Effect Audio provided the Bespoke 8-wire free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.
What is Bespoke? The word used to mean “to speak for” a person or thing. In modernity, it usually means “custom made”. In Effect Audio’s case, it’s what they call customized versions of their standard line of cables. For instance, if you want to take the Thor Silver II and double the wire count, simply contact EA and let them know you’re interested in their Bespoke service.
You’ll end up with something very much like this: The Thor Silver II Bespoke 8-Wire.
Effect Audio crafts some of the most elegant pieces you will lay eyes upon. Each time they send me a new one, I am spellbound by its beauty. Thor Bespoke tops the list for me. It brings to mind a secret pool, deep in a forest glade, found glinting beneath a bright moon. Or rivulets of clean water trickling over ice. This eight-strand weave of shimmering silver surmounts the standard braid, gaining new boundaries of grace.
I feared the 8-Wire. Ergonomics is important to me, for I swiftly grow wroth with discomfort. Indeed, I had a poor experience with a particular 6-Wire in the past. So when Eric Chong suggested I tackle their Bespoke offering, I reluctantly agreed.
Turns out, I had little reason to worry. Yes, 8 wires are thicker and heavier than 4. But thanks to EA’s outstandingly supple insolation, Thor Bespoke feels nearly as soft and pliable as the basic model. After the Y-Split, it becomes two 4-strand round braids, but once it nears the IEM connector, the braid turns into a tight coil. Which helps tremendously with comfort and in keeping the cable in a proper ear-loop shape. One of my biggest complaints with any cable is when the wire won’t stay tucked behind my ear. This one does a fairly good job of that.