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Effect Audio Vogue Series

Rating:
3.6/5,
  1. Army-Firedawg
    Solid choice for stepping into upgrade cables
    Written by Army-Firedawg
    Published Dec 30, 2019
    4.0/5,
    Pros - Solid construction, presentation, and performance with respect to asking price.
    Cons - Prone to tangling, connectors may come apart similar to the previous Eres II



    It’s not too often that I get to experience what an aftermarket cable can do to a products sound, there’s just not an opportunity to try them out on the gear I have. So when Effect Audio put forth a tour showcasing their new Vogue line of iem cables I definitely had to put my name in the basket because I even own their Eres II cable and greatly love it. Believe me, during my 4ish years of showing my ugly mug on YouTube doing reviews I hear both sides um *cough cough* passionate debates on their feelings of cables being snake oil vs actually improving a products sound and I for one am a firm believer that a cable does make a difference in the sound (the cost of some models is to each users own discretion as far as if it’s worth it or not). With that being said, let me discuss with you what me and my ears heard during my time with the Effect Audio Vogue series of iem cables.


    A little about me

    I would like to say that first and foremost I am NOT an “audiophile” but rather an audio enthusiast. I listen to music to enjoy it. Do I prefer a lossless source? Yes, of course. But I can still be very happy streaming from Pandora or even my YouTube “My Mix” playlist. I also prefer equipment that sounds the best to me personally regardless of what frequency response it has or rather or not it's “sonically accurate” and I always have and shall continue to encourage others to do the same.

    I'm a firefighter for both the civilian and military sector and the cliché of wanting to do this since I was born couldn't be more present with me. I've worked hard over the last several years to earn this position and now it's time for me to work even harder to keep it.

    I enjoy fishing and relaxing to audio products and then reviewing them to help others decide on what products would work for them. Few things make me as an audio enthusiast/review feel more accomplished than when someone tells me that I helped them find the type of sound they've always been looking for.

    Now, the sound signature I personally favor is a relaxing, warm and sensual sound that just drifts me away in the emotional experience of the music being performed. Yes, accuracy is still important but I will happily sacrifice some of that if I'm presented with a clean, warm sound that can wisp me away into an experience that makes me yearn for more.

    My ideal signature are that of respectably forward mids and upper bass range with the bass being controlled but with some slight decay. I like my treble to have nice extension and detail reveal with a smooth roll off up top as to not become harsh in the least. Examples of products that have given me chills and keep giving me the yearning for more feels are (in no particular order) Bowers & Wilkins P7, Oppo PM-1/2, Empire Ears Hermes VI & Zeus XIV, Audeze LCD-XC, Meze Headphones 99 Classics.

    Equipment used at least some point during the review

    -Headphone(s)

    -Empire Ears Hermes VI

    -Cayin YB04

    -Sources

    -Cayin N6ii

    Disclaimer

    I am by no means sponsored by this company or any of its affiliates. They were kind enough to send me a product for an arranged amount of time in exchange for my honest opinion. I am making no monetary compensation for this review.

    The following is my take on the product being reviewed. It is to be taken “with a grain of salt” per say and as I always tell people, it is YOUR opinion that matters. So regardless of my take or view on said product, I highly recommend you listen to it yourself and gauge your own opinion.

    The Opening Experience


    Why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience

    Please allow me to explain why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience with a product. Maybe it’s due to my southern roots in the hills of eastern Kentucky, but I’ve always been raised under the pretense of when you introduce yourself to someone for the first time you present yourself with confidence, class, character, pride, and competence. You greet the other person with a true warm smile, eye contact and a firm handshake. Anything less or short implies to other person that you either don’t care about them, are too full of yourself, too busy to be bothered by the likes of them, or worse, just generally disrespectful.

    As a consumer, I take this same belief to when I open a new product. Why? Because think about it this way. How else can a company introduce themselves to their customers? How do they present their products? Are they packaged with pride and presented in such a way that makes the listener eager to listen to them? Or maybe they’re just wrapped up and placed in an available space. How about the box itself? Is it bogged down with jargon that says look at this, look what I can do. I’m better than anything on the market and here’s why read this and check out that. Or, is the package clean, simplistic and classy? As if saying to the customer ‘Good day, pleasure to meet your acquaintance. Please give me a listen and allow me to show you what I can do and allow my actions to speak louder than my words.’

