HIGHFIDELITY CABLES, “Magnets make more Music”

Rick Schultz made a big impact in the Audio industry as the chief designer behind Virtual Dynamics, the company which were hugely successful and popular amongst reviewers and consumers almost a decade ago for their mains cables and interconnects. In 2012 Rick launched a new and fresh assault on the wires industry and formed HighFidelity Cables.

His CT-1 line of interconnects and speaker cables really have taken off by storm and his company has expanded umpteenfold this past few years. The neverending stream of shining reviews and customer comments all across the web have been unanimously and overwhelmingly positive. Many have surmised that Rick has radically impacted the industry with these new products, especially at their keen pricepoints. Many reviewers such as Harry pearson and Jack Roberts have also been left scratching their heads as to why these cables do what so many other products have promised yet not delivered.

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The answer lies partly in Rick’s patented ‘Magnetic Conduction’ technology. Existing wire technology can play with a few parameters to change the sound this way or that but the new technology Rick employs has opened up a whole new world of performance possibilities. The improvement Rick’s cables bring to a system is not merely a subjective ‘seasoning’ where some characteristics of the sound improve at the expense of others, but a very obvious lifting of the complete system performance in line with all of the fundamental characteristics that we all strive to achieve. These wires do not have a sound, they do not add anything. Rather, they just change the sound far less and add far less distortion than any other cable I have ever experienced at any price.

Further Reading
MAGNETIC CONDUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Magnetic Conduction is a patented method of signal transfer for electrical energy. It uses a controlled magnetic field as the pathway for the signal. Testing at the University of Toronto show dramatically reduced distortion and increased signal to noise ratio compared to typical cables. The conductor is a unique and proprietary alloy specifically designed to work with this technology.

MAGNETIC WAVE GUIDE

Skin effect in a cable is created by opposing magnetic forces which cause the signal to push to the extreme outer edges of the conductor. Our magnetic wave guide technology creates a tunnelling effect focusing the magnetic force into the middle of the conductor. This eliminates the cause of skin effect and preserves the time and phase aspect of the original signal.

MECHANICAL VIBRATION DECOUPLING

Micro vibrations are introduced into an audio system by a multitude of sources and will follow the signal path looking to dissipate to a larger mass or point of stress. Each of our cables feature extensive mechanical vibration decoupling. Multiple conductive plates made with a specialized powdered material are used to dampen the vibration transfer within the connector itself.

INTELI SHIELD

High Fidelity Cables uses a dual shielded coaxial design that has extremely high rejection capability. This coaxial design is combined with Magnetic Conduction’s patented ability to control unwanted electro magentic interference. This particular geometry gives all our cables a class leading ability to filter out unwanted radio waves (RFI) and stray magnetic fields (EMI).

MICRO SIGNAL TRANSFER

Quiet passages of music and subtle audio details are represented by lower power electrical signals. In conventional cables these micro signals are easily prone to loss and distortion because they lack enough current to move through the conductor. Lab testing has shown Magnetic Conduction technology to preserve and keep these micro signals intact, resulting in large performance gains for audio system reproduction.

