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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
Reader's Score
Plussound Tri-Silver Cable
The PLUSSOUND Tri-Silver is a monster of a cable if you are into soundstaging and immersive imaging. Whilst it has a slightly timbral difference to the Effect Audio Leonidas 2 I strongly suspect an 8-wire version of the Leo 2 would pretty much be heading in the same direction.
9.1
Reader's Score
$1599.99
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
Reader's Score
Effect Audio Leonidas II Octa
If Leonidas II made me want to buy the Leonidas 1 to see what the original fuss was all about then the Leonidas II Octa creates a fuss that makes me want to sell the Leonidas II. This is the most technically brilliant cable I have heard from Effect Audio to date.
9
Reader's Score
Effect Audio Centurion
The Effect Audio Centurion is a dynamic, expansive, and exquisitely resolving cable pairing with just about every capable monitor I tested. Yes, it does out slam Code 51 and yes, it does widen the imaging field over the Horus X, markedly so.
9
Reader's Score
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
Reader's 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
9
Reader's Score
$999-$1999
Effect Audio Leonidas II
The Leonidas II makes me want to buy the Leonidas I just to hear how Effect Audio made their name from the original entry. This is a true hi-fidelity sounding cable that absolutely brings out the best in terms of holographic staging and clarity in imaging with just about any monitor.
8.9
Reader's Score
PLUSSOUND Tri-Hybrid
The Tri-Hybrid is one of the most balanced sounding cables I have heard to date from PLUSSOUND. It has less overt coloration than the Palladium-Plated Hybrid or the Tri-Copper and slightly smoother on the top-end compared to the Tri-Silver.
8.9
Reader's Score
From $899.99
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.
8.9
Reader's Score
PLUSSOUND Copper+
The PLUSSOUND Copper+ is the perfect upgrade cable from the Tri-Copper EXO and for those looking for something a bit more complex and airier sounding without losing any weight or richness in their monitor tonal quality. 
8.9
Reader's Score
Wagnus Zillion Sheep
If I had to pick one Zillion Sheep cable, it has to be the NU-1. It is the most dynamic of the cables with the best harmonic balance and the most immersive staging quality. It pairs well with just about every high-performing monitor I could pick out. The NU-2 is more niche for vocal lovers whereas the NU-3 will find joy with EDM and expansive ambient sounding synth-wave enthusiasts.
8.8
Reader's Score
¥180,000
Effect Audio EVO 10
The Effect Audio EVO 10 is a peppy, high-impact cable that pairs really well with dynamic-sounding monitors or those with good vocal presence.
8.7
Reader's Score
STE Cable Ag W16 & Cu W16
The S.T.E Cable Ag W16 and Cu W16 pair very closely to what you think their perceived strengths might be. For the Ag W16, this is more about clarity, headroom, and excellent separation throughout. The Cu W16 is about a smoother, fuller-sounding presentation with enhanced PRaT but a more forgiving treble performance.
8.7
Reader's Score
$580 & $400
Astral Acoustics Stage 1
This is an attractively built copper cable with a superbly low-microphonic performance. It has a performance synergy with our tested monitors that is natural and sweet in tone, articulate and airy with a nice focus on producing a clear sounding staging quality. 
8.7
Reader's Score
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
Reader's Score
Plussound Tri-Copper Cable
As a first-time review of Plussounds' aftermarket cables, the Exo Tri-Copper cable is very competitive indeed. It brings all the hallmarks of a solid copper cable including enhanced warmth, body, and low-end impact yet still retains a smooth and detailed top-end.
8.6
Reader's Score
From $549
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. 
8.5
Reader's Score

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