IF you’re in the market for new wires, Audience has just announced its Studio ONE and Studio TWO lines of speaker cables, power cords and interconnects (RAC and XLR). And also, phono, USB and headphone cables, and jumper wire. The ONE and TWO replace the older Au24SE and Conductor SE line-up respectively.
“Thanks to advances in our manufacturing processes and ability to obtain better materials, our new Studio ONE and Studio TWO products offer even better value to discerning audiophiles,” says Audience president John McDonald.
“They deliver the exceptional quality of sound that Audience has become acclaimed for, offering a rich, detailed and natural presentation with wide dynamics, spaciousness and an accurate tonal balance. They deliver superb transient response and a wealth of musical information without ever sounding hard or etched, and are ideal for a wide range of high-end audio components and systems.”
The Studio ONE and Studio Two are available as RCA and XLR (balanced) interconnects and speaker cable, while the Studio ONE line-up includes phono and headphone cables and a new power cord. The photos linked to the press release also show jumper wires and a USB cable.
According to Audience, the Studio ONE Series offers upgraded performance at no increase in price, through the use of high-purity OFC (oxygen-free copper) wire and an improved XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) dielectric material.
“In addition, Studio ONE cables receive Audience’s proprietary EHVP Extreme High-Voltage Process, which applies high voltages in specific combinations in order to align the crystalline structure of the various metals used in the cables and facilitate more efficient signal transfer and better sound.”
The Studio TWO line-up uses the same core wire as the Studio ONE but without the EHVP treatment, and feature different connectors.
“Like the Studio ONE, these cables deliver significantly better performance than the models they replace, with improved dynamics, coherence and realism and without an increase in price.”
The Studio ONE and Studio TWO, made in the USA from premium materials, are available now. Retail prices for the Studio ONE start at US$1,199 for a metre pair of RCA interconnects and US$699 for the Studio TWO.