Western Electric Cable
Western Electric Cable.
Cables, cables, cables… It is one of the most debated items in audiophile world. Some are praised, some are cursed. Choose your cake and eat it!
[Editor: I’ve tried many cables. Some do bring difference and some do not and are a bunch of ******** but some DO make a difference. As a DIY-phile, there are more ways of tuning and upgrading like capacitor upgrade, circuit optimization, resistor change, and etc but it won’t be that simple and apply for everyone out there. Therefore, we can’t deny that changing cable is one of the easiest methods available to fine tune the system sound characteristics.]
There is a cult following of Western Electric (WE) tubes, cables, transformers, amplifiers, and various components! The transacted price of WE components has reached such an exorbitant level that investing on WE components beats the S&P by many times!
What we want to talk about and have here in stock now is the Western Electric interconnect by Art Chamber.
This WE interconnect is made by Tony & Kenneth workshop. The WE interconnect is made of Western Electric 50’s 0.62mm diameter copper cable. There are 2 lengths available, 1.25M and 1.5M. The RCA jack is by Yongsheng, model YS336. Although it is made in china, the quality is very good. Yongsheng is a big manufacturer and ODM for various OEM on sockets.
Every interconnect cable uses four 0.62m copper cable twisted together, 2 for positive, 2 for negative. Then, a layer of copper braid enclosed the cable before the mesh protector is applied. Shielding property of this interconnect is very good. Imposing a power cable on the interconnect shows no audible noise at all.
1.25M pair WE interconnect
3M pair WE speaker cable
The character of this cable should be categorized as – thick, warm, extended bass, fluid; good for thin & dry sounding systems. It is definitely worth trying with such a price to get the legendary Western Electric sound into your HIFI setup.
Art Chamber 1.25M Western Electric interconnect – U$60.
Other cable lengths and configurations available upon request – please contact Art Chamber on your requirements.
[Editor: During our past visit to Lee, the FE-88ES-R sounded really very good, fulfilling a lot of the HIFI and tube magic qualities. Things changed to the worse when we visit Lee just recently. All the good qualities of FE-88ES-R was gone or diminished. A chat with Lee revealed that the internal WE cable used to connect the driver to the speaker terminal cup were changed since it was badly oxidized. We can’t say that the internal cable is the cable but that is something that we can think about.]
[Ken: I purchased a pair of Western Electric cable for my speakers and loaned a pair of interconnect from Lee. I tried it over the weekend and I can say that I'm hooked! Treble sibilance is removed. Image and vocals solidify. Imaging and focus are better. I find the bass a bit lacking at first but now I feel that it has become tauter and controlled. The boom and wooliness have reduced that made me thought that the bass is diminished. I find myself ordering 3 pairs of interconnect from Lee for the preamp, subwoofer and DAC!]
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