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.




... a wire of audio cable is not a solid body but a living organism in which numerous cells breathe ...

If it can't reproduce, it's not a "living organism."

Very interesting @lalitk ! Thanks for sharing. As usual, you always find some hidden gems 


You can say that again my friend! This cable is really special to the point that I feel like building a second system so I can have a full loom of Ephemera 😊 

The XLR cables have 3 ribbon conductors if you look at various pictures on the web. So all good! Here is one such picture. Simply click on the XLR version on the bottom left of the page.

I learned something today and for others interested here is the meaning of “Sternklang”.



@lalitk, thanks for the post. Without posts like yours many of us would not hear of these interesting products.

Best regards...


Thanks for posting the Wikipedia link. Inspiration can come from anywhere, as I recall reading about naming of Shindo Labs electronics few years back. Late Mr. Ken Shindo named each of his devices after French wineries and wine-growing regions. Interestingly, the ideas was to reflect taste characteristics of the French wines into tonal character of each devices.

@lak ..You’re welcome!


May be so but the feel and quality of this cable is very exquisite.

I'm a big fan of ribbon cables, having tried four different brands over the years. I try other types but end up going back to them. I have ZenWave currently. Some are a better match than others,but what they all have in common is an organic sound.

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.


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. 

@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.  .  



I am looking forward in reading your impressions and thoughts on Hijiri cables/cords against the other brand(s) in current System.


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jafant - I will do my best.  It is not an easy job when you have a good system.  The incrementality is small.  I have had the Takumi in the Inakustic for two days. Very, very subtle.  Today I added a Takumi to the Lampi Pacific.  Very early -- the female voices are super clear and very musical.  



I understand. Most Audiophiles own a clear and musical system (baseline). My system is very musical and transparent. Subtle works for me. 


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Congrats on the Hijiri cables as they are wonderful! You also have a very fine system! 


Not at this time, mainly due to my hectic travel schedule. Hopefully by next week, I will share some more thoughts. I am also expecting Sternklang speaker cables by next week.

Me too....I have been out of town in Dallas for the last 6 days.  I am itching to get back to listening to some music.  

I am looking forward to your reports on these Cables.


Happy Listening!

I would very much like for the audiophiles that have demoed Colins' various high end RCA/XLR interconnects to demo the Infigo Signature interconnects being provided by calvinj (Calvin Johnson) and tell us how they compare. I'm going to pass on future demos but I would love to hear what your thoughts are.

@lak. I have been a recipient of many cables and cords over the last two months.  I owe this thread a deep dive into my journey of cables and cords.  However, I am waiting for the Sternklang which I should receive in the next few days.  At the same time, I have heard all about the Infogo and WyWire cables and they sound great so it will be interesting if anyone will be able to compare the Infogo to others.  I have made my RCA and Power cord decision in the last day.  I am waiting on a SPDIF decision.  Soon!!!!

I don't want to derail the Sternklang thread but I promised an update on my Power Cord and Cable demo tour.  I do have a Sternklang SPDIF cable coming on Monday.  

Let me start with a quick review of my equipment as a baseline:

Canary Audio Grand Reference 300B mono amps ( 16 WE 300B tubes)

Lampizator Pacific DAC

Lucas Audio Music Server

Viking Acoustic Grande Voix Dual Horn Speakers

Inakustic 3500P Ower Conditioner.

I have two MIT Matrix 2 Power cables for my 300B amps and the rest were Helix Dueland DIY PC's 

The music that I chose to listen for all of my comparisons was:

Al DiMeola / Jean Luc Ponyu / Stanley Clark - Live At Montreaux

Foy Vance - Live in London

Birdy - Live in London

Freya Ridings - Lie at St Pancras Old Church

Calres Benavent - Quartet

I was comparing distinct female and male voicing along with some great individual musical instrumentation.

My first venture was comparing 3 very good RCA cables:  Tchernov, Hijiri, and Inakustic 2404 Air.  The Inakustic was my go-to for the last 3 years.  Tchernov was good but it was from Russia and sadly I said screw, Putin.  The Hijiri won out.  The level of musicality increased bass presence and smoother detail won out.  I immediately sold the Inakustic and had 8 offers in 10 hours.  Obviously, it is a really good cable.  

I really like my Helix Dueland power cords.  (thx aniwolfe) but I decided after reading about Infigo, Hijiri, and others I would give Hijiri a try.  I first used the Nagomi on my Music Server.  I really did not hear a significant difference so I was a little disappointed.  However, it was a testament also to the Helix Dueland Cords.  I talked to Colin at Gestalt and he suggested I try the Takumi for my Power condition and DAC.  I was reluctant because I did not want to pay $5k for each cord.  Both cords were brand new so they needed a break-in period.  At first, I was not impressed with the Takumi's.  I put about 50-70 hours listening to them and I was still not happy.  I guess my expectations were really high.  Then I decided to put back the Helix Dueland Cords.   After about 5 songs I immediately heard the difference.  The Takumi provided me with another level of detail that I was missing with the H-D cords.  Accordingly, I purchased the Takumi's.  These are endgame for me and I am not going to invest in any other Power Cords or RCA cables.  

