Review: Linum SuperBaX


Nathan’s conversion to a full-fledged skeptical cable believer went down at Fujiya Avic’s Linum booth. It went down thanks to genius cable switch box that allows you to instantly switch between inputs.
BaX was on the line and was the clearest sounding of the bunch. SuperBaX was still incubating. With a hush hush here and packing provisos into my hand Linum’s Allen Sorrig sent me packing with a prototype SuperBaX.

It hasn’t left my Noble K10C since. The biggest reason is that it sturdier than regular the cable it replaced: BaX. Every Linum cable I’ve used is the most comfortable cable I’ve ever used. When it comes to comfort a dichotomy works out: Linum cables and not Linum cables. Linum cables are everything that the competition isn’t: light, supple, microphonic-free, and almost microscopically thin. The last part is the part that sometimes causes me to switch up.

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Switching between earphones, tips, amps, DACs, and listening for the gentle scoldings of the queue, require two things:

1. a light shirt with a left breast pocket
2. a weighty cable

Into the first I drop the earphones after looping the cable behind my neck. The second is super important when toting heavy customs. Linum cables are are so light any earphone sinks like an anchor, pulling on the player or amp in my trousers. The first really helps with the second.

As does a more hefty cable. SuperBaX is roughly twice the weight of BaX. It is twice as thick, and is less resistant to boot. In terms of transparency, it is hard to beat. It doesn’t throw off the delicate balance between drivers and crossovers.

Unfortunately I don’t have a switch box at home connected to Frankenphones. My subjective impressions favour SuperBaX across the board. It is Linum’s clearest, cleanest, most reference-level cable. It doesn’t get in the way. It doesn’t add anything. It certainly doesn’t subtract, or muddle anything. I should mention that the cable I have is 3,5mm terminated and that I don’t put much stock in portable balanced. It’s why I’ve invested in Cowon’s Plenue D, whose overall transmission quality is clear, clean, and stable – three adjectives which really do sum up SuperBaX.

The above is a great combo with the K10.

It is light, tiny, and portable.

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Having only the prototype, I can’t say much about final appearance or build quality. The unit I have is yoked to pretty basic stress reliefs that should be treated gently. I have no idea how production units will push out but plugging in and out of earphones requires a bit more effort because of its tiny nubs. Just so you know, I have nothing against tiny nubs. And, unless you’re changing earphones and cables and shaking hands with friends and makers all day long at an audio event, small nubs menace little. And once in, any Linum cable will be the most comfy earphone cable, ever.

I go through many cables: cables that last a single listen, cables that go onto long-term positions in my arsenal, cables that I like to touch, but not to use. SuperBaX falls firmly into the second group. For my uses, its only drawback is its greatest strength: being so light and comfy. Seldom – all day audiophile events – do I want something wiry and challenging. Every other occasion calls for what what I consider the best portable earphone cable on the planet.

Well done SuperBaX.

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EDIT: Linum just confirmed:

Sales release plan for the different versions available with 3.5 TRS (angled) and 2.5 TRRS termination is as follows:

Linum Super BaX MMCX: May 2016

Linum Super BaX T2: May 2016

Linum Super BaX 2Pin: Not yet decided

Linum Super BaX FitEar: Not yet decided

To sign up for the superBaX, send an e-mail to [email protected] indicating preferred connector and termination

4.1/5 - (26 votes)

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Lieven is living in Europe and he's the leader of the gang. He's running Headfonia as a side project next to his full time day job in Digital Marketing & Consultancy. He's a big fan of tube amps and custom inear monitors and has published hundreds of product reviews over the years.

9 Comments

  • Reply February 25, 2016

    Headfonia_L.

    EDIT: Linum just confirmed:

    Sales release plan for the different versions available with 3.5 TRS (angled) and 2.5 TRRS termination is as follows:

    Linum Super BaX MMCX: May 2016

    Linum Super BaX T2: May 2016

    Linum Super BaX 2Pin: Not yet decided

    Linum Super BaX FitEar: Not yet decided

    To sign up for the superBaX, send an e-mail to [email protected] indicating preferred connector and termination

  • Reply February 25, 2016

    George Lai

    I have the original first generation Linum as well as the second generation before Super Bax (I can’t keep track of their nomenclature). In total I have 4 and there is no doubt that no cable comes remotely close in terms of comfort. However I don’t know whether it’s because of the tropics where I live, but three of them have started oxidizing starting from the earpiece end. Surprisingly, my one and only T2 connector has no (connection) issues – the other 3 are 2-pins.

    • Reply February 25, 2016

      ohm image

      By ‘oxidisation’ do you mean having changed colour, or become brittle? It may be because of the weather. Weather and sweat destroys cables.

      • Reply February 26, 2016

        George Lai

        I mean the cable inside has started to change color. It may be weather and/or sweat but none of my other cables show that.

        • Reply February 26, 2016

          ohm image

          Yes, that happens. I’ve had it happen to almost every clear cable I’ve used. ALO’s newest haven’t changed colour on me yet.

    • Reply February 26, 2016

      Linum

      Hi there, we have not heard of Linum oxidizing before and would like to check the cable. Please contact us at [email protected]. Thank you!

      • Reply February 26, 2016

        George Lai

        Hi. Since that has apparently not happened before in your experience, I decided to examine them under a strong magnifying glass and a spotlight as I have old eyes. I choose to answer you here, though I will also email you separately, so that readers are not left with the wrong impression, as that would be misleading, and unfair.
        I only have one T2 and one first generation cable with me here in Singapore, the other two I have given away. As explained earlier, the T2 is fine. The other cable I can see now that the wire inside is actually okay but the plastic sheath for the first two inches or so from the earpieces have turned dark brown and I had wrongly attributed that to oxidation as I couldn’t manage to clean it away. I don’t think it affects the sound – old ears, old eyes.
        My apologies for the misleading original statement regarding your products.

        • Reply February 26, 2016

          Linum

          No problem at all, thank you for your honest feedback, we appreciate it.

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