What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Thu, 24 Oct 2013, 12:39pm

QED Ruby Anniversary Evolution

Tested at £6
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5

Energetic, direct and clean: this is a purposeful sound, if not the warmest we’ve ever heard

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For

  • Detailed, coherent delivery
  • Warm, engaging sound

Against

  • Requires care in system matching

The Ruby Anniversary Evolution is yet another we’d be glad to recommend to those seeking an affordable upgrade.

Performance

Play Kings of Leon’s Wait For Me and the QED encourages loads of detail across the board.

Musical elements are nicely held together and presented in a manner in which the listener can just sit back and soak them all up.

Vocals sound fluid and organic, and the cable helps your system convey emotion and dynamism nicely. 

If your system’s stuck in a lull and needs an injection of enthusiasm and excitement, the Ruby Anniversary Evolution will deliver.

Verdict

We’d just be a little wary of using this cable with bright-sounding electronics and speakers – you could emphasise harshness that’s already present.

Otherwise, it’s a great alternative to the AudioQuest FLX-SLiP 14/4.

Review updated on 20.02.14

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