more pleasant, more music enjoyment!

Your conclusions.

If we consider the price of the cables, the surprise is complete and the Ricable Magnus is chosen over the factor 4.7 more expensive AQ Coffee.
Ricable has already surprised me a lot last year and now again with the Magnus USB cable. For the price, it really is a no-brainer. If the Magnus is already playing at this level, I am really looking forward to the Dedalus and the Invictus.

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What did you like?

- Pace, Rhythm and Timing
- Unprecedented Value for money
- Great looks
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What would you improve?

- For this price you already get so much
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What did he do to you choose Ricable?

As a regular visitor to the Omera Audio shop in Vlaardingen (The Netherlands) I became familiar with the brand Ricable. I had practically the whole wiring harness from AudioQuest. I read the brochure Ricable where an explanation was given about the construction of the copper and the connectors and my interest was triggered by this.
To put Ricable to the test , I brought home a demo cable Dedalus. After a few hours of break-in, I swapped the AQ cable between my DAC and AMP in favor of Dedalus and sat down. Wondering if I could hear a difference, I put on the same piece of music and instead of hearing the small differences in detail I was left speechless.

Magnus USB

The music came to life, as did a much better soundstage than when the more expensive AQ cable was connected. After swapping them a couple of times, I was surprised. The Dedalus, which is cheaper than my AQ cable, performed much better.
I immediately purchased the Invictus cable and compared it to the Dedalus and the Invictus cable went even further in everything. I replaced all my AQ cables with Ricable Invictus cables and Dedalus power cables and with each replacement I had a noticeable improvement in my system over the AQ.
The only connection I didn't have yet from Ricable was the USB connection between my Innuos streamer and my Metrum Ladder DAC. Here a USB AQ Coffee cable was performing the signal transfer. I got a message from Ricable regarding the new USB cable Magnus. Two weeks later it was delivered and I could verify the differences.

Magnus USB Review Dennis
What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

The AudioQuest cable costs €449 (1.5m) and the Ricable Magnus USB costs €94 of the same 1.5m length. I first compared them visually and Ricable already got the first point. The AQ Coffee appears visually compared to Magnus as a thin and fragile cable. The Magnus looks and feels like a premium cable. Since looks don't always tell the whole story, I compare them both to songs I know well.

How did you rehearse?What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I let Magnus run for a day before I actually started comparing. I always compare A/B with three numbers. If you don't hear anything, the difference is small. I play the songs in their entirety and then repeat the first minute before changing cables. I do this with every cable change.

Magnus USB Review Dennis
Magnus USB
What were
your listening impressions?

First I play Melody Gardot's Our Love Is Easy and start with the AQ cable. The start of the song sounds overpowering as the stringed instruments begin. When Ricable takes over the signal transfer, the song sounds a bit more dramatic and Melody's voice sounds much more intimate. When I go back to AQ, I notice that Ricable performs better in terms of vocals.
For the second song I play Grace of God from the beautiful album Weltschmerz by Fish (former member of Marillion). The beginning sounds holographic on both cables, but again in terms of vocals the Ricable Magnus sounds much better. When I play with the AQ, the bottom end seems a bit brighter and sounds less tight, which has a negative influence on the midrange.

As third song I start Giorgio Conte with Gnè Gnè, it strikes me that the pace, rhythm and timing of Magnus are very good. It sounds so good that you don't want to pay attention to the details anymore but you want to enjoy the music.
When I go back to AQ it sounds good in its own right, but the Magnus sounds just a little more pleasant...more musical enjoyment!

Your conclusions.

When you consider the price of the cables, the surprise is complete and the Ricable Magnus is chosen over the fact that it is 4.7 times more expensive than the AQ Coffee.
Ricable already surprised me a lot last year and now again with the USB cable Magnus. Based on the price, the choice is a no-brainer. If the Magnus is already at this level, I look forward to the Dedalus andInvictus.

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What did you like?

- Gait, rhythm and tempo
- Unprecedented price/quality ratio
- Good looking
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What would you improve?

- For this price you already get a lot
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Ricable Review Adriano

Review #4 - USB Cable Magnus - Ricable Review

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Adriano L.

Sources: Windows mini PC optimized for audio use

Amplifier: Unison Research Simply Italy

Speakers: Harbeth C7ES3

Other: DAC M2tech Young MkIII

The following review of the USB cable Magnus is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Adriano for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to youchoose Ricable?

Ricable is a company I've known for ten, maybe fifteen years now, since I started to get passionate about home cinema. With my first projector I also bought my first cable Ricable, an HDMI cable of the Ultimate series... since then I appreciated the build quality and the attention to aesthetics and details, all things that made me appreciate the work and start following the company. Time has passed since then and Ricable has made many steps forward... the last one is this USB cable for liquid music. But let's see what it looks like in detail!

Ricable Review Adriano
Ricable Review Adriano
What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

Already seeing the external box of the USB cable Magnus gives a pleasant feeling of having bought something important. Going to do the unboxing this feeling is confirmed and amplified. The aesthetic construction is impeccable, with an excellent colored braid very durable and gold-plated USB connectors well protected by a thick rubber sheath. What is surprising is the extreme flexibility of the cable despite the considerable thickness, which is important especially for those who, like me, have little space between electronics and rear wall. Going to inquire about the internal construction of this cable I note with pleasure that the USB standards are respected (something that not all manufacturers declare), such as the characteristic impedance of the conductors. I also see that thanks to the dielectric used and the particular geometry possible cross talk effects are eliminated (electrical interference between adjacent conductors), capacitance and inductance are reduced to a minimum. All these things contribute to reduce jitter phenomena as much as possible.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

As for the methodology used in the tests, the cable was compared with two other cables of known brands to which I have been accustomed for some time. When I do this kind of tests I generally use the song Sultan of Swing to evaluate the sense of rhythm, the attacks of the instruments and the response to the transients that the cable can give, while I use the album Unplugged by Erick Clapton and some tracks by Battiato to evaluate the male voices. For female vocals I used Diana Krall's The Book of Love.

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Ricable Review Adriano
What were your
listening impressions?

Moving on to the more important aspect, beautiful yes, but how does it sound? Pretty damn good.
Let's be clear, we are talking about cables, fine tuning, so we are talking about nuances of differences that only a good system set up beforehand can give back... but they are those differences, that cherry on the cake that we audiophiles always chase. Regardless of the track used in the tests, what I have noticed is an increase in the depth of the soundstage and an exceptional separation of the instruments, probably obtained thanks to the four shields present in the cable that make the signal clean and free from any electric noise. On the rock track the sense of rhythm given back by this cable is excellent, as well as the precision of the drum attacks. There is no trace of sharpness on the highs while maintaining a very pleasant airiness of the instruments, a brilliance in the sense of clarity of the musical message never tiring. Clacson's voice is granitic at the centre of the speakers and Krall's voice is suave as never before.

Your conclusions.

In conclusion I can say that this cable is the umpteenth proof that this company knows what it wants to do and above all knows how to do it. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to get the best from their DAC in terms of sound, but also the best from their system also from the point of view of satisfying the eye and the awareness of having bought something well made.

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What did you like?

- Internal construction
- Aesthetic appearance
- Cable flexibility
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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venice san marco square

Music at the time of Covid-19

Music at the time of Covid-19. Just over a year has passed since the swab of Mattia Maestri, 38, a resident of Codogno, Lodi, tested positive. From that moment on, nothing has been the same as before and the whole world is grappling with a global pandemic. Still to be eradicated. On the one hand the vaccine, on the other the spread of variants that do not seem more deadly but certainly are more contagious. All this while even our country has been put to the test and is preparing to exceed the psychological threshold of one hundred thousand deaths. How is the music, but also the audiophiles, doing in this complicated historical moment? From the point of view of the passion we nourish for this art, this seems the thing destined to suffer the least. On the contrary. Those who used to spend part of their free time listening to music, now do it even more since they are forced by the circumstances to stay at home. Moreover, more than one customer has told us that he has returned to this passion that had been dormant for some time, always considering the need to stay at home.

Live performances and concerts, which have been practically at a standstill for the past year, are the ones that have suffered. For all the singers (most of them) who are not able to round up with thousands, if not millions, of reproductions on Spotify, YouTube or whoever, the damage (serious) is economic, as well as recreational. Concerts have been replaced by improvised and domestic streaming performances by international stars, alternating with singing performances, much more amateurish, from the balconies of one's own home. In this article, a bit different from the usual, of the blog Ricable, we want to point out some aspects of music at the time of Covid-19 that we will remember for a long time, along with some words that, alas, have entered the common lexicon, such as lockdown.

Music from the balconies, from the terraces

Ennio Morricone
on Piazza Navona

Jacopo Mastrangelo is one of the many who have started to play from their balcony. The fact that he is eighteen years old, that he played Deborah's Theme by Ennio Morricone (from Once Upon a Time in America), that he did it at sunset, in Rome, on an empty Piazza Navona... all this created a mix that led the video to go viral, to be viewed all over Italy and to become synonymous with hope.

Music not to lose traditions

Andrea Bocelli
from the Cathedral for Easter

In the darkest moments it is important not to lose sight of the fact that there must be light at the end of the tunnel. This also passes through the holidays, including Easter, synonymous with rebirth by definition. On Easter Sunday 2020, Andrea Bocelli performed, alone, in the Duomo of Milan. The concert was streamed live worldwide on the YouTube channel, uniting all countries on one solemn day.

Music in smart working

International stars
from home

In order to make up for the absence of live concerts, many artists have decided to stream them. Lady Gaga has promoted a similar initiative ("One World Together at Home") for charity, in favor of of the World Health OrganizationIt brought together Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, Lang Lang and John Legend. A group of five stars with a cachet of normally six figures sang The Prayer.

Music that otherwise would not have seen the light

Living in a Ghost Town
of the Rolling Stones

Living in a Ghost Town is the single penned by The Rolling Stones released on April 23, 2020. The single is the group's first unreleased track since 2012 (Bob Dylan also broke an eight-year-long silence with Murder Most Foul). It had been written and composed in the previous year, but the group chose to release it following the lockdown triggered by the Covid-19 emergency.

Music to start again

Marco Mengoni
from Piazza Vecchia

A few live performances, to tell the truth, were held, due to the absence of an audience to attend. The last one in order of time that made a particular noise was that of Marco Mengoni, in collaboration with Rai, who sang L'anno che verrà from Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo, exactly one year after the moment that changed everything. A song that, listening again, proved to be particularly in tune with the moment.

If it is true that there is no defeat in the heart of those who fight, at the same time the path is often much more important than the goal. So we are sure that even an experience like that of a global pandemic can bring growth and maturation to those who are able to grasp certain aspects of it. As producers of audio cables for high fidelity, our aim is to provide you with supports that can contribute to give you back, in the most authentic way possible, the emotions that your favourite artists would have wanted to transmit to you with their songs. By clicking on the button below, you can have a look at our entire catalogue, which is constantly being updated.

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Review #3 - USB Cable Magnus - Ricable Review

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Erick D.

Source: Qobuz via Logiciel Audirvana

Amplifier: Jadis JA 200

Acoustic speakers: KEF Reference 207/2

Other: DAC Audia Flight FL Three S; Preamplifier Rogue Audio RP5

The following review of the USB cable Magnus is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Erick for his time.

Qu'est-ce qui vous a pousséto choose Ricable?

J'ai connu Ricable grâce au groupe Be connected sur Facebook, les différents échanges positifs des membres ainsi que la présentation de quelques produits m'ont incité à aller sur le site Ricable où où là, j'ai découvert un site de présentation de chaque produit très bien réalisé, une description détaillée, un choix important, la possibilité d'écouter durant soixante jours, un site traduit en cinq langues. Des personnes à l'écoute de vos besoins... tout est fait pour choisir sereinement et en confiance.

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Que pensez-vous
construction
and aesthetics
du produit?

Le câble USB Magnus fut envoyé rapidement (48 h) à la maison. Le packaging de transport et de présentation est robuste, le câble bien protégé. La finition de ce dernier est remarquable, une gaine de protection de la couleur correspondant à la série Magnus protège l'ensemble du câble, qui est propre tout en restant solide, les terminaisons de haute qualité sont couvertes par une gaine rétractable qui rend l'ensemble solide. Un câble bien fini dans les moindres détails qui démontre tout le savoir faire de Ricable dans sa volonté d'atteindre la perfection.

Comment avez-vous effectué les tests? Quelles chansons avez-vous utilisées pour tester le câble?

J'ai évalué le câble USB Magnus par écoute de plusieurs albums que j'ai coutume de mettre en œuvre sur mon installation à différents volumes et positionnement dans la salle d'écoute. Ceci pour évaluer l'incidence sur la qualité scénique de l'ensemble. Le niveau de saturation. L'ensemble a tourné seulant durant une trentaine d'heures pour permettre un rodage car cette première écoute semblait trop portée sur les basses fréquences au désavantage du médium et de l'aigu ce qui rendait l'écoute peu satisfaisante.

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Which ones were
vos impressions d'écoute?

Après cette période de rodage, j'ai pu constater une amélioration très nette de la performance globale avec un équilibre parfait. Une scène beaucoup plus large et profonde que j'étais accoutumé à avoir, ainsi qu'une séparation des instruments et chants dans l'espace, résultat d'une scène très intéressante voir physique, enfin pas besoin d'un fort volume pour tout entendre tellement les détails sont présents.

