High Fidelity Cables CT-1designed by Rick Schultz

In December 2011,I wrote that High Fidelity cables led by cable designer Rick Schultz was putting together a new cable.The cable came to market as CT-1.The CT-1 has FINALLY made it into my system!I had obtained a version of the prototype that Rick had been working on.It blew my previous reference Genesis by Virtual Dynamics.I thought I had finally found my end with this cable.This prototype delivered to my ears "Nirvana".Could I be at the end of my quest for the ultimate sound?
No. I received two pairs of CT-1 to replace my prototypes.They went into the system this past Friday.Unable to dedicate time until Sunday listening,I stole a few moments,ducking away from company with anticipation.My guest could tell even with the music set for"ambiance"something was intriguing and I was in for a treat!
The experience:
First off,CT-1 was very user friendly.Installation was simple;the cable is very nice and light.The female RCA fit beautifully unlike any I had found in other cable.It was secure and reliable.It seemed much thought was dedicated to developing a designer fit to an aesthetically stunning RCA connector.Install entailed a few wiggles to ensure what seemed like a compression fit on my RCA.
It was 2-3 hrs. for the 1st step of break in to be complete.At that point I had something different!Today,although they only have 10-12 hrs. on them,I can`t put into words how much my system has transformed.Believe me,I loved my prototypes.However....there is simply no comparision.
The clarity and sound is so natural.
The soundstage is like nothing I ever heard.Resoulution is breathtaking and inner detail is simply hard to believe possible.
The sound has transended and now it simply does not seem as thought I have speakers.
My system is musicians playing music.
I am told with time they will improve and I trust that as it was revealed with the prototypes.I wanted to share my thoughts with you that now.
Unequivocally,a testament to High Fidelity,as the name declares.
High Fidelity Cables for me,the last word on it,after 12 hours!
Truly Amazing

As posted previsously in this thread, I had been waiting for updated 'prototype' RCA-RCA phono cables.

I finally got my 'low-mass' CT-1E phono. This was specially made for the RS Labs tonearm, which only sits on the armboard, so heavy phono cables will tip the arm.

I originally had some BIS cables, which were a stop-gap measure. When I went to Hovland MGII tonearm cables, I thought that was a huge improvement.

Rick later made up some prototype phono cables for me, which were some of the first cables using the conductor now used in the CT-1E cables. It used the older VD UltraClear connectors, but it was so much better than the MGII, especially in base response, which has been noted as one of the shortcomings of the Hovland. (Although it is still an excellent cable, especially at the price when it was available.) The 'prototype' CT-1/UC cables were great.

My latest cables are also unshielded, but use the latest connectors. The conductor is the same.

These cables were eerily quiet when I dropped the needle. I first thought something was wrong there was such a reduction in what I thought was phono-pre/amp/speaker hiss.

When the music started I first thought that the cables were slightly better than the ones with the VD connector, not as much improvement as I expected, although this was early in the first song. But then the kick drum came in, which had waaayyy more impact, and sounded more real than the last time I played this record. (Shawn Colvin, Steady On, Columbia LP) Not necessarily louder, but the feeling of the drum being really thumped. Then I was noticing more instruments in the background, and more singers, and more music.

The eery lack of noise took some getting used to, but once I got used to it, and stopped trying to listen to differences, I found the music so much more relaxing and touching.

And this was due to changing connectors. Great job, Rick.
what cost no object cable has eanyone tested against the best high- fidelity cable?, cheers!
$10K Synergistic Pure Silver ICs and a lot of others. Don't see the point of the question - who cares? Its all personal. Demo a pair so you stop asking all these inane questions. It doesn't matter what anyone else says, ITS WHAT YOUR EARS HEAR IN YOUR OWN SYSTEM. PERIOD. Anything else is just "noise". Call the cable company...
I have to agree with your response.You, me and many others have taken the time to post our individual impressions. These HFC-CT1 are a stunning cable product, what more can we say? I have also suggested the Cable Company as a way to hear them in your own system (there's no better way than using your ears).After a while soliciting comments becomes redundant.
Jcaudio, I have always raised speaker wires off the floor. I use a 18KW line insulator with an old Rightway Audio insulator mounted on top of it as the big one didn't sound as good. On top of this I have Combak line isolators of a special wood. I place the wave guide apparatus into the groove of the Combaks. They are about 18 inches off the floor and sound much better than just sitting on the floor. I have a picture but, of course, cannot post it on Audiogon.

I will post it tomorrow on Audioasylum cable asylum.