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Customer Reviews for the Link Cryo Reference Loudspeaker cable
Mark asked me to mention my system and I have listed it at the end for those who are interested. I am sure that you have read lots of gushing reviews about mediocre products, so please bear the following reservations in mind when reading my opinions:
1) The construction of the cable may help to dampen my ‘speakers and, therefore, work particularly well in my system.
2) I use Mark’s Cryo-Reference interconnects which may complement the speaker cable better than other products.
3) There is no substitute for auditioning a product in your own system.
This cable is very neutral; it has no character and it is like the midfield player who never seems to make a mistake and is never noticed until he leaves.
As I listened to the first few CDs I noticed the sound stage seemed fuller and more focussed, crescendos had more impact and the bass was tuneful and dry. When I turned to the (hitherto) problem CDs, I realized that the high frequencies were also accurate sweet and clean. This is not a cable that demands attention; it has a balanced organic sound that, although very detailed, is not fatiguing. It excels at reproducing acoustics, decay and timbre (particularly piano).
If you have to choose between the interconnect and the speaker cables, I suggest buying the interconnect first as it offers the biggest improvement and any loss of information at this stage cannot be recovered downstream.
Sony SCD 777ES – Battleship SACD/CD player
Audion Golden Nights - 300B SET mono blocks
Quad ESL 57s - venerable electrostatics
Missing Link Cryo-Reference interconnect
Missing Link Opus power cable on the SACD player
of The Missing Link Cryo. Ref. Speaker Cable
Date: 1st - 7th April, 2004
Jadis Orchestra Reference amplifier
Marantz SA-1 sacd player
Yamaha NS-1000 speakers
Missing Link Cryo. Ref. Silver Interconnect
Aural Symphony isolation platforms
Advance Constant Voltage Transformer
I set of 3 Aurios MIBs
6 pairs Vibropads
Huang piano, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
conductor Kurt Masur, Teldec
Arnie Domnerus et al, Track 10 on FIM Audiophile Reference SACD 29
Star Percussion Ensemble, Track 16 on FIM Audiophile
Carol Kidd vocals, Track 13 on Carol Kidd Gold, Linn Records
Evelyn Glennie persussion, Track 1 on Light in Darkness, BMG Classics
Rodney Kettlewell piano, Pictures At An Exhibition, NBS Listen
Artists not named, Ultimate Reference CD, Wilson Audio
evaluation was to compare a pair of the pre release Prototype Missing Link Cryo Silver speaker cables
my existing Voodoo silver speaker cables purchased about three years ago from
Sounds in Germany, and which were cryogenically treated three months ago.
are 3 metres bi-wires (with two-in-one banana connectors for single wire use)
cost about 450 US$ for the pair, including the cryogenic treatment.
realised that comparing two brands of cryogenically treated silver cables would
and would depend on the music programme selected.
Silver cable, because of its inherent qualities as a conductor transmits more information
than would be expected from similarly priced copper cable. However, this increase in detail
comes at a price and silver conductors have a reputation for inducing a degree of hardness
to the sound. This must be caused by some loss of information that determines the timbre of the
sounds being reproduced.
With my existing Voodoo cables I was only able to cure this when I recently replaced my
Diapason Adamantes II LE speakers with a pair of vintage Yamaha NS-1000s purchased on
This raises a very important question of speaker-cable interaction, a matter that is hardly
discussed in the hifi press. The sound quality of the Yamahas combined with silver speaker
cables is extremely smooth and neutral and they have an ability to resolve very fine detail and
also produce all the base I want or need together with outstanding stereo imaging and an
impressive sound stage.I doubt I’ll ever need to consider buying another pair of speakers.
I expected the two silver cables brands would sound very similar and that any
would be slight, it seemed that the music would have to be such as to allow
to be clearly heard. That suggested pieces where solo instruments and small
instruments were the highlight, so items 2, 3, 5, in the list were selected.
solo piano piece, Rodney Kettlewell’s Pictures At An Exhibition was
included because of the
of delicacy and richness of the playing. Since
I enjoy listening to the female voice
included a number by one of the all-time jazz greats, Carol Kidd, item 4 above.
Her voice has
delicate misty quality that is unique and on this track the occasional sound of
and breathing should be heard. Finally, two orchestral tracks were selected,
and 7 above. Item 1 is a live
performance where slight noises from the audience can be
and these are very useful reference points for comparing the cables – the more
micro sounds that can be detected, the more information is being transmitted.
was selected to test for differences in the quality of the bass frequencies
the exception of the Helen Huang recording, all the discs used were of
great attention had been paid to the sound engineering.
played the Missing Link Cryo Silver cables for long periods each day for about
five days to
myself to the sound, using a very wide range of music.
For the final part of the
I played the selection listed above repeatedly during the penultimate day to fix
of both micro sounds and overall sonic qualities in memory.
The final period involved
back to my own silver cables and noting differences in the sounds heard between
Voodoo cables produced slightly more information in that more of the micro
on these compared to the Missing Link cables.
This was most evident on the live
and performances where extraneous sounds could be heard, for example, on
3, Pachabel’s Canon, where at several points the performer can just be
position of his or her feet. Similarly, at the beginning of High Life,
when the group
getting ready to play, the sound of one of the players inhaling can just be
heard if one
closely. It should be stressed that the difference between the cables on this
were very slight.
Missing Link cables produced a smoother and more rounded sound.
When they were
with the Voodoo cables at the end, there was a slight but noticeable roughness
compared to The Missing Link cables.
richness of Rodney Kettlewell’s performance of Pictures At An Exhibition
watering played through The Missing Link cables, and the fire in Helen Huang’s
of Mendelsohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 shone brightly
in the second and third movements the sound of the whole orchestra showed a
compared to the Voodoo cables, where the wall of ensemble orchestral sound
have quite the same polish or sharpness.
