Atlas Hyper 3.5 Speaker Wire

General Information

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Developed by Atlas in consultation with a number of leading audio manufacturers.
companies such as Naim and Linn wanted to know if our cables could improve their system without sacrificing its essential character.

It is relatively easy to deliver an improvement in a specific area, but more difficult to create a cable that improves on overall detail, accuracy, and openness without losing the signature speed and character of these systems.

All Atlas cables are designed to impose as little, if any, inherent character as possible, achieved through careful selection of materials and construction methods — but we feel this latest generation Hyper cable is exceptionally transparent, allowing the equipment characteristics to be conveyed intact.

Features

High-Purity OFC conductor
PTFE Dielectric
Multi-Core Geometry

The cable employs conductors comprising 72 0.25mm² high-purity OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) strands encapsulated within a carefully selected high-efficiency PTFE (Teflon™) dielectric coating. The resultant conductor is embedded within an anti-vibration filler and finished in the Hyper gloss black sleeve.


Terminations

Default termination is with the Atlas Cobalt finished metal Z plug. This Aluminum alloy Z plug body has the same non-magnetic qualities of its extremely popular black ABS brother, as well as its insulating qualities (plug body to plug body).

This cable can be optionally supplied with the Transpose Modular Termination System, which allows easy switching between expanding 4mm connectors, spade and Atlas banana-styleZ-plugs as your requirements change.


SPECIFICATIONS:

Construction: Multi-core

Material: OFC

Dielectric: PTFE (Teflon™)

Capacitance: 53.52 pF/m

Inductance: 0.592 µH/m

Resistance: 0.0049 Ohms/m

VOP: 0.72

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Latest reviews

John Massaria

500+ Head-Fier
Atlas Hyper 3.5 Speaker Cables
Pros: nearly as neutral as a speaker wire could be, does not call attention to itself- it is neutral, a near window into the recording itself unlike any wire I owned before under $600, switching out to lesser cable really makes you crave what these cable do for music and transparency
Cons: priced at $499 ($83.16/Meter 3Mx2) can be hard on wallet - but transparent and non colored sound does have a price, not a huge widely known brand (not really a con but some people like brand names that spend a ton on advertising and brand awareness), rubber Y feels cheap and jelly like not premium feeling at all but it is functional
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Cables. They either accent one sound frequency or another. Some clearly hear how they 'eq' the sound so to speak in ways and many people use cable to tune their systems and some think its nonsense altogether. But once you hear different cable in a very revealing system- you will understand why cables are a "thing" and why so many people spend money on this step in their audio chain. And that is exactly what this is... an audio chain- a chain of custody so to speak. From one end to the other, music is transferred from the source to your ears... our wire plays a very an important role. From the DC power that comes out of our walls that supply our equipment with juice and the actual signal wire that transfers either analog or digital- our wire we choose has immense impact on how our system will come together. Cable I like to compare to light- some can tilt to hot or too cold, it could be warm or too dark. If it is too bright and in your face it could be too revealing and lacking any natural sense and actually be fatiguing. Think about when you shine a bunch of lights on a beautiful model and it could ruin everything- you will see just how flawed their complexion really is. Or wash details out in the sheer brightness- like an over exposed photo. Balance is key when pulling a system together- and this makes perfectly logical sense. Cable should not alter the signal one way or the other. We can use measurements to see how a cable performs... the Atlas Hyper 3.5 measures capacitance 53.52 pF/m (capacitance describes the ability of two conductors, separated by an insulating material, to store charge. Capacitance in cables is usually measured in pf/m (pico farads per meter) or pf/ ft (pico farads per foot). The lower the capacitance the better the cable performance). The Atlas Hyper Inductance is 0.592 µH/m (An ideal inductor is classed as loss less, meaning that it can store energy indefinitely as no energy is lost). And lastly the measured resistance is 0.0049 Ohms/m. Take it at face value or not those are just numbers that are measured BUT do take notice and realize this wire just sounds better for me and my system than other I compared it to under $600. Why? engineering I would think. The careful selection of materials to include how they crimp insulate and braid and of course the actual purity of the wire itself- makes complete sense to me.

If you value transparency above all else- to hear what you have been missing so to speak. It may be fun to EQ your sound with a cable - but it gives up certain things when you hear "the bass more" at the expense of higher frequency for example- most cables are trying to alter the sound instead of being honest. Some cables like silver plated wire for me sound detailed yet to harsh. Some copper wire sound too bassy and not enough detail as an example. What I value most in cable is to accent no one frequency or another but to be neutral- sort of like my Grimm SQM XLR wire and my Atlas Hyper Integra RCA wire - they are the most transparent wire I have heard in what I consider the affordable range- and the same thing apply for me here with the Atlas Hyper 3.5 speaker wire.

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When I hooked the Atlas Hyper 3.5 to my Gold Planar GL1200 Ribbon headphones - the difference in total transparency and clarity was not small- I immediately smiled and said to myself, "man cable really can make a difference." What I hear is crystal clarity from top to bottom bringing my GL1200 that much closer to to source unlike my Vanden Hul Wire, The Cardas or the stock wire that came with the GL1200. This is what makes me want to write this review and explain briefly- if you value your music and your equipment like I do- you will want to see and hear for yourself what honest cable really does.
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Atlas Hyper 3.5 Speaker Cables


Other Cables I have used/compared Van Den Hul MC Magnum Hybrid​
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Cardas Crosslink


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Stock Gold Planar Wire
Made in the USA CMC Gold Plated Speaker Cable Wire Banana Plug Connector with 100% OFC Copper wire

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Gold Planar Speaker Junction BOX for the ribbon GL1200 Headphones


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The B&K 125.2 I use with the GL1200 and the Atlas Hyper 3.5 Speaker Cable
If your system needs eq'ing or to be tilted one way or another yin or yang - then this cable would make little sense. It doesn't tilt sound. Its a smooth highway like the autobahn in Germany- a high speed flawless experience that will let your stereo excel if the performance is there. I am again, selling other lesser sounding wire from my collection and replacing it with the Atlas Hyper. Period.

Highly recommended as an near end game wire for a revealing system at a price that while high pays off when you really sit down and listen. I can not keep things like this quiet... its like good food I like to share when I have something really delicious... enjoy the music!

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OH yes... I forgot- these wires do come with a CD to break the wires in more quickly with special frequency tones- I didn't really feel the need to use the CD but it was handy and I did use it for the 48hrs or so while the cable broke in. I can not say for sure if the CD or me just playing music made them sound smoother and more transparent but the end result was I preferred these cables to many others I had at my home and thought the CD was a nice touch to cut down the time during the break in period. Happy listening everyone :wink:



SIDE NOTE: So you know, I have 3 systems at my home- my speakers are Vandersteen 3a Signatures, Magnepan 3.6r and my desk top system which uses SEAS drivers in custom D'Appolito configuration. I edit videos and film on location for professionals- I mix sound for a living occasionally after I film them in person- sometimes I am handed tracks that are terrible masters but am asked to make videos from them without re-mastering the sound. My IMDB page is https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8127846/
I am not a flake or hard of hearing at all-I get sound tested by my doctor each year or two. I grew up with sound engineers in the studio who were mixing albums at The Mix Palace and Platinum Sound Recording and The Power Station, Electric Lady Studios Studios in NY to name a few. When I like something I will review it such as the Kennerton headphones I reviewed on head-fi before. If I take the time to review something it has to be meaningful- it must have moved me and compelled me to do so- I do not get paid for any reviews. I do this because I care to set the record straight on what I hear and how I felt about a particular piece of equipment.
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