    This is why I feel so strongly about the initial presentation of a product, and I feel it’s truly a shame more people don’t. But with all that aside, let’s discuss how this products introduced itself shall we?

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    The opening experience to the Vogue series of cables was as simplistic and straightforward as I’d like it to be. They each come in a white box with Effect Audio’s logo and name on it with a sticker on the side that tells what the model is and the selected terminations. In terms of its simplicity, I loved it. Effect Audio, to me, is telling their users to let the cables do the talking for them; Effect Audio has no need to bog down their boxes with jargon, their cables are more than competent enough to speak their own praise. The only thing I REALLY wish Effect Audio added, was a lip of some sorts so that you can open the box easier, sometimes it’s a real turd to get that air suction to let go.


    Construction

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    The build quality of the 3 cables is beautifully braided together in a 4 braid configuration with each cable terminated in a multitude of possibilities that the buyer can choose from when purchasing theirs (my review sample each came terminated in 2pin-2.5mm balanced).The split is an aluminum divider that also comes with a plastic slider which can cinch down on the user's chin or behind the head for extra security is the user so chooses.

    Like most braided cables, though they’re my personal preference over their popular tubular rival, they do have a problem becoming tangled in themselves and it’s an entangling that actually requires you to pull it apart and not just “flick it” like you often can with tubular designed cables. Guess that’s the cost of beauty, and again on a personal note I gladly pay that because goodness to braided cables look beautiful especially mesh cables such as the Grandioso.

    My only drawback that I potentially have with these cables is one that I commonly have with my personal Eres II cable and that’s the aluminum cover covering the terminations, on both ends, often like to come off and slide down the cable. To stress, this issue did NOT happen with the tour samples I was sent but for the most part they utilize the same construction so the potential is very much there.


    Sound

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    Before I start this section. It should go without saying but though I link YouTube videos when I’m giving examples, this is for convenience only. If applicable, I HIGHLY encourage you to listen to the music I’m referencing on as high a quality as possible to experience the fullest sound possible.


    Maestro

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    Starting with Effect Audio’s entry level Vogue cable, the Maestro is a pure copper cable and as such has an expected boost to the bass and mid range. I personally prefer the sound that copper cables provide because they give an iem a, with me, very welcomed boost to warmth and IMO sense of musicality. Effect Audio’s Maestro is of no exception. The Maestro improved the bass on the Cayin YB04 by adding a nice amount of oomph while also accenting the already full mids. Treble is noticeably reduced compared to it’s stock cable but that’s to be expected with the removal of the silver that Cayin used in it’s silver-copper mesh cable.

    I really commend Effect Audio for what they did with the Maestro cable. For the very reasonable price, in reference, they’re asking ($100), the Maestro gives a very nice nod to musicality that will either accent an iems already musical sound or tone down a little bit of unwanted brightness.


    -A/B with Effect Audio’s Eres II cable. As Effect Audio directly mentions that the Maestro is evolved from their Eres II sound I only found it appropriate and befitting to compare the Maestro with my own personal Eres II cable. This was actually a quicker comparison that I originally thought it would have been (before listening) but to me and my ears, the only difference that I can hear is that the bass on the Maestro is slightly deeper than that of the Eres II while the Eres II is objectively better made and accented, which is to be expected for it’s $50 more.


    Virtuoso

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    The “middle of the road” in the Vogue lineup. The Virtuoso is an all Silver cable that was inspired by Effect Audio’s very successful Thor model. The Virtuoso, to my ears, is an incredibly revealing cable that does a very surprising job, when considering it’s asking price, at accenting a musical pieces micro details. In the song “Glassy Sky” by Donna Burke the shaker that’s played throughout the piece is always present whereas in the previous Maestro cable, as well as other companies stock cable I review this song with, the shaker is very quiet and only an afterthought that you kind of need to focus on to be able to hear as cleanly as you can in the Virtuoso.Listening to the song “Po Lazarus” by James Carter & The Prisoners in addition to hearing the actual rocks being moved inside the bucket, which is a feat that very few iems and cables can claim, around the 45 second mark there’s a very faint “pick” metal on metal sound (gonna need the CD version or better for that, YouTube isn’t able to produce it) that I’ve only heard a few times before, but truthfully forgotten about because it’s so rare to hear.

