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Pangea Audio Premier True Balanced Audio Interconnects
The trouble with most audio cables on the market is that they have just two conductors a single solid core center conductor that carries the positive charge and a braided outer wire that carries both the ground signal and act as a shield against RF (Radio Frequency) and EM (Electro-Magnetic) noise. You can see immediately a problem with this design. Mixing RF and EM noise with the ground signal wire pollutes the audio signal.
Many high-end audio cable manufacturers have avoided this problem by having two independent wire conductors one for the positive and another for the negative and surrounding these with a separate outer RFI and EMI shield.
Balanced Cables: A Professional Solution
Balanced XLR audio cables were originally designed for the professional music industry where long cable runs are the norm. They feature three internal conductors plus an outer shield. One conductor carries the positive signal, another the negative signal and the third that grounds to the two circuits on either end together. This design provides superior RFI and EMI shielding and promotes greater signal integrity between electronic components.
Noticing that an increasing number of high-end audio manufacturers were featuring balanced connectors on their gear, audio design guru, Jay Victor, set out to create an affordable balanced cable that was superior to anything in it's price class.
"Watch out for cheaply made XLR-terminated audio cables," warns Jay. "Some manufacturers 'cheat' by using only two conductors in their cable and then using the cable's braided shield for both circuit grounding and shielding. This is not a true 'balanced' cable."
"I refused to take any short-cuts in the Pangea Audio Premier True Balanced Audio Interconnects design. I included three independently-insulated conductors plus a two-layer outer shield," Jay explained. "For the signal conductor I chose Cardas Grade One Copper. The other conductors, which are not as critical are the high grade OFC copper. Each conductor is wrapped in my favorite smooth-sounding PE insulation."
"Quite Simply the Best Copper on the Planet"
This Pangea Audio cable uses no-compromise Cardas Grade One Copper, which George Cardas of Cardas Audio developed for his own premium cables.
Georges copper is mined in Arizona, then shipped to a New England factory where it is very S-L-O-W-L-Y drawn into conductors in a process that includes reduction annealing between steps to further purify and meld the copper into what George calls "the most amazing audio conductor I have ever experienced. It is quite simply the best copper on the planet."
"The bottom line is that the best phono cartridges manufactured in the world, the best transformer winders, and the best cable manufactures in the world are converting to this smooth sounding Cardas Grade One Copper," George reports.
"It is simply stunning how using a combination of space age technology (reduction annealing) and ancient drawing process (diamond dies and a slow multi stage annealing) can result in such a refined product," says George.
Another Technical Achievement: Pangea Audio XLR 500 Connectors
"The most impressive external feature are the XLR connectors," observes Jay. "It took me months of searching to find these beauties. I rejected dozens of prototypes. For a time I was worried I wouldn't be able to find connectors that were technically superior and not cost a fortune. Finally, one of my sources sent me a set that knocked me out. They feature gold-plated solid pins, machined metal covers, PE insulators, and a high-quality locking mechanism. I had them plated in black chrome because it resists chipping and scratching and, besides, I just love that finish."
Once the cables were finished, Jay sent them to Audio Advisor with a note. It said: "I'm sure you'll love these. They are the best affordable balanced cables I've ever designed. They sound fantastic!"
Who Should Use Balanced Cables?
Introducing the Pangea Audio Premier True Balanced Audio Interconnects. If your electronics offer balanced connections, these are the cables you should be using for lower background noise and cleaner sound.
|Write Your Own Review|
|Another great find|
Another great find from Pangea. Using between my DAC and preamp. Replaced a good cable - Audioquest King Kobra. These are more neutral sounding and more revealing. And dead - I mean dead - quiet. Order without hesitation.
|- Edward W, CA|
These are amazing cables. I own a $1000 pair of cables on my main system and these come too close for comfort in sonic fidelity. This is a fantastic buy. I've owned many, many pairs in the last 30 years and these are at the top. It is important to have them running 25 hours at first to get them into their proper mojo. It's worth the wait. Way to go, Pangea! High-end Audio components for the working class. Bravo!
|- Pete S, CO|
|Bigger Difference Than I was expecting|
Compared with Emotiva and Monster Cable M Series these Pangea cables make a bigger improvement than I was expecting. All these cables sound a little bright out of the box but the Pangeas smoothed out after two hours of playing and became balanced, detailed and gorgeous.
|- Fen, IN|
|Clear and Honest|
Sounds great. Impressive connectors. I hear more clarity, more information in the highs - like the drumstick strike on cymbals has a more distinct woody sound. The other thing I hear is a balance between the lows and lower mids that brought more coherence into everything. The low register instruments sound fuller without being bloated. Mids and highs are balanced, neutral and honest. I hope this helps.
|- Edmond P, PA|
|REplaced AQ Diamondback|
I recently upgraded to a new Parasound P5 preamp. Great amp! I was thinking my Audioquest Diamondback cables might not be up to snuff. I was ready to spend $250 on new cables but the sales guy suggested I give these Pangea XLR cables a go. It not too often a sales guy tells me to spend less money. Love these cables. The sound is smoother, more even and more 3D than the Diamondback. I get more detail in the low register and that surprised me.
|- Lt Carson, AP|
|Good Sounding / Flexible|
This cable is nice and highly flexible with way over-the-top chrome-platted connectors. Sounds better than my older MIT cables.
|- Patrick k, CA|
I didnt realize how much noise unbalanced cables were adding to the music until I tried Pangea True Balanced cables. It was like cleaning a dirty window. The pure music suddenly shines through. If you have AV gear that uses XLRs, do yourself a favor and get these.
|- Sultan F, WA|
|Pay A Little. Get A LOT|
Pay a little, get a ridiculaous amount of improvement. These cables are the real deal, and if you have an XLR connection that you havent used, use it and be glad you have it. I'm hearing details I never heard before. Movies and soundtracks seem to have more punch. Thanks, Pangea for another good deal.
|- Teddy, NC|
|System Sounds Way Better|
My cables were getting old so I decided to get new ones with my new Parasound preamp. Both this preamp and amp have balanced XLR-type outlets so I decided to get those kind of cable. Most of that XLR type are very expensive. I thought the Pangea were very affordable. They are very great cables. The connections are amazing. My system sounds way, way better than before.
|- Hopkins G, WY|
|Great Sound and Bargain|
I am running the Pangea Balanced XLRs and am highly satisfied with them. I am using them to interconnect my DAC and power amp - first cables that have successfully made that viable. I have tried several other more costly cables that I returned...this cable is a KEEPER. It has great dynamics, depth, and clarity.
|- Donald Baker, NC|
Given the prices of quality XLR cables, I've found the Pangea's to be more than worth the cost, providing an excellent addition to my McIntosh system. To begin with, the black chrome connectors are beautiful and very well made. Moreover, while silver offers excellent conductivity, oxidation can be an issue as I've experienced. I prefer the gold pins provided by Pangea. Finally, the inclusion of Cardas Grade 1 Ultra copper offers the performance benefits of much more expensive cables at a better price. As a result, all my XLR connectors are now Pangea.
|- David P, CA|