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Headfonics 2020

Top Reader Voted Cables

The following Top Reader Voted Cable scores are assigned by the readers, (‘Score’) and apply only to all reviews where a slider voting system exists. This list includes all cables reviewed up until the end of 2020 that are not currently with an ‘editorial score’.

Please note the list will change dynamically as readers continue to vote. Higher scoring cables will automatically replace lower-scoring cabless. They will also continue to change as we progressively work our way through any historical reviews and add a voting system. When we hit Jan of each new year, the previous years cables will be put into this grouping.

These lists are not to be confused with our forthcoming Editorial scoring lists which are the top gear as reviewed and scored by our review team. Those lists will form the basis of our Awards at the end of the year. Once the year is completed the Editorial scores will be deleted and the ‘annual top lists’ will start over again.

For more information on how we score click here.

Top 30 cables as voted on by our readers

Code 51 is a blast of energy from top to bottom and will make practically any worthwhile monitor sound the same. Particularly dynamic drive hybrids that need a mix of power and separation.
9.2
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Effect Audio Janus
The Effect Audio Janus is perhaps the most agreeable sounding cable I have heard in a long time. If you want a rich sweet-sounding midrange with a hint of euphony in your instrumental timbre the Janus Dynamic is supremely effective in delivering that.
9
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Effect Audio Horus X
The Horus X is still a 'hi-fidelity' choice, a cable that loses nothing from the original Horus in terms of allowing that treble to shine through. However, it is also a slightly more natural and balanced sounding pairing. You also get some additional low-end warmth that really helps smooth out the tone and produce a more balanced staging performance.
9
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Satin Audio Zeus
This is a really engaging, and punchy sounding cable and quite remarkable in terms of the excellent power it can deliver for a 4-wire. I have heard 22.5AWG cables a few years back with less clarity and openness despite the thicker gauge which is a testimony to the performance cable companies can now pull from increasingly complex materials.
9
Score
PLUSSOUND X6 Palladium-Plated Hybrid Cable
This is a very smartly 'tuned' high performing cable from PLUSSOUND. It takes the technical prowess from the Tri-Silver and adds more body, smoothness and an altogether sweeter sounding timbre. I can see this being a much more flexible choice than the Tri-Silver in terms of synergy with a wide range of monitors
8.9
Score
$999-$1999
Satin Audio Athena
The quality of the Athena build, combined with this type of riveting sound signature is a serious market disruptor to the current thinking about what a palladium silver hybrid cable should cost or simply what kind of performance you can expect from any cable at this price point.
8.7
Score
PW Audio Monile
Overall, the PW Monile is a competitive cable and a memorable tweak in terms of tuning with some of my favored IEMs. It is distinctly different from some of the competing offerings within the same price range.
8.7
Score
Effect Audio Cleopatra
Dump everything you know about silver cables and its associated memes on being super clean, lean and bright. The Cleopatra is anything but that. It is smooth, warm in many respects, and delivering some excellent sub-bass presence and power.
8.6
Score
AAW Aoraki
This is a cable bassheads will enjoy or those looking for more power but maybe slightly sensitive to any additional treble overload when dynamics are upped to the next level. At the same time, details are not overlooked but rather delivered in a natural smooth manner, even with reference IEMs. 
8.6
Score
PW Audio No 10
I like this cable a lot. It is deliciously smooth with a nice low-end weighting that adds some excellent power and body to instruments. Vocals have plenty of texture and a slightly liquid-like quality with a nice treble balance. If you enjoy a cable that fleshes out the dynamic range and you need plenty of body, the No 10 is a very nice choice indeed.
8.5
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