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Effect Audio Vogue Series

Rating:
3.5/5,
  1. Sunstealer
    Missed Opportunity
    Written by Sunstealer
    Published Dec 2, 2019
    2.0/5,
    Pros - Light and comfortable form factor
    Cons - Maestro and Virtuoso do not live up to expectations
    Range does not represent value for money
    Premium series
    Effect Audio Vogue series tour.

    These were loaned to me without charge by Effect Audio and will be returned at the end of the audition. My review is entirely my own opinion and is uninfluenced by the manufacturer.

    Hardware:

    Empire Ears Studio Reference (ESR) Monitor, modified Spinfit CP240 tips
    iBasso DX228 (Mango OS, High gain, Digital Filter 3)
    Fiio BL44 OCC 4.4-2.5 adapter
    Effect Audio Ares II 4W for comparison (my own)

    Playlist: A mixture of MP3, 16-bit FLAC, and DSD256

    Level 42 – Something About You (Live)
    Robyn – Beach 2k20
    Joe Hisaishi – The Sixth Station
    The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
    Bjork – Pagan Poetry
    Goldie – State Of Mind
    Nachtbraker - Leonardo Ceviche
    Tove Lo – Really Don’t Like U
    Goldfrapp – A&E

    The ESRs are very capable 3BA balanced monitors and respond well to cable rolling: the perfect test subject! Effect Audio cables are issued as standard on purchase.

    Maestro – 4W copper – very light and comfortable with low profile jack and splitter. The wire is a thinner gauge than the Ares 4W. The design language of the Maestro is carried across the Vogue cable range.
    Virtuoso – 4W silver-plated copper.
    Grandioso – 4W copper and silver hybrid.

    Sound

    Lows:
    Maestro: good extension from mid-bass into sub-bass, dry and fast paced. Neutral, rather than the warmth I was expecting from copper.
    Virtuoso: feels rather cool and flat in comparison – accurate but no real energy.
    Grandioso: Equal to the Ares for control and extension but with a slightly tighter sound.
    Ares: felt a little warmer, visceral, more liquid but still clear and controlled.

    Mids:
    Maestro: Female vocals are neutral, male voices sound a little strident. Again, like the rest of the range, neutral in presentation, set in the middle of the soundstage.
    Virtuoso: hollowed, muted. The vocals are put into the centre of the soundstage but feel restricted. Piano, strings, harp are pleasant but feel distant.
    Grandioso: Rich, full and articulate. Better than the Ares.
    Ares: warm, smooth and full-bodied but more tonally accurate.

    Highs:
    Maestro: Grainy and perhaps a little hardened but not overly extended.
    Virtuoso: emphasises keyboards and guitar, these are thrown out front and wider and are a little clearer than the slightly smeared percussive transients.
    Grandioso: Define and wide with excellent steering and separation. Really nice transient attack and decay.
    Ares: slightly rounded off but a little more accurate in timbre.

    Soundstage: Imagine the stage as a function of Lego bricks (W x L x D). For reference, the Ares II 4W as 4x3x3. I would say Maestro sound stage is 4x3x2 (shallower), Virtuoso 3x2x2 (compressed), Grandioso 5x3x2 (wider but not as deep).

    Summary:

    The Maestro is a rather neutral, crisp cable, more like silver plated copper than copper. It may be of benefit if your source or phones are on the warm or dark side.
    The Virtuoso doesn’t really come across as a coherent product – cool and hollowed with a narrow soundstage. Perhaps if your other gear were mid-centric or your musical tastes were more towards orchestral or classical.
    The Grandioso is my preference for the overall timbre, pace, rhythm and timing. It is expensive, though, for what it represents. I feel that there are better hybrid 8W cables for similar cost.

    Conclusion:

    In my opinion, Effect has squandered the chance for a decisive shot across the bows of this market segment. Only the Grandioso is worthy of note within the Vogue range and even then, there are equal or better competitors in this hotly contested slice of the market.