Première écoute: Josefine Cronholm - album Ember - titre Sing (16/44 AIFF).
Une ambiance intimiste très bien rendue, la voix de Josefine Cronholm est bien présente en avant de la scène, les instruments légèrement en arrière accentuant sa proximité, tout est bien en place aucun instrument ne vient perturber les autres, l'entrée en scène du saxophone qui vient s'appuyer sur la voix est extraordinaire de douceur et la complicité voie et saxo est très bien rendue. En conclusion: très belle écoute qui a continué sur la totalité du disque.

Deuxième écoute: Kurt Elling - album The Question - titre A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (24/96 AIFF).
Quelle voix, début en à cappella sa voix est bien présente claire et puissante à souhait puis lorsque l'orchestre entre en scène c'est l'explosion. La largeur de la pièce fait 5 m mais là elle a pratiquement doublée aussi bien en hauteur. Un véritable concert à la maison chaque instruments a sa propre puissance avec cette dynamique et clarté dans les timbres, ils sont tous bien positionné dans les trois dimensions laissant une place de choix pour la voix. Encore une très belle écoute. Là aussi tout le disque est passé.

Troisième écoute: Kyle Eastwood- album Cinematic - titre Bullitt (24/96 AIFF).
Cette fois-ci c'est la rapidité qui entre en scène; l'album est puissant, ça éclate de partout et malgré cela tout reste très limpide, aucune agressivité, aucun instrument ne se chevauche les cuivres sont percutants de dynamisme, la batterie bien positionnée veut sa place aussi, les basses chantent. Les moindres détails sont audibles. Pour l'ambiance je monte le son (pas de voisin aucune distorsion, ni fatigue, c'est beau).

Quatrième écoute: Dhafer Youssef - album Birds Requiem - tout le disque (24/96 AIFF).
Impossible to s'arrêter sur un titre. Quel voyage! La contemplation pur. Pris par une main magique ou plutôt une voix pour faire un voyage intemporel entre le contient et l'inconscient, tout le disque et passé en cinq minutes... enfin ce fut l'impression. Quels mots utilisés pour expliquer ce ressenti, aucun, cela deviendrait intellectuel... Ce fut tout simplement un beau voyage.

Cinquième écoute: Ami et camarade - album Personnages (24/96 AIFF).
Guitare/voie. Une guitare percutante, qui vibre de façon très physique, il est facile d'imaginer les doigts qui se déplacent sur les cordes, des timbres clairs rapides. Une voie, une présence, chaude, vibrante, puissante et toujours cette impression de grandeur.

Vos conclusions.

Première impression est l'augmentation de l'image holographique, bien que celle-ci était déjà superbe avec le lecteur Audia Flight, puis l'apport d'une force supplémentaire qui augmente la présence physique de chaque intervenant, qui les renders plus palpables preuve que le câble est suffisamment silencieux pour ne laisser passer que la musique.
Ce que je peux dire aussi de ce câble est qu'il est en accord parfait avec le dac de l'Audia Flight, présence, puissance et belle séparation des instruments, timbres clairs voir cristallin qui montent très haut, des basses profondes et rapides, les voies bien présentes comme si le chanteur était dans la salle d'écoute, dans l'ensemble aucune froideur ni saturation un son très analogique, vrais, palpable.
Pour un câble qui n'est pas le plus haut de gamme de chez Ricable, il satisfait grandement de par sa qualité. Bien que je connaissais Ricable, mais n'avait encore jamais fait le pas, la qualité de ce câble USB m'incite à aller plus loin et d'essayer le câble RCA Invictus Signal ainsi que le nouveau USB Invictus qui doit sortir début de l'année 2021 que je commanderais dans les prochains jours.

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Qu'est ce que tu aimais?

- L'esthétique
- Transmission quality
- A very advantageous price
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Qu'aimeriez-vous améliorer?

- Nothing else to report
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What did he do to you choose Ricable?

I got to know Ricable thanks to the Be connected group on Facebook, the positive exchanges of information with members and the presentation of certain products encouraged me to go to the site Ricable where I discovered a site with a very well done presentation for each product, a detailed description, a considerable choice, the possibility of free return of sixty days, a site translated into five languages. People who listen to your needs... everything is done to choose calmly and confidently.

Erick Ricable Review
Erick Ricable Review
What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

The USB cable Magnus was shipped home quickly (48 hours). The packaging for transport and presentation is robust, the cable well protected. The finish of the cable is remarkable, a protective sheath in the color corresponding to the Magnus series protects the entire cable, which is "fine" while remaining durable, the high quality terminations are covered with a retractable sheath that makes the cable solid. A cable well finished in every detail that testifies all the know-how of Ricable in its desire to achieve perfection.

How did you rehearse?What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I evaluated the USB cable Magnus by listening to several albums that I'm used to playing on my setup at different volume and placement in the listening room. This was to assess the impact on overall sound quality. The level of saturation. The system has run alone for about thirty hours to allow the break-in because this first listening seemed too concentrated on the low frequencies to the detriment of the mid and high frequencies that made the listening unsatisfactory.

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Erick Ricable Review
What were
your listening impressions?

After this break-in period, I could perceive a clear improvement of the overall performance with a perfect balance. A much wider and deeper soundstage than I was used to, as well as a separation of instruments and voices in space... the result is a very interesting soundstage, even physical and, well, you don't need a high volume to hear everything, so the details are there.

First listening: Josefine Cronholm - album Ember - track Sing (16/44 AIFF).
An intimate atmosphere rendered very well, Josefine Cronholm's voice is present in front of the stage, the instruments slightly behind accentuate the closeness, everything is in place, no instrument disturbs the others, the saxophone enters the scene and the complicity of voice and sax is very well done. In conclusion: a very nice listening that continued throughout the whole album.

Second listening: Kurt Elling - album The Question - track A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (24/96 AIFF).
What a voice, which starts a cappella and is very clear and powerful as you wish, then when the orchestra comes in it's an explosion. The width of the room is 5m but even there it's practically doubled in height. A real concert in the house, each instrument has its power with this dynamic and clarity of timbre, they are all well placed in all three dimensions leaving the place of honour to the voice. Another very nice listening. The whole disc is reproduced here too.

Third listening: Kyle Eastwood- album Cinematic - track Bullitt (24/96 AIFF).
This time it's the speed that comes into play; the album is powerful, it bursts everywhere and yet everything remains very clear, no aggressiveness, no instrument overlaps with the brass, dynamic, even the well placed drums want their place, the bass sings. The smallest details are audible. For atmosphere I turn up the sound (no neighbours, no distortion, no fatigue, it's beautiful).

Fourth listening: Dhafer Youssef - album Birds Requiem - the whole album (24/96 AIFF).
I can't stop on a title. What a journey! Pure contemplation. Captured by a magical hand or rather voice to take a timeless journey between the content and the unconscious, the whole record and played in five minutes... well, that was the impression. What words to use to explain this feeling, none, would become intellectual... It was simply a beautiful journey.

Fifth listening: Ami et camarade - album Personnages (24/96 AIFF).
Guitar/Voice. A guitar that hits hard, that vibrates in a very physical way, it's easy to imagine fingers moving over the strings, fast and clear timbres. A way, a warm, vibrant, powerful presence and always this impression of greatness.

Your conclusions.

The first impression is the increase in holographic imaging, though this was already superb with the Audia Flight player, then the addition of a force that increases the physical presence of each speaker, which makes the evidence that the cable is quiet enough to pass only music more palpable.
What I can also say about this cable is that it is in perfect harmony with the Audia Flight DAC; presence, power and nice separation of the instruments, clear, crystalline tones that go very high, deep and fast bass, voices present as if the singer was in the listening room, overall no coldness or saturation, a very analogue, real, palpable sound.
For a cable that is not the highest in the Ricable range , I am very pleased with its quality. Although I was familiar with Ricable, but had never taken the step of buying before, the quality of this USB cable is prompting me to go further and try the Invictus Signal RCA cable and the new USB Invictus which should be released early in the year 2021, which I will be ordering in the next few days.

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What did you like?

- Aesthetics
- Transmission quality
- A very advantageous price
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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everest

Mr Zanetti tests Invictus Speaker Reference

After a too long period of silence, the vicissitudes of our most exuberant client are back: Mr. Zanetti. We left him in the middle of a scientific and technical test with protagonists, clearly, our products, in particular those of the Dedalus and Invictus series. Today we're back on the digital pages of our site putting the new Invictus Speaker Reference to the test. Enjoy reading!

The reconquest of Everest

So, like all stories, this one has a beginning. Mr Sergio had been mulling something over since last winter: he had seen a particular insulating polymer. That's what he told us during one of our visits, when my colleague Alessandro and I went through the various cable spools in the warehouse. Mr. Sergio revealed us that he would like to improve his cable Speaker top (the blue one) implementing it, among other things, with this particular insulating polymer. That's all he said!

Months went by and around November we went back to see Mr Sergio. I noticed something different about the environment: there were more people. Yes, since quality pays, our entrepreneur had had to hire two more people, which is very important in these times of epochal crisis. He had prepared a prototype of this new cable Speaker and finished it himself. At first sight it looked the same as the previous one; he would have liked to have it listened to someone with a system of a certain level. When he heard this, my colleague Alessandro immediately took possession of the prototype, enthusiastically stating that he would have tested it himself.

After a few days, Alessandro told Mr Sergio that the cable was exceptionally good and superior to the previous one. I had to wait about a month before production started; it seems that this cable is not too easy to build. I was curious to try it out as I have recently upgraded my system. I currently have a brand new Yamaha A-S3200 integrated amp (25 kgs of top technology) and a Technics "Grand Class" SL-G700 all-in-one player.

I've appreciated the Technics player's construction: it uses two AK4497EQ multiple converters (one for each channel) by the Japanese Asahi Kasei. These are converters that are also used in equipment costing three times as much and more!

Yamaha A-S3200 Zanetti

So I get this new cable and I start listening. But first I look at the specifications. The data has improved slightly: internal wire count has increased from 970 to 1038, capacitance and resistance have decreased. Outer diameter increased by 2mm, conductor cross-section (this is where it gets interesting) increased by 0.5mm. "Um," the outer shielding is also improved. It's now 7N copper. "Ah!", there's also a double dielectric. We'll see. Looking at the new features, it wouldn't seem so different, but Alessandro was highly impressed.

I take out all my reference SACDs and put aside my "liquid music" files. First of all I have to say that due to an irrepressible audiophile infatuation I bought from Mr. Sergio and therefore I own: three power cables Invictus and two balanced signal cables always Invictus, which were used to carry out the listening test of this Invictus Speaker Reference.

Well, I start with an "old" Telarc SACD from 1999. It istitled: Stir It Up, the music is by Bob Marley and it is played by a small band with Monty Alexander. The rhythm is fast and continuous, the band doesn't miss a beat. Impossible to fall asleep, the record is very enjoyable. The sound message is full and powerful but there is something that amazes me. I've never heard the guitar chords so clearly: when Steve Turre's trombone comes in I jump out of my chair! "Uhm, maybe I'm hungry, I'd better pick this up later.

Invictus Speaker Reference

I try with another SACD: a Telarc from 2004. Thetitle is tremendously challenging: The Best of Play Bach. This phenomenon (really!) of Jacques Loussier performs works by J. S. Bach on the piano with bass and drums. The impossible has succeeded! The performance is transcendental in its Pastoral in C Minor. The bass is killer and grabs me in the stomach, leaving me dumbfounded! Something is not right! Now I call Alessandro and I go to listen at his house. I arrive and I say: "Did you hear that?". Alessandro doesn't answer, he puts a black disk on the record player that improperly is called "vinyl", but it should be called "polyvinyl chloride". Let's overlook it. The cartridge is a MC (moving coil), with a higher sensitivity than a MM (moving magnet).

He turns up the volume on his McIntosh to maximum: "Unbelievable! No noise coming out of the speakers! But what the hell has Sergio done?". "I don't know" answers Alessandro and continues: "He has surely done some devilry". I go back home a bit dazed, let's try again tomorrow, that's enough for today!

Today I want to start with ninety pieces. I choose a piece for piano solo, in DSD256, the pianist is Japanese: Ikumi Ogasawara, the title of the "record" is Tears of Joy. I choose the piece Whale Lullaby*. The song is poignant, of a unique beauty. The surprise is that I am not in the front row of the imaginary theatre, but I am in the pianist's place! I am surrounded and immersed in the notes! Sensation never experienced.

I continue with more pieces for harpsichord solo and virginal entitled: Parthenia, performer Catalina Vicens. I've heard a few baroque music concerts, as they say, live, but here we're off the charts! It seems, excuse the hyperbole, that the god Aeolus blows the notes directly on my body. Unbelievable stuff! I will buy the cable for sure! I go on with the listening anyway. I try another DSD256. Paganini: O mamma, mamma dear. The violinist who now plays the viola drives me crazy with her reckless phrasings! Even here the viola comes up to your nose.

Well, now I'm trying to think what artifice will be resorted to by Mr. Sergio. More than one for sure. The irrefutable fact is that this cable reduces, according to my ear, the electronic noise by about 20 dB. A remarkable result, maybe more than remarkable. I believe, always on the basis of my rather long experience, that such a cable, if sold by very famous American companies, would not cost less than 7 or 8.000 European EURUCCI. Meditate, people, meditate!

Greetings, L. R. Zanetti.

* Ogasawara wrote this music in protest of the indiscriminate whaling perpetrated by the Japanese.

