The cable under test is an impeccably made cable with high quality connectors and finished with an attractive yellow outer sheath. The section appears to be important, although it has excellent flexibility. The connectors are clamped, for an optimal connection with any type of device.
The listening sequences took place on the basis of a set of tracks, either by alternating the cables at the end of the identified set or by alternating the cables track by track. All this was carried out over several days, in order to reduce the listening variables to a minimum.
The cable provided by Ricable is a new, unbroken cable, which is why it was played about forty hours before listening. The first sessions showed a warm, round sound, not too extended to the extremes but with an excellent mid range, natural and round, very pleasant both with male and female voices. No harshness, given the high range not in evidence, and no dirtiness, given the tendency to offer a non-invasive bass. The scene appears wide, both frontally and sideways, giving an excellent involvement.
The sound of the cable remained basically the same until about one hundred hours of use. After a hundred hours, the sound improved perceptibly, particularly in the low range, where the body of the sound finally appeared aligned with the reference cables. However, the sound remained quite closed, limited in extension, making the finer details and what I like to call the "breath of music" lose. 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 check the repetitiveness of the sensations.
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Compared to the reference cables there appears a certain lack of resolution in the finest details in the high range, a sort of opacity that does not allow to distinguish certain textures of the drum 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 a hundred hours of listening the treble range did not open as I would have liked, keeping a sound distant from the detail proposed by the reference cables. The result, therefore, is an incomplete sound, without the refinement in the treble range that the reference cables allow, without ever generating aggressiveness and listening annoyance. A pity, considering the excellent level reached in the mid range.