DISCLAIMER: PlusSound provided me with the Exo Silver + Gold in return for my honest opinion. I am not personally affiliated with the company in any way, nor do I receive any monetary rewards for a positive evaluation. The review is as follows.
PlusSound is an American cable manufacturer based in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2012 by Christian Oliver, the company specialises in aftermarket cables, but they’ve since ventured into developing amplifiers, as well as a series of in-ear monitors. PlusSound is unique among its peers in how it presents its products. Instead of separating them by metallic composition, each product category determines how the conductor itself is treated. The Apollonian, Dionysian, Echo and Poetic line-ups all contain different methods of shielding, while the X, Exo, X6 and X8 line-ups feature unshielded cables in their individual wire counts. The user is then free to choose whatever metal composition they’d like – creating an exploratory and customisable shopping experience. Today, we’ll be looking at the Exo Silver + Gold: The 2018 iteration of a PlusSound classic, sporting a thrillingly energetic and surprisingly balanced signature for all to enjoy.
PlusSound Exo Silver + Gold
- Wire composition: 26 AWG Litz Silver + Gold
- Default configuration: 4-wire
- Key feature(s) (if any): Proprietary PS Insulation
- Price: $349.99
- Website: www.plussoundaudio.com
Build and Accessories
Even before my first listen, PlusSound’s visual presentation immediately impressed. The Exo Silver + Gold comes in a beautiful, well-thought-out and compact package. While it’s neither as luxurious as Effect Audio’s pricier offerings, nor is it as simple as something PWAudio would provide, Christian has found the perfect balance somewhere in between. Covered all round in a striking matte-black finish, embossed with shimmering PlusSound branding and topped off with a firm magnetic latch, the box simply oozes class. Inside, you’ll find a PlusSound brochure, an elastic band – for your stacked rigs – and the cable itself within a protective plastic wrap. Again, the Exo Silver + Gold was packaged with admirable restraint and excellent finesse. It showcases outstanding attention to detail without going over the top, and it’s a testament to how much care Christian and his team put into their products beyond just performance.
The Exo Silver + Gold comes equipped with PlusSound’s brand new PS Insulation. While my two-year-old Exo Tri-Metal has aged well cosmetically and ergonomically, their latest innovation exhibits obvious improvements on all fronts. Visual transparency is one, displaying the Exo Silver + Gold’s silvery strands with aplomb. They don’t shine as radiantly as Effect Audio’s conductors do, but there’s a lot to love about its more understated and less bling-y look. Ergonomically, the cable warrants another comparison to the Singaporean giant. Effect Audio has been my clear personal frontrunner when it comes to weight, suppleness and pliancy. With PS Insulation, PlusSound is looking to close that lead. The Exo Silver + Gold showcases great flexibility and minimal weight, besting a majority of its competition on looks and feel alone. PS Insulation may prove to be Christian’s ace in the hole – an element usually underrated, but brilliantly effective.