Van den Hul The Bay C5 review

For harsh, bright-sounding systems, the Bay C5 could be an antidote

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

For harsh, bright-sounding systems, the Bay C5 could be an antidote


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    Warm, rich sound

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    Good, stylish build

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    Good for bright sounding systems


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    Imperfect timing

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For harsh, bright-sounding systems, the Bay C5 could be an antidote.

The smooth-matte jacket surrounding the interconnect is matched by the cable’s polished, glossy take on music.


Van den Hul The Bay C5

Van den Hul The Bay C5

Play Tom Odell’s I Know and his vibrant piano-playing sounds rich and full of warmth, as does his vocal.

Thankfully, all that silky richness from the Van den Hul doesn’t suffocate or stifle a system’s ability to sound dynamic and exciting.

There’s still enough tension and drama to be drawn from Like A Dog Chasing Cars from the Dark Knight soundtrack. As a listener, you’re still moved and engaged by what the cable imparts.


Our only criticism is that the Bay C5 doesn’t have a great grip on track timing.

Even music with a simple beat – such as John Newman’s Running – can sound confused. The different elements don’t knit together, with the track seeming to trip over itself.

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