All that remains is to thank, as usual, Mr. Zanetti for the test of Invictus Speaker Reference and his testimonials, always so passionate, colorful and fun to read. If you would like to know more about Invictus Speaker Reference, please refer to the updated product page, which can be reached by clicking the button below.

Where to start when changing Hi-Fi cables

The idea of rewiring one's Hi-Fi system may come from many quarters. We may be newbies who are indulging in high fidelity music for the first time. In this case it would be more correct to talk about wiring, then, rather than rewiring. We can be old fashioned audiophiles who, after having put aside their passion for some time, are now recovering it and want to get back to working on their electronics. We can also be enthusiasts who have decided to finally offer an adequate support to the components of their own system, going beyond the cables we find in the big organized distribution. Without exaggerating; the key word, as we've already had occasion to reiterateis "balance". But the question we want to answer today is: where to start when changing Hi-Fi cables?

Which Hi-Fi cable should I change first?

The following indications about where to start changing Hi-Fi cables apply as long as the system has similar level of cabling in each connection. The situation is different if you have already bought some good quality cables. In this case, in fact, the priority of intervention would go without doubt on those that are the weak points, if it is true that it is the weakest link of a chain to measure its strength. Having said that, the first Hi-Fi cable to be replaced ideally does not exist, in the sense that the best solution would be to change them all at the same time. This would also guarantee the continuity of technical and constructive philosophy in every connection between each electronic. Easier said than done, though. For budget reasons, or even for the choice of changing one piece at a time to see the differences, this is, most of the time, not possible.

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So, coming to compromises, we'll have to take the bull by the horns and decide which cable to start from to rewire our Hi-Fi system. Obviously, we are aware that it is always a starting point and we must never be satisfied with a single improvement. Let's imagine that we have to resurface ten kilometres of a road. To be honest, it won't make much difference if we decide to resurface the route starting from the end, or if we choose to resurface the fourth kilometre first, then the seventh, passing through the first and continuing randomly. It may take us a little longer, but the end result will be essentially the same. For a question of directionality of the signal, as well as, maybe, of mental order, it would be anyway preferable to start "from the beginning". The first Hi-Fi cable that we suggest to change, in order of importance, is just the signal one. After all, we're talking about the cable that transfers the signal from the source to the amplifier in most systems, so of central importance.

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How to continue wiring your Hi-Fi system

The second step we recommend is the replacement cable Speaker. All connections are important, especially in order not to create bottlenecks in what is the journey from the power socket to the transformation into sound perceived by the ear. But we feel like saying that, maybe, some cables have a more dominant role. We have written it for the signal cable, now we repeat it for the one Speaker . This is the cable that carries the now amplified signal to the components that will carry it out, and which are responsible for its diffusion. It is the last step before reaching our ears.

Changing the power cables

Now we come to the last of the main cables (signal, power, power supply) that we recommend you change: power cables. Maybe because these aren't important? Absolutely not. We indicate them as those on the last step of the podium in the wiring of the Hi-Fi system for two reasons: because they are so much respect and because they do not intervene directly on the signal, but on the power supply of the electronics. The vast majority of Hi-Fi systems have a signal cable, a Speaker cable and at least a couple of power cables. The higher you go in the hi-fi chain, the more electronics with separate functions in the chain. This means that the number of mains cords we will need will increase. Not exactly the best place to start when considering where to start when changing mains cables. In this respect, the first mains cable we would recommend changing is the power amp cable Speaker , whether integrated or not. Nothing will be as good as trying empirical tests, however: "run" the power cable you have purchased and see for yourself where the benefits will be most obvious.

Conclusion and important clarifications

The high fidelity is a passion that never bores, among other reasons, for the infinite possibilities. In terms of electronics, but also in terms of system configuration, for example. We have already faced the talk about the number of variables in this sense. Then the personal tastes, the songs... you name it. Even when we talk about where to start wiring the Hi-Fi system, the discussion does not end with this article. Some customers have told us that they have rewired their electric system, as well as the cables inside. chestswith surprising results. Today's content is an excellent starting point that will satisfy the request of all those who have a valid Hi-Fi system, even if without esoteric pretensions. So, we just have to suggest you to have a look at our catalogue, to understand where to start filing up your connections!

Review #27 - Magnus Signal Cable - Try a Ricable

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From the Be Connected group

Richard L.

Source: Naim ND5 XS

DAC: Integrated

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Naim SUPERNAIT 2

Acoustic speakers: Canton Karat DC88

The following review of the signal cable Magnus Signal is the result of the initiative "Try a Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Riccardo for his time.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

As soon as you open the package, very sturdy and aesthetically impeccable, the cable is very well assembled, aesthetically very attractive. Well built cable, maybe a little hard to insert in the RCA.

How you ran the tests to see any difference?

The test was carried out alternating between my QED cable and Ricable. The chain I tested was a Naim SUPERNAIT 2 amplifier and Naim ND5 XS streamer.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

The Magnus cable delivers precise sound with a focused soundstage. Full-bodied but not redundant bass tones. My only criticism is on the mid-high tones that I found too harsh and not very separated for my taste. The comparison has been made with my QED Reference 40. I have preferred to make the comparison with a cable of the same price for a fairer judgement.
Tracks used: Diana Krall, I Remember You, FLAC 24/96; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tin Pan Alley, DSD64; Dire Straits, You and Your Friend, FLAC 16/44.

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Mark Knopfler Dire Straits
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

I found less sweetness and musicality compared to my QED Reference 40.

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What did you like?

- Aesthetics
- Packing
- Construction materials
- Value for money

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What would you improve?

- Nothing.
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Review #26 - Magnus Signal Cable - Try a Ricable

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From the Audiophiles of Italy group

Francis M.

Source: NAD C521BEE

DAC: Dedicated

Make and model DAC: Burson DA-160 with Gustard U12 USB interface

Amplification System: Preamplifier + PowerAmplifier

Preamplifier: Audio Research LS8

Power Amplifier: Audio Research VT60 + Quad 606

Acoustic Speakers: Tannoy Berkeley MKII

The following review of the signal cable Magnus Signal is the result of the initiative "Try a Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Francesco for the time he dedicated to us.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

Excellently constructed and aesthetically very, very nice cable. High class connectors and perfect clamping.

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How you ran the tests to see any difference?

Test made by connecting the Magnus between the Audio Research pre and power amp. Since the beginning I've noticed an improvement especially in the definition and in the control of the low frequencies in comparison with the Van Den Hul D-102. After a few days of break-in, also the mid-high range is well present, open and very pleasant.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

The impressions have been absolutely positive, thanks also to the exceptional contribution of the cable Speaker Supreme P2, connected to the tannoy Berkeley MKII, purchased a few days later. Rehearsals with Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Michael Bublé and Musica Nuda to test the voices; Gary Moore, The Aristocrats, Porcupine Tree, Iron Maiden for the rhythmic and rock sections. All presented in an excellent way, with an excellent soundstage and good management even of the most challenging passages.

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norah jones not too late
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

As written above, not abysmal but clear differences with respect to the Van Den Hul. I'd be curious, finances permitting, to try also the power cables and the upper series of interconnects and speaker cables.

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What did you like?

- Sonic quality
- Construction quality
- Aesthetics
- Value for money

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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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Review #25 - Cable Speaker Dedalus Speaker - Try a Ricable

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From the Gazebo Audiofilo forum

Paul R.

Source: Mac mini, Esoteric X-03

DAC: Dedicated

Brand and model DAC: M2Tech Young MKIII

Amplification System: Preamplifier + PowerAmplifier

Preamplifier: Spectral DMC-30SL G2

Power Amplifier: Krell 300 CX

Acoustic speakers: Magneplanar Magnepan MG 1.7

The following review of the cable Speaker Dedalus Speaker is the result of the initiative "Prova un Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Paolo for his time.

Construction and aesthetics. Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

The construction and implementation of the cable are of a very good standard. The materials are of good quality. The chromatic choice is attractive. The connectors are solid and easy to use to connect the speakers to the amplifier. The packaging is sturdy and adequate. Nothing to report in this area.

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How you ran the tests to see any difference?

The tests were carried out over several listening sessions. Some with frequent changes listening to the same tracks, others lasting longer, even a few days before replacing the cable with the reference. I wanted to use all the time available to make sure I got the character of the Dedalus.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

For the listening tests I used only very good recordings, both in analog and digital format. Mainly female jazz voices and jazz quartets as well as historical classical recordings. This is the music I normally listen to. Diana Krall, Patricia Barber, Sara K, but also Sade and Jacintha for vocals. Gerry Mulligan, Bill Evans, Miles Davis and Art Pepper for jazz. Historic RCA Living Stereo and Mercury recordings for classical.

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Paul Review
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

The insertion of Dedalus is immediate from the very first moment. And this is not always a good start... The scene, the soundstage is very wide both in lateral sense and in depth. The high range is very present, but clear and pure, in short, cold. Voices are rich of harmonics and in focus but lose in body and depth in comparison with the reference. They are smaller than the reference. The bass range is very controlled and especially fast. Extended and deep, but lacking in energy and warmth, too dry on the mid-bass and this characteristic is the one that takes away warmth to the reproduction. In prolonged sessions and at important levels, the listening fatigue makes itself felt.

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What did you like?

- Control, speed down
- Scene width and depth
- Construction and packaging
- The harmonics of the instruments now fill the room.
- Serious company. From the very first contacts helpful staff

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What would you improve?

- Heat and energy in the low and mid-low range
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USB Magnus Antonio

Review #2 - USB Cable Magnus - Ricable Review

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My Ricable

Antonio N.

Sources:Cambridge Audio CXN (V2) 2020 network streamer ; Cambridge Audio CXCCD player ; Technics SL-1210 GR turntable; Apple iMac 27″ computer

Amplifier: Luxman L-505uXII

Acoustic speakers: Sonus Faber Sonetto I

Other: Gold Note PH-10 Phono Preamplifier

The following review of the USB cable Magnus is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Antonio for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to youchoose Ricable?

Actually all my system is wired Ricable, but the connection with my computer was connected with a quality cable but it gave me some little problems like buzzing and discharge so I had the chance to try this cable. I chose this company again because I really like the care of the products and especially the care towards the customer.

Magnus USB
USB Magnus Antonio
What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

The aesthetic construction of the cable as always impeccable, of excellent workmanship and very pleasant to the touch, the cable arrived in a beautiful box, with very comprehensive instructions. It looks excellent both for the connectors and the cable itself. Robust and pleasing to the eye, looking at it I could see why it was so expensive. Real value, quality and definition. There is better but you really have to go to the moon!

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

Good cable for listening to liquid music. Recommended instead of the ordinary PC cable... To connect the PC to the DAC I was using a normal cable of good quality but I wanted to try this USB Magnus. The difference is all in favour of the Made in Italy cable. The improvement is clearly audible even if not of epochal entity. I recommend it without hesitation!

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USB Magnus Antonio
What were your
listening impressions?

What to say... SPECTACULAR! The test track I've used is Vanessa Fernandez - Distant Lover, with the new cable the sound has changed a lot and the sound dynamics and timbre are clearer and better but above all it has eliminated a slight annoyance that I had with the old cable...

My second test track was: Evie Sands, While I Look At You, the bass became "super bass", much more present and a fantastic tone and all the instruments in their place. And third and final track was the legendary Kind of Blue, Miles Davis, also a jazz test passed. With this Magnus it seems that the sound has opened up, all the instruments in their place, really fantastic. Highly recommended to all those who use a DAC and PC connection.

Your conclusions.

The comparison with my old cable NEO by Oyaide d+ USB (class S) has shown however significant improvements at least for my ears 🙂 You can notice very much the positioning in the space of the instruments clearer and more precise, very pleasant even in long sections of listening, not tiring, even being very solid and well flexible.

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What did you like?

- Detail
- Robustness
- Impeccable construction
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What would you improve?

- You could shorten the heat shrink tubing near the connector a little bit.
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Review Alfonso Magnus Signal Try a Ricable

Review #24 - Magnus Signal Cable - Try a Ricable

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From the Gazebo Audiofilo forum

Alfonso C.

Source: PC, Sony CD/DVD Player

DAC: Dedicated

DAC Brand and Model: SMSL SU-8

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Audio Analogue Crescendo Airtech

Acoustic Speakers: Klipsch RP-160M

The following review of the signal cable Magnus Signal is the result of the initiative "Try a Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Alfonso for the time he dedicated to us.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

Top construction! As soon as you take it out of the excellent package, unlike many who complain about who knows what absurd difficulties in opening it (...) I found it only very well made and adequate to the quality of the object contained, you immediately appreciate the enviable manufacturing and, even if less important, an attractive aesthetic.

Review Alfonso Magnus Signal Try a Ricable
Review Alfonso Magnus Signal Try a Ricable
How you ran the tests to see any difference?

I have carried out the tests, but only after having kept it connected to the system for all the thirty days foreseen by the regulation, just connecting and disconnecting the Magnus and the other cable in my possession, an Oehlbach Beat!, a cable that I would define the minimum necessary to start listening to music properly. In this regard, the particular manufacturing of the connectors, which require screwing, has created many problems for this kind of operation. In fact, it has been very complicated to unscrew and screw the connectors for each track. The same screwing/unscrewing becomes a nightmare when you have to put your hands behind the electronics with other cables next to them... Normally, once positioned, you leave them there, it's not like you do listening tests every day... but I'm not sure that the screwing system is a winner under all aspects. I'm waiting for the opinions of more experienced users and, why not, of the manufacturers themselves. But does a connector made in a workmanlike way but without the need of screwing it down really lose something in fidelity?

