I have always been very skeptical of these “snake oil” mortgage-the-house audiophile grade cables. Now I have a set of really nice cables for my Sennhieser HD650 and cannot tell the difference, but from what I have been told recently by some hardcore audiophiles is that you really cannot tell the difference until you get into the thousand dollar range and it becomes more evident from there up. I still rolled my eyes at what I considered pure and utter BS. But now I am a firm believer; I have seen the glistening light of the audiophile community.
A high end audio manufacture Velumnatics contacted me last week to see if I wanted check out their new AudioPhlow patch cable. Hearing that they cost several thousand dollars, I thought I have to check these out and give abi readers the full scoop.
The AudioPhlow 420’s retail for $2940 for the 1m version but can also be custom sized. The contact alloy on each jack is a newly developed technology that allows elections to be evenly distributed on the contacts. Comparing these to a standard cable they look slightly hazy and iridescent.
The cabling itself is a technology licensed from a German aerospace firm called Gaurdenhose Polyimeplastic. This tech enables the blend of several different plastics with audiophile particles in order to make the best sound isolation within the cable. But this also lends to a very durable build quality that will fend off any kitten attack.
What makes these cables unique however it the center core is filled with denatured H20. This is done to give the 24 gage internal wires room to freely “swim” and move as music passes though them. This became very evident when I tested the sound quality- music just seemed to flow much better.
How did they sound? Initially I plugged them into my Toshiba T400 and connected them to an old Sony Boom Box and wow! Music just came to life and basically as the liquid technology suggests, it just swam, moved, flowed and grooved. It’s really hard to describe the realism of this cable and how it brings music to life; it is something that needs to be witnessed. Are they worth the $3000 price tag? Simply, yes.