Not just numbers: Effect Audio Fusion 1 and Code 23 

Fusion 1

Tales about the Ancient Wonders of the world evoke a sense of mysticism and miraculousness, as if an ancient, mystical force enabled their creation and enduring appeal, despite the seeming impossibility in their time…

Say what? That’s not a script to a new Netflix special, but rather actual text from EA’s wordy introduction to Fusion 1. It’s a bit OTT, I’m sure you’ll agree, but sifting between the BS, it seems that EA is at least trying to take different approach to cable making with Fusion 1. Breaking the conventional wisdom of using known quantities of ‘safe’ conductors for predictable sonic outcomes, they’ve instead opted to mix-and-match different conductors, plating and shielding combinations to create an entirely new sound profile.

As such, Fusion 1 is a hodgepodge of wire materials, geometries and thicknesses. It’s made up of, according to EA, ‘the most amount of material and geometries in our cable making history’, including: 

  • Two 21 AWG wires made up of premium UP-OCC gold plated silver Litz, pure silver Litz, and pure copper Litz 
  • Proprietary tri-strata layering (Fusion mix)
  • 40 multi-sized core bundles with new solid core design
  • Customised multi-sized strands blends

For a two-wire cable, Fusion 1 is thick and bulky, but remains flexible and soft in hand thanks to EA’s Ultra Flexi PVC insulation. In fact I find it very ergonomic, with hardly any microphonics, and a smooth contoured ear guide that’s much nicer than the sharp, angular type EA uses for its Signature Series cables. 

The hardware EA uses is both industrial-looking and refined, with a mix of rose gold, silver and gold accents reflecting the material choices in the cable itself. Since the cable is on the larger side, the hardware is likewise substantial, but thankfully not too heavy, and smoothy rounded. The colour theme extends to the connectors at either end too, and blends in nicely with the two-tone wire visible through the clear sheathing.  

Overall I find the look, feel, and build quality consistent with what I’d expect from a premium cable. This is a few steps above the stylish but basic finishing of EA’s Signature Series cables, and while some may take issue with the bulk, I think the ergonomics are even better than those of some thinner luxury cables I’ve reviewed.    

Packaging and accessories

In typical EA style, Fusion 1 comes packaged in a blocky lidded hardboard box, with the cable’s gold-themed colouring adorning the lid. Inside, the cable and its prominent Y-splitter are presented in a cardboard cut-out tray, reminiscent of how you’d see a necklace displayed in a jeweller’s shop window.  Lifting the tray reveals the rest of the cable wound below, and a substantial-looking folded material pouch housing the ConX Basic case. 

I quite like the clean simplicity of Fusion 1’s design and presentation, even though I half expected to see a fairy tale booklet with images of ancient wonders included in the box (there is none). Some would argue the package is too basic for a kilobuck cable, but considering most people I know won’t make use of anything but the cable itself, I find it perfectly sufficient. The folding pouch might actually be useful for storing other cables and connectors too, and is more practical than the basic, cable-only pouch included with the Signature Series.  

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Guy Lerner

An avid photographer and writer 'in real life', Guy's passion for music and technology created the perfect storm for his love of portable audio. When he's not playing with the latest and greatest head-fi gear, he prefers to spend time away from the hobby with his two (almost) grown kids and wife in the breathtaking city of Cape Town, and traveling around his native South Africa.


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