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I have carried out my tests with some reference tracks that I like and that I know very well; as said before I had kept the cable connected to the system and used it for almost thirty days for listening through the DAC connected to the PC not only of music, but also for the fruition of movies, videogames and various YouTube contents. The tests have been made with FLAC tracks of very good quality: Norah Jones - Come Away with Me, Shivaree - Goodnight Moon (exceptional voice), The Cardigans - Erase/Rewind (unexpected quality recording and an impressive stereophonic image for a pop song like many others), Allan Taylor - Colour to the Moon, WAV quality (pure CD) and exceptional album from the first to the last track, Everything but the Girl - Missing also in WAV, Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd, one of the few tracks I can digest of this very famous band that I have never loved. Then, for pure scrupulosity, I have listened to the CD Player, also here the usual screwing/unscrewing... but I needed to have a different reference than my usual source, that is liquid through PC. Falling into You by Céline Dion, Loud by Rihanna and Mezzanine by Massive Attack, I didn't go further so as not to spend the New Year's Eve in front of the PC...

Review Alfonso Magnus Signal Try a Ricable
Review Alfonso Magnus Signal Try a Ricable
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

Alas few, or at least not as many as I expected. From the very first connection I immediately noticed a greater "presence" of the whole, a bit of emphasis on the bass. I also reported these impressions in chat to Ricable and I was answered, very honestly, that, well, it is good that there are differences. Indeed, this is not to be taken for granted, and that the increased bass emphasis may be due to the fact that it is (in the words of the technician) a "revealing" cable. Over time, this greater bass presence faded away, perhaps the break-in phase caused the cable to 'loosen up' a bit, but in any case by keeping it connected to the system I got used to its sound. At the time of the main test I was expecting more differences with my reference cable and instead these differences turned out to be few, in some cases almost null, in others better but my opinion on this cable cannot ignore its purchase price.
If I make a simple comparison between my old cable (a medium quality unbalanced cable costing 30/35 €) and this one, a half meter long 142 € semi-balanced cable, well, it would be logical to expect a cable that sounds not four times better but at least twice as good (obviously I'm talking like the worst forum in Caracas...) but I hope I made my point. My personal opinion: I find more justification for the price in the manufacture than in the audio qualities. But of course, this is not a criticism to Ricable, all the manufacturers charge three zeros for semi-balanced interconnects, these are the costs and it is up to the customer to decide whether to take or leave them.

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What did you like?

- Aesthetic appearance
- Construction quality
- After-sales and manufacturer's warranty
- A virtually definitive cable
- Very nice package in general

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What would you improve?

- Screwing of connectors
- Advice on positioning and use
- price
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USB Review Magnus Maurizio

Review #1 - USB Cable Magnus - Ricable Review

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My Ricable

Mauritius B.

Sources: Rega Planar 3 turntable, Rega Aria MC cartridge; for digital MacBook Pro

Amplifier: Rega Elex-R

Acoustic speakers: Russell K Red 50

Other: Rega DAC-R; Rega Aria Phono Preamplifier; Rega Neo TT PSU; GigaWatt PowerSupply

The following review of the USB cable Magnus is the result of the "Ricable Review" initiative. Ricable Review is the program created by Ricable, born to collect feedback from audiophilesin order to bring about continuous improvement of the products in the catalogue. Last but not least, those who join the program receive a certificate at home, with the purpose of certifying that the customer has become part of the " Ricablefamily".
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free. We thank Maurizio for the time he dedicated to us.

What did he do to youchoose Ricable?

Months ago I was looking for a digital USB cable for my Rega DAC-R and, having already bought several products Ricable with satisfaction, in particular the RCA cable Magnus and the Custom H6P power cables (the latter have given a really unexpected energy charge to the system), I thought why they didn't have a USB cable in the catalogue, I waited patiently for its arrival and finally it arrived.

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USB Review Magnus Maurizio
What do you think construction
and aesthetics
of the product?

Just the care of the packaging (even to the touch) gives the idea of what to expect inside, I also like the green grass coloration with a screen printing in evidence very well done, inside also the certificate of guarantee for life.

The cable is presented in all its beauty, yes, because it is really nice and well made with its new heat-shrinkable sleeves to protect the connectors, comfortable even in the grip; the cable is strong but flexible enough, nice cable ties with the Italian flag, to recall with pride the Made in Italy product.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

Preamble: my system was born for the exclusive analogue listening, so turntables and vinyl at full speed. Only recently I have decided to share my passion with the digital, hence the arrival of the Rega DAC-R. As you can see, practically the system is mono, just to be sure of the balance among the various electronics. The DAC, as a sound, comes close to the analog taste of the turntable. The Russell K Red 50 monitor speakers are extremely inflexible in bringing out the good and the bad recordings... but very musical... for me they are the jewel of the system. For the listening I proceed both in streaming and through files on hard disk, all in FLAC 24 bit 192 kHz format, and as a comparison a USB battle cable and a fiber optic cable, then the digital output of the Mac... then I love to make the comparison live between vinyl and digital files... taking care to choose the vinyls from analog master, starting at the same time the track on the two formats... this because my reference is the vinyl listening.

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USB Review Magnus Maurizio
What were your
listening impressions?

The test is divided into three days... each day a different kind of music repeated several times on the chosen tracks, also to break in the new cable as much as possible.
The first listening starts with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as a complete work of instrumental passages, single voices, and in the final beautiful choruses, so wide possibility of judgment in a single track... I like to hear the air, the breath of the music, what often the digital takes away, after all the music is vibration of the air, the cable Ricable for now is the one that comes closest to this purpose, I catch a softening of the sound compared to the routine cable that I usually use. Attention: by softening I don't mean a coloration of the sound, but a more naturalness compared to the "digital coldness". I'm still of the opinion that a good analogue recording and a proper system to support it is preferable... other music. The cable Ricable does its job of data transfer... I think it is more difficult to judge a digital cable than an analog one because of their technical characteristics... the priority of the cable is not to add or take away anything from the flow of the music, the sound, the dynamics, the timbric of the voice are the priority of the recording and of the goodness of the system. The USB Magnus does its job, nothing takes away, nothing adds, and that's no small thing.
Second day of listening, we go on with a very good digital recording of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, At Carnegie Hall, live recording, I have also here the completely analogue version and the listening is simultaneous changing the selector from turntable to DAC, and here I must honestly admit that the digital beats my beloved analogue sound... also in this case the cable Magnus remains impartial, it does not give and does not yield anything, it makes the sound flow in a really credible and natural way.
Third day of listening, here comes AC/DC, Power Up, the band's latest effort... nice bass, deep enough, without overpowering Brian Johnson's raspy voice, here the Magnus Ricable brings out the feeling of sweetness that I had in the first listening sessions, before I struggled to listen to this record for a long time, now everything is more pleasant, maybe... I say this without objective proofs, the famous digital jitter that afflicts the sound result is more protected by the cable Ricable, with the result of a less distortion, not audible but that weighs down the listening fatigue, but I am not a technician, just a long time listener and take this my opinion as... a personal sensation.

Your conclusions.

I took an extra day, this time I listened to all three genres of music back to back, and drew the final conclusion. I can match my fixation on the analogue sound with the digital one, for sure USB Magnus has helped me in this choice, now I let my turntable cartridge rest a bit more, I'm slowly changing all my cables betting everything on the Ricable, I must confess that I started skeptic about the cables, also considering their cost, I started this adventure with some Nordost cables, not so cheap, but I have been a bit disappointed, then I wanted to try the Ricable and here for me has been the turning point, they are well made, beautiful, they cost much less than many famous competitors, and above all they make the system sound like I wanted... What can I say, thanks for this reality and for your passion... that is mine too.

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What did you like?

- Naturalness of sound
- Very well made and flexible enough given the robustness
- Very advantageous compared to foreign competitors
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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dedalus signal

Review #23 - Dedalus Signal Cable - Try a Ricable

Giorgio Try a Ricable
From the Gazebo Audiofilo forum

George F.

Source: Intel NUC i7 with Roon R.O.C.K. with linear power supply, SOtM sMS-200 with dedicated power supply

DAC: Dedicated

DAC Brand and Model: Denafrips Terminator

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Stax SRM-006tII

Acoustic Speakers: STAX SR-009

The following review of the signal cable Dedalus Signal is the result of the initiative "Try a Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Giorgio for his time.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

The cable under test is impeccably made, with high quality connectors and finished with an attractive yellow outer sheath. The section appears important, although it has excellent flexibility. The connectors are clamped, for an optimal connection with any kind of device.

Stax SRM-006tII
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How you ran the tests to see any difference?

The listening sequences were carried out on the basis of a set of tracks, either alternating the cables at the end of the identified set, or alternating the cables track by track. All of this took place over several days, to reduce listening variables to a minimum.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

The cable supplied by Ricable is a new cable, not broken in, which is why it has been played for about forty hours before listening. The first sessions have shown a warm sound, round, not too extended at the extremes but with a very good mid range, natural and round, very pleasant both with male and female voices. There is no harshness, as the high range is not in evidence, and no dirtiness, as the bass range is not intrusive. The soundstage is wide, both in the front and in the side, giving a very good involvement.
The sound of the cable remained substantially the same up to about one hundred hours of use. After the hundred hours, the sound has improved in a perceptible way, in particular in the low range, where the body of the sound has appeared, finally, aligned to what shown by the reference cables. However the sound remained quite closed, limited in extension, making lose the finest details and what I like to call the "breath of the music". The transverse width of the soundstage also remained relatively limited, more confined near the head. The test was carried out using very well recorded classical, jazz and rock music, alternating the cables several times, to verify the repetitiveness of the sensations.

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Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

Compared to the reference cables there is a certain lack of resolution in the fine details of the high range, a sort of opacity that does not allow you to distinguish certain textures of the cymbals, lacking the magic that the reference cables are able to give back. Also the bass and mid-bass range appear more backward, giving a very clean reproduction but not always with the necessary impact.
After one hundred hours of listening the high range has not been able to open as I would have wished, maintaining a sound far away from the detail proposed by the reference cables. The result is an incomplete sound, lacking of that refinement in the high range that the reference cables allow, without ever generating aggressiveness and listening annoyance. A pity, considering the excellent level reached in the mid range.

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What did you like?

- Construction
- Musicality in the midrange
- Three-dimensionality
- Precise and captivating sound

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What would you improve?

- Acute range transparency
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Review #22 - Power Cable Magnus Power - Try a Ricable

Maurizio Try a Ricable
From the Facebook group Amici Audiofili Italiani

Mauritius P.

Source: Integrated with 300B tubes (personal design) with Iso Tango transformers, Van der Graaf M2Tech power supply

DAC: Dedicated

Brand and model DAC: M2Tech Young MkIII

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier:300B valves (personal design)

Acoustic Speakers: Fostex FE103 Sol with BS-10 Cabinet

The following review of the power cord Magnus Power is the result of the "Try a Ricable" initiative, created, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Maurizio for the time he dedicated to us.

I requested a trial run cable Magnus
power supply...

...for my integrated being finally assembled with 300Bs. Arrived quickly. Perfect packaging, at first sight solid construction and really well made. At touch and handling the previous feedback was confirmed. High quality material. Connected in place of a Thender self-assembled cable.

Differences that are clearly audible from the first listen. Wider scene, more details, less listening fatigue. The most important point: the bass, which remained present but with a greater modulation. The Thender seems closed in comparison. I've also tried other famous and expensive cables (I prefer not to write down the brands to be correct) and the Magnus, even if of a much lower cost, can easily compete. I can imagine how the higher priced models do.

I liked it and decided to keep it. In the future I will get two more cables to connect the power supply to the DAC and the power strip. My system consists of: my own design 300B tube integrated amp with Iso Tango transformers, M2Tech DSD MkIII digital source with VDG power supply, fully upgraded Thorens 160 analog source, Jelco 750 tonearm and Grado Platinum 2 cartridge, M2Tech Nash phono, Klimo and VDH silver interconnects and Duelund Speaker , BS-10 cabinet speakers with Fostex FE103 Sol. Nice initiative of Ricable with excellent products competing with the big foreign names.

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What did you like?

- Materials
- Sound enhancement across the range
- Competitive price
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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Invictus Speaker Try a Ricable Nicola

Review #21 - Cable Speaker Invictus Speaker - Try a Ricable

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From the Gazebo Audiofilo forum

Nicholas D.

Source: AMR CD77

DAC: Integrated

Amplification System: Preamplifier + PowerAmplifier

Preamplifier: Einstein The Tube

Power Amplifier: GamuT M200 Mk III

Acoustic speakers: Avalon Opus Ceramique

The following review of the signal cable Invictus Speaker is the result of the initiative "Try a Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Nicola for his time.

I'm starting this review

...even before having "unpacked" the cables. The box itself (a cardboard box - provided with a dust jacket - containing the real box - also provided with a hard paper dust jacket) tells us about the will to preserve with care a piece that for Ricable is apparently a valuable object. The Invictus, upon opening the box, appear as two impressive, grey-bluish, snakes of a certain weight (but also of remarkable flexibility), equipped with expanding banana-shaped endings. Unfortunately, the Opus Ceramique, speakers that have recently become permanent fixtures in my system, do not accept banana plugs, so I am forced to unscrew the connectors to use the simple stripped wires, which in any case are quite impressive with their 7 mm diameter.

