Clear Day Audio Double Shotgun speaker cables


Here is the link to my system on Audiogon to give context to the review to follow:


Why the review?   Well, I’ve learned a lot from the A’Gon postings of others and would like to return the favor. I’ve been into this audiophile thing for 40+ years. Made great and not so great system decisions in the quest for a musically satisfying system.


I thought my system sounded very good until visiting a friend recently and hearing a transparency in his system that was foreign to me in my listening room. Upon coming home from that experience, my system sounded too “heavy”. My music was comfortable and warm and relaxing, but the comparison revealed how much genuine detail and transparency was lacking.


What to do? Think about that other system and what it had that I wanted. What was I missing? What might I do to bring openness and detail to my system?


My situation had been predicted? by John Rutan from whom I bought my speakers. I was using two separate runs of very copper heavy speaker cables which he cautioned me might indeed be too much for the Vandersteen Treo CTs. They sounded great with my previous Vandys so I assumed they would with my new transducers as well. If you want to be hugged in a warm aural blanket then yep. If you want open, transparent sound minus the “bassy blanket” then perhaps not.


Now’s an appropriate time to thank all of you who have had the Clear Day experience and were good enough to share it here. Thank you so much!


The Clear Day speaker cables are made of 24 GA solid core .999 soft annealed silver wire. The double shotgun models reviewed here contain several runs of this wire. Silver is a superior conductor to even the best copper and has earned a reputation for detail and transparency.


Perhaps unfairly, silver has garnered the negative reputation for treble brightness. During my first conversation with Paul Laudati, the “father” of these cables, he assured me that brightness was not a problem with his cables. He backs up his assertion with a 30 day money back guarantee if in any way you are not satisfied by his cables. That puts the ball in the prospective customer’s court. Try ‘em or not??


The Clear Days sounded nice right from the get go. That “heaviness” was gone as was most of the bass period. Ugh.


Paul was clear, as are most designers, that break-in is obligatory. So on went the music on repeat. Each night the Purist Audio System enhancer went on repeat as well. Sure enough as days passed, first the treble opened up, then the bass became tight and present and finally the music began to “jump” from the speakers. The soundspace gained greater height, width and depth.


It was time to rediscover many much loved pieces of music. I found myself planning listening sessions and thinking about what I should listen to next to affirm for myself that this new-found musicality was real. I mean I had my speakers since June of ’16. Now I was finally hearing the transparency and detail that Richard Vandersteen had designed into the Treo CTs.


I had read many times about the beautiful treble from the carbon tweeter. Now I was hearing it. Fantastic. These cables have been a revelation. To acquire something so transformative for such a ridiculously reasonable price is jarring. I don’t expect my Hyundai to drive like a Mercedes. The price differential would make that an absurd expectation. Perhaps that is an extreme comparison but the Clear Day speaker cables are a crazy great value and the cherry on top is getting to deal with a fine gentleman like Paul Laudati.


Hey, I’m not trying to sell you on anything here. It just seems wrong not to share such a wonderfully transformative experience with others who may similarly benefit. If you do contact Paul he will counsel you on which model(s) of Clear Days might be best for your particular system and then let you try them and decide for yourself. Worst case… you’re out a small return shipping fee.


One last thing…in full disclosure I bought two 8’ pairs of double shotguns to biwire my Vandys with 3/16” silver spades custom terminated by Paul for the Vandy termination strip that only accepts small spades. Once I sent Paul the check I knew that my specially terminated wires were NOT returnable. Between what I learned here from previous A’Gon posters and Paul himself, I took the plunge. No regrets, just appreciation.


While writing this review I listened to Chesky SACD289, Larry Coryell, Badi Assad and John Abercrombie’s “Three Guitars”. I’m so glad I chose to play this while writing. I was previously kind of bored by it. Tonight, I could hear the skin on the strings, the sustained resonance of the wood guitar body and that beautiful aural decay into the soundspace. The three guitars came to life. The sound had realistic transient jump. I’ll be enjoying that disc again soon.


As I conclude this review I am listening to the second go round of Stockfish Records “Closer To the Music” Volume 4 SACD. This sampler offering is beautiful music, expertly recorded. ( I have all 5 of their sampler discs!!) These discs were so “heavy” sounding before the Clear Day’s that I was never able to appreciate the true musicianship of the Stockfish stable of artists. Problem solved.


I keep trying to conclude this review…Done!



I've posted a pair of 8' Clear Day Double Shotgun for sale. Set for Bi-wire set-up. One pair Spades and the other Bananas. One pair unused and the other barely used.
Fritz: Do you still have the CD 'Shotgun' cable for sale ?

RE: fritzjurg15 posts01-12-2020 12:53pmI've posted a pair of 8' Clear Day Double Shotgun for sale. Set for Bi-wire set-up. One pair Spades and the other Bananas. One pair unused and the other barely used.