The Absolute Sound selected the best of the best for 2013, awarding Synergistic Research with 22 Editors’ Choice awards! From Element Series and Galileo System interconnects, speaker cables and power cords, our new PowerCell 10SE Mk III, and The Music Cable (all-in-one plug-and-play computer audio solution), Synergistic Research racked up more Editors’ Choice awards than any other manufacturer.
Below are highlights from just some of the TAS 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards, spotlighting 22 outstanding Synergistic Research products.
Synergistic Research REL SPEC Reference Subwoofer Cable
Pricy but potent, these are specifically optimized for the REL-specified Neutrik connectors. They improve the inherent musicality and pitch precision of the Britannia B3 in every instance. The lower noise floor yields more detail, an enhanced sense of space, and expanded ambience retrieval. (NG, 163)
Interconnects (1m): Element Copper, Element Tungsten, Element Copper/Tungsten/Silver; Speaker Cables (8ft pr.): Element Copper, Element Tungsten, Element Copper/Tungsten/Silver
The Element Series represents Synergistic’s costly Galileo System technology in full trickle-down mode. Tailored in three performance levels including the world’s first wire to feature pure Tungsten conductors (the sleeper of the series). In full CTS plumage. Element is difficult to classify as cool or warm, light or dark. Rather, it cues off the recording itself. Spatial relationships and ambiance retrieval are superb, as is its astounding sensitivity to dynamic, micro-dynamic, timbral, and transient gradations. Galileo may be out of reach for most, but Element is Synergistic’s pièce de résistance for the rest of us. (NG, 226)
$55,000/11’pr. Speaker Cable; $33,000/2.5m pr. Interconnect
This ultra-complex cable and interconnect from Ted Denney of Synergistic Research ay be the most lunatic-fringe-expensive wire JV has tested. Happily, it is also the “lease there” wire JV has tested. Built like no other, Galileo uses multiple strands of air-dielectric precious-metal wire (called “air strings”), electromagnetic conditioning, and active biasing to lower noise and increase resolution and transparency. The closest JV’s yet come to using no cable at all. (JV, 210)
$250 per 6 ft. cord
Synergistic Precision AC basik strode through all genres of music with panache. Tonally just a bit cooler than its TESLA Hologram cousin, its strengths were evidenced in the way in imparts depth to orchestral sections, tis retrieval of ambience, and its lively and extended bass response. (NG, 208)
10 outlet line conditioner and Element Copper / Tungsten Power Cord with 32 AMP Neutrik PowerCon connector
Power conditioners can be something of a mixed bag but the Synergistic PowerCell did not appear to limit current. Instead, it offers even blacker backgrounds and seems to lower grit and distortion. As with all conditioners, however, auditioning the Synergistic in your own system is a must, as the quality of electricity varies markedly fro home to hoe. (JH, 192)
It takes a certain amount of nerve (or cluelessness) to write that a $3500 DAC with cables and built-in power conditioner is a “value proposition.” But that’s exactly what the Synergistic Research Music Cable was designed to be, with over $6000 of cabling and conditioning alone. Even coupled to the modestly priced Logitech squeezebox Touch the Music Cable produced sonics that emphatically checked all the audiophile boxes on double-black magic marker. If you want to keep it simple and high end, the Synergistic Research Music Cable DAC may be all you really need. (SS, 228)