Penon Pyramid IEM cables

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Copper-gold alloy + pure silver
+copper-silver alloy silver-plated
+single crystal copper silver-plated
+Furukawa high-purity copper winding

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Dsnuts

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Penon Pyramid IEM cables
Pros: Soft, flexible, with minimum cable noise.
-enhances stage presentations. Wider, deeper and taller more spacious for your IEMs
-enhances treble presence, better air and sparkle. Which affects the prior plus
-enhances detail perception both macro and micro, especially trebles.
-enhances imaging, layering and sound separation. Higher end cables do that.
-enhances dimensional qualities due to prior plus
-enhances low end rumble to be better defined and textured.
-enhances with a greater note weight.
-versatile for all types of sound signatures.
-soft, flexible, good looking, minimum microphonics
-more silver influence for sonics vs copper, more resolving
-cleaner tonal qualities.
Cons: -more silver influence in sonics vs copper, can brighten trebles.
-An 8 core version of this cable needs to exist.
-A cable called Pyramid needs a pyramid for a chin slider…Just saying.
-Won’t be cheap
-Not out yet.
Penon Pyramid.
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IEM cables are more popular than ever and with an increase of types of IEMs, the sheer numbers of them. Beyond the sources we listen with these IEMs there will always be a need for the ultimate enhancement for these IEMs which comes down to two simple accessories. The best fitting tips and arguably even more important, a well matching cable. The idea of a hybrid IEM or a hybrid cable design is that a specific driver or material in the case of a cable is introduced to enhance certain aspects about a sound utilizing what that material does best in the given design.
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While the staple for the IEM cable remains to be based on copper material, I have steadily seen manufacturers to be creative in how they manipulate the copper cable to become something different. Case in point, the Pyramid is an interesting name given to an interesting IEM cable with 4 different properties that combine for their make-up. These are the materials that are all included in each strand of the cables.
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Copper-Gold Alloy + pure silver
Copper-Silver Alloy + silver plating
Single Crystal Copper + Silver plating
Furukawa high purity copper winding.

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Copper when combined with silver for plating increases its resolve and as you all know it is the copper material that brings a fundamental sound character to your wired IEM sound. I have done numerous cable reviews with most of them utilizing some type of copper material and while the new Pyramid is no different, what makes it different however is that it is using several different additional properties of that copper all mixed to bring something new in cable land.
The first time I saw what these cables were made of I was thinking to myself, there are a lot of different elements that make up this cable it has to be substantial in what it does. A lot of enhanced copper but one important ingredient that seems to be the underlying theme of these copper cores is the use of a lot of silver.
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I have noticed Penon has been using a lot of alloy metals as of late for their newer cables. Renata, CS02, Bass, Even the newer T-OCC all use some type of alloy material to shape their sound characteristics and the new Pyramid using a mix of gold alloy and silver alloy all plated in silver. If you look at the elements and what each strand of material is made of it goes beyond them alloys, it also incorporates some pure silver and crystal copper as well. It is actually made up of several different cable make ups to make the Pyramid what it is.
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Pyramid is a 4 cored 147 strands of the material which makes up a single core. It's not a thinner 4 cored cable but has some weight to the cable that clearly lets you know it has enough of the material to make a difference. Cable is soft and flexible and is not prone to tangle or have memory. Nothing like the Code series of Effect Audio cables. Its copper hardware and brown PVC finish was designed with some ancient Egyptian aesthetics, I mean its name is called the Pyramid. The color and its copper accessories which highlights the cables, clearly has a theme here but I feel this was a bit of a lost opportunity by Penon. They could have done so much more to make these cables even more unique looking, maybe a bit more to stand out in the crowd of cables. It's not a bad looking cable per se with a good clean looking brown color but not too different looking vs your standard brown PVC finished 4 cored cable. It looks more plane or average looking than actually standing out in any way if I am to be honest in the way it looks. It's certainly not a bad looking cable per se but let your imagination run wild on what an Ancient Egyptian themed cable could look like is my point. So this is a case where the looks don’t necessarily equate to its performance. What is clear from the get go is that beyond the looks it's got it where it counts and that is its sound enhancing properties.
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My testing method is simple. I try to use the cables that IEMs come with. I know that's not exactly a fair comparison as most manufacturers include the bare minimum for cables. But I am not going to assume your using a higher end cable in the first place to be replaced with another higher end cable is my point. Unless you ended up getting a cable that did not synergize well with your IEM. In any case. I go from the stock cable to the Pyramid to check out what the Pyramid is doing and visa versa. These were my findings.

