Price Isn't Always Indicitive of Quality or Performance

I had spent over $1000 on a Synergistic Research Cable.  The Atmosphere Level 1 level, to be exact. I was using this as my main source cable to my powered speakers. It was absolutely DE-MOL-ISHED by Lavricables' Grand line for a mere $500. It isn't that the SR cable wasn't good.  I was impressed with it and it was a major upgrade over their Foundation line and a phenomenal upgrade over Audioquest's Yosemite cable. 

SR and Lavricables use similar tech, but only Lavricables uses pure silver practically throughout.

Here is the over all make up of the $1000 SR Atmosphere cable:

4 conductors.
Conductor: Silver/Copper matrix.  Or....silver and copper wire twirled together. Purity unknown. Actual wire gauge unknown.
Dielectric: Teflon
Source Connector: gold plated copper, cryo treated and has graphene applied.
Speaker Connector: Silver plated silver, cryo treated and has graphene applied.
Has a silver-plated copper mesh as a floating shield.
Uses a Tesla Coil to burn the cable in (quantum tunneling) prior to shipping out.

Now...Lavricables' $500 cable:

4 conductors.
Conductor: 20 awg 6N pure silver. Each group is laminated separately in Teflon before being encased in Teflon dielectric insulation. Graphene is applied at key points through out the cable.  The cable was cryo treated.
Dielectric: Teflon
Source Connector: Trillium Copper plated with gold. Cryo treated and has graphene applied.
Speaker Connector: AECO ARP-4055 Pure Silver RCA Connectors. Cryo treated and has graphene applied.

The unbelievable sound quality from pure silver was so immense and powerful.  It was no longer like listening to music as it was more like experiencing the music.  The music was pushing into you.  Similar to going to a concert and having the music beat and play in your chest. There were songs that had distortion at either loud, high pitched, or at peak cacophony that I attributed to being part of the recording. The Lavricables proved that it was simply that the SR cable was incapable of reproducing those notes.  WHAT!?! I mean, how do you engineer a cable to fail at $1000? I guess so it doesn't out perform or come too close to your $10,000+ cables. In Lavricables, the Grand line is tops; there is nothing higher.  They pour *ALL* their knowledge, best materials and techniques in the Grand line.

I thought long about this and I think I figured it out. It isn't that Synergistic Research is necessarily trying to rip anyone off.  It's the cost of doing business in the United States.  Lavricables are located in Latvia. Synergistic Research and Audioquest are based out of California.  The average MSRP markup on goods in CA is 3000%. To compare, Texas's MSRP markup is 300%. So the cost of materials will be higher to make the same product in CA than it would in TX. Synergistic Research and respectively Audioquest, has to charge what they do to maintain living and operating out of CA. But in Latvia?  It is clear to me that the materials, tech and know how isn't that expensive there.  So it can be surmised that the cost of living and operating out of Latvia is less expensive, which means they can offer the highest grade product at a much lower cost than if the same cable were made here in the United States.

I am thinking of replacing *ALL* my cables. O_O


I have had copper, silver coated copper, and pure silver cables in my system, at a number of different cost levels. I will say that pure copper tends to come through as copper at every level. But, beyond that… it is the overall “system”… geometry, coatings, wrap, conductors, size… etc. that determines the sound quality. The very best I have heard and worst have been silver. Nordost Odin 2… is simply incredible… some other silver have had me clasping  my hands over my ears. 

Sounds like you have found a very cost effective silver solution. Congratulations. 

Sounds like you have found a very cost effective silver solution. Congratulations

Yes, glad you understood, and this is my only point. There is no attempt to make a broad sweeping statement in regard to all silver cables in all and every audio system. As we both know, simply too many variables at play. I am just happy to say that for whatever reason the silver cables I have chosen have proven splendid in my particular system. Nothing more.



"The very best I have heard and worst have been silver."

I concur. Synergistic Research Foundation cables were my first foray into all silver cables and they were better than Audioquest's best copper...but Lavricables simply beat their silver.  Since Synergistic is incredibly secretive about their conductor size and geometry, there is no real telling what's under the sheath. Lavricables are clear and you see it all.  Not that seeing makes it sound better.

My current opinion is that using Teflon as a dielectric insulation is the real secret and second it's geometry.

My Lavricables were given a 150-hour burn-in prior to shipping, so their good sound straight out of the shipping box was not a Hugh surprise. Well, they are improving as time passes. I have to say that they present a fabulous pairing of much transparency and very open sound with really excellent tone/timbre/harmonic overtones. Nuance retrieval (Retention?) is impressive.

They are providing an upper tier level of SQ for a very manageable cost. An added feature is they are very flexible, light and non-bulky. I am very pleased with the outcome of this purchase. I strongly recommend them for consideration for those shopping in their price range.


People should get into the habit of purchasing what sounds best to them, in their own system. Doesn't have to necessarily be terribly expensive. But of course, that cost is also dependent upon an individual's income and what they are willing to spend.