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 are 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!
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 Invictus power cables and two Invictus balanced signal cables, which have been 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.
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.
It only remains for us 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 want to know more about Invictus Speaker Reference, we can refer you to the updated product page, which can be reached by clicking the button below.