M-21 Interconnect Cables REVIEW.
am glad to be able to make a review on this great interconnects
that I have found to be the best I’ve ever tried. There is no
doubt about Interlink House’s seriousness and dedication to
produce real high end cables at reasonable prices. THIS IS
CERTAINLY NOT A MARKETING COMPANY and I hope it remains like
with the PGS-3D and GS50-50, the M-21 are “sonic-wise”
Interlink House’s best attempt and accomplishment to date
(09-2003), thus their top of the line Interconnect Cables. All
these cables are called the New Generation.
geometry and construction techniques applied to all of them are
the same. The basic difference amongst them is the internal main
conductive material itself. The M-21s main conductor is pure
99.997% certified silver, while the others’ is gold (PGS-3D) and
a proprietary alloy of gold and silver (GS50-50).
have twenty one strands of pure silver wire, each individually
insulated with Teflon. Built-in gradual strain relief and 17-layer
3D non-resonant TCTA matrix geometry. As an option, you can also
order a special audiophile extended cycle of Cryogenic Treatment
for them, which by the way works!
subjectivity is always an important factor in music and high end
audio systems appreciation and I’d like to keep this review as
objective as possible, I’d like first to give you a bit of
background about my ears: I am an opera tenor, I am therefore used
to listen to live music within dedicated environments, so I hope
my comments will serve the audiophile community and music lovers
who are interested in these particular high end components. On the
other hand, I want to underline that I am not an Electronic
Engineer so I’ll leave technical issues and details apart from
this review as much as possible and try to focus more on my
audition experience, although I very much realize engineering is
what made these cable’s existence happen… and I thank Serguei
for that!. On the other hand, I think I have enough reference due
to I’ve had the pleasure to own several other high-end systems
including brands such as Krell, Classé, EAD, Theta, Forté,
Proceed, Martin Logan, Celestion, Kimber, Tara-Labs, Audio Magic,
NBS, Van Den Hul, Cardas, several Stealths, etc. Actually my
previous standard for making this review was Stealth PGS-XL pure
got my Cryo-treated M-21s directly from Interlink House.
Immediately after receiving them I connected them to the
afterwards mentioned system. I first treated the cables with
Purist Audio System Enhancer - Rev. B CD, and played it for 5
continuous times before playing any music. This process took all
night and helped me also to speed the burn in timeline. Next
morning I switched the Plinius SA-250 Mk IVAmp’s bias to Class A
to start my critical listening session and waited for 60 more
minutes until everything warmed up to its optimal temperature by
playing XLO-Reference Recordings “Test/Burn-In” CD (tracks 8
& 9 specifically).
time had come to see what these new babies could do. To be honest
I was a bit skeptical about these cables improving my sound
because I’ve had excellent ones with this same system in the
past, and didn’t really think a big deal of a change could
happen. In the meantime, I selected a few of my personal favorite
CDs for critical testing, which I will mention later. I first
selected to go with older audiophile selections (16 & 20-bit)
and then switched to newer 24-bit recordings.
started my critical audition with TELARC 80338 CD, The Fantastic
Stokowsky, Transcriptions for Orchestra (this is one of the best
digital recordings of all times). As usual I decided to receive
the first attack with my eyes closed and guess what? I was wrong!
I immediately sensed an important transformation had occurred in
my system. About 1 minute after Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D
minor (track 1) started I felt and thought I was somewhere else
and those were not my machines, so I had to open my eyes to
confirm that I was in the same place and yes, I was!
first impression was that the room had grown by maybe a third of
its current size the soundstage was larger, deeper, wider &
taller. I also felt A LOT MORE of AIR between all instruments in
the orchestra. Then I switched to Mussorgsky’s Night on
because sometimes is hard for cables to cleanly reproduce this
particular track’s detail and dynamics. I
got truly impressed by M-21s capabilities to reveal all the fine
details included on this track. This is a heavy orchestrated piece
and the cables were able to present all the colors and transients
with cleanliness and relaxation I had never heard in the past.
Various times I was also able to hear for the first time the
Conductor breathing in various passages.
I played another audiophile classic, POPE MUSIC CD recording of
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #5 (EMPEROR). I picked this one
specifically to test how this cables resolve analog-like-sound of
a Grand Piano in combination with a full orchestra which again is
many times difficult to do for both components but also for
cables. What a glorious recording and a performance by the
true audiophile and music lover recording allows you to appreciate
the grand piano’s sonority at its full given that you will be
able to clearly perceive the impact produced by the touché over
the piano keys and thus the hammers over the piano cords and also
the huge associated harmonics.