    Alternatively, you could obtain a second-hand Ares II or Eros II. That pretty much sums up the Vogue series.
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  2. Medikill
    Average
    Written by Medikill
    Published Nov 19, 2019
    2.0/5,
    Pros - Build Quality
    Ergonomics
    Cons - Price
    Preface:
    This is the first time i've recieved a product for review and as such i tried my best to impartial to that fact.
    Since i'm leaving a somewhat average review when other reviewers have left 5/5 i'm expecting some backlash for this. Originally i was going to leave a 1.5/5 review, however after factoring in the build quality as well as 'unboxing' experience i upped it by 0.5.

    I would like to Thank Paul from Effect Audio for giving me the opportunity to review these cables at no cost to me.

    Testing equipment:
    - 64 Audio Tia Trio
    - Hiby R5 & Iphone X

    Comparators:
    - $15 Copper cable from Aliexpress
    - $40 Pure silver cable from Aliexpress
    - $170 64 Audio Copper hybrid cable

    Tracks used:
    -
    Coldplay "Hymm for the Weekend"
    - Ali Gatie "It's You"
    - Kanye West "Follow God" , "Stronger"
    - Riton "Turn Me On"
    - Toto "Africa"
    - Black Eyed Peas "RITMO"
    - Jay Z "Empire state of mind"
    - Chainsmokers "Roses" , "Who do you love", "Something just like this",

    The Cables:
    There are 3 varities, all with slight nuiances in sound. Cables.png
    • Firstly, the 'Maestro' ($99), which was actually my favourite. It seemed to amplify the bass ever so slightly and pronounce the musics timbre. All other frequencies was unaltered. This cable is made completely of copper, which explains it's sonic attributes. At $99 USD i don't think it's too bad a value given it's build quailty as well as the quality of the metalic fittings. However, when i compared it to a similar pure copper cable which i had purchased from aliexpress for $15, the sound quality between the two was very comparable. When i was A/B both cables, i could not distinguish which cable was which. However, the $15 Aliexpress cable was made like crap, you get what you pay for (so to speak) and i can safely say the longevity of the aliexpress cable is very questionable. comparetors.png
    • Secondly, the 'Virtuoso' ($149), i comapred this against the 64 Audio stock cable as this appeared to be the most fair comparison. Since both are made of pure copper with silver shielding. The sound had no difference to the copper cables. I don't know what else to say other than that. The additional $50 for silver shielding didn't change anything. This time, the 64 Audio cable had the ergonimics, though the Virtuoso again had the better build quality and metallic fittings. CC.png
    • Lastly, the 'Grandioso' ($199). Comparing this to the $40 pure silver cable as that's the most fair. Though, the Grandioso only has 2/4 cores which are silver the remainder are copper. There was a slight (and i need to emphasize the slight) change in the frequencies response. The mids and highs were more pronounced and sounded a little bit clearer. Again, comparing it to the $40 aliexpress cable, the sound was very hard to distinguish, however over time i realised that the Grandioso had a bit more bass compared to the aliexpress cable, whilst the aliexpress cable had more clarity. Again, the Grandioso had a far better build quality as well as ergonomics. comparison.png
    Summary:
    It appears to me the premium that you are paying for these cables does not equate to a better sound signature or anything of the sort. Rather, what you are getting is a more robust and beautifully crafted cable with good quality fittings. I have no doubt that these cables will also last longer than the aliexpress counter parts. So if you are looking at purchasing these cables the most prevelant thing to consider is the build vs. cost factor, as the sound signature does not have any impact.
  3. Vitor Valeri
    [Review] Effect Audio Vogue Cables
    Written by Vitor Valeri
    Published Oct 29, 2019
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Construction, ergonomics, material quality, lightness, flexibility, comfort, very good sound
    Cons - Maybe the price is a little higher for some.
    Capa Review cabos Effect Audio Vogue.png


    Effect Audio is a manufacturer of premium earphone cables. Its headquarters is in Singapore, one of the largest audiophile hubs in the world, an example of this is the country's audio event, CanJam Singapore, hosted by Head-fi.


    Recently, the cable developer has launched a new series called Vogue, which promises better cost-effective cables and at the same time as good build quality as its best cables, such as the Effect Audio Thor Silver II.





    Effect Audio cables and their series


    The Singaporean audio company has a split between its cable models, the most basic being Vogue. In this series we have 3 cable models, the Maestro, which has copper wires, the Virtuoso, which has silver plated copper wires, and lastly the Grandioso, which has a OCC pure copper and another pure silver wire.


