WE audiophiles are constantly seeking to improve the performance of our hi-fi systems. Cable manufacturer TARA Labs recognises this significant aspect of our life, and has come up with something to help us achieve that – the Muse Interface Sound Enhancement System.
It is supposed to work with “any audio system or audio cables regardless of brand” and can be linked to any RCA or XLR cable termination. The company promises a “a lower noise floor, wider sound-stage, more presence, mid-range warmth and richness, as well as enhanced musicality without sacrificing detail and high frequency extension… a sound that is more coherent and natural, bringing you closer to the live experience like never before.”
According to the product literature, “the Muse Interface is especially recommended for systems that have wide-bandwidth electronics (with limited filtering), or with systems that use loudspeakers that have a tonal balance that emphasises the high frequencies, including systems that are slightly etched sounding or overly detailed, perhaps with a sense of glare or stridency. In addition, we have found that when used with high-end audio systems, the effects become more apparent.”
So what is it? The company explains:
“The Muse Interface is unlike traditional shielding methods or filter networks. Even complex shielding methods still remain in proximity to the conductors, thereby distorting the audio signal. Filter networks in boxes at the ends of the cables often contain low quality resistors, inductors and capacitors to perform the filtering. These reduce RFI/EMI in the cable by being soldered in series between the signal conductors. This alters the integrity of the signal, in particular, the higher order harmonic structure.
“Using The Muse Interface, RFI/EMI is dissipated and absorbed within the Muse technology. This function occurs in isolation from the signal conductors. The signal path is not cut and fitted with additional components. The Muse Interface is extremely effective in eliminating the noise of RFI/EMI without the attendant high-frequency anomalies of filter networks. This translates into a sound that is closer to live than ever before.”
The Muse Interface Sound Enhancement System, with either XLR or RCA option, retails at US$795.