So what’s new? While the concept is still the same (virtual air dielectric with FEP, dual mono-filament and 85 microns silver extruded over 8N OFC), the geometry of the cables has been redesigned and new, in-house designed and built connectors are used. They go by the name “Holo:Plug” and just by touching them you feel the built quality.
I am very familiar with both Audio Physic speakers and Symphonic Line amps (a killer combo if you ask me) so I focused on Rune’s demo. What he did was simple, we listened to Miles Davis “Kind of blue” with the “old” Valhalla power cord and then switched that single power cord connecting the QX4 purifier to the power strip.
No doubt there was an immediate shift in sound, turning smoother (not less detailed) and magically creating a more efficient blend of the piano notes and the drums. So impressed I was, I had to look around for other people’s faces, just to be sure everybody in the room was struck like I did.
A second A-B comparison was in the program, this time a single interconnect was swapped between the CD and the preamp with the voice of Norah Jones in “Day is done” being the constant reference. To make a long story short, the new Valhalla IC lowered the noise floor enough to get more fine detail and opened the sound stage a palm over each speaker more than the old one.
At the end, I had to ask Rune if he would sell me the old cables at 10 bucks a piece, as the new ones were all that much better … but he refused. One has to try….