New Speaker Cable and Speaker Links from Graham Slee "Spatia" - its Outstanding Speaker Cable (Moved Thread)
A little review of my impressions with this new Speaker Cable from company Graham Slee (moved from HiFi Thread, was in wrong place)
Spatia Speaker Cable and Spatia Links
Now the loan pair of 3.5m Spatia are on their way back I thought I would share a few words about my experiences with them this last couple of weeks.
They are in a word Outstanding, I have tried lots of different cables over the last few years and spent a lot of money doing it but none have done for my system what the Spatia has and I think I am settled at last. – The Spatia gives me all the detail with none of the harshness or synthetic / added sibilance of other cables, they are detailed but without being analytical, detailed and yet still very much all about the music. You find yourself really getting into whatever you are listening to.
When I first put them in it was the openness of the sound that first grabbed my attention, each element of the music has its own space in the soundstage, whether it be stand out or just a faint layer there as reinforcement – there is now organisation in the tracks where before it was a mess and I am appreciating the quality work done by the producers in some of the music that I am listening to – I have never done that before.
Music that was once borderline difficult to listen to because of its harshness / messy sound is actually now some of my favourite, I had always thought it was bad producing but it was amazingly the cabling – certain tracks on Adele’s “21” spring to mind. However the sound with the Spatia is not restricted or toned down in anyway – I thought I may lose some or all of the pazazz / energy of my previous silver plated speaker cable, but I actually feel the overall sound has even more pazazz / energy with the Spatia – which was extremely surprising in a very good way. Music that is right on the edge such as tracks from Alanis Morissette “Jagged Little Pill” or Muse “The Second Law” are still very much on the edge, but fully cohesive even at higher volumes – everything I have been listening to just seems so much more faithful to how I feel the original recording would have been made, which is what I am after in sound reproduction and really to me what HiFi is all about.
The impressive performance of Spatia I have found has ever greater benefits to home theatre surround sound than it does HiFi. Using it for my front 3 speakers even Television soundtracks i.e. dolby digital from High Definition channels are simply popping out at me, again everything has its own space and layer and I am hearing clearly the production of the programme / film broken down and played out right in front of me. "Kill Bill" was on BBC HD a couple of weeks ago and I recorded it - with the Spatia the cartoon type soundtrack has extra zing and I can clearly appreciate the work gone in to blending and excellent micture of real life recorded sound and the studio added in effects - its a very impressive sound track
Unfortunately I have not been able to properly test a Blu Ray soundtrack at this stage however I cannot wait as I know I am going to be in for a real treat
I have had a little think back over my impressions / experience of Spatia speaker cable and it has brought me to a very nice conclusion in that the cable is accurately allowing me to hear my equipment fully reproduce the music or soundtrack, this is the first time I can safely that is the case. I think they are a very honest cable if that verb can be used to describe such a thing. Then I consider the designer John Cadman’s background and it’s not surprising – that was his profession for many years.
These cables are the first I have heard that have allowed music to be presented to me in this way in my home, combined with a set of Cusat 50’s interconnects the balance / sound is very right.
These are not cheap cables but if you factor in the cost of everything else within a system they are not expensive either and I feel they will work well in all systems including from lower mid range while still being more than good enough for very high end systems – if your accurately hearing your kit then the overall sound quality is proportional to the equipment quality which is how it should be.
I have already bought them and the Cusat 50 interconnects and I continue to be extremely impressed with them every time I get to listen
For the record I have no affilitation to this company - I think I am the first joe blogs punter to do a free home test with a set and feel duty bound to spread the word in gratitude for being allowed to do so.