Absolute Sound Review of PowerChord, November 2002


“Whatever is going on here, the thing works. I experimented with my Balanced Audio Technology VK-D5 CD player, VK-3i preamp, and VK-6200 multi-channel amplifier, and in each case heard improvements to the noise floor (less garble and grunge), dynamic range (in both low-level nuance and high-level impact), and overall clarity and detail. Music’s sense of time improved, too. The thing doesn’t cost a fortune, either.”
Wayne Garcia – Nov ’02  Print Version

 

Au 24 Cable Testimonial August 2002

“Okay, you win. After about 40 hours of playing the AU24 cables, they blow away the “C” cables best model. I have listened to Roger Waters Live and several dozen other CD’s I am very familiar with. Yours have a definite edge in dynamics in all frequency ranges.”

Lou — Aug 02

Stereo Times Reviews of PowerChord, August 2002, December 2000


“The essential set of enhancements to be discovered from the Audience “powerChord” can all be grouped within that elusive notion of MUSICALITY. I’ve not yet heard any power chord that accomplishes such an engaging reinforcement of genuinely musical values — the pace, relaxation, and tonal elements that define the heart of seductive musical experiences — at such a modest price.”
Jim Merod : Most Wanted Components – Aug’ 02  Print Version

“Designed as a high current, low impedance cable, it compares with or surpasses the top of the heap.”
Clement Perry – Dec ’00  Read Full Review

 

 

PowerChord Testimonial, May 2002

 

“The Audience cord on my transport has been doing some good things! What I like about it is the way it enhances the bass! My system already had the right amount of bass and tightness and rated at 20hz to 20khz! What the Audience has done is to make it more tuneful, articulate while giving it more punch but never sounding bloated or muddy! In fact, the bass is fast and controlled! I was even surprised with it’s upper frequency performance! Not bright, not too forward or too laid back, just nice and smooth and sweet! I did compare the Audience to the PS Audio Mini Lab! The Mini Lab has been said to enhance the bass and mid-bass area which is true! Here the Audience equals or betters the Mini Lab! It also does what the Mini Lab does but again, tighter, controlled and tuneful! The Audience makes the Mini Lab sound a bit slow, bloated, thick and muddy! Up till now, I’m still hearing the Audience improve as it plays and wonder whether the 100hrs is sufficient! From the looks of things, I believe the Audience probably needs maybe something like 200hrs and that too, only maybe! I have already accumulated more 100hrs and it is still improving!”

Ramesh — May 02

Stereo Times Review of Au24 Cables, July 2001


“Since they do not call attention to themselves, trying to describe the sound of the Audience cables is difficult. They simply do a very good job of conveying the music. There are many products on the market today that claim to do this but fail to deliver. Audience products perform as advertised. If your goal is to achieve a sonic signature that is balanced from top to bottom with that elusive truth-of-timbre, then the Audience line belongs on your short list”.
Henry Wilkenson – Jul ’01  Read Full Review

 

Audio Musings Reviews for PowerChord, 2001


“I was shocked… Backgrounds are blacker. Highs are sweeter. Bass lines are better defined. Vocals have great tone without heavy colorations. Most importantly, my system was more musical.”
Carlos Flores – Issue #14 – ’01 Read Full Review

“I heard a sweetness and open musical flow that I did not hear with my other power cords. If you are in the market for a good power cord, this is a place to start.”
Francisco Duran -Issue #14 – ’01 Read Full Review

“Immediately, the pace was more musical. The rough edge was gone and voices were sweeter and smoother. While richer, the sound was more natural with more body. The bass took on a seemingly more powerful sound with more energy. It was also more defined and controlled. The music in general seemed to blend into a deliberately molded whole with a delicate laying of the sound. Where it was chaotic before, images and instruments become rock solid in their space and overall coherency was restored. Dynamics improved especially micro dynamics.”
Rod Morris  Read Full Review

 

Stereo Times Two Reviews for Auric Illuminator

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“The Auric Illuminator from speaker manufacturer, Audience, is a modest looking set of common objects: two plastic bottles with a non-toxic disc cleaning gel; cloths to clean the discs; and a black felt marker with kick-a-poo magic light absorption edging to be applied to your discs. Ordinary looking stuff. Extraordinary results.”
Jim Merod — Sep ’00   Read Full Review

“The Auric Illuminator is a benchmark optical disc playback resolution enhancement. It is “jaw dropping” effective and is appropriately named. It improved all aspects of soundstaging with every CD I treated and “illuminated” every instrument in a smooth and focused manner. It removes most of the clouding and smear from older recorded CDs and brings added life, snap and focus to newer CD recordings. It unveils the true timing, depth, and tonal qualities that these recordings were meant to display in their original production or at least brings one damn closer to it.”
Jim Dowd — Jan ’00   Read Full Review

 

Illuminator Review by Magnan Audio Cables

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“The Auric Illuminator Optical Disk Resolution Enhancement is unique in our experience for the sheer magnitude of the improvement and for the absence of negative trade-offs. The background “grunge” or noise level is greatly decreased, along with a drastic improvement in resolution and clarity without any edginess. Highly recommended.”
David Magnan