Now as I'm a musician (not that my opinion matters more than another, it just means that I'm perhaps more used to listening) I'm curious to see if the cables live up to their billing. To help with the burn-in, as the Invictus 's are intact, I played Irrational, But Efficacious! produced by Ayre, about twenty minutes of annoying noise - glide tone, white noise, pink noise and more - which didn't help the neighbourhood. Then I get ready to listen by putting in the player slot (AMR CD77) La Boutique fantasque (BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, Chandos) by Ottorino Respighi, the Italian composer best known for his Fountains of Rome. The cables previously in use were Siltech LS180 G5, certainly not mediocre cables, very detailed, with a very present bass.

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Invictus Speaker Try a Ricable Nicola

Well.

The scene is extended, but it was already extended before (the GamuT M200 can do their job), both laterally and in depth. What changes immediately is the air, the sound is much more aerated. Not only that. The "tarantella" is much brighter than I remembered: the piccolo, the trumpets, the indeterminate percussions (the triangle, the tambourine and also the maracas), all are clearly more present and clearer. Not brighter, brighter. As if they had opened a window and a very pleasant breeze had come in. This does not mean that the music is softer, mind you. Live music (especially if listened to from the lucky "armchair" of the conductor) is never soft, it is rather raw, material, sometimes even tiring. A clarinet played softly in its middle register is certainly cozy, as the English say, but not a muted trumpet. So are the brass and percussion instruments that scream in your face with the frenzy of a can-can. A strong emotion mixed with a slight annoyance; this is the feature of the live music that sometimes pushes the audiophiles to hide in their personal lair, slowly imagining that the sound coming out from their system is worthy of excellence - even if it is not true.

The sound of the bow scratching the strings, the sound of the bassoon keys, the crackling of the brass in the sforzato, the stick hitting the wooden blade of the marimba, the light coming out of a triangle strike. All "musical objects" that make the difference between the beautiful and the real. And that a Hi-Fi system, to be declared as such, dreams of reproducing. It happens many times that we audiophiles exalt only the "Hi" part, forgetting that "Fi" means fidelity, fidelity to what is evoked, and that the listener is supposed to know, before hearing it recreated. Forgive the rash. Disc change: Between the Sheets by Fourplay. Track number two, Monterey.

The drumsticks on the cymbals are decidedly material, just as the sound of the Yamaha C7 piano is anything but insubstantial, the bass is very full (Fourplay have a tendency to load it slightly) but controlled, the sound of the guitar is decidedly spherical even when voluntarily enervated by the touch. And all this always with that very pleasant light we were talking about before, which pervades the drums and makes Lee Ritenour's guitar shine on track five: Flying East. If I had to find a negative, I'd say that they are a bit unbalanced towards the high region, maybe a bit immature, but I think we can talk about it after some weeks of break-in.

While it's true, however, that cables can't add, if anything they shouldn't take away, these Invictus are truly remarkable. Despite having just been unpacked. I promise to come back and write a few lines as soon as a few days have passed, so that the cables have time to "burn in" properly and mould themselves to the rest of the system.

GamuT M200 Mk III
Fourplay
Two weeks after...

The Invictus played for at least three hours every day. And you can hear the result. The airiness has not diminished at all, on the other hand the cables have gained in roundness and softness, losing little by little that unripe note we were talking about. The mid-bass frequencies have gained in dimension, the bass has become more present, without losing compactness or balance. The Invictus are the top of the range cables of Ricable, the manufacturing quality is clearly at the highest levels; it would be quite difficult to imagine negative reviews about them.

Having said that, the great strength of these cables lies in their extreme naturalness. At this moment the first movement of Lukas Foss' third symphony is playing, a complicated piece for structure and orchestral timbre. Nevertheless, the music flows pleasantly, without fatigue. I already had this feeling a few months ago when I tried the Ansuz C1 Speaker , a feeling that I eventually had to part with - the wallet would have suffered from too much lightening. Congratulations Ricable, a product that fits into a high quality range while maintaining an affordable price is definitely worth it; as they would say in the "Stereophile" reviews... a "highly recommended"!

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What did you like?

- Cable ductility
- Naturalness of sound
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report, fully satisfied
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Choice of two doors

Buying Guide: How to choose the right cable for your Hi-Fi system?

You've just discovered the wonderful world of Hi-Fi Audio and you're hit by a myriad of information that, at first, is difficult to distinguish between relevant and useless. It's not easy, but it's probably not that complicated either. So. Let's assume that the separate components that make up the backbone of the vast majority of Hi-Fi systems There are three elements: source, amplifier and speakers. These three elements must be connected with supports of directly proportional value, in order to obtain optimized performances. An inadequate cable would castrate the system, one too much performance would not be harmful but, ultimately, useless at the listening level. Our focus is the wiring of High Fidelity audio electronics, and therefore in this article we will exhaust just the topic: choosing the right Hi-Fi cable for your system.

Hi-Fi cable types

Before we can work out how much money to spend on choosing the right Hi-Fi cable for us, we need to work out what Hi-Fi cables we need. This depends on the structure of the cable (is the source a PC? Or maybe a turntable? Is there a subwoofer?). The macro-categories can be reduced to three:

  • Signal.
  • Power.
  • Power supply.
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The first one is the most varied, so much so that we can subdivide it into two other subcategories: analog signal cables and digital signal cables. In any case, signal cables always serve to move the signal from one device to another. Among the analog we find those:

  • RCA, to carry a signal with an RCA connection in Stereo (Left/Right) mode.
  • XLRwhich are the balanced version for connection between two electronics that have XLR input and output.
  • Phono, for turntables, a variant of the RCA signal cables useful for reproduction on vinyl, one of the few techniques still entirely analogue.
  • Subwoofer, monophonic interconnects designed to enhance the low frequency reproduction of active subwoofers.
  • Jack 3.5, to connect stereophonic High Fidelity devices, with 3.5 mm Jack, 6.3 mm and Jack-RCA connections.

Digital signal cables, on the other hand, are of four different main types, namely:

  • CoaxialsThese carry the digital audio signal at 75 Ohm before it is converted to analogue and then amplified.
  • USB, cables that support one of the most diffused connections in the world and that in Hi-Fi interest mainly the users of liquid music.
  • Optical, more and more in disuse, because for stereophony coaxial are preferred, while in Audio/Video the signal is transported with the HDMI connection.
  • AES/EBU, a 110 Ohm connection with an XLR connection, very performing, but not very widespread.

Let's talk now cables Speakeralso known as speaker cables. These are used to connect the amplifier (integrated or final) to passive acoustic speakers with a signal Speaker , that is the one that has already made the final amplification. There are also power cableswhich are necessary to power any active component and which carry the current to make it work. Finally we find HDMI cablesHowever, for those who own a multichannel system, these are more about High Fidelity Video than Audio.

How much to spend on Hi-Fi cables? How to choose?

It's almost impossible to give an univocal answer, as there are so many variables and not so easily calculable. Just think of the listening room. That's why we give you the possibility to always contact us during working hours, by the means you prefer, in order to give you an advice tailored to you. A superficial estimate, but at the same time very quick, can be the following: for the wiring of an electronic is advisable to spend 10-15% of the list value of the same. Let's make two examples:

  • I have a CD player which I bought, used, for 1,000 €, but whose list value is 1,500 €. If I have to choose the Hi-Fi power cord, the choice could be the Primus series, but also considering the possibility of Magnus.
  • I have a €5,000 amplifier and €10,000 acoustic speakers. If I need a Speaker cable to connect the two electronics, considering the total value (15,000 €), the right choice could be Invictus Speaker.

We repeat once again that this type of reasoning is in any case summary. Just think about one of the elements we mostly consider when evaluating a purchase: the quality/price ratio. In case your product has a definitely high quality/price ratio, you might think to get a cable of a higher series than what the two examples above would say. On the contrary, in case you have paid a lot for your turntable player but, alas, it's not that performing, it is not necessarily worth spending more for the cabling.

In medio stat virtus

Mind you. It won't do any harm to wire a mediocre system in an amazing way (if not for your wallet). What will happen, however, is that you'll have spent more than you had to without perceiving any substantial improvement. Since Ricable cables are guaranteed for life, however, it is possible to buy a better cable than you need for future system upgrades. At this point, however, we'd advise you to take advantage of Ricable Upgrade, which gives your used car the exact purchase value in the event of a trade-in for a superior product. But back to us. If your Hi-Fi system is not detectable enough to bring to light fine tuning modifications, it is useless to invest too much on it. A much more wise and balanced choice, compared to the purchase of a single exceptional cable like theInvictus, could be to wire the whole system with good cables, like those of the Primus or Magnus series.

Let's take another example. Think about owning any small car and think about equipping it with high performance and expensive racing wheels. The improvement would be substantial on a sports car, even decisive if we were in the middle of a competition. But what you would be able to perceive, with your hatchback, would be, on the contrary, an infinitesimal upgrade. Or maybe you wouldn't feel any difference at all. The reverse is also true. Fitting standard tyres on an 800bhp, 8,500rpm, 12-cylinder racing car would be a bottleneck for vehicle performance, and in the worst case scenario could go so far as to compromise your safety.

The right cable for my Hi-Fi system

Choosing the right Hi-Fi cable for your system is not an easy task. That's why we've introduced the Satisfied or Refunded guaranteewhich foresees the possibility of a free return with a sixty days period. As said, there are so many variables, so we think it is necessary to give the possibility to make all the right tests in one's own listening room. On the other hand, the fun of audiophilia derives also from the countless tests we can do, experimenting new solutions. Maybe in the company of lifelong friends, trying "the new piece" in their respective systems and comparing the different opinions. The effort Ricable is to expand its catalogue more and more, updating with innovative techniques the existing products and inserting new ones. To meet everyone's needs both in terms of wiring and portfolio. Take a look at our catalogue to find out if there is one that suits you.

Magnus Power

Review #20 - Power Cable Magnus Power - Try a Ricable

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From the Facebook group Be Connected

Gianmarco F.

Source: Krell KAV-300i

DAC: Dedicated

DAC Brand and Model: Denon DCD-1520AE

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Krell KAV-300i

Acoustic speakers: Tannoy Cheviot

The following review of the power cord Magnus Power is the result of the "Try a Ricable" initiative, created, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Gianmarco for the time he dedicated to us.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

The construction of the cable has immediately seemed solid and well made, in fact as soon as you take it out of the box and hold it in your hand you realize the weight and the impeccable and very charming construction. Even the eye wants its part.

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How you ran the tests to see any difference?

I did the test by simply plugging in this cable and keeping it in use for twenty days at all times, after which I took it out and put it back in.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I have rehearsed with classical music with a Beethoven album, Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 6, jazz with Diana Krall Turn Up the Quiet and Pink Floyd The Wall.

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Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

Unfortunately I didn't find any difference, a pity because the cable itself is very well made, but it's not enough.

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What did you like?

- Construction
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What would you improve?

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Review Gabriele Dedalus Speaker

Review #19 - Cable Speaker Dedalus Speaker - Try a Ricable

Gabriel Try a Ricable
From the AudioItalia forum

Gabriel B.

Source: Lehmann Audio Black Cube, Marantz SA-KI Pearl Lite, Thorens TD-125 MK1 turntable with SME 3009 S2 tonearm and Benz Micro ACE L cartridge

DAC: Integrated

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Graaf GM50

Acoustic speakers: Aliante One Zeta Pininfarina

The following review of the cable Speaker Dedalus Speaker is the result of the initiative "Prova un Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We would like to thank Gabriele for his time.

Construction and aesthetics. Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

The cable arrived in a beautiful case and appears immediately well made and aesthetically appealing with the orange cotton-like outer sheath. I like very much the connectors but, besides the aesthetic side, they are sturdy, very heavy and, once inserted the banana plugs of the loudspeakers connectors, they have an iron grip and very stable, something that I have not often found when it happened that some banana plugs, inserting them, got squashed, resulting slow and I was forced to widen them again. I tend to move the speakers before and after listening sessions and no longer have to worry about the pin slipping out and endangering the amp.
The cable is a bipolar of generous size but is very flexible. It is not possible to see the cable as it is "closed" by the connectors. Since the speakers are bi-wired I asked Ricable to send me their jumpers, again from the Dedalus series and terminated with spades; the latter are also excellent in workmanship and the spades are heavy and sturdy.

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How you ran the tests to see any difference?

The tests were carried out first of all on my main system, alternating different types of cables Speaker , conducted by four people simultaneously and with blind listening, where one of us in turn replaced the cables, waiting a few minutes before listening, as it is a tube amp. CDs and vinyl were played.
The system is composed by Graaf GM50 tube integrated amp, Aliante One Zeta Pininfarina loudspeakers, Marantz SA-KI Pearl Lite CD player, Thorens TD-125 MK1 turntable with SME 3009 S2 tonearm and Benz Micro ACE L\Denon DL-103R cartridge and DIY prephono with Kimber Kable interconnects and Wireworld power cords.
A short listening session has been made using as Amplifier a Unison Research Simply Two, but despite this last one is very good it doesn't interface with the speakers, even if the characteristics of the Dedalus have emerged also there and agree with the same results found with the Graaf.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

After a few days of break-in, I started listening with a critical and attentive ear.
I would like to point out that, unlike the solid state amplifiers I previously owned, now with the Graaf the differences, though subtle between the various cables I tried, have always been audible.
My go-to cables have been AudioQuest Rocket 88s for years, but I also own Wireworld Mini Eclipse single wire with jumpers and inexpensive AudioQuest FLX 14/4s and Van Den Hul CS-122s.
With the Ricable I've gained a lot in the bass range, now more present but controlled, and above all the mid/high range and the high range are now more present, vivid and the scene much wider. The presence of harmonics makes the instruments more "real", helping the listening and the general pleasantness.
For the test I used some Original Master Recording CDs and SACDs, as well as some test CDs that you often hear at Hi-Fi shows, or Peter Gabriel's OVO bass range or Nora Jones' SACDs to test female vocals.
On vinyl the very good Analogue Productions pressing of Take Five where the Ricable made the double bass sound well focused, harmonic and present. The same thing I've noticed with a Bill Ewans LP, At Shelly's Manne-Hole, and some Hi-Q Records vinyls of classical and symphonic music, proving the wideness of the scene and the dynamics.

