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.
Our tunable audio cables are not tone controls but address three main areas of performance found in hifi systems that can fall short due to mis-matched connections: mid-band clarity and top-end air, soundstage size and precision, and bass weight and warmth.
To help you get the best out of your system we suggest you try three different tuning references with our interconnect and speaker cables, which you can then modify at home according to personal taste and system requirements.
Straight out of the box- No tuning just take it out and listen
Studio- provides a more analytical focus by tuning specific loops along the cable.
Stage- presents a more immersive feel with larger images by tuning a different set of loops along the cable.
Experience680 and 880 hifi audio cable tuning
These references can be tuned at home by inserting spacers in the cable's loops as shown below:
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:
We can carry out this tuning in our workshop before sending them to you. This we call 'Ultra-Tuning' and they will be sent to you with our logo in red for 'Studio' and gold for 'Stage' as shown in the table above. If you want to make changes to your cable's tuning at a later date these can be removed.
Experience880 interconnect Ultra-Tuned for a 'Stage' presentation
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.