Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
The Absolute Sound "Best Speaker Cable" 2008/2009
Stereophile Recommended Component
The Perfect Vision "Editors Choice" Award
Best-Selling, Outstanding Value Cable
Kimber Kable 8TC speaker cable is one of the most outstanding high-end audio values today and has been featured in Stereophile as a "Recommended Component." And that's quite a recommendation.
Kimber Kable 8TC speaker cable was honored by being included in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide. According to the magazine, "The 8TC speaker cable has the elusive ability to remain musical no matter what is happening fore or aft, ideally mediating detail, liveliness, tonal neutrality, and dynamic contrasts within a very realistic, holographic soundstage."
"Bass is Prodigious"
The Absolute Sound magazine rated the Kimber Kable Hero interconnect and Kimber Kable 8TC speaker cable as the "Best Interconnect and Speaker Cable" in the Winter 08 / Spring 09 issue. "The Hero's bass is prodigious; the mids are either dead neutral or a notch light, with dynamics at once powerful yet finely shaded. The 8TC is always musical, balancing detail, liveliness, tonal neutrality, and dynamic contrasts with a very realistic, holographic soundstage."
"Superbly neutral, transparent, and never, ever guilty of wrongdoing, 8TC has been the one constant in my system these last twenty year," concludes Paul Seydor in the October 2010 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine.
"Editors Choice" Award from Hi-Fi Choice
But that's not all! England's audiophile journal Hi-Fi Choice bestowed its coveted Editor's Choice award on 8TC in its special Awards 2003 issue, applauding the Kimber speaker cable as "particularly good at imaging and with firm bass."
"Rare Coherence and Extension"
The Absolute Sound gets in on the high praise with Paul Seydor's February / March 2004 review. "Paul Hillier's baritone and Andrew Lawrence King's harps and psaltery in their beautiful Harmonia Mundi Bitter Ballads recital are captured in a rich ambience, which Kimber's 8TC renders with rare coherence and extension."
The Absolute Sound's Neil Gader agrees. "In terms of sheer value, the Kimber Kable 8TC remains an excellent choice, and I fully endorse Paul's enthusiasm."
"Editors Choice" Award from The Perfect Vision
Kimber Kable 8TC won an "Editors' Choice" award in the Winter 2007 Home Theater Buyer's Guide from The Perfect Vision magazine.
"The 8TC speaker cable has that elusive ability to remain musical no matter what is happening for or aft, ideally mediating detail, liveliness, tonal neutrality, and dynamic contrasts, with a very realistic soundstage," reports The Perfect Vision.
Advanced Metallurgy and Geometry
Using the same acclaimed conductors as Kimber's popular 4TC speaker cable in a larger and higher current braid, 8TC offers true full-range performance in hi-fi applications. It's also great for front, center, and subwoofer speakers in home theater systems.
Kimber 8TC consists of 16 individual TC conductors (eight black, eight blue) in a larger format braid. Kimber's patented Varistrand™ technology incorporates seven specifically selected strand gauges within one conductor made from hyper-pure copper with first-quality surface finishes. The aggregate wire size is equivalent to two #9 AWG conductors. Complementing the advanced metallurgy is 8TC's custom Teflon™ dielectric.
By virtue of its full, accurate, and dimensional sound 8TC ranks as one of the best-sounding moderately priced speaker cables on the market today.
"Outstanding Performer by Any Measure"
"I can personally vouch for its versatility and benefits: great neutrality, transparency, and musicality, and a comfortable fit with amplifiers that never causes them distress," concludes the review in The Absolute Sound. "The 8TC has that elusive ability to remain musical no matter what’s happening fore or aft: an outstanding performer by any measure."
Kimber PM25 Postmaster spades are special locking spades that fit standard diameter -- 0.20" through 0.265" -- binding posts.
Kimber PM33 Postmaster spades are special larger locking spades that fit oversized diameter -- 0.28" through 0.345" -- binding posts.
"Internal Bi-wire", aka IBW, means the cable has one set of connections (+/-) on the amp end, but two sets of connections on the speaker end. This configuration is recommended for loudspeakers set up for bi-wiring. If your speakers are not set up for bi-wiring you should not purchase cables terminated this way.
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Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
"The 8TC speaker cable has the elusive ability to remain musical no matter what is happening fore or aft, ideally mediating detail, liveliness, tonal neutrality, and dynamic contrasts within a very realistic, holographic soundstage."
- The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
"Superbly neutral, transparent, and never, ever guilty of wrongdoing, 8TC has been the one constant in my system these last twenty years. Though I've enjoyed other cables, I always wind up returning to these stalwarts, which, despite their relatively modest cost, manages to go the distance against anything else that come by way."
- Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound magazine, October 2010
"Paul Hillier’s baritone and Andrew Lawrence-King’s harps and psaltery in their beautiful Harmonia Mundi Bitter Ballads recital are captured in a rich ambience, which Kimber’s 8TC renders with rare coherence and extension."
"With orchestral music such as Christopher Seaman and the Rochester Philharmonic’s excellent new recording of Francesca da Rimini [Harmonia Mundi, PCM to SACD], the 8TC suggested an even superior tonal balance to the reference, offering a wide soundstage and again superb detail, tympani clearly audible through densely scored passages."
"This cable has been around for a commendably long time. Having used it for many years through countless changes in equipment and rooms, I can personally vouch for its versatility and benefits: great neutrality, transparency, and musicality, and a comfortable fit with amplifiers that never causes them distress. Tilting a tad toward the Yin on the Yin/Yang spectrum, the 8TC has that elusive ability to remain musical no matter what’s happening fore or aft: an outstanding performer by any measure."
Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, February/March 2004
"In terms of sheer value the Kimber Kable 8tc remains an excellent choice."
- Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, April/May 2004
Audio Advisor Review - Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cable
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|Neutral. Just Neutral.|
I've owned Tara, Cardas, Monster, AQ, PS Audio, and etc., but the Kimber 8tc have always been my mainstay speaker cable because they are a very neutral cable. There's no describable character to their sound. All others I've tried have a signature sound, but not 8tc. BTW they sounded good after just two hours of break-in, but better after 24 hours.
Kimber 8TC are the best cable I have ever purchased and have stayed in my system - which changes often - for many years. As a musician I like the naturalness of this cable. Everything is in the correct place with high resolution. If you have a good system I predict this cable will astound you.
|- First Chair, CA|
|recommend to a friend|
I have to admit I was very skeptical about spending this kind of money for speaker cables. I have used a pair of less expensive Kimber Kable a few years ago and had fantastic results with them. AFter I picked up a pair of used B&Ws I decided to go for a cable upgrade, too. Straight out of the box I wasnt blown away by any improvement. After a few days difference began to emerge. Highs were more extended. Lows were deeper and more solid. Middle range was more detailed but without any change in the tonal or sonic character. Very happy now and will recommend to a friend.
|- Chang L, WA|
|Best money spent|
When I added the Kimber cables to my system I noticed the soundstage has opened up and the detail is wonderful even on the low register and without a subwoofer. Highs now crystaline - like opening your eyes with clear lenses not cloudy ones. Best money I've spent on anything in a long time.
|- Jin C, OR|
Since I bought the Kimber I am amazed at how my system came alive with clear uncolored highs and clear midrange. The definition I was able to hear was eye-opening. Highly Recommend the 8tc.
|- Ronald A, HI|
I absolutely love my Kimber 8TC cables! Around 25 years ago I discovered that speaker cables made a big difference. I tried lots of medium-priced cables until a dozen years ago I tried 8TC. These ended my search for good. I still have my original pair. They give my system a balanced tonality, great clarity, huge soundstage, great detail and bass. I even had them re-terminated at the factory once - which they were happy to do for me. Great company - and Great Product!
|You Just Can't Go Wrong With This One|
Having owned Kimber 4TC and 8TC I can tell you I can hardly tell them apart. 8TC is intended for use with big tower speakers, while 4TC for smaller monitor-type speakers, but I think you can get good results using either for either type of speakers. Both offer great imaging, super detail and natural musicality. Perhaps because of the heavier-conductor mass 8TC theoretically can deliver more current which may explain why - to my ears, at least - 8TC presents a somewhat bigger sound stage and seems more controlled and dynamic on load passages - IMO. Truth is the difference is hard to hear and you really can't go wrong with either of these two great cables.
|- CrazyAudiophile, CT|
|High End Sound at Modest Cost|
The improvement in sound stage size/depth and detail were so very welcomed in my system. The increased sense of solid instrument location is beyond subtle. There's more music!!!
|- Mark R, PA|
|Kimber 8 TC 7 foot speaker cable|
Changed to a 7 foot pair of Kimber 8TC with PM25 spades after many years of 4VS with simple gold spades. MartinLogan VISTA speakers from Klyne SK-5AE and VAC PA 100/100 - KT88s, 4 Ohm taps. Immediate, noticeable improvement in staging, crispness of drum rim shots, decay times, male and female vocal definition. Playing medium-loud FM right now for more breakin time. So far, happy camper and the icing on the cake is the great service from AA - long time customer. JimW
|- James M Wimsatt, MD|