B. Forza AudioWorks Claire Hybrid HPC (8 wire braid – 1.5m)
8 strands of Cryo 7N UPOCC copper + UPOCC silver in semi-Litz geometry and PE insulation. 56 individual strands in 7 groups
Look & Feel And Presentation
The cable comes in a pretty eco-friendly fabric bag and is very nicely presented with an individual warranty card with serial number. The 8 braid cable isn’t sleeved and it is very light and of course it is thicker than the 4 braid Effect Audio cable. There is a splitter at the Y-section and it measures 29 cm after the split. The Claire hybrid is a bit heavier and thicker than the Effect Audio cable and you will notice it more while you’re listening. So while comfort wise the Effect cable might top it, I couldn’t stop looking at this perfect looking 8 braid. I also love feeling the cable between my fingers while listening, I’m afraid I might have a cable fetish I didn’t know of.
It looks gorgeous. The braiding is very tight and you can see the copper/silver mixture perfectly. Everything is very well made with a lot of eye for detail: there is a small splitter with the cable type at the Y-section and the same can be found near the Viablue plug at the end. The heat shrink at the earphone connector is well done but I’m going to have to give the slight edge to Effect on this. There is no brand mention on the connectors but they do feel sturdier. There are no L/R markings on the connectors, but the right side connector is the one coming out of the splitter on the right side.
Customization & Options
You can choose the Connector (we chose Audez’e and Sennheiser HD650), Termination Type and length.
Our 8 braid version with the 1/4 Viablue and Audez’e/HD650 termination costs €169.99 or $230 each.
LCD-2 and HE-500: This cable also shows an improved clarity with a wider sound stage and more detail. The Forza cable has more body in bass and mids and focusses less on treble and voicing than the Effect cable. A more soft, musical and relaxed sound that’s easier to listen to.
HD650: of course the same characteristics can be found in combination with the Sennheiser. While the Effect Audio cable really clears up the dark the Sennheiser this cable focusses more on its musicality. Yes you also get more detail and clarity but there is less focus on the treble and more on the musical mids resulting in a smoother sound (compared to the more detailed sound with the Effect cable). Bass on both cables is more or less the same.
The cables come with a beautiful presentation. A pretty looking cable, made with an eye for detail. While the cable sounds great on all before mentioned headphones I do prefer using it with the LCD-2 and HE-650 and I can listen to it for hours as it is so non-fatiguing and musical.
Conclusion Part 1: Standard Cable for Audez’e/Hifiman and Sennheiser HD650
Both cables are similarly priced (the Forza is $80 more expensive) and they clearly are better than the stock cables. Both are very well built but the slightly more expensive Forza Audio cables just look a bit better. Sound wise both are excellent with their own characteristics and there is no best cable: these are really close overall with one focusing more on the mids and their musicality and the other on voicing and treble. I have been using both depending on the headphone of my choice and my musical preference of that moment.
Part two on the next page