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AXPONA Audio Show, what a GREAT Show!

Finally recovered from the exhausting AXPONA Audio Show. Triode Wire Labs had their complete cable looms (speaker cables, power cables, NEW “Discrete” USB cable) in Room 308, with Vinnie Rossi, Fidelis Music Systems, Harbeth & Acoustic Signature turntables. TWL was also in Room 314 with Volti Audio, BorderPatrol Audio electronics & Acoustic Signature turntables and had even a larger cable loom (speaker cables, power cables, including the “state of the art” Obsession power cable, NEW “Split Power & Data” USB cable, NEW “Spirit 75”, 75 ohm S/PDIF Digital cable, as well as “Spirit” RCA single-ended interconnects. The sound in both rooms was pretty amazing… Here’s some recent feedback… from Part Time Audiophile… 
… and also from Stereophile’s Jason Victor Serinus, “Harbeth and Vinnie Rossi score again! Here, the Harbeth Super HL5 Plus 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker ($7495/pair), which includes a new supertweeter and a 40th anniversary magnetic grille badge, joined a Vinnie Rossi LIO Super Integrated ($11,675 as configured), Acoustic Signature WOW XXL turntable ($3495) with TA-700 tonearm ($1295) and Ortofon 2M Black Cartridge ($850), and Triode Wire Labs cabling to produce a very smooth and nice sound. The midrange was lovely, the top fine, and the soundstage wide. In short, what’s not to love?
On my 24/96 tell-all track of the last movement of Seattle Symphony’s recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, I could listen well into the soundstage. Bass, which is prodigious on this track, was excellent and fast. Image size may have been diminished from what I’m accustomed to, but the mids were simply gorgeous.”
Also, The Absolute Sound‘s Greg Weaver loved it, labeling BOTH ROOMS as “MOST SIGNIFICANT” as well… 
Maurice Jeffries from Positive Feedback labeled it “The Best of the Best at AXPONA 2017”
and finally, Hi-Fi+‘s Mr. Eric Neff… 
“The Vinnie Rossi LIO is a modular triumph in sound and quality. Here is the tricked-out model which includes the Direct Heated Triode front end. Sporting the Phono Pre, DAC and 25wpc amplifier modules this version of the LIO comes in at $11,675. Paired with the 40th anniversary model Harbeth Super HL5Plus at $7495 and Triode Wire Labs cables, the sound was truly three dimensional.”

Another Cable Loom Review from Positive Feedback!

Robert S. Youman from Positive Feedback just published a new review of my cable loom here…


In summary, Robert wrote, “My notes were quickly set aside. Rather than jump from track to track, I found myself listening to entire albums—which is not the norm for my evaluations. Regardless of the music genre, there was a certain correctness of presentation that just had me mesmerized. Clearly, these cables provided an emotional connection.

As you can tell, I am quite enamored with Triode Wire Labs and the cable reviewed here. As mentioned early on, you need to set the MSRP’s aside and properly manage your biases and expectations. Just sit back, listen and take it all in. For some, these price points might be a big attraction. For others, these price points might push you away. I know, I know, if something sounds like it’s too good to be true, it usually isn’t. For the folks in the later category, you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity.

I do care about what I feel. I need that connection to the emotion and passion that music can provide when properly presented. Triode Wire Labs does that for me. I strongly suggest that you check it out. Highly recommended!”



Part-Time Audiophile Affordably Awesome 2016 List

I’d like to thank Scot Hull, Chief Bottlewasher at Part-Time Audiophile, for including Triode Wire Labs in their Affordably Awesome 2016 list!

Scot wrote, “Cable doubters needn’t apply, but for the rest of you, I have a secret. I know this guy that makes super-high-end cables at a fraction of the price of what others might. And the best thing? They really are fantastic bang for the buck. Open, fluid, and organic — that is, they make my system sound broken in, as if all my electronics just went on an extended diet pulled together by Thug Kitchen, and now, they’re ready to just casually kick ass all over yesterday and tomorrow. Been a fan of Triode Pete’s power cables for years, but his “American” speaker cables and “Spirit” interconnects are just the berries. Best kept secret in that lineup is that forthcoming dual-headed USB cable, though. It’s killer.”

The entire post here


“Brutus Award” Earned by Triode Wire Labs!!!

Positive Feedback Managing Editor Dave Clark announced his Annual Brutus Awards today and Triode Wire Labs was selected!
In summary, Dave wrote, “For the money, a steal. For twice the price, a solid deal. For three times the price, still a find. Not sure how they do this for comparatively so little, but these cords are truly wonderful. We bought the review samples.”


Complete details here… http://positive-feedback.com/audio-disc…/brutus-awards-2016/




Positive Feedback’s REFERENCE cables!!!

Positive Feedback’s Managing Editor Dave Clark performed a review of my Triode Wire Labs cable loom and posted his findings here… http://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/audio-ramblings-triode-wire-labs-cables/

To summarize, Dave said, “A no brainer for anyone looking for music at an affordable price—regardless of the expectation that the (very low) price brings to the table. The TWL line of cables are what I would consider references on so many levels. Again, Highly Recommended.”

The highest compliment is for the reviewer to purchase the cable loom and Dave did!!!

Thanks again, Dave!



New York Audio Show 2016 Awards!

Last weekend was the 2016 New York Audio Show – I was completely exhausted & I didn’t even run in the Marathon!!!