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Review Gabriele Dedalus Speaker
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

As said before, the Ricable have substituted the AudioQuest Rocket 88, which cost almost twice as much and were bi-wired with silver bananas; these last ones are very silent, refined in the mid range, hyper controlled low range and deep soundstage. However, to my ear and to the ears of those present, they seemed too controlled, poor in harmonics and, above all, incredibly dark. Compared with the Ricable, we realized that we were listening to "part of the sound message", which lost in musicality and, except for the voices that were very good and the refinement, the rest seemed lacking in everything.
The Wireworld Mini Eclipse single wire with matching jumpers are also very good cables, but unlike the Ricable cables, they did not deliver that controlled, extended deep bass. They are much lighter. The high range sounded less articulate and beautiful.
The Van Den Hul CS-122 that I keep in the drawer do not allow comparisons, too closed, dark and with a very bad focus. Rubbery bass range.
The AudioQuest FLX 14/4 are simple Speaker cables that I didn't even compare, already too poor compared to the AudioQuests at the time.
I repeat that the above is the result of several listening sessions made in different days and of tests made in the presence of other people who have agreed with what stated above and, above all, in my house and on my system. Surely on other systems and other environments the judgements may not agree.

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What did you like?

- Great workmanship, great bananas and forks. Flexible and beautiful cables
- The sound message is more complete
- Low range going down a lot more and the high range gorgeous
- The harmonics of the instruments now fill the room.
- Serious company. From the very first contacts helpful staff

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What would you improve?

- Nothing, the curiosity remains to try their top of the range products.
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HDMI Supreme Review Jean Michel

HDMI Supreme: the review of Jean Michel Penalva, administrator of a French audiophile Facebook group

Jean Michel Penalva is the administrator of the French group of audiophiles "Audiophile francophone et haute-fidélité". We have been interacting with this large community for some time, giving our contribution and at the same time receiving feedback. However, we had the opportunity to take this collaboration to another level by sending Jean Michel a Supreme HDMI cable to let him test. Here is his review of the HDMI Supreme!

Supreme HDMI Cable Review

Arrivée hier soir du câble HDMI Ricable, le modèle Supreme qui coiffe la gamme HDMI du constructeur italien. Avec ce câble, une garantie "à vie" et une possibilité d'essai avec retour gratuit. Du côté des spécifications, on retiendra que le conducteur est du cuivre OCC, avec triple blindage et de beaux connecteurs avec contact plaqué or. Certification HDMI 2.0, prise en charge de la 3D, de la 4K, HDR dynamique et ARC. Pour les caractéristiques détaillées voir le site Ricable.com.

Le packaging est simple et propre, une boîte scellée contenant le câble, seule critique, le câble voyage sans aucun matériau d'emballage interne, mousse ou film à bulle. A noter qu'entre la commande et la livraison, le délai a été de 24h! Après cette présentation, place à l'action!

Le câble prend place dans mon petit système TV, entre l'Apple TV et le lecteur Oppo. [...] Il remplace le câble Supra, installé depuis quelques années, dont la longueur plus importante me posait quelque problème d'intégration. Je rappelle qu'un essai précédent de remplacement par un Audioquest modèle Forest (le début de gamme donc) s'était concluit par un renvoi de l'américain dans ses foyers.

HDMI Supreme Review Jean Michel

La désagréable sensation d'avoir "éteint la lumière" avec l'usage du nouvel arrivant ayant clos le débat très vite. La déception me conduisit à re-tenter un câble "no name" sans plus de résultat. Le Supra avait donc repris tranquillement sa place sans plus de discussion. Alors, me direz-vous, et cette fois, comment se comporte le nouveau candidat?

HDMI Supreme Review Jean Michel

En habitué des tests audiophiles, je m'apprêtais à une séance de visionnages pour traquer les nuances [...] et les éléments encourageants. Connaissant la haute technicité de certains membres du groupe, j'appréhendais un peu d'avoir à justifier le moindre qualificatif et la plus petite trace de subjectivité, dans ce domaine de la vidéo qui ne m'a jamais passionné. Tellement peu que, pour une fois, je me rangeais à l'avis des objectivistes: il y a une norme, des caractéristiques, ça marche à 100% ou bien il y a grossier défaut de fabrication. L'image, ça se voit, un punto c'est tout. J'avoue que je ne détestais pas cette tranquille assurance de la vidéo, fatigué parfois des affres audiophiles pour le moindre test audio.

Je branchai donc mon petit ustensile sans plus de précaution alors qu'une série quelconque passait sur ma TV et m'en retournai à mon fauteuil. Le temps de m'installer et... ma vénérable Panasonic Plasma, à la résolution HD toute bête, au rendu tellement cinéma dopé un peu par le traitement opéré par l'Oppo... s'était transformée en un splendide 4K! Je plaisante bien sûr, j'avais sous les yeux beaucoup mieux que cette image hyper réaliste que l'on peut découvrir dans tous les supermarchés, la FNAC et les bricodépôts (vous voyez l'intérêt que je porte à la chose vidéo).

J'avais sous les yeux une splendide image que j'appréciais en photographe: joli piqué soulignant des textures réalistes, couleurs naturelles et surtout une dynamique surprenante avec des ombres débouchées et des hautes lumières parfaitement détaillées. L'envie de balayer l'immensité des propositions Netflix, Disney et autres Prime, sans oublier les chaînes TV. Je vous garantis que cela ne m'arrive pas souvent. Vous l'aurez compris, comme pour ma dernière tentative, il n'y a pas débat, mais dans l'autre sens: le Ricable va rester à sa place. Il est des moments où il faut se rendre à l'évidence: ça marche!

The Ricable HDMI cable arrived last night, the Supreme model representing the top of the line HDMI cable from the Italian manufacturer. With this cable, there is a "lifetime" warranty and the possibility of a free return test. As for the specifications, we note that the conductor is OCC copper, with triple shielding and beautiful connectors with gold-plated contact. HDMI 2.0 certified, 3D, 4K, dynamic HDR and ARC support. For detailed specifications check out Ricable.com.

Packaging is simple and clean, a sealed box containing the cable; only criticism: the cable travels without any internal packaging material, foam or bubble wrap. Note that between order and delivery, the time elapsed was only 24 hours! After this presentation, it's time to act!

The cable is in action in my small TV system, between Apple TV and the Oppo player. [...] It replaces the Supra cable, installed a few years ago, whose longer length caused me some integration problems. I remember that a previous attempt to replace it with an Audioquest Forest model (the beginning of the range then) ended with the American company being sent back to its factories.

HDMI Supreme Review Jean Michel

The unpleasant feeling of having "turned off the light" by using the newcomer ended the debate very quickly. Disappointment led me to try again with a "no name" cable to no avail. The Supra then quietly resumed its place without further discussion. So you'll say to me, "How's the newcomer doing this time?".

HDMI Supreme Review Jean Michel

Being used to audiophile testing, I was preparing for a session to track down nuances [...] and encouraging elements. Knowing the high technicality of some members of the Facebook group, I was a bit worried about having to justify the slightest exposure and trace of subjectivity, in this video field that has never fascinated me. So much so that, for once, I agree with the objectivists: either there is a standard, features, everything works 100% or there is a gross manufacturing defect. It's all about seeing the image, period. I admit that I didn't mind this underplayed safety per se of the video field, as I am sometimes weary of audiophile complaints about every little audio test.

So I plugged my little thing in without much precaution as any series was playing on my TV and returned to my chair. When I settled down and... my venerable Panasonic plasma, at simple HD resolution, with a cinema-like rendering, enhanced a bit by the processing done by the Oppo... had turned into a stunning 4K! I'm joking of course, I had much better in front of me than this hyper-realistic image that you can find in all supermarkets, FNAC and brico (you can see my interest in the video area).

I had a gorgeous image in front of me that I enjoyed as a photographer: beautiful sharpness that shows realistic textures, natural colors, and most importantly amazing dynamics with unblocked shadows and perfectly detailed highlights. The desire to blow away the vastness of Netflix, Disney and Prime offerings, not to mention TV channels. I guarantee this doesn't happen often. You may have guessed, as with my last attempt, there is no debate, but in the opposite direction: the Ricable will remain in place. There are times when you have to face facts: it works!

We'd like to thank Jean Michel for his time and kind words about our HDMI Supreme cable. In fact, the original post on the Facebook group has attracted a lot of curiosity; we invite you to contribute to the discussion by reaching the post itself using the button below.

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How to choose the best Hi-Fi cable: the series Ricable

The functionality of a cable, even in a particular context like Hi-Fi, is under everyone's eyes. A cable connects the electronics to each other, and does it better or worse according to the quality of the materials, the construction and many other aspects. Whether it is a power cable, Speaker or a signal cable, with a good support that connects them, the electronics in our Hi-Fi system will work better than with a poor or standard cable. A clarification that we have made in more than one of our articles(repetita iuvant): a Hi-Fi cable will never improve the sound of your system. All it will do is deteriorate it as little as possible - which is no small thing, in fact, so much so that it is important to choose the best Hi-Fi cable for your electronic specifications. The cables Ricable, from this point of view, are born to give back to the listener the maximum possible neutrality.

Invictus Speaker Hi-Fi Power Cable

Choosing the best Hi-Fi cable

Imagine having spent an arm and a leg to get a top-notch amplifier and acoustic speakers, only to have a connection between them compromise the sound quality. It would have been better to have thirty-one instead of thirty, wouldn't it? An audiophile knows very well that the choice of an electronic is not only the result of an economic effort, but also of time, if we consider how long it takes to document and carry out the relative tests. So here is a characteristic that is often underestimated: the balance.

Let's be clear: the day is yet to come when we will recommend one of our top cables to an audiophile who owns a Hi-Fi system that is within the norm. An exceptional cable in a discreet system would not produce any damage, of course; but the same system would probably not be so detecting to make you notice differences with a less performing support, even if good. The opposite, instead, could be much more harmful - and this is what we were saying. A poor cable in a respectable hi-fi system will demolish all the effort that has gone into setting it up.

Keyword: balance. How much to spend on Hi-Fi cables?

The balance, therefore, plays a key role. Maybe even more than the amount spent to assemble our whole Hi-Fi system, between cables and electronics. Imagine a racing car with a superb engine and an absolutely not very aerodynamic chassis. Or, still on the High Fidelity theme, a system with a fine amplifier and poor quality loudspeakers. A lot of effort for nothing.

When it comes to Hi-Fi cables, it's the same story. It is not optimal to have good cables Speaker and bad interconnects, for example, just as it is important that the value of the system goes hand in hand with the value of the cables used for it. This is an unwritten rule and therefore should be taken with a grain of salt, but a good cost ratio between cables and electronics should be 10-15% of the list price. For example: a 1000 euro amplifier should have cables worth 100-150 euro. We would like to point out once again that the list price should be taken as a reference, in the sense that if we go to the second-hand market and buy an amplifier at 1.000 euro whose original value was 5,000 euros.The cost of the cables will still be 500-750 euro.

Four series of Hi-Fi cables, for every wallet

Taking into account all these considerations, the production of cables Ricable is divided into four different series, so as to meet any requirement both qualitative and economic. The four series of Hi-Fi cables Ricable, except for the HDMI cables, are the following:

  • Primus for Entry Level systems (all Hi-Fi equipment should have at least one Primus wiring harness)
  • Magnus for high-end Hi-Fi systems
  • Dedalus for Hi-End systems
  • Invictus for high level Hi-End systems

Let us repeat here something that has already been said: it's not a bad thing to wire your electronics with a higher level of cable, because some variables are not calculable with numbers, but it could be that with a lower level of product you get the same result, because the electronics themselves, in that case, more than that cannot reveal.

Hi-Fi cable balance and synergy

A certain balance must be preserved not only in the relationship between cables and electronics, but also between Hi-Fi cables themselves. The first thing we would recommend is a levelling of the cabling. Rather than having a very good interconnect and a poor one Speaker , it is better to have both cables of average quality. The best thing would be to have a wiring as uniform as possible, with the same series and brand for all connections. You have to start somewhere, so to help you choose the best Hi-Fi cable, take a look at our full range at Ricable.

Review #18 - Power Cable Invictus Power - Try a Ricable

Daniele N Try a Ricable
From the Facebook group Audiofili d'Italia

Daniel N.

Source: Auralic Aries, Audiobyte Hydra Z with Hydra ZPM power supply

DAC: Dedicated

Amplification System: Preamplifier + PowerAmplifier

Preamplifier: Krell HTS 7.1

Power Amplifier: Krell Evolution 402

Acoustic speakers: B&W 802D3

The following review of the power cord Invictus Power is the result of the "Try a Ricable" initiative, created, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Daniele for the time he dedicated to us.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

Yes, a cable of fine workmanship.

