STEALTH GS 50/50 Interconnect Review
I have been a fan
of STEALTH cables for the last several years and have had the
entire PGS line, including the XL and 3d versions, at varying
times in my ever evolving two channel system.
I like the detail, delicacy and sunset glow warmth of that
cable a lot. The
majority of my attempts at improving my system over the past 18
months or so has all focused on cabling, the final frontier.
Or so one might think anyway, but the grip of diagnosable audiophilia
nervosa can strike hard, fast, deep and without remorse at any
Just recently I
had the good fortune of listening to, and then purchasing, the
STEALTH GS 50/50. It
was the cause of such a revelation of sound and system, I felt
compelled for the first time to right a review.
So, here it is.
The 50/50 is an
proprietary alloy of high purity silver and gold in single crystal
alloy which is cryogenically treated and woven in a "three dimensional
TCTA multi-layer multi-guage matrix geometry."
While traditionally RCA terminated with Cardas
"Ultimate" connectors, WBT terminations are also
xlr terminations are used for the more expensive balanced version.
used the balanced cables for this review.
Contour 2.8 (the only "contour" with the Esotar
2x2 with Audionote wiring, Arm1 and IQ2 cartridge.
Orca Mk2 (to
the Ayre and the Cary)
(to the Plinius)
(to the XE12)
Street Audio Designs Poiema!, xlr (Ayre to Plinius, with ridge street xlr/rca silver adapter at
the amp end)
No ordinary cable,
this one. I replaced
the cable from my cdp to my preamp with the STEALTH GS 50/50 and
all hell broke loose. All
the instruments and vocals came immediately into more focus with
significantly more air and black background space between them.
bass with body and definition, midrange that melts in your ears,
and extended detailed highs without any glare.
Ecstatic escapism. And right out of the box.
The depth of my soundstage improved by 30%.
Holy cow! Most
impressive was the presence of the instruments and ! the vocal.
Right in the room with you, every string hit on the guitar
or bowed on the bass. Every
vocal inflection clear and humbly delivered in perfect resonance.
All of the sounds so delicate, but defined and well, alive. Relaxed. Oh
I had thought
previously that at a certain level of system, once you had all the
components matched up to your liking, there was always a tradeoff
with cabling between non-fatiguing sound, a little more musical
and relaxed, but with less detail versus lots of detail, but more
fatiguing with a bit of etch.
50/50 provided an astounding amount of detail delivered all
wrapped in Chinese silk. Comfy and confident.
No grit, no glare, no edge, no etch.
Funny thing was, I learned more about the potential of my
system from using this cable.
I knew the danes were capable of detail, and thought I had
heard it. Wrong-O again! The!
50/50 gave another heaping helping of the detail with no harshness
at all: things I had
never heard at all were obvious and apparent.
I could listen and hear to new depths into the recordings. I had a whole new system!
An entire new music collection!
For the price of one cable!
After a hundred
hours of break-in or so, it seemed like the 50/50 disappeared. As
if there was only open air, immediate transmission, entangled
particles of sound only influenced by themselves. and the cable
between my preamp and amp. So, I changed that cable around a few times and found that
the only coloration to the music is that provided by the second
cable. The 50/50 is
as transparent and neutral a cable I have heard.
It laid waste to all the cables I have tried over the past
year and a half. For
cryin' out loud! I
can't wait to try another one for pre to amp!
(Although, I do love the poiema! there only one to find
outaudiop! hilia nervosa strikes again!)