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.



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. 

@lalitk @grannyring  Did you guys ever listen to Silversmith Fidelium? Not trying to hijack the thread, but I found it to not quite compare to some other brands that I enjoyed, although it was pretty solid for what it was.



I have not and quite honestly I was waiting to see if he ever going to manufacturer RCA or XLR Interconnects….well more than a year later, still nothing! 



Thank You for this post. can you speak about sonic factors between the HIJIRI and Sternklang brands?  Do you live in the greater Nashville TN area?


Happy Listening!

Recently Colin introduced me to the full Hijiri line of cables after testing against Tchernov.  I now have the Hijiri RCA cable, Nagomi PC and I am testing two Takumi Power cords for my Inakustik Power Conditioner and Lampi Pacific.  Next week I am going to be testing 4 SPDIF cables including the  Sternklang and Hijiri SPDIF cables.  It should be fun.  .  

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