PW Audio’s 1960 Cables

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I would like to thank Calvin from Music Sanctuary for providing the 2- and 4-wire 1960’s cables for review. 

PW Audio 1960’s Flagship cable

The 1960’s cable is a special project developed by Peter Wong, following 6 years of experience with building high performance cables. Peter Wong’s intention was seeking a cable as colorless as possible, yet soothing like the music from the 60’s. Years of trial and error resulted in the 1960’s cable. Its secret lies in the use of high purity copper wires, while using different insulation materials for the signal and ground conductors. The result is a smooth, detailed, yet refined sound.

PW Audio 1960’s cable (2-wire/4-wire)
Jacket Material:              Teflon for the positive conductors, and PVC for negative conductors
Conductor Material:      OCC Copper Litz
Conductor Gauge:         26 Awg
Conductors:                    4 (2 wires with 4 conductors) / 8 (4 wires with 8 conductors)
Price:                                $999 / $1925

Build and ergonomics

When you move a few tiers higher up in the cable market, cables often use extravagant designs consisting of 8 or more wires woven together, possibly with alternating colors and of course fancy splitters. Recent examples are the Labkable Pandora or SilverFi IEM-R2 or R4. As the 2-wire version of the 1960 cable only uses two larger main wires, it conveys an understated elegance due to its slim design and black color, and might not even be as easily detectable as a high-end cable. But with its individually black-sleeved wires, and simple but elegant chrome splitter, the 1960 is nevertheless a beauty to behold. The black wires look very classy, and the contrasting chrome accents in the connectors and splitters provide a nice finish. More importantly, the cable is very supple, and passes on absolutely no microphonics. So it’s very ergonomic in its daily use compared to heavier 8 braids.

The 4-wire version looks and feels a good deal thicker than the slim 2-wire – this is a cable that starts to dwarf other cables in its vicinity. The 4-wire uses the same chrome jack and connectors, while replacing the chrome slider with a wooden one due to the larger bore required for the thicker wires. The 4-wire still looks fantastic, but there’s a bit of added weight to consider – this is a cable you’re more likely to notice while wearing.

Page 2: Sound impressions
Page 3: Comparisons and concluding thoughts

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Nic is currently in pursuit of a PhD degree in social neuropsychology, while trying not to get too distracted by this hobby. In pursuit of theoretical knowledge by day, and audiophile excellence at night. Luckily for him, both activities are not mutually exclusive which helps to lighten the workload. Always on the go, Nic's enthusiasm for hi-fi is focused on all chains of the portable system: iems, cables and daps.

4 Comments

  1. Brian on

    Great review, as always.

    Will you be doing a future review of Tralucent Audio’s Uber Too cable?

    Thanks in advance.

    • flinkenick on

      Hi Brian, thanks, much appreciated.

      No plans for now, but you never know.

  2. Mateusz on

    Great read! Especially concluding thoughts.

    One question: have you listened the Leonidas from Effect Audio?

    • flinkenick on

      Hi Mateusz, thanks for the nice words.

      I did a while back, although it was more than half a year ago. Leonidas has a very different signature. Compared to the 2-wire which is roughly in the same price tier, Leonidas has a more uncolored signature with an airier stage. It has a very nice punchy sub-bass, that gives it a dynamic sound. 1960 2-wire’s bass is warmer, and accordingly its overall tone is warmer, while its background is blacker. Its treble is slightly less prominent, so it creates a smoother sound. Leonidas does not create thicker or leaner notes, it is very neutral in this regard. I would guess that 2-wire creates marginally thicker notes, and that their resolution is roughly similar. But it was quite a while ago and I didn’t directly compare them, so take this with a grain of salt.

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