Some pluses and minuses for the Pyramid.

Pluses!

-enhances stage presentations. Wider, deeper and taller more spacious for your IEMs
-enhances treble presence, better air and sparkle. Which affects the prior plus
-enhances detail perception both macro and micro, especially trebles.
-enhances imaging, layering and sound separation. Higher end cables do that.
-enhances dimensional qualities due to prior plus
-enhances low end rumble to be better defined and textured.
-enhances with a greater note weight.
-versatile for all types of sound signatures.
-soft, flexible, good looking, minimum microphonics
-more silver influence for sonics vs copper, more resolving
-cleaner tonal qualities.

Minuses
-more silver influence in sonics vs copper, can brighten trebles.
-An 8 core version of this cable needs to exist.
-A cable called Pyramid needs a pyramid for a chin slider…Just saying.
-Won’t be cheap.
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Very first IEM I tried on the Pyramid was the Voltage and right away I was hearing a higher resolving sound. But then the attention came to me in the form of a sharper more chiseled imaging. When imaging is involved that simply means we are dealing with a higher level of cable. Its sound expands vs the stock obsidian cable which is not too difficult to do as the Obsidian is mostly crystal copper with some gold plating involved, not the best for stage perception as it is more focussed for its ability to enhance mids and bass emphasis with some extra body adding a slight richer tonal character. Voltage not only had a more expansive stage but its definition also got an increase. Its imaging was definitely more on point with better precision. I was listening to a leveled up Voltage and this was right out of the box.
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Cable burn in.
Yes my friends, this is a thing, especially with cables that incorporate pure silver which the Pyramid has. This review was done after a week's worth of burn in. I notice the stage elements for IEMs I have tested the Pyramid on sounds more spacious than they ever have. Don’t know if that is the effect of the burn in on the Pyramid but I figure it wouldn't hurt to let it play music for a week. Back to the reader

