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xindak

Gold cables

as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

 

 

 

 

ROBERT H. LEVI'S SYSTEM

LOUDSPEAKERS
Avalon Eidolon and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS
E.A.R. 324 phono, Pass X1 preamplifier, and an E.A.R. 834L tube line stage. E.A.R. 890 and  NuForce 9.02 amplifiers.

SOURCES
VPI Scout/JMW 9 tonearm, VPI SDS Controller, ZYX R100H phono cartridge. ModWright Sony 999 SACD/CD Player with Signature Truth, Mod/Bybee Filters and Revelation Cryo Silver Umbilical. Pioneer DVL 919 LD/DVD Player, and a Marantz DV8400 DVD/SACD/CD player. Magnum Dynalab MD-108 Reference Tuner, Marantz 10B tuner, and Scott 350B FM tuner, AQ 7500 FM Antenna, Stax 7t Electrostatic headphones, Grado Reference 1 headphones, and a Grado headphone amplifier.

CABLES
Harmonic Technology CyberLight interconnects, Kubala-Sosna Emotion interconnects and Dual-Connect Gold interconnects, Soundstring interconnects and speaker cables, or Kimber Select balanced, Kimber TAK phono AG, Kimber Hero balanced and single ended interconnects, Eichmann Express 6 Series 2 interconnects, and Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II balanced interconnects. Kimber D-60 Digital Interconnects. Kimber Select 3038 Silver speaker cables, Harmonic Technology Magic Reference Silver speaker cables.

ACCESSORIES
Monster Reference 350 Mark II v2 Power Conditioner and World Power Power Wing, Kimber Palladian power cables, Tara RSC and Decade power cables, Tiff power cables, Tice power cables, Tice Clock, and Audio Prism Quiet Line IIs. Cable Cooker 2.5, Winds Stylus Pressure Gage, Bedini Ultra Clarifier, VPI Record Cleaning Machine 16.5, Soundstring Pro Power Cables, and Kimber Pro 10 Gold Power Cables.

 

Gold is the latest precious element to find its way into audiophile cables. Xindak Electronics Company of China now joins Dual Connect of Denmark in marketing cables that employ gold. The surprisingly affordable Xindaks are part of a much more extensive cable line, 21 models in all, with the Gold series containing various amounts of gold. The FA-Gold Signal Cable interconnects ($698 for a one-meter pair) are 50 percent gold foil molded with 50 percent copper foil. The FS-Gold loudspeaker cables ($1998 for an 8-foot pair) also blend copper and gold foil, while the FP-Gold power cord ($348 for 1.5 meters) is mostly copper, with some gold. Pricing is very competitive for their level of performance and finish, not to mention the amount of gold used.

Letís start with my favorites, the FS-Gold speaker cables. This ribbon design is gorgeous to behold, and beautifully flexible. The first-rate locking bananas and silver spades reminded me of the terminations on my silver Kimber 3038 speaker cables, which retail for $4000. The Xindaks also sounded similar, offering perhaps 85 to 90 percent of the definition and texture of the Kimber 3038s for half the price. The high end of the FS-Golds is open, very detailed, and brightly lit, with lots of definition and air. The midband is also very open and bold, with mucho definition. The FS-Golds are a bit shy on textural cues by comparison, but they come surprisingly close. There is a small hump in the midband that emphasizes presence, so they arenít entirely neutral, but they donít get hard or edgy.

The bass was very good, and very detailed, but a bit polite. I would have liked more slam, but that was not to be. Although the bass was the weakest aspect of the performance, it was still exciting. If you have speakers that will benefit from lively-sounding speaker cables, the Xindaks are the ticket. Youíll bathe in their definition, and get more than a glimpse of the performance of the super-high-priced brands. These are killer speaker cables at a competitive price, and they also look like $2000 cables.

The FP-Gold power cord is also terrificóclean, open, fast, and dynamic. It is super with tube amplifiers and preamps, but may be a tad vivid for some solid state gear. The FS-Gold is quite a system driver, and at the price, itís a cool bargain. It does not have the laid-back sound of Kimber Gold or Palladium. It also has a bit less textural definition in the midband than the Kimber, but oh, is it exciting. If you experiment with it, you will find just the right component or components that will benefit from a shot of gold. Though the bass is clean, it is again less excellent than the mids and highs. Iíd recommend this cord for all but the brightest sounding systems. It is worth every penny of the $348 asking price, and it may be one of the best power cords Iíve heard with my 300B SET amp. Quibbles? The cord was a loose fit in every IEC connector I tried. None of the connectors on the other Xindak cables were anything but superb. Buy from a dealer who takes returns.

The FA-Gold interconnects are beautifully crafted, with a wood damper in the middle of each leg and WBT terminations. The FA-Golds are sonic clones of the other cablesóbold and beautiful in the mids and stunningly lit up in the highs, but a bit shy on the bottom. Their textural cues are very good, and the equal of other cables in its price range. They are quite likeable and a moderately good value. These are not the best of the Xindak line. At the price, there are more linear and neutral alternatives. Their lit-up mids are entirely delightful, but while the FA-Golds are a blast with jazz and rock music, they are probably not the best choice for classical music. Still, they are worth a try, especially if you use tube electronics.

In conclusion, Chengdu Xindak Electronic Co. Ltd. of China is now exporting gold metal interconnects, speaker cables and power cords to the U.S.. Moderately priced for cables containing precious metals, the Xindak have an exciting sound. All are a bit bass shy, with extra midband and high-end energy, and will require experimentation to achieve proper system matching. The speaker cables are the most musically outstanding of the group, and offer superb construction. All offer a healthy dose of goosebump factor. Welcome to America, Xindak! Robert H. Levi

AAA-Audio
web address: www.aaa-audio.com

Xindak
web address: www.xindak.com

 

 

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