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Megatest speaker cables – 32 cables listened to and measured!

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Nordost

Cable Nordost White Lightning, Red Dawn and Frey2
Balance low, mid and high White Lightning: A lot of air. But not a lot of body.

Red Dawn: Airy and open with body. Midrange has some emphasis. Transparency in the notes. Lots of detail.

Frey2: Treble is ‘lighter’ than the mid/bass. Lots of warmth in the mids and bass.

Sound color vocals and instruments White Lightning: very nice layering. Lots of nuance.

Red Dawn: Nice balance in the piano. Saxophone gets a lot of air. Tabla is nicely open and fast.

Frey2: Rich sounds in piano. But not necessarily in the cymbals. Lots of detail and texture audible.

Stereo image White Lightning: Open and airy. Great image, tight placement.

Red Dawn: Nice layering in the stereo image. Some left to right though. It stands a bit higher than we are used to.

Frey2: Great stereo image. Almost feels like headphones!

Rhythm White Lightning: calm and smooth. Seems a bit “unbalanced” in rhythm in treble and midrange.

Red Dawn: Long reverb. Tight transients. Fast!

Frey2: Fast leads. Nice transients. Good dynamics.

Overall White Lightning: nice cable with a “light” character. May get a little more body. Black background is nice.

Red Dawn: Fast, transparent cable. Sufficient weight in the low end. Stereo image is mostly wide. Not very deep.

Frey2: Fast, detail-rich cable that can present with a lot of “drama”.

Material and construction White Lightning: Silver plated 7N copper. 10 x 26 AWG

Red Dawn: Silver plated 7N copper, 20 x 26 AWG (0.13mm2)

Frey2: Silver plated 7N copper, 22 x 22 AWG (0.32mm2).

Price White Lightning: 655 Euro, Red Dawn: 2040 Euro, Frey2: 5430 Euro

Measurements Nordost

LCR measurements

Propagation variation

White Lightning

Red Dawn

Frey2

Response measurements

Noise measurements

Type test
Multitest
Tested price class
Price cheapest product: €1
Price most expensive product: €21000
Production country
Varies

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 Driade

Cort van der Lindelaan 11
9722 LP Groningen, NL
Fleminglaan
2289 CP Rijswijk, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL

Winkels met Dyrholm

Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, NL

Winkels met Kimber

Rietlaan 4
3851 PA Ermelo, 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

12 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Jaap, that is a really nice test with lots of information, thanks for that! Would it be possible to have it all into one table for a good overview, instead having to scroll through the individual pages? May be too much to ask 🙂
    Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Standard cable of 2.5mm2… I am using 16mm2 “standard wire”, 3m long. Very low resistance. That ticks one box. I guess I can theoretically calculate the inductance and capacitance. Wonder if these are of significant consequence at 20kHz. Maybe I can twist the cable to reduce the inductance if it has some impact.

  3. This is beyond – need to study it – not just read, to understand.
    Thanks for including the “peasant” installation cable AudioQuest 14/4 – I use the more expensive version XTRM 14/4. My question is – how did you terminate the cable and in what configuration? I have it terminated with nakamichi bananas and connected in a star-quad configuration.
    Martin

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