“To my ears, in my system, the CT-1s are the first cables to have improved the quality of reproduced sound to the degree audiophiles associate with upgrading active components and speakers, where $1600 is not considered an unusual investment.”
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“I guess the only area I can imagine anyone faulting these cable would be the cost: $2,800 per meter. Still, when you consider the cost of some other cables such as Audio Note Sogon, or Crystal Cable’s CrystalConnect Absolute Dream at $13,500 per meter, or Jean Labs Awakening at $11,000, or MIT’s Oracle MA-X Proline at $8495, or even Siltech Signature Empress Crown RCA at $21,000, $2,800 seems like a bargain for the best interconnects I have ever heard, by a large margin.”
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“It has been years since I thought interconnects made a really big improvement in my system. Yes, many have made changes that I would say refined the sound of my system; I thought the cables I had were so good that only small improvements would come from a change. I was wrong. I want to say it again, these cables eliminate noise that I had previously assumed was part of recorded music.”
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“At 3 mins into the track I was left with my mouth hanging open as the degree of depth, clarity and separation of the instruments within the acoustic was breathtaking. I was hearing things in away I had just not heard them before and hearing round them in away I had not before.”
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“The High Fidelity Cables CT1 interconnects are a stunning revelation, are revolutionary and a major achievement – in my view – in interconnect designs. I for one can’t wait to see what Rick Schultz and High Fidelity Cables come up with next – well done!”
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“these cables remove noise, sibilants, and splashy sounding strings and female vocals that I just thought was part of listening to recorded music.”
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“I truly feel that this cable technology is a game changer and at this point there have been a good many other people who have come to this conclusion. It’s very seldom that something comes along which allows your system to perform close to its complete potential. The High Fidelity Cables system is a remarkable example.”
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“There is no question the High Fidelity Cables elevated my system to new levels of performance. They convey a soundstage that is wider, deeper, and higher than I’ve heard here before; they resolve tremendous low-level detail from deep bass to high treble, and are dead quiet. Imaging is precise and dimensional; in my set up, the soundstage starts at the plane of the speakers and layers back uniformly (other speakers might project images forward, but not mine). All this is achieved without added treble emphasis.”
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“Throughout my audition of the CDs during the break-in period as well as the review itself, I did not detect a sonic signature. I did experience greater bass extension, and more impact in the midbass, especially noted in the sound of bass drums and timpani. I observed greater realism of timbre, greater scale (size of instruments), and, with some CDs, a sense that I was listening to an instrument rather than a recording of it. There was a perception of more space and greater separation of instruments, making it easier to locate them in the sound field, behind the speakers. The sense of space also added a modicum of realism to the sound of a recording. The sound of mediocre recordings was improved.”
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“I cannot deny that the new High Fidelity Cables do something that others I have tried do not, they simply enable my system to reproduce music as well as I’ve ever heard in my room.”
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“Many of you readers wrote me to start giving exceptional awards for the stand out products being tested and reviewed here at Mono & Stereo. So let me start this new prosperous 2013 with the official Mono & Stereo award for High Fidelity Cables. “
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“Personally, I know of no other way to get the realism in music reproduction I’m getting other than with these cables. I could not recommend them more highly.”
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“I am keeping the review samples and will probably add phono, digital, and another set of interconnects later. I would strongly urge you to give them a listen”
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“These cables really do live up to their name in terms of creating the sense of “Aliveness” inherent in music itself. All of this, by the way, at a fraction of the cost of some quite highly rated competing cables. I wonder what they will come up with next?”
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“I have been in the high-end Audio business for the past forty years. I have seen a lot of things come and go and heard of incredible hype about products. The unfortunate part is that most of the products you hear so much about are just hype. And than there are the cables that you sent me.”
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“I have about 30hrs. on them now and they just keep getting better. Picture a 3D movie that`s how the musicians are set up.there is so much space around them. ”
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“I have been listening to the CT-1’s for 2 weeks now, and have to agree with all the accolades that others have mentioned! These cables will change the wire industry”
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“I think that the new cable has an ability to define all the aspects of a recording.Giving new details while holding the fabric of the music totally in tact.Resolution is so transparent that you realise that you are hearing things that had been previously blocked but are now clear in a recording.”
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“OK, I’ve had the CT-1 for almost a week now, and I have to say, it’s almost like there is some sort of chicanery going on with this product! How can a cable be so far superior to other(fairly expensive) cables? How could it be that, after 40 or 50 years of R&D in the cable “industry”, nobody has come up with a reasonably priced cable that approaches this?”
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“My concern about a possible “hifi effect” is moot, the sound character is as natural as one could desire.Very alive,organic and vibrant.I don`t think it`s hyperbole to say this is a profound product.”
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“I have now had the CT-1 Ultimate ics for about a month between my CD player and preamp. The transparency and realism is amazing. They are apparently just starting to seriously break in at about 200 hours. I am hearing both a wider and deeper soundstage as well as more details than with the Enhanced version CT-1. Bass has tightened up and gotten quicker. There is an increased “ease” to the music that wasn’t quite there before, as the noise floor has gotten noticeably lower. Separation/imaging,especially between voices, has also improved. I am also starting to catch low-level details I have not heard before, especially environmental cues – chairs and microphones moving, etc.”
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CT1 phono cable

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£1500 (each additional 0.5m is £200)

CT1-E phono cable

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£2400 (each additional 0.5m is £300)

CT1-U phono cable

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£4200 (each additional 0.5m is £350)

CT1 rca

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£1500 1m (additional 0.5m £200)

CT1-E rca

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£2500 1m (additional 0.5m £300)

CT1-U rca

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£4200 1m (additional 0.5m £350)

CT1-UR rca

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£7300 1m (additional 0.5m £500)

Balanced XLR-E

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£3850 1m (additional 0.5m £400)

Balanced XLR-U

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£7840 1m (additional 0.5m £600)