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Reviewer: Paul Candy
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Digital Source: CEC TL51X transport, Audiomat Tempo 2.6 DAC, HP laptop, Win 8, J. River Media Center 17, JPlay,John Kenny JKSPDIF Mk3 USB:S/PDIF interface
Analog Source: Well-Tempered Lab Amadeus with DPS power supply, Pro-Ject Tube Box SE phono stage, Ortofon Rondo Blue MC cartridge
Amps: Audiomat Opéra Référence integrated
Speakers: Green Mountain Audio Callisto on sand-filled Skylan stands, Capriccio Continuo Admonitor 311& Submonitor [in for review], 2 x REL Q108 Mk II subwoofers
Cables: MIT Magnum M1.3 interconnects & speaker cables, MIT Magnum digital cable, Wireworld Equinox 6 interconnects & speaker cables,Transparent Audio Performance USB cable
Power cords: MIT Magnum AC1, Wireworld Aurora 5² & Silver Electra 5², Sablon Audio Robusto.
Stands: Grand Prix Audio Monaco four-tier rack on Apex footers with silicon nitride bearings
Powerline conditioning: BPT Pure Power Center with Wattgate, Bybee Quantum Purifier and ERS cloth options, Blue Circle BC86 MK5, Blue Circle 6X & 12X AC Filters [on loan]
Sundry accessories: Acoustic Revive RR-77, Auric Illuminator, Audio Magic/Quantum Physics Noise Disruptors, Caig Pro Gold, Echo Busters acoustic room treatments, Isoclean fuses, HiFi Tuning Disc Demagnetizer, Nitty Gritty record cleaning machine, Soundcare Superspikes (on speaker stands), dedicated AC line with CruzeFIRST Audio Maestro outlets
Room size: 11 x 18 x 8’, long wall setup, suspended hardwood floors with large area sisal rug, standard drywall over Fiberglas insulation walls
Review Component Retail: CDN$7.199 for the entire loom

Not long after reviewing Sablon Audio’s Panatela interconnect and Gran Corona power cable, Mark Coles sent along a set of his new Panatela speaker cables, digital interconnect, the new entry-level Petit Corona power cable plus the latest iterations of his Gran Corona power cord and Panatela interconnects.

I generally prefer to review cables as a complete system, specifically interconnects and speaker cables. This preserves coherence and gets me a better sense of the designer’s goal. For me mixing and matching cables is an unpredictable, frustrating and ultimately pointless enterprise. It was with a great sigh of relief when Mark sent me the whole Sablon Audio kitchen sink.

The Panatela speaker cable is a 9-gauge design with separate runs for + and - featuring "an array of disparate conductors (metals, gauge, topology, dielectric and degree of cryogenic treatment)". The outer sleeve is a white soft pliable cloth. Terminations are Xhadow silver spade lugs. As with all Sablon Audio cables, every Panatela cable is constructed by hand. Connections are pressure-terminated which Mark believes makes superior joints to solder. Terminations are treated with anti-oxidants and contact paste, completed cables are subjected to pre-conditioning on an Audiodharma Anniversary cable cooker. Bi-wire versions customized to your speaker’s crossover frequency are available by request as are grounding leads and jumpers for Tannoy and Avantgarde speakers. Essentially Mark can provide whatever configuration you desire.