    Effect Audio Vogue 01.jpg

    Above the Vogue series we have the Premium series, consisting of 4 cable models, Ares II, with copper wires, Thor Silver II, with silver wires, Eros II, with one copper wire and another silver wire, and lastly Mars, which has gold-plated silver threads.


    Finally, we have a series that is special, because this is where Effect Audio tests the limits of its technologies by experimenting with different types of metal alloys in cable making. In the Heritage series, we have 3 cable models, Lionheart, which has a gold-plated copper wire and a silver-plated copper wire, Leonidas II, which consists of a palladium-plated silver wire and a hybrid silver wire. , and lastly the Cleopatra, which has selected silver yarns with a different confection (see full specifications here).





    Vogue Cable Construction


    The construction of the new series cables developed by Effect Audio surprised me. I thought there were no ways to improve comfort and ergonomics since the Y-split shrunk, being called the Y-split mini. However, as always, the company is concerned not only with improving the material quality and construction of the wires used in the cables, but also with the usability of the cable. To further improve ergonomics, comfort and practicality while using its cables, the company has redesigned the connector, termination and y-split on this new line.


    Effect Audio Vogue 02.jpg

    The connector that fits into the earphones is embossed near the pins to improve finger grip and make it easier to push to fit the cable to the in-ears. It is a small detail that makes a total difference, as the user most of the time must exert considerable force to fit the 2-pin into the IEM, and sometimes it is necessary to use a fabric to improve the grip.


    In Y-split we had a huge decrease in size compared to Y-split mini, providing such a lightness that I do not even feel the piece touching my body, or even exerting downward pressure through its weight.


    Effect Audio Vogue 03.jpg

    The termination came as 2.5mm balanced, but I know there is the option of 3.5mm SE and 4.4mm balanced. In the case of the 2.5mm connector, I noticed that the size and lightness had a big improvement, the size of the plug is minimal and has a relief near the socket, with the same principle of the connector that fits in CIEM, help to fit with more easily and comfortably the pin on a DAP (Digital Audio Player), for example.

    Effect Audio Vogue 04.jpg

    In addition to the connectors, I noticed that the Vogue series cable wires are thinner and more flexible than the Premium or Heritage series. This made it easier to roll up and store them.


    Note: The design of the Vogue series cable connectors, terminations and Y-split is different from the design used for the Premium and Heritage series cables.





    Vogue Cable Sound


    For the testing of Vogue series cables, I used CIEM JH Audio JH5 PRO and DAP FiiO X7 Mark II (AM3A amp module). The testing period was approximately one week.


    Effect Audio Vogue 05.jpg

    The first model I tested was the Vogue Maestro, the copper wire version of the series. In this cable I noticed a melodious, harmonious sound, with full, spreading bass, sweet mids that make the singers' voice more pleasurable to hear and treble without stridency.


    Switching to Vogue Virtuoso, the silver-plated copper wire version, I immediately noticed a change in the way music is performed. Here I found a more controlled sound, "correct", with a tendency to neutrality. The bass compared to the Maestro became more controlled and gained more depth, more extension. If in Maestro the bass filled the spectrum of sound, in Virtuoso they have a smaller decay, with a faster attack, giving definition and speed.


    Effect Audio Vogue 06.jpg

    The mids in the silver-plated copper cable were slightly backward compared to the Maestro, but when the voices were more active in the high mids, they gained a little more prominence. I felt in Virtuoso that the mids got a little colder than in the Maestro, precisely because it had a higher activity in the upper and lower backs. Already in the treble, I felt that there was an improvement in control, speed and definition, leaving the reproduction of the sound in more detail.


    I first described the cables Maestro and Virtuoso because the cable that I will describe next is the junction of the two, the Grandioso. When I say that the two come together, I say not only in physical terms, because they have a conductor and a virtuoso, but also in sound, because there is a mixture of characteristics here.


    When I first tried Vogue Grandioso, I was surprised by the result, as I didn't expect there to be such a good marriage of Maestro characteristics with Virtuoso.