    Most of the time, when I equip a silver cable to my iems of choice I only do so to listen to classical music and the like because, traditionally, the bass and lower mids drop off a bit harder than I prefer, hence I like copper cables so much. As with the Virtuoso’s granted they do have a noticeable bass drop off when coming from the Maestro and/or Grandioso cable but it surprised me as not being as prominent as I’m used to (from upper bass higher, the mid bass and lower is quite dipped down still).

    Finally, and I’ll end on my used in about every review piece, the piece “Fertility of the Sea” performed by Senzoku Gakuen College of Music really shows off the transparency that the Maestro before it just couldn’t come up with. I believe this is due to the Virtuoso’s tuning towards detail retrieval whereas the Maestro was much more musical sounding in comparison. The drums sounded incredible and hyper life like. There’s many other percussion pieces I listen to that showcase this aptitude in the Virtuoso cable but I reference that one most often because I personally greatly enjoy the performance.


    -A/b with BTG Audio Starlight cable. The analogy I made above with silver cables traditionally toning down the bass is a problem that BTG didn’t incorporate as much as other companies do, similar to that of the Effect Audio Virtuoso. Both cables focus on the micro details primarily vs the musicality for compared to the Effect Audio Maestro and/or Eres II the sound is much tighter, including the bass, but much less impactful. Now, directly comparing the Starlight, the bass is much heavier and impactful however the treble is nowhere near as transparent and airy sounding as the Virtuoso’s. My beloved Fertility of the Sea, though yes still sounds beautiful lost some of that realistic sound in the micro details when the performers Bachi hits the drum itself and not the drumhead.


    Grandioso

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    The flagship product in the Vogue series. The Grandioso, if you haven’t already imagined, is taking the best of both the Maestro and the Virtuoso. The soundstage is a fair bit narrower than what’s on the Virtuoso but the micro details with the drums is very much there as is their impact. On the note of the bass, though it is very much so improved upon over the Virtuoso, to my ears, the impact was still more present and enjoyable on the Maestro’s. As for mids, they were just as clean and as musical as any of the other cables I mention in this review Kevin Staudt’s “Dear Agony” has a wonderful sense of emotion and everybit of it is heard as true as if he was singing to you personally, all while the piano’s timbre can have its own performance and none would complain.


    • A/B with Cayin’s YB04 stock cable. As it would just so have it, I was coincidentally reviewing Cayin’s wonderful iem, the YB04, which also includes a copper-silver mesh cable so I was able to A/B them and the Grandioso. The first thing I noticed is that the Grandioso’s treble is significantly more accented than Cayin’s stock cable while also having a lesser bass impact. The first song I listened to was “Into The Coals” by Buffalo Jones and “Fertility of the Sea” performed by Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. On the note of the Fertility of the Sea, it was very slight but, to my ears, I did feel like the soundstage was a little bit wider. The drums didn’t sound as close to me as they did with Cayin’s stock cable.




    Conclusion

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    My final thoughts on Effect Audio’s Vogue line of iem cables is that the build quality and sound their provide for the respectable asking price they are showcasing, IMO, is a fantastic place to start for people who have always been interested in betting how their favorite iem sounds but is a little hesitant about forking over a small fortune on other brands cable. They’re beautiful to look at, and to my ears, accent the sound with respect to the cable material you decide to go with.






    Also, make sure to check out my unboxing and review videos. They’re pretty awesome AND you getta put a face to the Army-Firedawg name. If this review helped you out at all please hit that thumbs up button for it really helps me out a lot. Till next time my friends, stay safe.

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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. 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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  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
  5. 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.
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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.

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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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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