Blue Jeans Cable Iconoclast


I find it odd that Blue Jeans Cables, who always promoted that higher end cables don't make a difference (especially power cables) are now carrying this pricey Iconoclast line.

https://www.bluejeanscable.com/articles/iconoclastintro.htm

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Hi All...

I was using a respectable cable line about 14 years ago and wanted to try cabling that was more affordable, just to see how they faired against my cables.  I chose Blue-Jeans cabling for both the speaker cables and RCA interconnects and I didn't feel the investment was bad due to a return policy.  After some light break-in, there was a noticeable improvement in the music with more detail across the board and a little stronger lower bass.  I was certainly impressed.  I ordered a complete complement of these for my system and a set for my really good audiophile friend since they were so reasonably priced.  After some time of use, I wondered if there would be other less expensive more obscure cables I could try.  I found Audio Envy and since they had a return policy, I ordered a pair of interconnects and speaker cables.  Another great find !  They bettered the Blue-Jeans cabling notably in micro-detail with the Blue-Jeans cabling only having an edge in the lower bass.  Again, I was sold and bought the full complement of cables for my system and again a complete set for my good friend.  We both agreed on the improvements the Audio-Envy cabling made.  These have been our cables and we've upgraded with their latest iterations of cable enhancements.  That said, I am intrigued by the theory behind the Iconoclast cables however their cost is notably much higher than the Audio-Envy cables.  I've had the recent pleasure of trying another higher end set of cabling from a company I won't mention now that has a return policy.  While after an extensive break-in they do have a slight edge in micro-detail and sound stage over my Audio-Envy cables, the cost is 3X the price !  I will listen to them a little longer and then back to my Audio-Envy cables for another final comparison.  At this point, in my opinion, the amount of difference vs. price between the two, there isn't enough there to warrant the much higher cost.  

My suggestion would be to give Audio-Envy cables a try before you go for much more expensive cables.  I believe you'll be impressed.    Regards, John

Oddly enough I can't see a way to order Iconoclast cables at the Blue Jeans website. The links and information still push people over to the Iconoclast website which is autonomous. 

I'm a big fan of Iconoclast, having recently invested in two runs of speaker cables, XLRs, RCAs, and an AES/EBU. (I haven't switched power cords yet.)

My guess is that Galen and Bob needed to partner with someone who could handle the low-volume custom orders, rather than invest heavily into their own operation. Blue Jeans seem like the perfect fit. Bob and Galen do the marketing and sales support, BJC does the terminations, testing, fulfills the orders, and handles any returns or repair work. Their Ultrasonic welding setup does a fantastic job on the terminations, and the company is super-fast and responsive. 

I damaged a banana plug on one of my cables and had to ship it back from VA to Seattle WA and it was only gone for a week. 

Anyway, the cables sound really good. There's more info here: https://www.audioresurgence.com/2023/04/iconoclast-speaker-cable-review.html

 

 

@jahatl513 - my budget has runneth over on the old audio system of late, but if I happen to come into some cash somewhere down the road, I’d like to try them out too! Thanks for the insight. By the way, which series of the Iconoclast speaker cables did you purchase, Series 1 or Series 2?

@liquidsound - liquid sound advice, lol! Keep us posted and maybe share the third cable companies name once you’re done your testing.

@rooze click here: http://www.bluejeanscable.com/ then click where it says "Introducing Iconoclast Cable" there is a link there that take you to the Iconclast website: http://www.iconoclastcable.com/ Click on the PRODUCTS tab then scroll down to the bottom of whatever product you’ve selected, and you’ll see the BJC style order form there.

 

I think this was a smart business decision. Many people believe that cables make a significant sound improvement. Others simply have money to spend and want something expensive and esoteric. Now they can buy all this from BJC. There is no point in ignoring market demand even if that demand is on shaky ground. 

I have a pair of Iconoclast UPOCC Gen 2 4x4 XLR’s. Expensive but was a great match in my system. Only interconnect in my rig so that’s why 2!00 did nor seem so bad for pretty close to state of the art 

They will send you one to try. If you don’t like it send it back and they pay shipping both ways. You have absolutely nothing to lose. 
make sure you get a 5 footer. I was sent a 5 footer to try but when I bought I try to get away with a meter. The cable is very stiff as you will be asked for orientation of your XLR,s   When I got the 3 footer for some reason it did not sound like the 5 footer. Maybe not broken in or what ever but I got my sample 5 ft back. 
Bob the sales director was great to work with. Sent me out over 6k in cables for a 3 grand hold on my CC.  No pressure at all when returning.