Manufacturer: Whiplash Audio
Model: TWag v2 GOLD non OM
The Whiplash Audio TWag V2 GOLD adds 1% gold to the silver TWag V2, changing the wire composition and ultimately the performance. The wire is the standard high-strand count 26 gauge wire quad braided below the Y-split and twisted above the Y-Split. There is a wood cable cinch and the Y-Split is held in place with a clear heat shrink. Looks are great as is to be expected from Whiplash. My cable has OM (over mold) shell connectors, but the cables are only available with non-OM shell connectors with built-in memory wire.
Flexibility is great as with the other Whiplash quad-braided cables, with no memory effect and great tangle resistance. Microphonics are non-existent and the overall ergonomics are on par with stock twisted CIEM cables, even though the cable is significantly thicker. Build quality is up to the usual Whiplash standard, which is top-notch. Overall, this cable is an exceptional replacement cable from a looks and use standpoint.
Fit and sonic testing was performed on a variety of custom in-ear monitors and one universal fit IEM. Pin polarity matched that of the stock cable and fit is secure unless otherwise noted. The score is my Order of Magnitude score, which rates the amount of change the cable provides, with higher scores representing more significant changes. The text explains the actual sonic changes.
Hidition NT-6 Pro: The TWag V2 Gold fits the NT-6 Pro as securely as the stock cable, but an OM version’s lower profile would work better with the protruding sockets. Sonically the TWag V2 Gold cable pushes the presentation closer than the Hidition upgrade cable. The TWag V2 Gold cable is clearer and more articulated, but it also accentuates the bass and treble more than the stock cable. Spatially, there is no advantage with the TWag V2 Gold paired with the NT-6 Pro. This pairing doesn’t offer the benefits that would justify the price. 2/10
Hidition NT-6: The TWag V2 Gold fits the NT-6 as securely as the stock cable, but an OM version’s lower profile would work better with the protruding sockets. Sonically the TWag V2 Gold cable adds to the midrange presence and warmth with a smoother overall sound, but in doing so the details loose the articulation they have with the stock upgrade cable. The TWag V2 Gold changes the character of the NT-6 more than improving the sound, making it closer to the warmer IERM, but still with the NT-6 flavor. 1/10
Spiral Ear SE 5-way Reference: The TWag V2 Gold fits the SE5, but not quite as securely as the longer pins of the stock cable. Sonically the TWag V2 Gold cable brightens the sound while smoothing the top-end, tightening up the bottom-end, and adding an overall sense of clarity to the sound. Spatially, the TWag V2 Gold cable has a larger space with spacious tracks, but can sound smaller with tracks that have more forward mids. 5/10
Fit Ear PS-5: The PS-5 uses a faceplate mounted cable, and the non-OM version is a better replacement than my OM test configuration. Sonically, the bass is kicked up a notch, but it is also cleaned up, and the warmth is reduced. Spatially, instrument separation and imaging are improved within a larger space for an overall more concise presentation. The TWag V2 Gold also adds more punch and immediacy to the presentation, which makes the stock cable sound a bit dull in comparison, if not relaxing. 8/10
Ultimate Ears In-Ear Reference Monitors (IERM): Sonically, the TWag V2 Gold cable improves the quality of the treble, with a smoother note that retains the detail while the bass is more precise, cleaner, and has better texturing. The center imaging is improved over the stock cable without losing spaciousness. The overall improvements are significant and change the IERM from analytical to musical. 9/10
M-Fidelity SA-43: Sonically, the SA-43 presentation is brought a bit forward with a brighter and more detailed sound. Background notes are much clearer and more audible and there is an added clarity to the entire performance. The overall presentation size is reduced a little. 8/10
EarSonics S-EM6: Sonically, the TWag V2 Gold cable brings the presentation into a bit better focus by pulling the presentation a bit closer while maintaining the depth for a more 3D sound. Tonally, the cable brightens the sound, but the stock cable has a bit better detail articulation. 3/10
Lear LCM BD4.2: The LCM BD4.2 comes with Lear’s C2 cable, which is considered an aftermarket cable. Pin security is the same as with the C2. Sonically, the TWau cable pushes the presentation more up-front and extends the depth of presentation while improving imaging and clarity within. While the C2 cable sound wider with a further back perspective, the TWau cable gives the BD4.2 a better sense of being in the same room as the musicians. Bass is a bit more prominent due to more prominence of the deepest registers. 5/10
The Whiplash Audio TWag V2 GOLD cable is combines great form and function with excellent sound that can be used to take select CIEMs and IEMs to another level. The cable generally brightens the sound while reducing harshness and improving imaging. The entire spectrum is cleaned up, but depending on the matchup, details can be smoothed over a bit. If you are in the market for a new cable, the TWag V2 Gold is well worth consideration.
Tangle Resistance: 9.5
Memory Effect: 10
Build Quality: 10
Works with recessed sockets: Yes