Fanfare For The Common Man, the timpani has a shimmer such that the
length and quality
the sonic decay adds greatly to the impact of the deep base and here also The
had the edge over the Voodoos
first track of Evelyn Glennie’s disc of avant guard pieces Light in
Darkness, where she
vibraphone, cymbal and cowbell, is a great test for the musicality of the sounds
reproduced. Here also the Missing Link cables were better.
first sight The Missing Link cables looked insubstantial, and this impression is
the result of
two separate cables for each channel being wrapped within a single braided
bayonet connectors though are very solidly built and colour coded for easy
cables are directional and require the right pair of connectors to be connected
and speaker, and although there was a red label on the pair to be attached to
speaker, the conventional use of arrows to indicate the correct cable direction
improvement. The connection on all plugs was very
solid and tight, and the tough plastic
body of the connectors looked and felt indestructible.
Voodoo cables cost US$450 for a cryogenically treated 3 metre bi-wired pair.
Missing Link cables cost about US$1,000 for a cryogenically treated 2.5 metre
which I estimate would translate to roughly US$1,400 for the same length for
Although bi-wiring wasn’t needed for this evaluation, these figures allow me
like with like on a value-for-money basis.
I was buying high quality, audiophile components to put a system together, and
a high quality set of speaker cables, and if I had speakers that married well
cables, there is no doubt that The Missing Link Cryo. Silver Speaker Cable would
a very satisfying sonic experience. If
for some reason I had cheaper copper cables in
high end system and was looking to upgrade, then The Missing Link cables would
be high on
list of candidates for an audition. They are smooth and they transmit great
cables have that rare quality among audiophile components of being so good that
you can relax, forget about other cables and just get on with enjoying the
if I already had silver speaker cables it might not be so easy to justify paying
high price of The Missing Link cables for the increment in improvement that was
experienced in this comparison. But,
the same could be said when considering
replacement of any component in a high end system.
These cables were a real pleasure to audition, I wish I could afford to buy a
pair and I’ll be very sorry to have to return them.
7th April, 2004
Musical Fidelity A308cr CD player
Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista DAC 21
Musical Fidelity A308 Dual Mono Amplifier
Audio Physics Tempo 3 loud speakers
Stand unique sound tower rack
Clearlight Audio RDC 2 cones ( amp) and RDC 3 cones (cd)
The Missing Link Dark Art digital coaxial between CD and DAC
The Missing Link Cryo Reference interconnect between DAC and Amplifier
The Missing Link Orbit power cable for amplifier
The Missing Link Opus F power cable for CD and DAC
Proceed transport and Dac
Bill Beard Valve Integrated amplifier
Final panel loud speakers
Music used for
Eva Cassidy – Songbird
Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
Alicia Keys – Song In A Minor
Einaudi – The Einaudi Collection
Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
XLO Reference Recording – Test & Burn-In CD
Dido – Life For Rent
Soul II Soul – Vol 4 The Classic Singles 88-93
First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark and his team at The Missing Link for giving me this pleasure to review The Link Cryo Reference speaker cables.
People who know what’s what in hi fi, knows that silver is the best conductor of electricity. Here is the interesting part. The Link Cryo reference is made of 5n 99.999% purity solid silver cores, so this will be a very interesting listening test.
The audition of these speaker cables will be conducted over the period of four days. Mark has advised me that these cables have had only about eight hours of burn in, so I guess with more hours under its belt it would be more accurate to judge.
Nothing prepared me for what I experienced after inserting Eva Cassidy (song bird) into my cd player. Fields of gold (Track 1) sounded so engaging; Eva’s voice is so pronounced to a point where if you close your eyes, she is singing in your living room. The sound stage is very wide without sacrificing image. The music just flowed with ease as if I were using electro static panel speakers with each note starting and stopping as they were recorded. The ambient noise floor is very low to a degree where I can hear the room’s acoustic echo within the studio where Eva recorded her material. One thing I did notice very easily is that, these speaker cables at the higher part of the frequency spectrum, produced notes that I’ve never come across before. In other words, it was reproducing much more of the music.
On the Einaudi (track 9, two sunsets), the piano and the violin sounded so detailed and precise. I could hear the echo of each note disappearing within the body of the piano and the push and drag used on the violins bow. During the rest of the track,
I just look over to my other half with eyes wide open and asked her, “Did you hear those water drops in the music????” She replied “NO, what water drops???” As they do. With delight, there it was again, faintly way back in the music. By now, I had a big grin on my face and the water drops were assured by my gal. This indicates the capability of the cable to reveal very fine details within the music.
And finally, I put the cables through the pace of some room shaking stuff to see if the lower end performance matches up to the mids and highs I witnessed. Soul II Souls (Keep on movin’) is my all time best test track for good old solid bass. Wow with a capital W. Not only did the bass have more body and volume, but because we have more clearer mids and higher highs, the whole music piece sounded so natural. With bass to kill for without it being too overwhelming. Solidness of the bass could be felt with a big thud without too much of bass extension. All of these findings were acknowledged by my other half who doesn’t agree with my hi fi expenditure and has promised to buy me a set of these cables, now that’s something, hah???? JJJ
I could go on and on with different pieces of music, but to conclude this write up, I would say that these cables are very revealing with dynamics and rhythm to kill for. Timing and pace are just spot on with all kinds of music you throw at it. In my mind The Link Cryo Reference speaker cables has matched any branded cables at any price. And yes, I have put my name down for a set.
I’m happy to answer any questions regarding this write up and can be contacted via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Lau J
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