“Not many people know who I am, so a very brief history as an introduction. In the past I have imported and distributed some of the best Hi-Fi products available, which included Restek, Gradient, Final, Onix and Cymbal, I still use most of these products now because they have stood the test of time and compete with the best available today, most of my products have been modified to maximise their performance.
Because of my involvement in the high-end market, I have been presented with accessories from various manufacturers in the hope that 1, I write a sparkling review and 2, perhaps pair them with my products. Cable suppliers were the most prolific so consequently, I amassed a large collection of interconnects and speaker cables, 2 tea chests full actually, some of which were extremely expensive, and all tended to modify the sound in one way or another.
So to come across an interconnect that adds or subtracts nothing from my system, but just allows the music to flow through a sonically invisible piece of wire was something of a revelation. I’ve been searching for this level of reproduction for donkey’s years, to the extent I made my own cables which were very good but never quite got there.
Mark Baker must have excavated his grey matter to have come up with this, “sonic open window”. To my knowledge this has not been achieved by any manufacturer so far. Some have got very close but most tend to introduce their own signature. With a good front end this one just lets the music breathe unhindered. This is not a conclusion, like all products in this business they tend to improve with use (running in) in the case of wires which carry very small currents this process can take weeks, these initial observations are stated from listening virtually straight out of the box, this thing will improve. How it can get much better is beyond my imagination, I’m very nearly in new territory.”
A week later
“This is now running in nicely, it’s strange the mid and top ranges have altered only very slightly, it’s the bass that has suddenly started to sparkle, I could never imagine that my deck could 1. retrieve so much fine detail and 2. be so powerful in the bass region, I don’t recall this kind of bass reproduction from any vinyl source I’ve ever heard before, the fretless bass lines on “human” by Rag and Bone man comes through as rib rattling and tuneful, the Kudu gong and drum on Dead can Dance “into the labyrinth” is so powerful I was concerned about my speakers, the reverberation was almost electric, the harp and acoustic bass on Mary Coughlin “uncertain pleasures” are now so close to life they are almost solid. I’m finding it very hard to take in the effect this one interconnect has, amongst the many others that link my components, mind you it is first in line so has the most overall effect. As a seasoned dealer I could have sold these all day long they are so obviously better than anything I’ve tried before, makes me wonder what else can my system do?
The clarity and detail I’m now getting is very much an endorsement of the work and innovation I’ve put into my system which is proving its metal in a way that I didn’t expect, and the great thing is, it’s getting better by the day.
TONY SHARMAN (Magazine Reviewer)