The Exo Silver + Gold is a cable that prioritises contrast, energy and excitement. Impressively, though, it does so whilst compromising neither body nor timbre – as is the norm in fun-oriented cables. Although specific dips and peaks have optimised the cable’s dynamic performance, the Silver + Gold maintains excellent linearity – ensuring great tonal balance throughout its frequency response. It sports a moderate W-shape and structures a clean stage. With an especial focus on width, it dons a pitch-black background perfect for those transients to cut through. Through mid-bass control and an upper-treble lift, the Exo excels in headroom; exuding openness and air without resorting to any sense of brightness. Neutral would be a more apt term to describe its tone, sparing organicity through a bodied and resonant midrange.
Bass is the highlight of the Exo’s presentation. Amalgamating the cable’s two greatest strengths – dynamism and control – the Silver + Gold increases low-end impact whilst managing bloom all at the same time. By attenuating the mid-bass and improving low-end extension, the Silver + Gold provides punch with clarity; balancing musicality and technicality with grace to spare. Upper-bass is the definite focus of the Exo’s signature, while sub-bass rumble exists purely out of extension. Instruments like tom-toms and upright basses benefit from this region’s impressive clarity and layering, giving listeners the ability to detect harmonic nuances as they decay into the background. Finally, low-end tone is on the brighter side – due to an upper-treble peak – but the aberration is slight at best. The Exo Silver + Gold prides its bass as the epitome of its philosophy: Energetic and restrained, vibrant and disciplined, impactful with finesse.
The Exo handles midrange with great balance – sporting a linearity often sacrificed for clarity and energy. Where brighter-sounding cables would often attenuate the lower-midrange, the Silver + Gold maintains body here well. There’s neither a cloy-ness nor a chestiness that tampers with vocal presentation; instead, just enough weight to endow notes with proper heft. Instruments are forwardly placed with excellent presence, and tone errs on neutral for versatility. A lift in the upper-midrange gives the Exo both the air and the zing it needs to complement its contrast-y signature. Transients cut brilliantly, showcased most prominently with snare drums in busy metal tracks, and percussion and keyboards in jazzier recordings. But, none of those jabs ever sound thin or hollow or artificial, all because of the midrange’s excellent balance – proving that bright and bold can exist in the same signature with brilliant harmony.
In the treble, PlusSound – again – displays great sophistication. A calmed lower-treble ensures smooth sailings for the Exo’s dynamic attack – ensuring transient energy without a hint of brittleness. The Silver + Gold instead draws its air from the upper treble. A rise in the 15kHz range brings an assured sense of clarity. But, this is also where the cable gains its bright-ish signature. It’s neither dry nor thin, but it definitely shines brightest (no pun, intended) when paired with warmer transducers. Great extension benefits its wide and open stage – conjuring a pitch-black canvas for optimal detail retrieval. And, this aids separation as well, showing admirable organisation along the x-axis. The Silver + Gold’s top-end is its most crucial component; the tentpole for its entire philosophy. Thankfully, it beams with restraint. Clear, calm and collected, this treble is the Exo’s moist, fluffy sponge as much as it is its cherry on top. Well done.