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The Breadth of Existence – A Review of the Effect Audio Thor Silver II Bespoke

Effect Audio provided the Bespoke 8-wire free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.

Thor II Bespoke 8-Wire sells for $850

What is Bespoke? The word used to mean “to speak for” a person or thing. In modernity, it usually means “custom made”. In Effect Audio’s case, it’s what they call customized versions of their standard line of cables. For instance, if you want to take the Thor Silver II and double the wire count, simply contact EA and let them know you’re interested in their Bespoke service.

You’ll end up with something very much like this: The Thor Silver II Bespoke 8-Wire.

Effect Audio crafts some of the most elegant pieces you will lay eyes upon. Each time they send me a new one, I am spellbound by its beauty. Thor Bespoke tops the list for me. It brings to mind a secret pool, deep in a forest glade, found glinting beneath a bright moon. Or rivulets of clean water trickling over ice. This eight-strand weave of shimmering silver surmounts the standard braid, gaining new boundaries of grace.

I feared the 8-Wire. Ergonomics is important to me, for I swiftly grow wroth with discomfort. Indeed, I had a poor experience with a particular 6-Wire in the past. So when Eric Chong suggested I tackle their Bespoke offering, I reluctantly agreed.

Turns out, I had little reason to worry. Yes, 8 wires are thicker and heavier than 4. But thanks to EA’s outstandingly supple insolation, Thor Bespoke feels nearly as soft and pliable as the basic model. After the Y-Split, it becomes two 4-strand round braids, but once it nears the IEM connector, the braid turns into a tight coil. Which helps tremendously with comfort and in keeping the cable in a proper ear-loop shape. One of my biggest complaints with any cable is when the wire won’t stay tucked behind my ear. This one does a fairly good job of that.



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Pinky Powers

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.


14 Responses

  1. In this fantastic review what gage wire was chosen? I believe there is a choice of 24 or 26 gauges.

    Just curious which version was reviewed.

    Thank you.

  2. lol

    I cannot claim the price is worth it for most audiophiles. That’s between you and your god. All I can do is share my experience openly and honestly. And this cable is the best I’ve heard. 😉

  3. Glad to hear it, man. This Bespoke significantly increases Fourté’s fullness and warmth. Leo actually sounds thin and cold in comparison. Which you know I don’t ordinarily say about that cable.

  4. Dang it! Your glowing review left me no choice but to order one for my Fourte’. Not sure if I can let the Leonidas go, for sentimental reasons! Looking forward to trying the Thor with the WM1Z. Thanks!

  5. I’m not the best person to ask about shirt clips, because I personally feel most every cable needs one. 8-wire, 4-wire, I have a shit-ton of shirt clips, because my head likes to be free. They make a huge difference for comfort.

    As for the adapter, I’m using the iBasso CA01. Seems to be good and transparent.

  6. Which 2.5mm to 4.4mm adapter did you use with this cable and the DX200? Does the bigger Y-Split pull the cable down if not using a shirt clip or is it still comfortable enough to let the cable hang?

  7. Same thing as the others. The only reason I’m not a huge fan of the Encore pairing, is I find Encore’s treble a little hot normally. It always sounds better with much warmer cables. The plusSound Tri-Copper is the best I’ve found to tame Encore’s brightness.

  8. Yes. But that was before their new flexible insulation. I would love to try an X8 now, and see how I like it. I suspect it would be quite ergonomic, with a few requests, such as extended heatshrink to help with ear-looping.

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