It was a great show but the rooms were a bit boomy (since they were “square” in shape). However, with a bit of room treatments, we “tamed” the sound a bit…

We received from Stereophile’s Jana Dagdagan one of the Top 3 Best Sounding Rooms… see http://www.stereophile.com/content/perspective#bacRPFQFSBt92ubt.97

“The Volti Audio/Vinnie Rossi/Triode Wire Labs/Fidelis room, which consisted of Rival, Volti’s new compact horn speaker ($7900/pair), a Vinnie Rossi LIO integrated amplifier (with DHT PRE, custom configured; $10,280), and a Vinnie Rossi VR120 stereo power amplifier ($4995). The analog source included Acoustic Signature’s Triple X turntable ($5795), TA-2000 tonearm ($2399), and Dynavector XX2 Mk.2 Cartridge ($1995). Triode Wire Labs cables were used throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed Vinnie Rossi’s room at RMAF2016, so I was excited to hear his amplifiers again at this show. We listened to some Elvis at first, which showed off the system’s evenness and depth. I then requested jazz, and they put on “The Alternate Blues” from the Thorens 125th Anniversary LP, which featured Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, and Dizzy Gillespie. With jazz, over any other genre, balance is king—to me, at least. I was pleased to hear how well this system laid out the instruments, and how well defined Dizzy’s horn (which can sometimes come off as muddy) sounded. It was a comfort system; nostalgic, deep, and enveloping.”
John Atkinson was in our very crowded room and listened for awhile… I take that as a compliment. He took a bunch of notes but nothing has been posted yet.

Jim Austin from Stereophile was also in our room and posted this… http://www.stereophile.com/content/nyas-2016-day-one-jim-austin#BdLYWGTK32yRVfa6.97

“My award for Most Surprising Sound goes to the Vinnie Rossi/Fidelis AV room, where the smaller (but still imposing) Volti Audio horn loudspeakers—the Rivals—belied their big (41.5″ x 19″ x 16″), aggressive-looking boxes and modest price (starting at $7900/pair) with surprisingly intimate sound, via amplification from Vinnie Rossi: the VR120 Stereo Power Amplifier ($4995) and the modular LIO Integrated amplifier, with direct-heated triode line stage, DAC, and phono-stage options ($10,280 as configured). Ricky Lee sang from the Show Biz Kids LP via an Acoustic Signature Triple X turntable with a TA-2000 tonearm and the Dynavector XX2 Mk.II cartridge ($5795, $2399, and $1995 respectively). The big bass excited some room (and possibly speaker) resonances, but overall it had good texture.”

I don’t know why it was surprising… Great sound should be expected!!! BTW, the new Volti Rival speakers (see http://voltiaudio.com/rival/ DO NOT resonant with their 1″ thick baltic birch plywood walls & internal bracing… at a mere 125 lbs. each!!! … and of course Vinnie Rossi’s stuff “kicks ass” as usual… I was also VERY IMPRESSED with the Acoustic Signature turntable… great stuff!


New USB Cables!!!

I have THREE new USB cables available now! The standard “Spirit Split Power & Data”, with a separate data leg & a separate power leg available in 0.75m and 1.5m lengths, “Spirit Discrete”, a 16″ (~40 cm), single USB cable incorporating some very innovative design techniques and finally, the “Spirit Dongle”, a 9″ USB cable designed for music interfaces, such as Sonore microRendu!

These cables were designed in collaboration with Dave Elledge from PI Audio Group, LLC. Dave has years of experience developing the best-sounding USB cables. Yes, Dave is a competitor of mine, but most importantly, a friend & colleague!

Time to update the website soon!



Great Positive Feedback Review from Dave Clark!

Well, it’s been awhile since I wrote or posted something… It has been a busy summer! This was just published yesterday, by Dave Clark, the Editor at Positive Feedback magazine.

A couple of weeks ago, I shipped Dave a loom (speaker, power, interconnects) of my cables for review… He asked me to be patient since he had a ton of equipment to review first, prior to evaluating my cables.

I guess he found a bit of time to experiment with my power cables and his initial impressions here, posted today (September 1)… http://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/ps-audio-bhk-signature-preamplifier-directstream-dac/

To summarize, Dave Clark wrote,

AC cord of choice? Well I always review components with the supplied stock generic cord. That is what I base all my comments and observations on when reviewing. So all that above is stock. Now I am fortunate to have a good number of aftermarket AC cords here to play with… all in the hopes of improving the sound in some way. For sure the sound could change, but I am looking for something that does not change the basic characteristic, but perhaps adds a bit—like seasoning if you will to bring out the components’ best. Of course this is clearly subjective and what I like you might not… and vice versa. Which is all cool. Like I said above… Different strokes, different needs and wants. With the DS I found a number of cords to work quite well—all stunningly good in their own way, but one really did the trickThe Digital American from Triode Wires allowed the DS to open up and remain true to its character. What the cord did was pretty much up the ante a notch or two without adding or subtracting from the DS’ state of the art sound. It added a wee bit oomph and richness or warmth that either the Sablon or Neutron took off the table. I also found that while the Neutron SW16 Digital Power Cord from Dynamic Design killed it on the MPS-05, it was a touch aggressive on the DS. Ditto the Sablon. Not what I was expecting at all. The Neutron SW16 Digital Power Cord is simply stellar and a true reference, but with the DS… uh, not working my friend. Put it on the MPS-05 and “oh my brother from another mother”… true magic. And while I love what the Sablons bring to the party, uh… yeah, wrong side-dish. Not here my friend. Of course we have to consider the whole system here and any cable becomes a balancing act at best. Take the DS and place it into a different system or even mine with different speakers, and what not, and the results will no doubt be different.

So as the system stands now, the Triode Wire cords are the ticket and at a $500-$800 admission fee, a true bargain. More on these later but, damn… they are good!


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