2016 THE ABSOLUTE SOUND EDC
Crystal Connect Absolute Dream $15,000/1m pr.
interconnect: RCA or XLR, ($11k per extra meter); $32,000/2m pr. speaker ($11k extra per meter)
Dead-quiet even on analog sources, extremely detailed, rich in tone color, and very lifelike on
dynamics top to bottom, with superb staging and imaging and unusually high transparency to sources,
Crystal’s Absolute Dream is JV’s current reference. Simply phenomenal resolution. JV, 229
Crystal Cable Next (Headphone Cable) $750
For those with state-of-the-art personal listening gear, the ultra-thin and light Crystal Cable Next
makes a perfect complement. The shimmering strand oozes quality and, as the name implies, crystal-clear sound.
It allows volumes of timbral, rhythmic, and spatial information to flow through it. Decays seem to go
on forever and bass notes are as taut as a stretched rubber band. Crystal Cable’s Next will show you just
how much you’ve been missing from your favorite set of headphones. AT, 263
Crystal Cable Micro Interconnect/ CrystalSpeak Micro Speaker Cable$850/1m pr.
Interconnect ($700/add’l meter); $2500/2m pr. speaker ($900/ add’l meter-pair)
Clean, composed, and transparent, the jewel-like Crystal Micro cables offer an open soundstage where images
snap into focus and music is conveyed with a turbine-like smoothness. Even some softness in the bass and a bit
of forwardness in the treble don’t diminish one of the most transparent cables NG has heard. Unique splitter
rings allows easy change-out of terminations or bi-wire upgrades. NG, 164
Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo/Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo Diamond
Replace whatever loudspeakers you’ve been using with a pair of two-way Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimos or Minissimo Diamonds (which look identical but come with a superior diamond tweeter and other perks), and people will notice—before they’ve heard a note of music. The whimsical apostrophe shape, the vibrant color, the assured smallness of the things stop folks in their tracks and make them smile. Sonically, the Minissimos are superb everywhere but the low bass (which is to be expected in a two-way). When it comes to imaging and soundstaging, they disappear, creating a broad, deep, and continuous soundstage. A superior and stylish little transducer.
AQ, 256/ JM, JV, 273