2020 HiFi-Review - REVIEWS THE FUTURE DREAM
Hi Fi Review has reviewed the Crystal Cable Future Dream Interconnects.
Some high lights:
... "Future Dream pumps the drums so hard! On the other hand, it plays the violin and piano with such elegance and musicality. This is totally unexpected." …
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Crystal Cable • Future Dream Interconnects
Listening to the violin is an indispensable step when testing a silver wire. This time we challenged the Future Dream using the famous album “Diabolus In Musica: Accardo interpreta Paganini”. Recently, guided by a senior audiophile, we have come to understand that Accardo is a Paganini expert. According to the predecessors who have watched Paganini's live performances, the way Paganini plays the piano is very soft and sticky, exuding a haunting atmosphere. And Accardo's interpretation has captured the essence of Paganini, which is very authentic.
With this understanding, listening to the second track "La Campanella" and the seventh track "Capriccio per violino solo n. 24", one can see the strengths of the Future Dream: the reference cable Silver Apex’ bowing is relatively straightforward and decisive, the treble is not very mellow and not very Accardo in sound; the Future Dream, on the other hand, is more in tune with the Accardo's style: the bowing is agile and bouncy, the treble is slightly sweet and bright with a smooth and continuous feeling, and the smoothness of the strings is also rich in detail.
It's like walking outside for hours in the hot sun, sweating all over, and then having a bowl of frozen mango pomelo sago with the smoothness of flower milk, the sweetness of mango and coconut juice, and the slight acidity of grapefruit... Oh, and the granular texture of the sago as it passes through the oesophagus...so good!
What about the voice? We must know that the alto of human voice has always been the world of copper wire. But when playing the vocal UPM24K CD version of Koji Tamaki's "Wine Red Heart", the Future Dream vocals are moist and soft, and the emotions are gentle and elegant, as if the artist is whispering in your ear. This kind of performance is really rare for silver wire. The bell is ringing!
The album "Antakya" by the German band Quadro Nuevo, is a great way to try jazz. With the spirit of Antakya's blend of different religions and cultures, they have infused the traditional elements of local music into their own jazz music, creating an exotic and new sounding track that is very catchy. Coupled with QN's usual top audiophile recordings, it is really wonderful and worth recommending to everyone.
When the seventh track had been played, it did not take long for Tinkling to say, "Wow, just a few strings in the opening section, and you can already tell the difference in the thickness of each string and their position. Chief: " The Future Dream has a good feel. The instruments are of appropriate size, and the knots are clear and reasonable without exaggeration. Comparing to the reference cable again, Toxic concluded, "The Future Dream and Silver Apex are both equally resonant in the cavity, but the latter is mainly fierce, while the Future Dream's strings vibrate with a bit of softness and lively intensity.”
To further test how strong Future Dream can be, Toxic picked the first track of the Super ADMS version of Dragon's Drum: "Seal Tone" demo. As it began, a series of high speed drums pounded the heart and fist into the flesh, which was a real pleasure! Toxic exclaims, "Future Dream pumps the drums so hard! On the other hand, it plays the violin and piano with such elegance and musicality. This is totally unexpected."
Tinkling thought for a moment and said, "It does feel good, but I think the Silver Apex pumping the drums is more manly and exciting, as if the muscular man is waving his arms in front of my eyes and pumping the drum skin fast and hard." The boss raised his head slightly and propped up his gold-rimmed glasses: "Silver Apex did pull back when it came to the speed and excitement of drumming, but Future Dream didn't go for the fierce route, did it?
After trying out the group ensemble, we want to challenge the slender Future Dream with an amazing orchestra. We've specially prepared two versions of Mahler 1: Ivan Fischer conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra SACD, and Wu Huai Shi conducting Ensemble Omnia Hong Kong's latest SACD.
The Future Dream has no difficulty in clearly distinguishing between two recordings in terms of space size, scale and instrument tone. Despite its slender size, the bass energy and explosive aura that bursts out at the beginning of the fourth movement is simply out of proportion to its size.
In terms of the stormy atmosphere and fierce conflict in this movement, Silver Apex is undoubtedly more intense, but in the lyrical passages after the storm, Future Dream’s tone is more relaxed and pleasing to the ears than Silver Apex, a feature that is especially evident in Wu's version.
Incidentally, Wu's version of this chamber ensemble is a small but imposing band, and Raymond Lo's recordings have a real live feel.