Sternklang Cables


No, not another cable promo! This is probably one of the first thoughts that bubbles up in you when you see the above intro. Part of our fabulous hobby is discovering new products and sharing your experiences with the audiophile community. Fortunately, my dealer Colin @gestalt shares my passion and enthusiasm for new products. So when he mentioned, he is exploring another cable brand from Japan; I said bring it on!

Sternklang cable theory originates from following idea,

“It seems to me that a wire of audio cable is not a solid body but a living organism in which numerous cells breathe. Each cell has it’s own vibration damping function and they all cooperate with each other”

Currently, the Sternklang has two tiers or series offerings, Ephemera and Sarume. I chose to audition the Ephemera XLR due its unique construction, which uses a rolled copper in a coated nylon ‘Organdy’ jacket. Due to delicate nature of the jacket, certain handling precautions must be observed. I would keep them away from Vacuum Cleaners and your Cat :-)

Unlike most cables, the Ephemera series is a extremely low mass design. Koji Teramura, founder of Sternklang cables is a minimalist and the design of cables clearly reflects his philosophy.

So how do they sound? In one word, Fabulous! The Ephemera XLR imparts a lively, textured, organic presentation. To my ears, they are aptly designed to convey all the nuances in a recording. I am very comfortable in saying that Ephemera XLR’s don’t have any sound per se or coloration.

The Ephemera (flat ribbon) cables are available in Speaker, RCA, SPDIF and XLR configurations.

I auditioned the Ephemera XLR between my Marantz SA-11S2 SACD player and Accuphase E-650 Integrated. The rest of the system is wired with HIJIRI cable loom.

And No, Sternklang cables are not replacing my HIJIRI loom. IMHO, Ephemera is a very fine cable under $1.5K price range that deserves an audition in your system. For retail prices, please call Colin @ Gestalt Audio Design. 

http://www.konus-audio.com/ephemera-interconnect-cable.html

http://www.konus-audio.com/ephemera-speaker-cable.html

 

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Hijiri's fifteen minutes of fame are apparently over.

Why do you think that if I may ask? He literally told you in the OP (copy / paste below):

And No, Sternklang cables are not replacing my HIJIRI loom.

Hijiri cables are going nowhere for me. It will take a very special cable to replace mine. For me, Hijiri cables are just spectacular! However, I always like hearing other products and remain open minded.

@grannyring

Likewise, I enjoy exploring products. There are so many talented designers, each one highlights somewhat different aspects of musical performance through their unique products.

I am really loving the Sternklang XLR in my system. This cable handsomely gelling with 聖Hijiri‘s slightly dark, relaxed and smoother presentation with its livelier characteristics. I ordered the Sternklang speaker cable to try in a very specific place.

I listened to the Sternklang top tier speaker cables yesterday.  They are very light and airy sonically.  They have sparkle and are resolving. With careful system matching they would be a great choice. 

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