“I’m not a great believer in cables. They are not the sort of thing I enjoy reviewing.
Differences are fairly small, and you have to listen long and hard for differences that may not be obvious in a blind test.
Using the Townshend F1 Fractal speaker cable was a different ball-game. I have various sets of expensive cable in the house, which shall remain nameless, and having swapped in and out the various cables, it rapidly became apparent that what the F1 Fractal were doing was blindingly obvious, and highly significant.
Listening to a Hi-Res recording of the 2nd Brahms Serenade, the F1 was removing a level of smudge and dirt from the music, the bass was tighter and cleaner, much easier to understand musically, but perhaps the largest difference was the 3-d chiselled soundscape they were creating.
I could suddenly hear the layering of the orchestra, where the instruments were located precisely in space, and with such clarity.
Changing back to the previous cables, the sound stage became completely two-dimensional, collapsed and it was as if my review system was no longer of a “high-end” persuasion.
Changing to the F1 was removing the greatest block in the system, and was making the greatest difference.”
Rafael Todes – Allegri String Quartet Violinist
and HiFi journalist.
Two Fractal™ treated pure copper strip conductors are spaced with ultra thin PTFE insulation with no adhesive and surrounded in flexible polyurethane polymer for truly comprehensive vibration damping. This entire construct is then encapsulated by a super-strong flexible conduit for ultimate protection, within hard wearing woven polyester braid.
Each end of the cable, incorporates house-keeping electronics to ensure stable operation with ALL amplifiers and features radio frequency interference reduction circuitry. All contained within a machined solid aluminium capsule, that also works as a transition between the twin-strips and the wire tails.
The cable may be terminated with lockable banana plugs, spades or the connector of your choice.
The F1 Fractal speaker cable is non directional and un-equal lengths may be used. It requires no burning-in and is available in lengths of up to 10 metres.
Electrical specs per metre
|Impedance:||30 ohms to match the typically high impedance of speakers above 5Khz|
|Diameter:||22mm, tails 8mm|
|Colour:||Black or White sleving, Silver ends|
|Bend radius:||Minimum 300mm (12″)|
|Compression strength:||Greater than 150kg|