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Interlinks don’t do anything! Or do they? 32 rca cables analyzed

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Alpha Audio - Big interlink cable test

Audioquest

Cable Audioquest Red River and Yukon
Balance low, mid and high Red River: nice body. Rich overtones.

Yukon: full and warm. Treble tad rounded.

Tone of vocals and instruments Red River: fine “weight” throughout.

Yukon: Lots of separation. Touch of warmth on the low end.

Stereo image Red River: Tight and good layering.

Yukon: Good in proportion. Not overly large.

Rhythm Red River: pleasant reverb and good pacing.

Yukon: Good timing. Fine reverb.

Overall Red River: nice sound. Fine body.

Yukon: warm tone. Powerful reproduction.

Material and construction Red River: PSC solid core.

Yukon: PSC solid core

Price €279 / 679

ZERO-Tech cables

Cable Audioquest Black Beauty, Thunderbird and Dragon
Balance low, mid and high Black B: midrange more prominent. Open playback.

Thunderbird: Very nice balance. Power and refinement.

Dragon: Very fine balance. Power and refinement.

Tone of vocals and instruments Black B: Vocals are full and easy to follow. Mid feels bit seperated.

Thunderbird, Dragon: Fine separation and easy to follow. Feels very different from other cables.

Stereo image Black B: Forward focus. No laser focus.

Thunderbird, Dragon: very large stereo image (larger than life?). Focus is not pinpoint. Vocals are placed higher.

Rhythm Black B: a lot of reverb audible. Transients seem to smear a bit.

Thunderbird, Dragon: fine drive. Feels fast but not rushed. (Pleasant thrust).

Overall Black B: Open playback. Good vocals. Focus feels a little odd.

Thunderbird, Dragon: Fine tonality. Feels different. Imaging is great, but focus is not pinpoint (more diffuse).

Material and construction Black B: PSC

Thunderbird: PSC+

Dragon: PSS

Price €1089 / €4499 / €15499

Measurements Audioquest

Scope measurements

Red River

Yukon

Black Beauty

Thunderbird

Dragon

Response

Type test
Multitest
Tested price class
Price cheapest product: €45
Price most expensive product: €15500
Production country
Differs

Winkels met Audioquest

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Hooikade 13
2627 Delft, Zuid Holland, NL
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Geldropseweg 105
5611 SE Eindhoven, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Korte Jansstraat 11
3512GM Utrecht, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Theresiastraat 151 - 157
2593 AG Den Haag, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Chord Company

Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Hermesweg 2
3741 GP Baarn, Utrecht, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL
Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

Winkels met Dyrholm

Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

Winkels met Grimm

Hooikade 13
2627 Delft, Zuid Holland, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Vijlen, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL
Hennesweg 20
6035 AD Ospel, NL

Winkels met Kimber

Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

Winkels met QED

Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Ricable

Sikkel 40 F
3274 KK Heinenoord, NL

Winkels met Supra

Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Hooikade 13
2627 Delft, Zuid Holland, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Van den Hul

Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Parkweg 23
8084GG 't Harde, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL
Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

33 COMMENTS

  1. Good morning,

    This was a fascinating read and most of it was understandable.

    This inspired me to make up an interconnect cable using Sommer Tricone. Switching between this and a QED QNECT2 was night and day, my ears like the difference and this has told me that swapping interconnects is worth considering.

    I am jumping onto your speaker cable test next.

  2. I have a question. I think it’s a language thing.

    In your measurement of “impedance”, is that actually the resistance value or equivalent of the looped conductors or is it the characteristic impedance of the cable? It doesn’t seem like the latter at all, which might be very interesting to understand.

    Keep up the great work!

      • That’s actually not my question.

        There’s the loop resistance/impedance of the conductors and there’s also the characteristic impedance of the transmission line.

        For example, there’s 50 Ohm coaxial cable. That’s the characteristic impedance. Zip cord has a characteristic impedance of around 90 Ohms. That’s all a combination of the inductance, capacitance, resistance of the wire, and so on.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Characteristic_impedance

        This value rises considerably as you go below 100 KHz.

        http://k9yc.com/TransLines-LowFreq.pdf

          • I did wonder. In a youtube video you talk about the HP pulse generator being 500MHz generating a 2ns pulse. At 500Mhz the wavelength is about 60cm, which is shorter than te length of the cable. So you enter transmission line theory territory, and the characteristic impedance comes into play.

            In the video you state that channel 1 is terminated at 50 Ohm and channel 2 at 1 Mohm (which could be considered open ended).

            And in between channel 1 and 2 is the cable., with its characteristic impedance for transmission line situations, which 500MHz is I think. So every cable that does not have a characteristic impedance of 50 Ohms will cause reflections. It does not matter if the cable is good or not, it is just caused by the transmission line impedance mismatch.

            The characteristic impedance of the TPR is given as 110 Ohms, which causes the reflections. I cannot find this value for the SQM, but if that would be 50 Ohm, this would explain its non-reflection-behaviour in the test.

            But in audio frequency territory, this characteristic impedance is of no importance and it does not say anything about the quality of the cable.

            Just a few thoughts that kept me busy 🙂 Love to hear your view on this.