2006 SOUNDSTAGE.COM

Crystal Cable CrystalConnect Piccolo and CrystalConnect Micro Phono Cables

By Vade Forrester

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Review Summary

Sound

The Micro "passed a wide range of dynamics, from the quietest microdynamic to the loudest macrodynamic, and those dynamics had great agility and impact." It also "passed a notably wide range of frequencies, from highest treble to lowest bass, with no noticeable peaks in the amplitude response, and no smearing of the time relationships of the frequencies." "The Piccolo phono cable’s sound was cut from the same cloth," but "the balance between the Piccolo’s highs and lows resulted in a brighter sound, perhaps too bright for some (but not all) systems."

Features
"Crystal Cable pursues small with a vengeance." "The Piccolo phono cable uses a 0.3mm-diameter inner wire, while the Micro uses 0.5mm-diameter wire; otherwise, construction is the same." Both cables use an "'annealed gold/silver alloy as the central core conductor, helically wrapped in a dual layer of ultra-thin Kapton foil as a shield. . . . Annealing (as opposed to melting) keeps the molecular integrity of both materials intact.'"

Use
"For my Linn Sondek turntable, phono cables have to pass through a plastic clamp (called a P clip) that secures them to the turntable base to prevent vibrations or torsional forces on the phono cable from passing to the base of the tonearm. The Crystal Cable phono cables were so small in diameter that they were difficult to clamp with the P clip."

Value
"Although the Piccolo sounded good, it lacked the startling clarity of the Micro. Spending the additional $200 for the Micro is a no-brainer."

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