Plussound X-Series T-Metal – Minute But Mighty

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Pros – 

Slim and lightweight design, Very clean sound, Natural midrange, Super supple insulation

Cons – 

Aggressive lower-treble can affect versatility

Verdict – 

Plussound’s professional build quality and ultra compliant insulation realises a clean, controlled and detailed sound.


Introduction –

Born and made in the US of A, Plussound has been doing a simply terrific job for almost a decade. In the process, they’ve procured an understanding of what makes a livable and sturdy cable and, most importantly, a great sounding one. Their T-metal conductors marked the beginning of their more exotic combinations announced more recently. Yet it remains timeless for its transparent tone and unique sonic character. With the X-series, this sound can now be had in a slender, unobtrusive form-factor. The X-series can be purchased and configured here.

Disclaimer – 

I would like to thank Christian from Plussound very much for his quick communication and for providing me with the X-series T-metal for the purpose of review. All words are my own and there is no monetary incentive for a positive review. Despite receiving the cable free of cost, I will attempt to be as objective as possible in my evaluation.

Design –

The X-Series differentiates itself with its slim, compact and unobtrusive design. Where most cables make use of 4-wires, the X-series has just two with two internally braided wires inside. This produces a cable that is half the thickness of the EXO and just as slim as the majority of stock manufacturer included cables. For smaller IEMs such as the Xelento, this is a godsend as it maintains the portability of the unit and doesn’t affect fit by weighing down the earpiece.

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Users are also treated to Plussound’s wonderful new insulation that is the softest I’ve handled among custom cables. It is almost impossibly supple and, from my experiences, doesn’t harden over time. It is very transparent, providing a window for the buyer to view the customised conductors inside. A 90-degree bend near the IEM connectors routes the cable over the ear without producing hotspots or compromising stability. All terminations are nicely relieved through the implementation of tapered heat shrink and a one year warranty grants confidence in the cable’s longevity.

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Despite having a 2-wire construction, the cable isn’t microphonic at all and it coils with ease. However, due to the nature of the braid below the Y-split, the cable can become twisted when coiling and retain bends, something that doesn’t affect the EXO. My unit has Plussound’s previous terminations while newer units come with their sleeker revised plugs. All are customisable by colour and are finished with mastery. Plussound is making truly terrific cables here and their experience is demonstrated by the finished product.

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Avid writer, passionate photographer and full-time student, Ryan's audio origins and enduring interests lie within all aspects of portable audio. An ongoing desire to bring quality audio to the regular reader underpins his reviewer ethos as he seeks to bring a new perspective on the cutting edge and budget dredge alike.

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