Strange and Unique – SilverFi Impressions

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These will be brief impressions only. Nic asked me to take these SilverFi cables for a quick stint and share my findings, so I had to make room for them in my crowded schedule.

So first, the good. They sound great. Both of them.

The X possesses a soft, natural render, wrapped in wondrous warmth. I’ve never heard Noble Encore sound less sharp or edgy. It really took away every ounce of coldness or brightness and made them decidedly organic. It’s a clean and clear cable, thanks to smooth, far-reaching treble, with a great big soundstage.

The R1 is everything the X is, but far less “soft”. Vividness replaces soft, bringing the image forward with real pop. R1 is not as laid-back as X. Things are bigger and more energetic. The background is darker and the notes shine out against the contrast. There’s a superior sense of three-dimensionality. More holographic.

Now for the bad.

These are terribly uncomfortable, awkwardly built things. The X is a lot better than the R1, yet still unpleasant in every way. The sheathing material is rough and abrasive. The connectors and plug are thick and unwieldy. Everything is stiff. Microphonics travel freely up and down the wire. With the R1, even when using a shirt clip, vibrations are heard clearly. And the ergonomics of that 6-wire flat-braid is a true nightmare. The ear loops are a disaster, floating out in front of your ears, instead of tucking in behind them.

Based on how shoddy the construction of these prototypes are, I can only hope the final versions will manage some degree of refinement. But I have no evidence to back that up. As things are, I could never use either of these cables for any length of time, regardless of how good they sound.

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Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.

3 Comments

  1. I agree. Comfort and sound are just as important. If the comfort is really bad, no matter how good the sound is (or vise versa), I would not get it.
    For example, when I tried the ca atlas, although it sounded real good, i just couldn’t wear it properly without my hands holding them throughout the whole audition.

  2. Both cables were reviewed by Eagle Wings on Head-fi.org’s cable thread just before Mr. Pinky. Please also read both reviews by Eagle Wings to compare. Writing style and impressions regarding the building materials and ergonomics does NOT reflect an objective view. I would like to have the opportunity to audition Pinky’s own cable designed/crafted by him to write my objective impressions on THL.

    • I do not write objective reviews. Never have. I write about my experience with a product. And I try and be as honest as possible. But experience is inherently subjective. And I’m okay with that.

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