The Best of Montréal Audio Fest

The Best of Montréal Audio Fest

Crystal Cable Future Dream interconnects, speaker cables, and power cords

Written by Doug Schneider

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If I had to choose one word to describe how Gabi Rijnveld has run her company, Crystal Cable, over the 15 years of its existence, that word would be bold. Crystal is based in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and from the start, Rijnveld’s audiophile cables looked different enough from the norm to be almost un-audiophile-like -- they’re that thin and shiny. Her marketing of them has always seemed more appropriate for high-end jewelry than for high-end hi-fi. Clearly, those strategies have worked -- audiophiles worldwide know and respect the Crystal Cable brand.

Bold would also be an apt descriptor for Crystal’s new flagship line of products, the Future Dream models, premiered at MAF 2019 in celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary. Rijnveld was in Montreal to promote the launch, demonstrating them in a system that included the company’s Minissimo Diamond speakers, Subissimo subwoofer, and Crystal Cable Integrated (CCI) amplifier. These products are not for the faint of wallet: Future Dream speaker cables retail in Canada for $25,000/2m pair, the interconnects for $12,600/1m pair, and the power cord for $7000/1m.

Music has always played a big part in Gabi Rijnveld’s life -- she’s an accomplished pianist -- and portions of the proceeds from sales of Future Dream cables will go to the charity Future Dream Fund-Raising, to provide underprivileged children with musical instruments and lessons.

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