    Effect Audio Vogue 07.jpg

    The bass in this cable has body and at the same time are controlled and deep, it can have that bass that expands in music as we find in the Maestro and at the same time has a control and speed providing greater definition and lower decay. Let's say the Grandioso bass is the middle ground between definition and euphony, it doesn't have the same control and speed as the Virtuoso bass, but it comes close, while it doesn't have bass as massive as Maestro. I feel that the Grandioso bass have authority, strength, and at the same time are melodious, relaxed.


    The Grandioso midrange is just right, neither forward nor backward, giving an excellent balance with the other frequencies. We don't have a cold sound here, but we don't have a warm sound either. You can delight in the sounds of voices and strings with very good consistency in playback.


    The treble of Vogue series mixed cable (copper and silver), we have a certain detail and control of the treble, giving good length and detail. However, these characteristics are not found in the same way as in Virtuoso, where there is greater extension and control. I see that it is a compromise between the silver-plated cable and the Maestro, which has more relaxed mids.





    Conclusion



    As I analyzed the three cables, I realized that their names really say what they look like. Maestro will make your music sound harmonious, make the melody of the instruments enjoyable to your audience. Virtuoso will show that concern for neutrality, definition, “right” sound is important, providing a detailed sound where the listener will perceive the nuances of the music. The Grandioso will show that it is possible to unite harmony and definition, reproducing an imposing sound and pleasant to hear.


    Effect Audio Vogue 08.jpg

    It is hard for me to say which one would be the best, as each has its own unique quality. In addition, the result will also depend on the characteristics of each headset, resulting in more or less obvious features provided by the cables. It is up to you to choose the type of sound that will please you the most.


    In addition, it must be placed on the table that all three cables deliver comfort and practicality in use. That is, when buying a cable, it is not only the sound that matters, you must analyze the whole. This is what Effect Audio seeks to deliver, sound and design, striving for perfection.
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  4. pali
    Bang for the Buck Entry Level Hifi Cable
    Written by pali
    Published Oct 27, 2019
    5.0/5,
    Pros - Price
    Ergonomics
    Sound Quality
    Cons - Can't complain for cables under $200.
    DISCLAIMER: The cables were lent to me by Effect Audio for free but the review is based on my honest opinion.

    If you are reading this, then you might be looking for an entry level cable that would improve your IEM. Effect Audio is usually known for its high end cables that are of the highest build quality and sound quality. This is still certainly true for the Vogue series but at a fraction of the price.

    The Vogue series consists of 3 cable:

    The Maestro ($99) - 4 Wire Copper
    The Virtuoso ($149) - 4 Wire Silver-Plated Copper
    The Grandioso ($199) - 2 Silver + 2 Copper Hybrid

    Gear tested:
    Ibasso DX200Ti
    Empire Ears Phantom

    Packaging:
    The cable come in a fairly plain box with no frills and accessories. At this price point, I don't expect any pouch or fancy box and it feels great to know that all my money went to cable quality and not overpriced accessories that I don't need.

    Build:
    The Vogue series cables are all made from 26AWG wire and the cable housing is very light and flexible. This means that the cables are very ergonomic and they don't get in the way. The connector, Ysplit, and chin cinch are very light and compact compared to other options but also look durable. I also own the Ares II and while it has a more premium feel to it, I actually prefer the Vogue series design when I just want something I can use before going to bed or while traveling (on the metro or on a plane).

    Maestro: Warm, close to the Ares II but with a more nimble sound. The signature slightly leans towards the low end while still maintaining a natural timbre with open air. Best for bassheads or people who are sensitive to too much treble
    Virtuoso: More balanced than the Maestro, the bass is more controlled and punchy and there is more sparkle up top. Best for people who want a little more air but still with warmth and and texture.
    Grandioso: Best of both worlds, extends in both directions. Bass goes low and is controlled and refined while the treble sparkle and airiness is there. Best for people who want to hear the music in a reference/flat tuning.

    Overall:
    For people who on the fence about upgrade cables, or don't want to spend too much to get great quality, the Vogue series will be a great choice. Great sound quality, great ergonomics, and for a great price. I don't believe that one of them is superior to the others, it really just matters as to which kind of sound signature you prefer. Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of them and they will bring out the best in your IEM.
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    1. Paul Zhang
      Kickass Review Bro!! Appreciate it !! I am glad you love the cables as much as we do, Cheers!
      Paul Zhang, Oct 29, 2019