The specialty for the Pyramid has to be its ability to make a well imaged IEM into even a better imaging IEM. Sound elements get better space between notes which enhances the imaging you are perceiving when listening to your IEMs. The Pyramid does something that your normal conventional IEM cables just simply do not do. Perceived definition from trebles to the rumble of the bass note gets a nice shot in the arm. The highly resolving nature of the Pyramid seems to come through again and again.
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Another IEM tested was the newly released ISN H60.This combo is just simply stunning. Not gonna lie I feel the ISN H60 has to be one of the very best you can get at the cost of $350 price point. Imaging just like on the Voltage gets an upgrade. Going from the Stock C4 cable to the Pyramid is like getting a new higher tier of IEM. Everything sounds better using the Pyramid. Giving its sound presentation, which was already moderately wide to be decidedly wide, with a deeper more impactful sound. The H60 already has some really good dynamics to its sound performance but the pyramid adds a bit of a shine on what it does best. It is a do it all type hybrid that now brings some higher end imaging and detail ability. The Pyramid doesn’t just make a little difference here. It makes a substantial difference. Vocals have more range and emotion. Bass has a bit of extra rumble and decay. Treble has a bit of extra shimmer and sparkle. It makes the H60 sound like I have been listening to the Voltage. If a cable can help make a $350 IEM sound closer to a $1200 one then there must be something to the cable right? Just a stunning combo with the ISN H60.
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But let's get real, this cable or any cable for that matter is not going to make your fake res budget set turn into a TOTL high end IEM. What it does is lift a slight veil from your IEMs overall sound signature and then elevates definition to where you will most certainly notice it. If you can’t tell the difference in cable parameters, then this review is obviously not for you but if you are the type that demands a better version of the sound you are hearing from your IEMS. Much like the tiers of IEMs you own there are tiers of cables that can be used with them. The Pyramid is a higher end IEM cable. For the folks that own Penon IEMs these are the results of trying out some of their greatest hits.
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Quattro
Quattros are a 4DD set that brings a lot of natural old school analogish sound character to the masses, extremely musical vs being anything really analytical. One thing for certain: the Quattros were made for enjoying music vs analyzing it. If you read reviews and impressions of the Quattros folks say it's not the most technical meaning it kinda lags a bit behind similar priced hybrids and quadbids using BAs for technicalities. But to be honest this doesn’t make the Quattro less enjoyable when listening to music. Adding the Pyramid brings an instant expansion of stage elements with better sound separation. Its imaging is more enhanced. Its trebles with a touch more sparkle. Its bass with better impact and texture. I had a good feeling about the Pyramid combo with the Quattro and it is very clear after using the Pyramid on the Quattro that next level for technicalities comes into play on the Quattro using the Pyramid. I am seeing a constant here with the Pyramid cable. It simply makes IEMs sound more advanced, more spacious, more detailed. If that sounds like an upgraded Quattro, you bet your arse it is!
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Volts
Just because the Voltage is the new pretty girl on the block doesn't mean the old Volt is any less of an IEM. I can argue that the Volt still represents the higher end Penon house sound. I chose the Volts to do a Pyramid change in cables due to its full-bodied sound quality that can use an uptick in imaging and definition. With the Pyramid what was already wide in sound becomes grand. Due to the Pyramids more silver influenced sound enhancing capabilities. The trebles are affected with an increase of resolve for the area. More airy more detailed the Volts mid bands get that increase in imaging that the Pyramids are so very good at. Big bold large and in charge the Volt clearly shows what the Pyramids can do with its rich bold sound character. If the Totem didn’t exist, I think folks would be pretty happy with the Pyramid for being an excellent match up with its sound qualities.
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Last but not least the Impacts.
Penon Impacts have some of the best mids in all of IEM land and it is the focus of the sound on the Impacts. Penons flagship IEM brings flagship levels of technicalities but brings that astonishing emotive dimensional sound character that is the hallmark of a much higher end IEM. The one complaint I have seen some folks say was that they wished the sound stage was a bit wider. The Impacts use a slightly modified version of the same Obsidian cable that is used for the Voltage. The Pyramid is a natural upgrade on the Impacts. Not only are the lush rich dimensional mids intact using the Pyramids seems to enhance every part of the Impact sound characteristics. Its bass gets a more defined punch. Its mids get better sound separation and imaging for better, more clearly defined dimensions. Its trebles are highlighted better vs the stock obsidian cable. The surprising aspect of the Pyramid on the Impacts is that it more than retains its outstanding mids tonal and technical performance. It actually enhances all of it. Pyramid adds a greater note weight even over the Obsidian, going back to the Obsidian the stage and scope of the sound kinda shrinks. Believe me the Impacts does not have a small sound per se I am just talking about how they sound after going from one to the other. Folks that are looking to upgrade on the Obsidian cable but want to retain the Impacts full rich mids and tonal character helped out by the Obsidian cable will do extremely well with the Pyramids.
The Pyramid does for the Impacts what it does for every other IEM I tested them on. Makes what is already an outstanding flagship IEM, sound even better.
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Final thoughts
It seems to me the Pyramid was under construction for a while. It's certainly a product that obviously required a whole lot of trial and error to figure out. I mean there can’t be a computer program that says if you mix this cable with this material it will amount to this particular effect on an IEM if you know what I mean. I can’t imagine the man hours it took to figure this one out is my point. Sometimes I wonder about how expensive cables and what real value they have vs something like an IEM for example. But there is a reason why manufacturers charge more for cables that have greater effect on a sound vs your standard copper or silver variants of cables. This cable has proven to be a consistent performer in what it does. It's clearly a much more resolving cable than what comes with most IEMs and I say most as it will take a kilobuck IEM with a kilobuck IEM cable that goes with it to top these for what they do for sound. If Penon came up with an 8 cored variant of this cable that would be endgame type level cable imo, simple and plain. What this 4 cored Pyramid does with its unique mix of materials clearly performs on a higher level for IEM cables. These cables are only bested by the one and only Totem in the Penon line up but then I am not certain, but I don’t think these will cost as much as the Totem. The best aspect of the Pyramid cable is that it has its own unique properties vs the Totem. They are easily the best IEM cables to come along since the Totem.
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Brian A
Brian A
Do you prefer the ASOS+ or the Pyramid on the Voltage?
Dsnuts
Dsnuts
Good question. To be honest they both sound very good on the Voltage but I do prefer the pyramid as I feel it is a level above the ASOS+ Though I am hearing there might be a 12 cored version that might show up on the pages of Penon soon but there is a reason why Penon prices cables the way they do. They feel the Pyramid is a higher level of cable vs the ASOS+

I am going back n forth from the ASOS+ and the Pyramid and this is a case where I feel the ASOS+ is superior from the included Obsidian. But then the Pyramid is superior vs the ASOS+. If you plan on an upgrade cable for the Voltage I would go with what you feel comfortable with getting as both are clear upgrades on the stock Obsidian.
ehjie
ehjie
As always excellent impressions.
Yes +1 with the 8 core Super Pyramid :gs1000smile:

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