Build. The Luna Cables portfolio consists of five differently coloured ranges: Gris, Orange, Mauve, Rogue and Noir. These cover the usual suspects of power cords, speaker cables, analog and some digital interconnects. With each colour change the price doubles to make the line-up transparently tiered. The Gris family is most affordable, Noir sits at the far end and the whole range runs the gamut on price. Today's subject remains priced perfectly sanely whereas the 16 times costlier Noir equivalent is anything but. Yet the wallet burn kicks in slowly and the offering starts off gentle. That's smart.

Luna Cables' philosophy isn't new but concrete and likely appealing to many enthusiasts. That's because synthetic materials are shunned. Instead of plastic dielectrics, they use wax, cotton and other fabrics from natural fibres whilst stranded tinned copper is the key conductive ingredient. This oxidation-resistant thus reliable conductor was common decades ago then faded once the digital era launched. Danny exploits this vintage recipe not because of its solidity but for its audio properties. Tinning increases internal resistance which limits the skin effect. Now ultrasonic noise reduction makes for a quieter cleaner signal at the cost of minor upper bandwidth reduction.

All Luna Cables look minimalist, even modest and the entry-level Gris is no exception. It's obvious that it stays clear of cable jewellery status as far as possible and was meant to do the job without any overtures of stardom. Waxed cotton controls resonances, main conductor and shield are stranded tinned copper and a rubberized material damps vibrations. Cotton returns as the outer braid and the speaker cable terminates in easy-to-use gold-plated BFA plugs. Short sections of heat shrink are the only synthetic allowed. The final cable is fairly thin, stiff and quite DIY in appearance though very well made. It caused no issues, arrived packed in a nice cotton bag and is crafted in Canada at the Luna Cables HQ.

To review the Luna Gris, the Fidata HFAS1-XS20U server/streamer fed my LampizatOr Pacific DAC with its KR Audio 5U4G 2016 Ltd. Ed. and KR Audio T-100. That then sent the signal to either a Kinki Audio EX-M1 integrated under review or the Trilogy 925 equivalent. Boenicke W8 floorstanders sealed the deal. The Canuck's opponent was the Amber-modified Celes Excellence by Polish Audiomica Laboratory manufacture. The short on-site description of the Luna Gris reads quite generic and not really specific. Its performance is described as natural, organic and transparent which many people would read as boilerplate marketing and rightfully so. I personally have nothing against such a generic way of setting expectations as long as they're backed up by at least some degree. Here's where things got really interesting. The Luna Gris fit its advertised character quite well but there was more. That part wasn't about what Danny said about his affordable cable but rather, about what he didn't. He's a modest chap and perhaps allergic to boasting. But the quick takeaway must be that he created something truly lovely.