- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 22 May 2014
The Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 7 XLR Balanced Interconnects In Use
For the listening tests, I used an OPPO BDP-105 universal Blu-ray player, Pass Labs Xs preamplifier (fully balanced), Pass Labs Xs-300 monoblock power amplifiers, and Carver Amazing Mark IV ribbon speakers. All the cables in my high-end two-channel test lab are Wireworld, and I switched out the 20 foot XLR interconnects between the preamp and power amplifiers for the test. The test interconnects were the Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 7 XLRs and a 20 foot pair of "Pro" XLR interconnects that I purchased from an electronics catalog on-line. They sell to professional audio engineers who use them for musical stage performances and cost in the range of about $8 to $30 for a standard 20 foot cable.
Now, I am not going to put you through a list of albums that I listened to and try to mention the things that I could or could not hear between the two cables.
With the Platinum Eclipse 7 cable being 20 feet long, I could hear a difference compared to the standard Pro cable. However, what that difference was is not easy to explain. I can't put it into words other than saying that the Wireworld cable allowed more "life" of the music to pass through. Remember, a good cable's job is to NOT do anything to the music signal except provide a path. So, it could be said that the 20 foot Pro cable was removing some of that musical life that the sound had. Whether it was smeared detail due to the higher reactive impedance of the Pro cable, or a loss of some of the high frequencies, I don't know. Since I am a senior citizen, my hearing is not what it is for younger people, and most of our readers are likely much younger than I, so I would expect that the effect I heard would be much more obvious to our readership. If you are an old geek like me, the effect you hear is probably modest, but I still think it is worth the cost.
All conductors have impedance, and as such, deteriorate the signal. That includes the conductors inside the chassis of the the components, as well as the cables that connect the components together. Since the manufacturer has gone to a great deal of effort to minimize the interaction of conductors in the components, and therefore keep impedance to a minumum, it seems prudent to choose cables that also have the least amount of impedance. So it is with the Wireworld cables.