Tony Farinella — of Evidence Audio fame — has been my friend since 2009. Yes, we’ve been friends for over 1,000 musician years, or in people-years, that would figure to be somewhere around 13 earth years. Tony and I were brought together by a great, shared, love of grand sound and excellent music — and if you’re in the audio biz, pro or amateur, you know that sound matters, noise matters, and purity matters. Tony makes it his day job, and probably his evening nightmare, to create really great, high-quality audio cables for music, production, and performance; and today I am delighted to share with you two new fantabulous creations of his: The Forte Microphone Cable and the Source AC Power Cable! Hey, take a look at these beauty shots!
Here’s my Boles.tv live stream review of these excellent microphone and power cables!
Here are the more responsible product shots from Tony’s website.
Now, let’s dig into the hard details of what makes these new Evidence Audio cables so exciting and new. First, if you’ve ever done any sort of broadcast quality audio work, or if you’re a serious musician, or even just a weekend jammer, you know line noise can kill a performance.
There’s a certain buzz or hum that you just can’t pin down or get rid of no matter how hard you try to track down the source. Sure, you can fix it in post production, but if you’re playing, or working live, there’s no clean pathway that will reliably help you get rid of hiss, and noise, that doesn’t have an easily identifiable source.
Sometimes, noise and sound isn’t even an issue with a cable or a wire. Perhaps there’s a kink in the wire, or a sharp bend in the cord, or the wire is broken inside the rubber casing — and, for whatever reason, the wire stops working.
Many times when a phone won’t charge, or the TV doesn’t have a signal, the problem is with the wire, the cable! Replacing the charging wire, or the HDMI cable, or the microphone cord, can fix weird, intermittent problems.
Yes, all cables age, and get old, and brittle, and wear out, and they need to be replaced. When was the last time you replaced your phone charging cable just because it was time to upgrade the cable before any trouble started?
And, yes, you need to “break in” a new audio cable. Here’s how Tony describes the process on his website:
Cables sound best after carrying a signal for approximately 40 hours. This is due to the dielectric forming. As the conductor’s insulation material stores and releases an electric signal, its molecular characteristics stabilize with regard to how they store and release the energy applied by the conductor. Expect any cable to sound its best only after passing a signal for 40 hours. Note that approximately 80% of the change occurs during the first 10 hours a signal is presented to the dielectric. Don’t expect too much after that.
I have always believed headphones, or a good stereo setup, or a good microphone, always sound better after you’ve used them for a while to “break in” their sound — and I’m delighted to see that practice confirmed on the Evidence Audio website!
A wire is an antenna. Energy flows along a wire. Power moves and makes noise. Delivering a clean signal is not a quiet thing. These Evidence Audio cables work to stop various noises at the source of propagation: The cables themselves!
If there’s noise in the outlet, or if there’s noise from an ambient microphone causing some kind of interference, these Evidence Audio microphone and AC cables can help to assuage that problem.
This is how Tony explains the design behind his luxurious microphone cables:
High-purity IGL-ECS copper conductors for distortion-free midrange and high frequencies.
The negative effects of strand interaction on the audio signal are eliminated by putting an enamel coating over the individual strands.
20 awg conductor size keeps skin-effect distortions outside the audio spectrum while offering ample cross-sectional area.
High-density shielding blocks noise.
Carbon-loaded extrusion for protection from triboelectric noise.
I completely love it that Tony created a heavy-duty, strong, stout, and beautifully designed AC cable for music and production!
The sound, that buzz, that hum, can be coming from a bad AC outlet, especially if you’re performing on site, in the field, or in a strange studio.
A righteous AC cable can save you time, and money, and a lot of pride, if the cable works with you and against the bad influences:
Think power cables don’t make a difference? Think again.
The Source AC Power Cable is a remarkable upgrade to the power supply of any amplifier or audio component.
Solid IGL™ copper conductors replace the only stranded conductors in the power delivery system.
Hot and neutral conductors are composed of four isolated cores each in a helical array around the earth conductor.
The true audiophile, the real performer, and the caring creator understands the importance of delivering one idea, one signal, to another place for expression in order to make a delightful difference in the world.
Tony Farinella at Evidence Audio has been making the duty of that mission moral, perceptive, and easy to accomplish — with his important line of audio production cables that make all the difference in the world — and he makes every instance of wonder matter in that first moment of listening to something pure, clean, and new.