The SuperBaX was first announced to hit stores this month but the ETA right now is May. So far, Linum has only built the prototypes by hand resulting in a relatively high production price. To reach a reasonable quality/price ratio, they are working on a new production setup. The Super BaX requires other tools than the current Linum production setup, and Linum is now working on special production equipment. With the series production prepared, Linum expects to reach a retail price of estimated €250 + VAT and shipping. The SuperBaX will be available first with the MMCX and T2 plug with the other plugs following shortly after.
Before reading this paragraph, I suggest you check out Nathan’s impressions of the regular Linum cables. Now unlike the Linum cables described in Nathan’s article the new SuperBax more follows the direction of the standard balanced Linum cable. The SuperBaX excels in … not doing anything. The original BaX elevated the bass presence a little and didn’t have the widest sound stage, the normal balanced version had less bass but still had some elevation in it and the clarity and sound stage improved. The new SuperBax is just the opposite of the original BaX and it sounds more like the regular balanced version, only even better. With its 0.75Ohm impedance the SuperBaX improves on all fronts: bass is tight but neutral and there is no elevation of its body/presence like in the BaX and balanced versions. Its sound stage slightly widens and SuperBaX delivers great clarity and detail from bass to highs. SuperBaX might be a little less comfortable as it’s a bit thicker (see pics) but it makes up for that, and more, with how it performs.
The SuperBaX, especially in the balanced 2.5TRRS version, sounds very dynamic and natural. I’ve mostly used it on my AK240, AK120II and the Cayin N5 (review to come). I’m also looking forward to using it with the L&P L3 DAP which could arrive any time now. The L3 is an IEM DAP so I expect a lot of its balanced output.
Priced at €250 + VAT + shipping, the SuperBaX doesn’t come cheap. At the same time it still is a whole lot less than you would pay for other fancy aftermarket cables. If you’re looking for clarity, balance and transparency, the SuperBax is the IEM cable to get. For those who like the comfort of the Linum cables (BaX seems to be the most spread/available cable) but don’t like its effect on your sound, I would advise to get the regular balanced cable or the SuperBax. The advantage of the regular balanced cable is that it is a lot cheaper, but the more expensive SuperBax simply sounds even better.
If you’re in the market for a new cable and you want to try the SuperBaX, I suggest you get on the pre-order/waiting list as the first batch will sell out quickly (get in touch with Heidi). I do wonder how long it will take before someone asks for a Linum cable for his full sized headphone. Now that will be even more interesting…
Nathan’s words on the next page after the click HERE or below