B&W 802 D3 loudspeakers
11848 Invictus Power
How you ran the tests to see any difference?

At first I did short tests by disconnecting and reconnecting the cable, then kept it connected for several days and then switched back to my usual cable.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I've listened to different kinds of music: classical chamber music, big orchestras, jazz and pop. In all cases it proved to be a very analytical and neutral cable, with a tendency to exalt and round off the bass.

Krell Evolution 402
11848 Invictus Power
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

The cable I tried is more neutral but duller, I don't know how the cable is built but in my opinion it has too much screen which stifles the signal a bit.

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What did you like?

- Neutrality
- Appearance
- Three-dimensionality
- Precise and captivating sound

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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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Soisy Financing Hi-Fi Cables Ricable

Choose Soisy financing as your payment method for Hi-Fi cables Ricable

One of the distinctive traits that Ricable cares most about is Made in Italy, in every aspect. From the design to the construction of Hi-Fi cables, passing through the location of the company and its employees. Another piece that is added in this sense is the collaboration with Soisy, "the marketplace for loans between private individuals to finance purchases in affiliated e-commerce" based in Milan. In other words: from today it is possible to buy Hi-Fi cables on the website Ricable by means of installment payments and financing.

How can I pay with Soisy financing on Ricable?

Paying for your new purchase in instalments Ricable is very easy, in fact choosing this method has few differences compared to any other payment method. First, choose the product and put it in the shopping cart. At this point you can choose whether to display the cart or go to the checkout. In the first case, as shown by the screen below, you have the opportunity to view a hypothetical financing of Hi-Fi cables that you want to buy. In the second case, as shown by the screen below, you can actually select Soisy financing as a method of payment. At this point you will be catapulted onto the platform. And this is where the fun comes.

Soisy Financing Hi-Fi Cables Ricable Cart

Is Soisy financing a fast and convenient option for Hi-Fi cables?

The answer regarding your Hi-Fi cable financing Ricable is very fast and painless, as well as 100% online. It will be given to you in three minutes, just by entering your tax code and a few other useful information. The acceptance of the request after the checks, statistically higher than average, will be confirmed or not in maximum twenty-four hours and the signature will be affixed with code sent by SMS. The interest rate is personalized according to the history and creditworthiness and is on average lower than that of traditional banks.

The minimum amount above which you can apply for a loan is extremely affordable: €150, and the number of instalments is customisable, up to a maximum of five. The instalment you see is exactly what you will pay, with no additional charges or surprises. If you have problems or difficulties, do not hesitate to contact us. You can also have a look at the video at the beginning of the article, if you want to be guided step by step. With Soisy you can buy a higher-end product Ricable and pay for it in installments, without burdening your budget*. Have a look at our catalogue.

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* Soisy financing is currently only available in Italy.

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Review #17 - Cable Speaker Magnus Speaker - Try a Ricable

Luigi Try a Ricable
From the Facebook group Be Connected

Luigi S.

Source: Marantz CC-3000, Rega Planar 1, BluNode 1, Rega Fono MM MK3, Marantz NR1608

DAC: Dedicated

Brand and model DAC: Khadas Tone Board

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Marantz PM8003

Acoustic Speakers: Q Acoustics 3050i, Dali Oberon 5

The following review of the cable Speaker Magnus Speaker is the result of the initiative "Prova un Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Luigi for his time.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

The cables are very solid and look great.

Magnus Speaker Luigi Try a Ricable
Magnus Speaker Luigi Try a Ricable
How you ran the tests to see any difference?

I tested with jazz, rock and classical music, especially with pieces I knew well, to better appreciate the difference with the old cables. During the test sessions I tried to change back to the old Nordost cables: White Lightning Speaker Cable.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

I used a lot of tracks but mostly I was won over by Grant Green's track, Idle Moments.

Plant Luigi Try a Ricable
Plant Luigi Try a Ricable
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

Very good listening impressions since the first track. A cleaner and more natural sound but also warmer, if you can call it that. Probably the Nordosts tend to have, compared to the Ricable, a less neutral sound, more emphasized on the high frequencies.

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What did you like?

- Excellent cable
- Well played
- Aesthetically pleasing
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What would you improve?

- I did not find any defect in the product under test
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How to find the phase in a Hi-Fi system

For the faithful of the blog Ricable the concept of phase and out of phase will not be completely new. We have already dealt with it when we offered you a few tricksmost of the times free of charge, with which you can optimize the performance of the audio chain. In case of particularly detecting installations, to understand if they are in phase or in out of phase, the ear can be enough. The difficult thing is to "find out" which electronics are in phase and which are not. But let's start from the beginning, that is: what are phase and out of phase, and then we'll explain how you can carry out some tests to find the phase in your Hi-Fi system.

Phase and out of phase electronic audio

What does tuning the power supply mean? What powers our systems is the mains current, so a bad power supply can only lead to a less performing electronics, which will directly affect the sound. The current is 220 V in three contacts in our homes: earth (in the middle, and in this case we don't care), phase and neutral. In reality, an AC powered appliance will work in one direction or the other, especially if the electronics are not very delicate, like an oven or a fridge. In some cases it is important to insert the plug in the right way, and putting a Hi-Fi system in phase is just that. This is a problem not only for Hi-Fi, but also for other contexts, such as boilers. In any case, having just one device in out of phase will lead to having the whole system in out of phase. Not a small problem, if you consider that when the audio chain is all in phase there is a greater articulation of the low range, a sharper representation of the scene, a better focus and a more evident three-dimensionality. Two more premises: most of the devices have the phase in the right side; the first phase should be done with the mains distributor and the mains conditioner.

Find phase and out of phase in the wall socket

To find the phase and out of phase in the wall socket, you will need to take a screwdriver and insert it alternately into the side holes of the socket. We recommend that you take all necessary precautions before doing this operation.

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You may also consider asking someone more experienced in this field to do it. When the phase finding screwdriver lights up, it means that we have touched the point through which the phase passes. Another more empirical solution is to open the socket; if our system is quite modern and made according to Italian standards, we will find three different colored cables: one blue (neutral), one yellow or green (ground) and a third of variable color (black, white, brown ...) which is precisely the phase. Now you can connect the power cable to the socket making sure that the two phases are corresponding.

Searching for phase and out of phase in the Hi-Fi system

How to find the phase of the amplifier in your Hi-Fi system, for example? A necessary condition is that each component must not be connected to the others by any kind of cable or connector, so only the power cable must be inserted. Once again, we invite you to carry out these operations with the utmost care, especially if your electric system is not equipped with a circuit breaker (on the contrary, if your electric system is not equipped with a circuit breaker, you should avoid to work on it!).

With the screwdriver

At this point, we can move on to the first useful method to find the phase in our electronics. First of all get a screwdriver phase finder, which costs a handful of euros. Connect only the power cord and turn on the device; use rubber insulating shoes to avoid grounding the phase finder reading, place the phase finder on a point of the chassis (for example a screw or a point not insulated by paint), being careful not to touch anything (otherwise you'll ground everything and it would be useless to make the measurement). Turn on the phase finder by placing a finger on the upper metal part. After that, notice the brightness of the phase detector. Now you have to turn the plug of the power cable and repeat the procedure, to see if the light intensity is lower or higher than the other side.

The appliance is in correct phase at the position on the plug where the light intensity of the phase finder is lower. Make a mark on the plug with a felt-tip pen or something else; the part of the plug just marked is the part that should be connected in phase with the wall socket. This measurement is subjective, as the brightness of the phase finder bulb depends on the electrical resistance of our body. For some people it might light up a lot, for others a little, for others still it might not light up at all. In the latter case you should switch to the second method to find the phase in your Hi-Fi system.

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With the multimeter

As for the second method, the first thing you need to do is an electronic tester (we're talking about a little more than a ten euro expense). Connect the device as described in the first method. Set the tester's measurement value to mV AC. Place the test lead of the negative pole on a chassis screw not insulated by paint and the test lead of the positive pole on the hot pole of any RCA connector (preferably the output one) on the rear panel. Read the value on the tester and write it down. Then turn the plug over and repeat the measurement; the lower of the two values will correspond to the correct phase of the unit. Make a mark on the plug with a felt-tip pen or something else; the part of the plug just marked is the one that must be connected to the phase in the wall socket. This operation must be repeated on every appliance, provided it is always disconnected from the others.

The role of Hi-Fi power cables

All of the devices are now in phase, and you will only need to do this procedure again if you want to add new electronics to your audio chain. If you've done everything correctly, you'll notice that all the plugs of your devices will have the phase point that you've marked on the power strip. We would like to stress once again how an optimal power supply of your electronics can't help but contribute effectively to the restitution of a firm and transparent sound; to learn more, we refer you to to this article of ours. To have a solid and effective connection in your Hi-Fi system, instead, we suggest you to have a look at our power cables, handmade in Italy with first quality materials.

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Review #16 - Balanced Cable Invictus XLR - Try a Ricable

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From the Facebook group Be Connected

Fulvio S.

Source: Kuzma Stabi Ref2, Grandinote Celio, Esoteric K01, Grandinote Volta, Cocktail Audio X45

DAC: Integrated

Amplification System: Preamplifier + PowerAmplifier

Preamplifier: Grandinote Genesi

Final Amplifier: Grandinote Demon

Speakers: JBL K2 s9800 SE, Neumann KH 420 + KH 805 AG

The following review of the balanced cable Invictus XLR is the result of the initiative "Try a Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Fulvio for his time.

Construction and aesthetics.Did the cable feel solid and attractive?

The cable is packaged in a rigid box very well cared for, where inside we find the foam rubber on the bottom and on the cover; for further protection we find a cardboard, which has the function of closure, where there are technical data of the product with its serial number. The cable is packaged with stretchers that keep it wrapped inside the box. Once extracted, you immediately notice the beautiful XLR connectors that are very robust and solid with a very precise insertion in the devices. The chrome and carbon finish also make for a very attractive appearance. To diversify the right channel from the left we find the colored rings in blue (left) and red (right). The external mesh sheathing has a blue and white weave that I liked as a choice.
I have to say that the first impact, even when holding it in my hand, is of a solid cable with a definitely fascinating design. Well done!

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review fulvio tries a ricable
How you ran the tests to see any difference?

The tests of the cable took place on two types of system. The first one consisted of a source, a preamplifier, a monophonic final amplifier and relative passive loudspeakers. In this case the cable has been tested on the pre and power amp connection. The second typology foresaw the use of active loudspeakers and therefore the cable has been used on the pre and active loudspeakers connection. The main system was composed by:

  • CD/SACD source = Esoteric K01
  • HD File Source = Grandinote Volta
  • Preamplifier = Grandinote Genesi
  • Monophonic Endings = Demon Grandinote
  • Passive Speakers = JBL K2 s9800 SE
  • Active loudspeakers = Neumann KH 420
  • Source Wiring = 1 m Acrolink Mexcel 7N-DA6300 (both CD/SACD and HD file source)
  • Passive speaker cabling = Silcable special version made especially for JBL on spec. All on Finite Elemente Pagode Edition table
  • Power cables = Forrest "Black" on all electronics
  • Socket = Oyaide (with internal modification and full "Silcable" wiring) + Silcable Six

The cables used for testing were:

  • Cable 1 = Acrolink Mexcel from 7N-A2500 XLR 2 m
  • Cable 2 = Ricable Invictus 3 m XLR
  • Cable 3 = Sommer Cable Epilogue XLR 3 m
  • Cable 4 = Klotz Titanium XLR 3 m

I must immediately say that the same result has been found in both types, this means that the cable has not been influenced by the connected devices. In total I have rotated, in addition to the Ricable, three other cables very different both for target (two come from the world of "pro" audio) and, above all, for list price. All the cables had the same length of 3 m except for the top one where the very high cost forced me to the measure of 2 m, however enough to make the expected connections.
For the test, I asked three friends of mine who spent a few hours at different times listening to music while the cables were swapped without them knowing which ones were connected. Apart from a generic indication of "cable 1", "cable 2", "cable 3" and "cable 4" nothing was said about brand and cost. Only at the end of the test, leaving connected the cable that had obtained the best liking, they could verify the result. Clearly I didn't influence anyone and, on the contrary, apart the most expensive cable of which they knew the existence since I've been using it for many years, of the other three, Ricable included, they didn't know the characteristics.
The result, of which I too was surprised, was identical on all occasions and confirmed what I had already found in the first week of ownership of theInvictus.

How did you rehearse? What tracks did you use to test the cable?

The impressions on the characteristics of the various cables tested were unanimous in all the tests. The tracks used have been of the most disparate kind, but one record in particular has been used as a reference, not because it is the best, but because it has an excellent balance, plenty of dynamics with a very extended and precise bass range and a naturalness that for me is at the top. This is Hell Freezes Over by the Eagles on CD by Geffen Records. In addition to CD and SACD we also used native high resolution files which in many cases proved very useful in understanding exactly how the cable affected the final result.
In all the tests the volume was always left at the same level and never changed when changing cables just to guarantee the maximum transparency.

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review fulvio tries a ricable
Possible differences than the reference cables.
Did you find any?

