Monster Ultra 1000 review

The Monster Ultra 1000 is fair value if you need a generous length. Tested at £1000.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Usefully open sound, but not the focus or clout of the best


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    Airy open sound

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    energetic presentation


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    Uncomfortable with big dynamic shifts

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Providing the link between a CD transport and DAC, the Monster Ultra 1000 cable initially impresses with the airy openness of its soundstage and the energy of its presentation.

Listen a little longer, though, and a slightly vague focus and discomfort with big dynamic shifts becomes the overriding signature.

Fair value if you need the generous length.

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