Disclaimer: All cables were sent as review samples. Neither of the companies are site advertisers and Mike doesn’t sell any of these in his stores.
“Wait what? A Cable Review?”
Some or believers and some clearly are not. If you’re part of the last category that insists I should use a cloth hanger as a cable and you’re not open to other beliefs, you better stop reading now as this review is not the one for you. I do not want the comments section to turn into a fight between both camps. However if you do believe cables can change the sound or you’re open to other opinions, you might want to keep reading.
Back in the days when I didn’t have as much experience with gear I wasn’t a real believer in cables. But after all these years of listening to a lot of different gear my opinion on the impact of cables on sound has changed. I do believe that in order to correctly judge a cable you have to know your music, headphone and amplifier perfectly, if not you won’t be able to isolate the changes made by the cable.
As more and more people started asking us about aftermarket cables I decided to do a review of two cable companies. The reviewed cables all have an Audez’e and Sennheiser HD650 termination, that way I can also use them on the Hifiman He-500 with my adapters. I have to say reviewing cables isn’t the easiest of jobs.
What Companies were selected?
The last few years, cable companies have been coming up everywhere and consumers have dozens of companies to choose from. In the end I selected one European company: Forza Audioworks and one Asian company: Effect Audio.
Effect Audio: Was founded in 2009 and they are located in Singapore
Forza Audioworks: Has been on the market for several years and is located in Poland
I do own several other cables made by other companies in the USA (like ALO, Norne, etc) but it’s impossible to review them all.
Page 2: Effect Audio Thor Copper OCC SPC
Page 3: Forza AudioWorks Claire Hybrid HPC
Page 4: Effect Audio Thor Silver OCC
Page 5: Forza AudioWorks Noir Hybrid HPC
Page 6: Effect Audio Thor OCC SPC
Page 7: Forza AudioWorks Hybrid Series IEM
Page 8: Final Words + Discounts!
Review one on the next page