TACable which stands for T
rafts, is a company from China a sister company of Hakugei company which offers affordable alternatives. This is the first product I have encountered from them and it was a nice experience. I’m not really a cable guy yet, but as a musician, cables is one thing that I invest
on. I don’t limit myself to mediocre cables for my instruments. It is just a hassle if you settle for one.
Being a newbie in the audiophile world, I know that cables is one of those things that we all want to upgrade to our liking. Be it looks and sound signature purposes, and as much as our wallet can handle. This will be a short review and this is my first time reviewing a cable. Some people claim that cables have no effect on sound, but for this experience, I must disagree.
On this review, the BQEYZ KC2
was used compared with its stock cable. As a musician, I used also my trusty instruments namely KORG KROSS gen 1,
and YAMAHA MOXF6
and tested with a popular plug in namely KEYSCAPE
for delicate and nicely articulated acoustic pianos.
This unit was provided for a review tour
, I did not buy this to personally keep, (well I did hope it was mine to keep) and is not provided any form of incentive. My impressions here is as honest as my experience. Manage your expectations as my personal set up will most likely differ from yours. Thus we will all have different involvement. Again, take this as a grain of salt.
Another thing to add, is I did not remove
the protective adhesive tapes
from the cable, as this is not personally mine.
Cable Structure: type 4
Black litz 5n occ/litz silver plated 5n occ
Configuration options: 0.78mm 2pin, MMCX, QDC
Plug options: 3.5mm, 2.5mm, 4.4mm
Package comes with a thin and flat box. Very basic inclusions.
- Cable itself
- Thank you card
- Warranty guide
- Card with TACable logo and abbreviation (Technical Audio Craft)
Obsidian is a cool looking cable. I really liked the color. It is somewhat greyish, silvery chrome. It has decent weight which is just right. Not the softest cable around but not hard enough to be stiff. It does not tangle that much which is a good thing. There are times that I need to plug in my IEMs immediately and quite often if I just let it fall, it will untangle freely.
Obsidian is not thick yet not thin also. Compare to Bravery’s
Hakugei cable, this one is on the thin side. Yet it feels sturdy enough and well built. Be assured this will last long. Of course abuse is another thing. As with any other gadgets, a little extra care will go a long way.
On thing that makes Obsidian quite different from other cables is you can unscrew the insulator. Just like my instrument cables. And from here you can see the effort of the craftmanship. Must I say it is worth the 20$ price tag. I have never seen an earphone cable this meticulously crafted. I know there are more high end cables out there, but for my first time, it is a different experience and awesomeness to witness quality like this.
Chin slider is made of metal. Very easy to adjust. Cable organizer is a typical velcro with a TACable print.
Now unto its effect to sound…
Obsidian offers a subtle expansion here. An ever so light addition to sub bass and more on mid bass. Not bloated but tight, clean with a slight punch. I am not a bass head and this addition is just quite right for me in the case of KC2
. Of course bass heavy IEM will effect more in the area too and that might be too much for me.
Conclusively, it was satisfying to have a bit more of lows here specially if your IEM sound clinical or dry.
In this case, I used my keyboards
for it was more discernible. I used piano acoustic sounds
as my ears are trained
to hear the nuances of piano acoustic as it is my main instrument
. I used KEYSCAPE
plug in here for it offers a very accurate simulation
of piano acoustics. Obsidian offered natural and forward mids here. Lushful and rich. Really really nice and desirable for me. It is best to test this on orchestral tracks and non-vocal tracks.
Conclusively, mids are the star of the show here.
Again, I used the method
to hear what Obsidian does to sound. As for the highs, it tames
this section. Yet maintaining openness
. This will be suited to bright sounding IEMs if treble is piercing and harsh.
Conclusively as a treble sensitive, this falls to my perspective. KC2
has a treble roll off so you must be thinking where would be the trebles here. Don’t worry, Obsidian’s effect on the treble is so subtle. It is so subtle that I noticed it when playing alone with my piano sounds.
SOUNDSTAGE AND IMAGING:
I did not notice any significant difference in this area for Obsidian. It remained the same compared to stock cable of KC2
. If you have sharper ears, maybe you can discern this one for me.
SOURCES AND GEARS:
- LG V30 hifi dac (high impedance mode)
- Hiby Music player
- UAPP app (USB Audio Player Pro)
- BQEYZ KC2
- Yamaha MOXF6
- Korg Kross generation 1
- KEYSCAPE plug in via Ableton Live
Obsidian is definitely a recommended accessory for me. The price tag won’t hurt those who are on the budget, and get these benefits on sound. With exceptional craftmanship similar to instrument cables, this one is a no-brainer. It is a must have for anyone who enjoys music and wants to take it to another level. I have not yet tested enough cables to be called a cable guy
but this one did a mark on me.
Thanks, and appreciation to TACables for letting us experience Obsidian. It is my pleasure to review this one as my first cable impression.