Beyond the immediate and immense impact, you’ll hear and feel the resonance and flutter of the drum head as it does a slow fade into the background.
As I alluded to earlier, Platinum Eclipse is at its most expressive in the treble octaves—to my mind audio’s most precarious region where most wires either narrow, bleach, or otherwise wring out the harmonic juices of the signal. The initial tip-off for me is the sibilance range, the 6–8kHz regions, where overtones either gently punctuate a singer’s articulation or begin to sizzle like bacon on the griddle. As I listened to Norah Jones’ “Wish I Could,” consonants and especially “s” sounds were smooth, devoid of trailing smudge off the transient. At first blush, this can lead to the (false) impression that there is some shadowing in the treble, but it’s really the reduction of distortion. It was a lesson in naturalistic reproduction—like I said earlier, no hype. What you won’t hear from the Platinum are violin sections losing bits of resonant body and sounding stringy, or brass sections depleted of their sparkling golden bloom from lack of air and truncation of harmonics.
In these upper octaves PE7 most reminds me of my first experience listening to Tara Labs Zero and Omega (at JV’s suggestion) many years ago. They were driving MBL’s three-way compact, the mbl 121 Radialstrahler via MBL electronics. This omnidirectional speaker (since replaced) had a reputation—as musically luminous as a loudspeaker could be, it was equally ruthless in the way it exposed component impurities. Prior to the Taras it was also disturbing to me that the vaunted treble purity of the Radialstrahler was proving so elusive in my listening room. The violin solos of Arturo Delmoni from Songs My Mother Taught Me [JMR] had a stridency, a stinging string tone more penetrating than the instrument deserved. Similarly the upper octaves of Valentina Lisitsa’s piano registered a more metallic signature as if the felt had worn off the keyboard’s hammers. The Tara effectively put an end to that immediately. It smoothed, sweetened, and opened up these octaves. The Platinum Eclipse is the first wire since the Tara to score as highly in this area. On solo piano and violin there is a consistent sweetness, especially in the treble range, a warm air enriching each image in the way an artist adds rich swathes of color to a line drawing.
Beyond its upper-octave performance, dimensionality and spatial gradations are Platinum’s most persuasive virtues. It sets a symphonic soundstage with the same precision as the staff preparing the dining room table at Downton Abby. Once again I turned to Rutter’s Requiem [Reference Recordings], a reference album of immersive spatiality and vast staging. As heard through the PE7 wire, the Turtle Creek chorale remained fully integrated within the reverberant venue yet, if the mind’s eye so chose, the individual vocal nuances of each chorus member could be singled out. The presentation never devolved into a slice-and-dice affair that set players apart from their acoustic surroundings. Only the Synergistic Research Tesla CTS, with its uncanny holographic soundstage, has bettered the Wireworld in this regard.
What price glory? Platinum Eclipse is certainly well beyond my pay grade. But don’t assume that just because it is so costly it requires an ultra-high-resolution, fancy pants system to make its magic—or that it wouldn’t make a dime’s worth of difference in a more “real world” high-end system. Unfortunately it does make a difference, and all too much of one. Loudspeakers as cost-accessible as the new Audio Physic Classic 30 floorstander and the ATC SCM19 stand-mounted monitor benefitted to no small degree from these wires. So much so that it may not be a good idea to try them unless you’re prepared to go all the way to purchase.
For those prepared to go all the way, and I’m glad there are those of you out there, I wouldn’t hesitate to commend these wires. I’ve heard plenty of other cables that have proven themselves over various criteria, but Wireworld’s Platinum Eclipse Series7 is the most balanced and musical cable I’ve experienced yet. A component worthy of the designation, the state of the art.
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