My ears also captured the surrounding reverberant
environment of the Concert Hall as never before, I could even
perceive perfectly the hall’s height, not to mention the high
degree of detail… REMARKABLE!
I passed to HDCD mainly looking for deeper stage images, openness,
dynamics, transient response, bass extension, and timbre truth
I found this particular HDCD Asian import of Patricia Barber’s
“Nightclub” CD, which I found to be very interesting. In all
songs Patti’s voice sounds warm and focused. The only thing I
was missing was her presence itself. To the point that sometimes I
even felt I was there with her and the other musicians.
sound of this CD over the M-21s sounded very articulated. The
sound of the drums and the bass is really acoustic. The bass
player was breathing inspired at all times (but no smell at all)
specially on track 7, as it happens many times in real life!.
There is also a Steinway Grand Piano on the band that adds a round
warm sound, which by the way I felt smaller with other cables
(including gold’s). This CD sounds pretty analog over the M-21s.
that I took out some very dynamic REFERENCE RECORDINGS titles.
First I chose TRITTICO (RR-52CD) and played it all. The sound was
much RICHER, open, dynamic, articulated and focused than ever
before but without loosing detail.
the same accustomed volume levels, in several passages my speakers
could not take what the AMP was sending to them. These cables were
really sending MORE INFORMATION to it and thus to the
I played POMP & PIPES CD (RR-58), a true challenge for any
sound equipment. Again the sound was richer than with any other
cable I’ve owned in the past and I just loved how M-21s
presented all the Brass Winds specially trombones and the tuba.
The room was shaking with the great organ and I of course I
perceived a greater deeper bass extension and detail than ever in
the past. OUTSTANDING!
the circumstances I had to play RR-92CD, BOLERO. I will simplify
by saying I was astonished by these babies ability to manage
transients!!! I was literally transported to the Concert Hall and
I sensed that air was really being moved! WOW!
taste M-21s timbre truth ness capabilities specifically I decided
to play Artie Shaw’s “Concerto for Clarinet” (RR-55CD). I
was truly amazed by the sound of the wood these interconnects are
capable to reproduce and also by the amount of subjective air they
are able to move. The clarinetist was virtually there playing for
me. It is also impressive the huge amount of harmonics this
particular instrument and of course the system through the M-21s
itself, were able to reproduce.
I played the classic Bill Evans Trio’s version of “My Foolish
Heart” on ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS APJ 009 because I wanted to move
to a different environment and rather being at a bar and this
particular track is glorious in every sense to do so! Once again I
closed my eyes to receive the music and just loved it and I do not
wish to be repetitive... just AMAZING, I was there and they were
playing for me only!.
wish I had more time to report further on these M-21 babies but
unfortunately there are limits to everything, isn’t it? I really
enjoyed the critical listening sessions, I learned a lot. This
review process took me around 10 calendar days to complete and I
am sure I will enjoy my system even more from now on.
M-21s are the finest interconnect cables I’ve ever owned. They
are the most Musical, Articulated, Transparent, Harmonically
correct, Detailed and Airy analog interconnects I have ever heard
out of many I’ve tried.
the end of the day if cables’ critical mission is basically to
pass the right information to interconnected components, then the
M-21s are certainly the best to fulfill this major endeavor!
totally agree with other audiophiles’ perception that these
cables is like there is NO cable linking your audio components.
There is no sound coloration. These cables will just enable your
music system to develop its real potential and thus perform at its
very best. Of course if you are looking for fuzzy cable, then I do
not recommend to get these ones!
you all for taking the time to read this extensive review. I
insist that Interlink House’s M-21accomplishment deserves no
less than a serious may be long report like this one, in order to
tell the audiophile community that they are here making real high
end products at reasonable prices and without the big noise of
Marketing Companies, which sometimes don’t even make real high
think Serguei and his team should be very proud of what they are
accomplishing! Congratulations guys and believe me you have
another loyal happy audiophile customer!
Nobody is paying me to say what I hereby express, I sincerely mean
every single word I’ve written on this review... only a serious
audiophile I guess!
Amp: PLINIUS SA-250 Mk IV (with most recent update by Advanced
linked to Preamp (Single Ended as per Plinius Audio
recommendation), with M-21 (Cryo-treated) interconnects.
linked to CDP (Balanced as per ML recommendation), with M-21
Player: MARK LEVINSON 390s CD Processor.
Joseph Audio RM25si
linked to Amp with Stealth Hybrid MLT - as per my own taste
and wish jaja!