Our Verdict 
There's an improvement over a standard cable, but the difference in clarity and details aren't as obvious as similarly priced rivals
For 
Better image than standard cable
good spatial sound
Against 
Sound lacks drive and impact
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The Ixos XHP425 brings an improvement over a freebie mains cable, but the overall level of performance is only average by the standards set by the likes of the Clearer Audio Copper-line Alpha.

Music sounds relatively detailed and the cable creates a good spatial sound, but it lacks drive and impact. Other leads here bring a greater sense of excitement and vibrancy.

The Ixos produces a better image than a standard cable but the differences in clarity and detail aren't as glaringly obvious as with similarly priced rivals.