Product review: Chord Sarum Tuned ARAY – Hi-Fi+ 107 2014

Reviewed in January, 2014

Chord Company Sarum Tuned ARAY analogue & digital interconnects

Getting the Sarum TA analogue interconnect into the system produced a less immediate result in truth, initially it just seemed to emphasise the upper mid which benefitted timing and propelled the music more emphatically. Then I put on ‘The Immigrant Song’ from Led Zeppelin’s How the West Was Won, not a great sounding performance under normal circumstances and one that gets very messy at full tilt – the level it has to be played at. Shifting to the Sarum TA analogue under that circumstance was revelatory, again the coherence was wound up to 11 and the mess disappeared to leave the world’s greatest rock band throwing it down in unstoppable fashion. Jimmy’s guitar solo comes through in double mono, presumably for a bigger sound but this doesn’t undermine his performance one iota.

This is a genuine step forward, a sea change in revealing just how important a cable is.  Despite what the hype says, you don’t get this much progress in one step very often.  If you like your music to sound really real, you owe it to yourself to check out Tuned ARAY and preferably in the PTFE sheathed guise of Sarum.

Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi+ Issue 107

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