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Christmas music, you either love it or despise it. If you're all about the love then it’s all about tracks, or collections of tracks and for me, of all the Christmas tunes, one has always stood high above the rest: the great Donny Hathaway’s 1970 single, “This Christmas.”
That tune is included on Donny Hathaway, Never My Love: The Anthology a new CD collection from Rhino Records.
Audience Au24 SE interconnect Review System
Sidebar 2: Review System
Analog Sources: Spiral Groove SG-2 turntable & Centroid tonearm, Lyra Titan i cartridge; VPI TNT HR-X turntable & tonearm, Grado Statement Reference cartridge.
Digital Source: Primare CD31 CD player.
Audience Au24 SE interconnect Specifications
Sidebar 1: Specifications
Description: RCA-terminated interconnect cable.
Serial numbers of units reviewed: NA.
Price: $1190/1m pair; upgrade from Au24e to Au24 SE, $220/1m pair. Approximate number of US dealers: 110.
Manufacturer: Audience, LLC, 120 N. Pacific Street #K9, San Marcos, CA 92069. Tel: (800) 565-4390. Fax: (760) 471-0282. Web: www.audience-av.com.
Audience Au24 SE interconnect Follow-Up
Follow-Up, from February 2014 (Vol.37 No.2):
In my review of Audience's new Au24 SE interconnect in the December 2013 issue, a miscommunication with Audience's president, John McDonald, led me to report that their RCA-fitted Au24 interconnect, in either its Au24 e or SE configuration, is identical to the corresponding version of Audience's Low-Z phono cable; and that the High-Z phono cable is the same as Audience's Au24 e speaker cable.
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About 15 seconds into the first track, "You Got It," it became obvious that I wouldn't have to work so hard. Orbison's voice was unique: tentative and almost nasal lower in his range, then, as the pitch rose, growing in strength and body as he used more and more of his chest and lungs. These changes were much more obvious with the Au24 SEs in the system. As the pitch rose, I could easily follow the smooth but deliberate progression of his vocal sound, and how each note originated from deeper in his chest.
Audience Au24 SE interconnect
A reader once noted that I tend to stick with the same reference gear longer than most reviewers. In addition to Audience's Au24e interconnect, I've been using Nordost's Valhalla, Nirvana's S-X, and Stereovox's SEI-600II for many years. They're ancient in audiophile terms, and, other than the Audience cables, have long since been discontinued or replaced.