John Ransley, Totally Wired 🙂
The KLEI™QFLOW2 SCs are the new entry level, fitted with the Classic Harmony banana – they sound sweet and open.
The KLEI™QFLOW3 SCs replace and outperform the similarly priced KLEI™gZERO6 SCs – so don’t let the numbering system confuse you. Fitted with KLEI™PureQ Harmony bananas and refined conductor architecture, you’re getting a big improvement.
The KLEI™QFLOW7 SCs produce greater scale and have even better bass performance and dynamics – these are now our go-to SCs for most systems.
The KLEI™QPURITY8 SCs, it is hard to imagine anything better than the KLEI™QPURITY8 SCs – I have played with more costly cables with seriously over engineered terminations and buckets of audio glitz, but none have approached what the best of the KLEI cables do – the music simply flows out of these in a way that allows you to hear the very best of what your amplifiers and speakers are capable of. In the past I baulked at the idea of carrying cables at this price level in stock. But given the price equivalency of these to the KLEI™zPURITY88 ICs which I have no hesitation in recommending, it has become a bit of a no-brainer to have these.
The QFLOW2 SCs Story, are speaker cables nothing but inevitable wires to connect A and B? Or do they perhaps have the status of a Hifi component? Yes, they do!
Having possessed many different Hifi equipment during the last decades and having heard even a greater number of them, it becomes obvious that enthusiasm is the main qualification to design nice-sounding products. Well, this insight helps us to narrow the wide field of relevant manufacturers to about 10 percent. Nevertheless, there is still a lot to do to find your favorite gear.
It was this insight that consistently made me use gear from the Polish manufacturer ‘Lampizator’. My source is the latest version of a MacMini running with Audirvana. My speakers are ‘Open Baffles’ which are based on a construction manual from Lukasz Fikus (Lampizator), as well. Meanwhile I elaborated his recommendation for two years, using the legendary Saba Greencones, making many attempts. But I was not really satisfied by his cables. Their sound was kind of unrefined, not elastic and detailed enough as well as forward in the highs.
And here the story begins.
Short encounters with Silent Wire, Wire World, Jorma Design and TelluriumQ produced noting but mediocre, sometimes discolored, sometimes quite technical sounding results. Cheaper Kimber Cables, cotton wrapped and waxed Duelund cables, cables from Dalby Audio Design in a silk-coat are not worth discussing. They sounded ponderous and unfocused. The Mundorf silver-cables lacked a corporeal presentation, the tonal balance was shifted towards the higher frequencies. The reasonably priced wires by Supra Cables had a quite musical and rhythmic presentation, but allover their sound is muffled. The DNM/ Reson solid core cables represent a suitable solution for highend- newcomers.
That’s the point to ask the question: what am I looking for? Plain and simple, that is for the most natural reproduction of music! And that means: maximal clarity, directness, natural conveyance of finest details, and nevertheless a smoothness especially in the pitch. Not very long time ago I have been convinced having found this mixture in the products of ‘Colours of Sound’. These wires indeed conveyed previously unheard details. Music played focused, unrestrained, rhythmic. They as well facilitate a convincing approach to the content and meaning of music. This could be my definitiv cables, I thought.
Actually I looked for a binding post. In doing so I accidentally came across the company of KLE Innovations. In fact, these small devices showed me the potential their products bear in a magic way. Again my sprit of research awoke. I absolutely had to hear at least one cheap pair of speaker cables produced by this company.
So I purchased KLEI QFLOW2 SCs. Thin, flimsy, unimposing cables equipped with minimal-bananas as light as a feather. Without any burning-in they sound a little bit rough and retarded at the beginning. But having played a few hours they get rid of everything/anything I have heard so far. The stage is presented wider than before and reaches beyond the speakers on both sides. Suddenly wind instuments in the orchestra resound many meters more in the background than they did so far. Listening to small ensembles the musicians sit side by side, tangible three dimensional, playing their precious and exotic instruments with an abundance of timbres. One can harken while they give rise to wonderful melodies with abandon. One can detect facets in their tunes which have not been there before. Here and there one captures a surreptitious noise caused by technicians in the studio or the creaking of the guitarists footrest. Real singers stand at the edge of the stage, you hear their voices- yes- with maximal clarity, directness, natural conveyance of finest details and smoothness. Here it is- the sensation being with them, the sensation of the most natural reproduction of music.
To a lesser extent, successful recordings are reproduced as such, but still the substance of the music is extracted at its best. At that point I remember a Zen-saying: once you have reached the top of a flagpole try to get beyond. Keith Louis, one of these enthusiastic designers, does so.
I will profit from that and already ordered QFLOW7 SCs… Dr. Klaus Mayer 🙂 🙂 🙂