Audio Creative PhonoLink
The Audio Creative PhonoLink cable is designed around a custom manufactured pure Silver conductor. The result is high signal sensitivity, ultra low background noise which results in more accurate harmonic complexity. We love the musical midrange and the highly detailed upper range which is very addictive. The listening enhancement is instantly obvious: very wide clarity, wider staging, and a lovely, never fatiguing midrange. Audio Creative's PhonoLink is available in both balanced as unbalanced configuration.
Signals from MM (Moving Magnet) and - even more so - from MC (Moving Coil) cartridges are highly sensitive to hum, noise and various forms of interferences.
The PhonoLink between the cartridge and preamplifier must ensure that the minute signal of the cartridge is optimally transferred to the preamplifier and at the same time must reject any unwanted signals from entering the signal path. In most cables, even very expensive ones, this is not taken sufficiently into consideration.
After most thorough analysis of these specific requirements we have designed a High End phono cable which meets all the requirements of the best phono cables in the world. The PhonoLink and Interlink use the same unique conductors which are made out of 99.999% pure silver and are cryogenic treated. Maximum shielding will prevent microphonic influence and cross-talk problems. This has resulted in a phono cable which sounds rich and precise with a full bodied midrange. In other words: musical addictive. The new PhonoLink is available as phono cable with 5pin DIN connector or as InterLink with both sides WBT cinch connectors. A balanced XLR version is available as well.
Having been a user of Audience SX phono cable and Ortofon TSW-5000 cable for quite a long time, I found the PhonoLink is a very competitive contender to these two high quality phono cables. I particularly enjoyed the rich tone of the PhonoLink a lot without having to sacrifice resolution or details in the signal. This is where I feel the PhonoLink can really shine.
That being said, I would tend to think the Ortofon TSW-5000 is capable of reproducing a slightly better spatial resolution, resulting in a wider and deeper sound stage. However, when comparing to the PhonoLink, the Ortofon TSW-5000 seems to have somewhat restrictive dynamics, especially in the bass so it is not the cable I like to use when listening to rock music or big symphonies.
When comparing to Audience SX phono cable, I think the SX cable sounds very close to the PhonoLink in many ways; they are equally revealing and able to preserve the slightest details in the signal. They also have similar tonal balance but, in my opinion, the SX phono cable seems to be able to separate different musical instruments better than the PhonoLink. However,, what I like about the PhonoLink most is its very tempting richness in the sound overall, which I don't think the SX can match!
Connection to the Music
The cinch connectors are high quality WBT-102Ag connectors. One of the best RCA connectors in the world. The cable and connectors are customized with a beautiful Olive hardwood. Olive hardwood has a fine natural frequency. All parts are handmade and machined in our workshop. The PhonoLink cable guarantees optimal performance with any tonearm, cartridge, source or (pre)amplifier combination.