Finally, I am comparing these SPDIF cables:  Albedo, Hijiri, Neodio Origine, and Sternklang.  I forgot to mention that I did have an FTA Callisto USB cable which is very good, but when I put it up against the Albedo spdif it just could not compete for the overall sound.  I am looking for crystal clear vocals, maximum detail, speed, lush sound not bright, and separation of musical instruments.  

The Albedo - Great vocals and detail, the vocals are right in front of you and maybe a little bold.

The Origine - fast live sound, more attack with each instrument, bass response was deep,, and vocals were clean and crisp.  

Hijiri - everything above but more musical, lush, and a little more relaxed with great speed.  I could listen to this cable for hours without getting tired of it.  

I still have the Sternklang to demo but right now the Hijiri has a very slight lead.  To be honest, I think I could be happy with any of the 3 SPDIF cables I tested.  It was just that close.  There may be something to be said for having cable and cord synergy.  

I will provide my comments on Sternklang asap.  I do not always use all of the audio buzzwords because I don't know what they mean.  I just try to listen to music to see what music sounds the best to me.  Many thanks to Colin King, who is a fair, knowledgeable, and great dealer to work with.  Also to Tom W who has guided me through this process.  

BTW, if anyone wants to hear my system prior to these changes go to Youtube videos under Viking Acoustic Grande Voix speakers.  There are two videos.  

Thanks for allowing me to share my experience and thoughts.  One final comment - I am functionally blind so if there are grammatical mistakes, I am a lousy typist and can't see what I type.  



@willgolf, excellent information, and great job. I'm looking forward to reading more when it's available.

@willgolf  I also don't want to derail this thread, but have a quick question , which Neodio cable are your comments referring to, the I13 or I50? I purchased their Origine S2 CD player from Colin back in August, best front end digital I've had.

willgolf: this may have more to do with I/O optimization for the 'source' and 'receiving' components.


I forgot to mention that I did have an FTA Callisto USB cable which is very good, but when I put it up against the Albedo spdif it just could not compete for the overall sound.


Thank you for sharing your impressions. I am not at all surprised by HIJIRI’s cables uncanny abilities to render the best possible version of your system. They are not cheap but once you hear them, there is no going back.  As I said previously, they ended my quest for best possible cables money can buy in the context of my system. Heck, they not only elevate the performance of connected components but also enhances the performance of ‘budget’ cables like Sternklang cables. 

@facten the Neodio cable is a variant of the I3 interconnect, specialized for S/PDIF use. Stéphane's perspective is the changes in I50 aren't meaningful for S/PDIF purposes.

OMG, I just got the Sternklang.  As much as I liked all of the other SPDIF cables, the Sternklang SPDIF took it to another level.  I asked my wife to sit in on the listening session.  She could tell the difference in a minute.  I switched back and forth from the Hijiri to the Sternklang.  I said that I could listen to Hijiri for hours on end and never get tired.  However, It was like I had the perfect seating position in the most acoustically perfect concert setting. The music was alive.  The thumping of the bass drum, ping of the piano, and vocals were so clear like they were right in front of you.  For the first time, I heard a 3-D / holographic sound that I never really heard before.  These cables are live and dynamic.  Dammit, now I wonder what the RCA cables sound like!!!!!!

One final comment wife and I recently attended the Amos Lee concert and had great seats.  We are listening to his Dreamland album and she says it sounds better now than when we went to the concert



Excellent Cable review.  I am a big fan of Amos Lee as well.


Happy Listening!



I am looking forward in reading your impressions and thoughts as well.


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Do you know if the Sternklang SPDIF utilizes OCC in their cables?






Thank you Colin for the connection and follow up. I look forward in experiencing your Audio operation in Nashville soon.


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The specs for the loudspeaker cable says:

Wire material: rolled copper

Section size : 7×0.035 mm

Cross-section area : 0.245 sq. mm (same as 0.56 mm round wire)

If this is correct, you get a very "interesting" interface between a poweramp and normal efficiency speakers. High power loss, high inductance, and low damping factor are not ideal parameters in my opinion. If I remember correctly maximum current for power transmission in a 24AWG wire is 0.6A I am quite sure that this cable will sound rather different than anything else... provided that the data in the specs. are correct. ;)

I have been listening to Ephemera SpeakerCable….lively, ultra detailed without any trace of harshness. Very natural, airy and relaxed sound. This cable holds nothing back..WOW!

Thank you Colin @gestalt for bringing another fine brand of cables to 🇺🇸 

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