Final impressions concerning the 1Plus2 upgraded gold/silver cabling
Before I begin I'd like to sincerely apologize to Gavin for taking so long to post these impressions. My sincerest apologies for this long overdo post but I've been that busy with personal issues and I hope you understand. I'd also like to add, before receiving this upgrade cable I was highly scepticle. Anyone who frequents this site and knows me knows I'm far from being a cable believer. My views on cables have sometimes gotten me into hot water with other members on the boards and as such when Gavin contacted me asking for my impressions concerning his upgraded cable I didn't think it would be a good idea and told him why. To Gavin's credit he insisted I receive the upgrade cable and post my honest opinions. Fair enough, I give Tralucent Audio credit for opening themselves up to the possibility of receiving negative feedback.
I'd like to begin with the cables form factor. The original silver cable was thick and unwieldy. It was usable as far as using mobility was concerned but in my opinion was far from ideal. Another gripe I had with the silver cable was the OC (outer covering). The OC really didn't impress me and in my original 1Plus2 impressions post I commented it cheapened the overall look of the IEM. Well, those two problems in my mind have been resolved. Form factor wise the upgraded silver/gold cable is a wonderful cable. First of all, it's wonderfully pliable when being handled. There's no more rigidity making it unwieldy and the end result for me was I found it became a lot easier to keep a proper seal when moving about. As an added bonus, the short time I had the cable I found very little issue with tangling. Also, the new cable is thinner but doesn't seem as fragile and is now easier to roll up and store away in a IEM carry case. Secondly, the black colored OC on the upgrade cable looks fantastic. It's smooth to the touch and no longer cheapens the look of the IEM. It very much makes the 1Plus2 look that much more refined and as such, in my mind, is a very welcome upgrade in the form factor. Also, maybe it's just me, but I found the upgrade cable to be less microphonic then the silver cable. Not sure if it's because of the better OC or just the cable's inner DNA itself. Gavin, if you could please explain why the added info would be very welcome.
Alright, this is the part everyone wants to read the most, does this cable improve sound quality? The very simple and short answer to that question is, YES, Do I think it's a night and day difference? The simple short answer is, NO, it's not night and day but it's there and once I noticed it I couldn't help but notice a difference and once I picked up on it I couldn't help but think it was noticeable. Is it worth the premium in money for the upgraded cable? The answer to that, you have to decide for yourself if it's worth it to you. For some people the answer will be yes while for other people the answer will be no. Did I enjoy the upgrade cable enough to invest in it if I had a chance? The answer is, YES, I would but hat's just me though. Here's exactly what I heard that made me decide the cable made an audible difference in the sound.
With the upgrade cable, compared to the original silver cable, the treble was still energetic but no longer as peaky or harsh sounding. The best way I can describe it is it was just as forward but didn't sound as forced. It seemed to handle the crashes pops and clicks better without losing control and sounding overly splashy. The mids sere smoother while still maintaining as much detail as before. Because of it's added smoothness the mids seemed to tie the whole signature together better. Think along the lines of blending in with no disjointedness in the sig. In other words, the whole overall sig now seemed to sound more coherent then before. The bass, well from what I've read silver is supposed to lean out the signature making the bass leaner. With the silver gold cable the bass was as great sounding as it ever was. Don't ask me how but the bass still had body and rumbled and hit as good as it ever did. Something else I noticed, everything sounded more realistic and natural. A bird chirping sounded like a real bird, a trumpet sounded that one step closer to a real trumpet and a clarinet sounded like a real clarinet. Both female and male vocals sounded incredibly nice. vocals were probably one the best I've ever hear if not the best.
Since I had the cable I also decided to experiment with it on my Heir 4A custom. When I plugged in the upgrade cable there was also a difference on the custom. the first thing I noticed was there was an increase in edginess to the notes and note decay was faster making the custom sound like PRAT had increased. The bass was definitely faster and seemed to hit a tad harder. The treble, well, the treble is probably the weak link in my Hear 4A customs. The 4A's have good treble and decent extension but on some songs they can lack energy. With the upgrade cable that missing energy was finally there.
As I said before I'm not a cable believer and scientifically there's no evidence to support what I heard should be happening. To further hammer the point home I took it upon myself awhile back to experiment with some boutique interconnects on my CLAS-db rig and my findings were they were a waste of money. With the Tralucent upgraded silver/gold cable, all I know is I heard an improvement in sonics that scientifically I can't explain why I heard it. Please keep that in mind as you all read this and please judge my final impressions accordingly. I hope this post has been helpful to people on this thread and I hope it helps people decide if the upgrade cable is worth it.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 7/17/13 at 8:43pm