Fine-tuning your system's performance with the Experience audio cables
"If you 'Experience' what a tunable cable can do in a system, there just might be no turning back". Alan Sircom, Editor, HiFi+, July 2019.
Your HiFi system's performance depends on correctly matched cables. Without these it can fall short in areas such as mid-band clarity, soundstage size and precision, top-end air and bass weight and warmth.
Tuning our cable's electrical properties by inserting spacers in specific loops along its length, allows better component matching preventing a loss of this detail. So our cables are not acting as tone controls but allowing expression of detail that already exists within your HiFi components.
So tuning loop 5 for example on our 1m interconnect can allow correct expression of your system's mid-band detail. Whilst loop 7 releases a larger soundstage with greater bass weight and warmth. Tuning around loop 15 can release more of your system's top-end air and space.
Fine-tune with one or a combination of loops (see some suggestions below) to release the full potential of your hifi, which you can then modify at home according to personal taste and system requirements.
Experience680 and 880 hifi audio cable tuning
Spacers are inserted at specific loops along the cable with loop number one counted as the first wires from the plug at the source end of the cable:
Tuning positions shown for the Experience880 with loops 5, 7, 9 and 15 tuned:
Experience660-S loudspeaker cable tuning
Spacers are inserted into the following loops along the speaker cable. The loops are counted from the source (amplifier) end of the cable.
The loudspeaker cable can be tuned in a similar way to the interconnects. For more focus you may like to start with the 'Studio' tuned configuration as outlined below and then adjust this to suit your system. If a bigger more immersive sound stage is your preference then try the 'Stage' configuration.
Experience880-Balanced audio cable tuning
The Experience880-Balanced cable is tuned using the same system as outlined above but with a slightly modified sequence of loops.
The cable is tuned by inserting spacers into the following loops along the cable:
The loops are counted from the source end of the cable as shown below:
It is possible to fine-tune any of the positions outlined above by moving spacers in and out of the cable's loops. For example with our 1m Experience680/880 cable, removing the spacer at loop 14 reduces a little of the cable's air and space, which some may prefer. More tuning ideas can be found in our series of articles 'What do the best audio cables sound like'.
Alan Sircom Editor of HiFi+ spent some time with our Experince880 interconnect and has some interesting things to say about its tuning capabilities. Read his review here.