What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Fri, 3 Feb 2012, 1:35pm

van den Hul The River

Tested at £200
60100
3

They’ll convey decent tonal balance, but dynamics are just too bland

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For

  • Helps deliver a rich smoothness and well-integrated tonal balance

Against

  • Reduces dynamic punch and rhythmic precision

At £200 a pair, these interconnects aren’t cheap, but they’re well made and feel solidly dependable.

Using The River with our Roksan amplifier and Audiolab CD player reference combination, we found the sound had a rich smoothness and well-integrated tonal balance. Detail is also good for the money.

So, why three stars? Well, we also found our kit’s sound lost some dynamic punch and rhythmic precision with these interconnects.

It’s perfectly listenable… just uninteresting. At this price, these interconnects need to deliver much more to keep up with top rivals.

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