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Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
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Main system: Sources: Retina 5K 27" iMac (4GHz quad-core with Turbo boost, 32GB RAM, 3TB FusionDrive, OSX Yosemite. iTunes 14.4), PureMusic 3.02, Audirvana 3, Qobuz Hifi, Tidal Hifi, Denafrips Terminator, Soundaware D300Ref SD transport & USB bridge; Preamplifier: Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature with WE VT52/300B or Elrog 50/300B; Power amplifiers: LinnenberG Audio Liszt monos; Headphone amp: Kinki Studio; Headphones: Final D8000; Loudspeakers: Audio Physic Codex; Cube Audio Nenuphar; Aurai Audio M1 [on loan]; Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL3000; Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all source components, Vibex One 11R on amps, LessLoss C-MARC Entropic cords between wall and conditioners; Equipment rack: Artesanía Audio Exoteryc double-wide 3-tier with optional glass shelves, Exoteryc Krion and glass amp stands; Sundry accessories: Acoustic System resonators; Room: 4 x 6m with high gabled beam ceiling opening into 4 x 8m kitchen and 5 x 8m living room, hence no wall behind the listening chairs
Second system: Source: Soundaware D100Pro SD transport; DAC/pre: COS Engineering D1; Amplifier: Bakoon AMP-13R; Loudspeakers: Acelec Model One w. Franck Tchang magnesium 360° super tweeters, Zu Submission subwoofer, LessLoss Firewall for Loudspeakers; Power delivery: Puritan Audio Lab PSM-156; Equipment rack: Hifistay Mythology Transform X-Frame [on extended loan]; Room: ~4x6m
Desktop system: Source: HP Z230 work station Win7/64; USB bridge: Audiobyte Hydra X+; Headphone amp: COS Engineering H1; Headphones: Audeze LCD-XC; Powered speakers: Fram Audio Midi 150
Upstairs headfi system: Source: Soundaware A280 SD transport; DAC: Auralic Vega; Integrated amplifier: Schiit Jotunheim R; Headphones: Raal-Requisite SR1a
2-channel video system: Source: Oppo BDP-105; DAC: Kinki Studio; Preamp: Wyred4Sound STP-SE II; Power amp: Pass Labs XA-30.8; Loudspeakers: German Physiks HRS-120; Room: ~6x4m
Review component retail: TBA
IRA. Irish real audio. As our adopted country, Eire is strangely bereft of domestic hifi manufacture. Meanwhile the Brexiteers one island over sit in the fat of it. But there's one brand which does operate in the land of the Irish, in Belfast. Dia dhuit Titan Audio? Hello local power cords. Here's the news post that tipped then ticked off today's gig.
Titanic news. Just nothing's sinking. Rather, Gary Campbell believes that something big is rising to the top. "Titan Audio are delighted to announce a new range of mains cables. We have a new dedicated range of both source (low power) and high-current cables each built for purpose. T
"The new cables retain the existing model names but follow a new format. The high-current versions will carry the 'Signature' suffix like Nyx & Nyx Signature, Helios & Helios Signature.
"In a world first, Helios, Helios Signature, Eros and Eros Signature add the option of our patent-pending Forcefield Tech to bring a new level of RFI/EMI protection. This has never been seen in the audio industry. It offers an invisible shield around the cable while maintaining the power delivery characteristics our cables have always offered.
"Forcefield may be optioned when purchasing a new cord or be added later as Helios and Eros models now come with Forcefield Technology connectors."
After I'd posted their press release, Gary asked whether I'd do a review. I'd covered some of their product before. It had turned out to be no-nonsense performance for a fair price.
Why not? Cén fáth nach bhfuil. Using Google translator really cheats badly. So do claims that better power cords make no differences without doing any actual listening.
Naturally I was curious about Forcefield. I expected a plug-in module which perhaps related to Ansuz dither tech, NordOst QRT or active bias à la AudioQuest by setting up some sort of counter field. Being able to unplug it added interest to a power cord assignment. Ditto getting patriotic and taking one for the home team.
Saying yes was foregone conclusion. How much would Gary spill about Forcefield? Most clam up about intellectual property. That's perfectly legit. Why give away the farm? But reviewers are expected to translate novel buzz words. Forcefield certainly applied. My inner marketeer could just see the campaign: Super hero hifi. The theme to Superman comes on badly distorted. Galactic gunk fires at a hifi. Suddenly Titan's shield graphic pops up in front to deflect said gunk. The theme to Superman loses its distortion, then gains in SPL and heroics. The camera hones in on a power cord behind the hifi. Titan Audio saved the day. Gimme three? At £2'500/1.5m for the high-current Nemesis range topper below, that's a tall order. For the entry-level Nyx Sigature, £450 already buys three so there's a serious stretch. The Helios Signature gets £300/ea., the Eros Signature £600 and the Chimera Signature £1'250. Those mark clear stepping stones in ever doubling price points just how retailers like them.
Titan Audio believe in unrestricted current delivery from low transmission impedance and single-crystal conductors. Nemesis features 6.7mΩ/m on neutral, 5.4mΩ/m on ground, more affordable Elektra 7.1mΩ for either. Add low noise from effective shielding and low contact resistance from superior plugs. As one moves up, connectors get costlier and cryo-treated, copper turns silver-plated copper then pure silver, overall gauge increases. Most models run external drain wires. Nemesis and the forthcoming Apollo go braided. Three passive power distributors use Nyx, Helios and Eros conductors for their star-grounded hookup wiring. There's a no-nonsense focus and relatively little bling to this company's approach. Here's a link to their design credo.
… to be continued…
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