At this point I have to make an important premise before continuing; cables, as we all know, can behave differently depending on the system they are connected to, because some electronics may, for their characteristics, not agree with the construction philosophies, the materials used and the technical choices applied by the manufacturer. I think that in this case something similar has happened and I hope that nobody feels offended. Anyway, these are always personal feelings, even if shared, that have been detected in "my" listening room (even here we know that the environment can really make big differences).
The differences, in fact, have been there, they have been clear and felt by all the participants who, I must point out, have not been mistreated nor forced to give the final result 🙂 and have been tangible also at a physical level, especially in the low range. This last one, if not well reproduced, becomes easily detectable. Big differences also in the mid range which, in the system used, is very revealing.
Joking aside, now you'll want to know what the verdict was at the end of these tests, which took place for fun and games, but with the aim of understanding some dynamics in the audio world. At the end the less appreciated cable has resulted, to my surprise, I swear, just the Ricable that has given the "poorest" result among the various contenders. The best in terms of absolute performance was the Acrolink 7N-A2500, as it was hoped it would be, but its very high price, more than twelve times the list price of the Ricable cable, put it on such a high level that in the end it is like comparing a Ferrari to a mid-range car... so let's say it is OK.
However, the winner of the test was the Sommer Cable, which has been chosen as the best objective sound because it lost something in precision and bandwidth extremes compared to the Acrolink, but gained in naturalness, musicality, dynamics giving that quid to the musical message making it more natural and zeroing the listening fatigue. The Klotz was a good step below the Acrolink, with less openness and less detail.
The Ricable in all the sessions was excluded almost immediately, in the sense that during the test it was the one that was less precise, with a lower dynamic, making the result much flatter without giving rhythm to the music. Above all in the jazz it was found the flattening of the instruments often making the scene very confused, almost as if it couldn't unravel the sound message. It's as if he had to convey so much information at once, that in the end it was confusing and lacked rhythm. The only positive aspect was the always correct exposure of the soundstage with a very realistic dimensional placement of the various instruments. Even the bass range suffered from this behaviour, being the worst of the three, especially in the deepest bass, which was less present than in the other three cables, almost as if it were "sticky" and with the "brake pulled". The listening experience of the Ricable is pleasant and without listener fatigue. I'm really sorry I couldn't keep it in my set-up, but with the current electronics it doesn't match at all.
However, I would like to thank Ricable and their staff very much for making this beautiful initiative happen. I apologize, but I'm not very good at writing reviews 🙂 .

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What did you like?

- Aesthetics and construction
- Aesthetics
- Three-dimensionality
- Precise and captivating sound

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What would you improve?

- In my case it didn't match my system so I would say the end result
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Review #15 - Magnus Signal Cable - Try a Ricable

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From the Facebook group Be Connected

Christian N. B.

Source: Audio Analogue Maestro, Pro-Ject Xtension 9 Evolution

DAC: Integrated

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Unison Research S6, Tektron TK2A3/45S-I-REF, Audio Analogue Maestro 150

Acoustic speakers: Klipsch La Scala I

The following review of the signal cable Magnus Signal is the result of the initiative "Try a Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Cristiano for his time.

I tested the one meter Magnus Signal cable...

...to connect the CD player to the integrated amplifier. The system is composed by Klipsch La Scala first series loudspeakers, Audio Analogue Maestro CD player, Tektron TK2A3/45S-I-REF integrated amp.

The cable Ricable replaced a cheap interconnect (one third of the price of the Magnus) and was also compared with a cable of the same price of another brand. Preamble: I believe that a cable should not act in any way as a filter or an equalizer.

The cable arrived in a beautiful box, with comprehensive and elegant information sheets. It is of excellent workmanship, both for the connectors and the cable itself. Robust and pleasing to the eye. The test has been carried out with preheated electronics and with three CDs: Bob Marley with Legend, Miles Davis with Kind of Blue and a test CD made by Di Prinzio with a varied musical selection.

Compared to the cheap cable, the Magnus has surprised me in a striking way. Leaving aside the classic parameters of soundstage enlargement, detail, dynamics that have obviously improved enormously, it has objectively "raised the volume" of the sound. Literally.

Comparisons with the cable of the same price instead showed significant improvements, at least to my ears. A greater detail and richness of the sound in general. The most evident improvements have been: when listening to Bob Marley's CD the bass is more present and always controlled, in Davies' Kind of Blue you can notice a clearer and more precise positioning and separation in the space of the instruments, in Di Prinzio's CD, which goes from Nada to Philip Glass, generally you can turn up the volume of the sound with less listening fatigue, which for me means a purer sound.

In conclusion I think that the cable Magnus performs its task in an excellent way and significantly better than other cables of equal or greater price: to let the signal pass completely and without modifications.

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What did you like?

- Transparency
- Detail
- Robustness
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What would you improve?

- Nothing to report
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Plant Alberto Try a Ricable

Review #14 - Cable Speaker Dedalus Speaker - Try a Ricable

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From the group Amici Audiofili Italiani

Alberto B.

Source: SOtM sMs-200ultra

DAC: AQUA The Voice

Amplification System: Integrated

Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK-300se

Acoustic Speakers: ProAc Response D Two

The following review of the cable Speaker Dedalus Speaker is the result of the initiative "Prova un Ricable", born, in collaboration with listening groups or Hi-Fi forums, to collect testimonials resulting from from actual listening experience of the users, in their reference Hi-Fi system.
The following Feedback has been created on the basis of a predefined questionnaire to which the user has returned his impressions, in a manner completely free.
We thank Alberto for the time he has dedicated to us.

Finally...

... after almost a month of cross-listening, I'm talking about the speaker cables Ricable, model Dedalus Speaker.

The comparison was made with my AM Audio branded litz cables, Ramm power supply and Zavfino. Ramm signal. With the following system: Balanced Audio Technology VK-300se amp, AQUA La Voce DAC and SOtM streamer with dedicated power supply. ProAc D Two loudspeakers on Music Tools stand.

These cables are very flexible and easy to handle, they have bananas on both sides and are perfectly anchored giving a sense of stability and exceptional grip ... in short, they are beautiful to see and very well made!

I have tried to do a methodical work, I have drawn up a playlist... quite long but with tracks that I know well and I have done a first listening with my cables, looking for merits and demerits, then, in a very superficial way, I have connected the Ricable and I have started to break them in without giving too much weight to the listening but letting them play without thinking about anything. I must say that after several days the sound has changed for the better!

I can say with some certainty that, knowing very well the sound of my set-up and having a trained ear, today I am able to catch even the smallest differences... it is not presumption but experience matured with hundreds of hours of listening! What at the beginning seemed to reveal a softened high range has instead turned out to be a high range with a linear and open response curve! There are no steps between the mid-high and the highs! While with the litz you can hear a step that, at an inattentive listening, deceives!

Actually, the one with the Ricable is a very linear and open high range that rises with a really pleasant perception, transparent but never harsh! On the voices the difference is so clear that my partner has noticed it! Usually she doesn't say anything but... she tells me: "The sound is more open and airy". The mid range is very fine and also allows a slight improvement on the image front, which is a little deeper and with the soundstages well defined.

These cables have a characteristic! That of passing more energy, as if the signal had increased, consequently the bass range is sharper and more bursting! More energetic! So be careful: if there is a defect, the response with the Ricable will be even sharper! They don't fix the sound, but in my opinion they make it get to the speakers even sharper, so faults come and go! Obviously the same goes for the good.

Honestly, I did not think to find such clear differences... it has been for me an enlightening experience that, once again, has made me notice the differences between one cable and another, which are not exaggerated, but allow to reach at least a refinement of the ideal sound or, better, to what is our ideal sound. Cables don't work miracles, but they have to make sure that they don't alter the signal and, in my opinion, these Ricable do it!

So much so that I decided to keep them!

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What did you like?

- Transparency and articulation
- Aesthetics
- Three-dimensionality
- Precise and captivating sound

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What would you improve?

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Vinyl Turntable Listening System

All separate components of a Hi-Fi system

Let's make some simple considerations before starting. First of all, it is important to premise that the number of set-ups according to which you can structure your Hi-Fi system is not infinite... but almost. The vast majority of systems, in any case, have a structure that includes a source, an amplifier and loudspeakers. These three columns can be segmented, however, exploiting a DAC not integrated, for example, or splitting the integrated amplifier in the pair pre + power amp. Another curious consideration that we can make about this is the following: a banal object that we always have with us and that is overwhelmingly part of our routine, like the smartphone, contains inside it the whole audio chain. Certainly with other performances, but our mobile phones contain speakers, DAC, amplifier and all that is necessary for a sound to be emitted. But what are the separate components of a Hi-Fi system?

The source

The source can correspond to several elements. It can be a turntable, a CD player or even a network player or PC, in case you listen to liquid music. It is what emits the signal of the track we want to listen to. This is why the source will always be upstream of our Hi-Fi system, except for the mains conditioner, which is positioned between the source and the mains socket. A CD player reads data stored on Compact Discs. CD players can read, in addition to the physical CD formats such as CD-R and CD-RW, the many logical CD formats (Audio CD, Video CD, etc.) depending on the software available to the CD player itself or the computer that houses it. The sound of a CD is digital.

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Theturntable is instead an electrical device for sound reproduction consisting of a rotating plate on which to place a vinyl record that will be read by an arm equipped with a head and a needle, sliding on the appropriate grooves. It is also the evolution of the gramophone, invented in the second half of the nineteenth century by Emile Berliner. The sound of a vinyl is analogue. Let's now move on to the last frontier of audio sources: Personal Computers and network players. These devices read digital files, be they saved locally or played via streaming. Technically they are the best performing solution, but they are less straightforward to set up than CD players or turntables.

The amplifier

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The amplifier is, in no uncertain terms, among all the separate components of a Hi-Fi system, the beating heart of the audio chain. A bit for its position, since it is in the middle, between source and loudspeakers. A bit because it is the point where the information, whether it comes from the CD player, turntable, network player or even television, is conveyed, converted and finally transmitted to the speakers in the form of enhanced electrical impulses. We can divide amplifiers into two major categories: tube and transistor. The first ones are characterized by being the only ones on the market until a few decades - today they are addressed to a niche -, as well as for... the valves.

Thanks to these the input voltage increases and, according to many audiophiles, this means more musicality, more "warmth". However, the warmth is not only figurative. Valve amps are very hot and consume a lot of current, so much so that it takes a few minutes for the tubes to reach the correct temperature. Last but not least: the purchase price is on average much higher than a transistor amp.

It's a different matter with transistor structured amplifiers. These tend to have a high current, not voltage, input. Transistor amplifiers make up the vast majority of those on the market today. Another subdivision we can make with regards to amplifiers is that they can be integrated or separated in the combination of pre and power amp. In this case, the integrated ones saturate the market. The purchase of an amplifier, however, should always go hand in hand with that of the loudspeakers, which we'll discuss in the next paragraph.

However, let us first say a few words about the classes of amplifiers. These have nothing to do with those we find when we talk about appliances. Classes, when we speak of amplifiers, denote neither the consumption nor the quality of the same. Rather, they represent the internal functioning, the structure of the amplifier; but it can happen that a class D amplifier sounds better than a class A one. Quality really depends on many factors.

Acoustic speakers

How to choose the right amplifier and speakers? One aspect to consider, but not calculable, is our taste. Nothing will sound better than what we like in terms of dynamics, projection and intensity on high or low frequencies. But luckily there are also more objective parameters that we can calculate to clear our minds. The output power of an amplifier should be equal, or slightly higher, than that of the two speakers added together. On the instructions there are often indications in this sense. In the case of speakers that receive too little power, the sound performance will be below expectations; in the case of speakers that receive too much power, the risk of ruining them will be concrete.

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Hence, loudspeakers are the device that finally transforms the electrical signal coming from an audio amplifier into sound and makes it reach the listener. Despite the fact that they can be divided into active speakers (i.e. with an integrated amplifier) or passive ones, you'll hardly find anything that really has to do with high fidelity in the first case. More interesting is the doubt that arises between bookshelf and floorstanding speakers. Here the discriminating factor is the size of the room; in the case where the listening environment, of which we will never stop underlining the importance, is contained, it will be better to decline on bookshelf speakers, supported by a good subwoofer.

Let's underline once again how the set-up of a Hi-Fi system is absolutely changeable according to the context, to the audiophile who listens to it, to the economic availability, to the use you want to do (musical or multimedia) and to many other factors. Elsewhere we have had the chance to deepen the discourse about bi-wiring and bi-amping.

What about the cables?

The separate components of a Hi-Fi system, if reduced to the essentials, are therefore: source, amplifier and loudspeakers. The more the quality of the electronics increases, the more revealing they become, the more what unites them will count. A Hi-Fi cabling that matches the rest of the system, at certain levels, is no longer a negligible factor. Take a look at our catalogue and start honouring your passion, step by step.

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Music never goes on holiday: Ricable will remain open throughout August

Music never goes on vacation and therefore Ricable will remain open throughout the month of August. Many of you have been asking us about it, and we thought it was right to reiterate it with a tailor-made post. Our main services will therefore remain valid, namely:

  1. Fulfillment of orders on sites www.ricable.com, www.ricablecustom.com e www.troniteck.it
  2. Sales and technical support via phone, email, WhatsApp and online chat
  3. Collection at our office during the scheduled times (Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00), upon telephone or written confirmation

We wish all those who are going there a happy holiday. We invite others to write to us or visit us, while respecting all the rules related to the health emergency for the Covid-19 pandemic, which still provides a state of emergency. Each shipment will be carried out with the care and speed that characterize Ricable; moreover, it will be prepared with all the necessary measures so that it will be packaged in a sterile and hygienic context.

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