I recently replaced my old amplifier from the early 1990s, a Pioneer A-757 Reference, and felt the need to take care of even the details to get the most out of the system, choosing cables Speaker of proven quality. I listen almost exclusively to liquid music stored on a Samsung SSD connected via USB to the network player, and many files are in high resolution. I scoured the market carefully to choose the cable that would best suit my needs and arrived at Ricable Primus Speaker MKII.
and aesthetics of the product?
To judge a cable, I focus mainly on objective aspects: conductor type, jacket and insulation material, shielding, connectors, junction between conductor and connectors. Ricable is among the few to specify these characteristics, and this contributes to the trust granted to the brand. In the Primus Speaker MKII I chose, the parameters are all of excellent quality. The aesthetics are satisfying and give the system an elegant tone.
To test the newcomers, I listened to several tracks with high-resolution recordings (PCM 96/24, 192/24, DSD 64 and 128). These recordings preserve high-frequency harmonics and have very low distortion. Inevitably, you turn the volume upward to the point of bringing the system to the limit of its possibilities, highlighting any flaws and inaccuracies.
The listening is balanced with any kind of recording. The timbre of the vocals appears natural, the drum hits dry and fast, the piano ascends and descends stairs without stumbling, the horns come across as airy, the electric guitars scratch angrily. Violins and acoustic guitars roam the room. The stage reconstruction of instruments and voices is sufficiently three-dimensional. There is no hum or noise picked up by the sea of cables connecting the devices. Just music and silence. Some of the tracks heard for the test:
- Voices: Veronica Swift with This Bitter Earth, Take 6 with If We Ever, Diana Krall with Peel Me a Grape
- Jazz: Miles Davis with All Blues, Oscar Peterson with C-Jam Blues, Wynton Marsalis with Soon All Will Know, Warren Bernhardt with Walkin' Up, George Benson with The Ghetto
- Rock: Pink Floyd with Comfortably Numb, Dire Straits with Why Worry, Depeche Mode with Policy of Truth
- Reggae: Bob Marley with Waiting in Vain and Running Away
It is difficult for me to say how much a cable affects the overall listening quality. However, I can say that using these Ricable Primus Speaker MKII, the sources, amplifier and speakers together offer the best of themselves with a neutral sound compared to what was originally recorded by the musicians without anything added or taken away. And, honestly, that is what I was looking for.