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Prophecy Digital Link cables:

I've had a chance to let my new Revelation Audio Labs 'Prophecy' CryoSilver Reference DualConduit USB 2.0 Digital Link Cable break in for 250 hours, and my music playback has been completely transformed and considerably better sounding than it did when the cable was new, and amazingly better than using a standard upgrade USB cable! When I broke in the RAL 'Prophecy' i2s Bus cable in on my Audio Alchemy digital front end back in 2004, it brought a substantial improvement in sound quality, but the sonic improvements that your RAL 'Prophecy' Dual Conduit USB Cable has manifest brings a much deeper level detail, a more accurate tonal correctness and authentic imaging than I have ever heard before in over 30 years of seeking improved sound quality from my audio system.

Thank you so much for creating this amazing USB cable which has brought my music playback alive in a way that I could only dream of before!

I would be honored if you would like to use any of my comments about the amazing Revelation Audio Labs 'Prophecy' CryoSilver Reference DualConduit USB 2.0 Digital Link Cable, because you have created the one and only USB cable that makes a wonderful improvement in sound quality where everyone said it could not be done, which to me qualifies it as a sonic miracle! I came across the $3,500 Locus SinoSure v2 single conduit USB cable the other day and I noticed that they had filled this huge cable with very complicated wire geometry in an effort to do what you have so simply and much more effectively done with your innovative Dual Conduit design.    —Stephen W. (Sept. 2011)

REVIEW: 13W3 i2S connector for Muse Transport & DAC

I bought the Muse Model 8 Transport and Muse 296 DAC over 5 years ago and have enjoyed its analogue-like performance afforded by the i2S cable. I always felt that the 'weak link' in this system was the stock Belden 13W3 cable provided by Muse- I thought the performance would be further improved with a higher quality i2S cable. After trying several times to locate a replacement, in July of '04 I was referred to Brad Vojtech of Revelation Audio Labs thru Audio Asylum ';@ }. Brad told me he could build me this cable, but as it would be his first of this type using 13W3 connectors, it could take a while to find suitable quality connectors that he would be happy with.

Brad told me the wait would be well worth my patience. He was right.

Revelation Audio Labs describes the cable as 'featuring state-of-the-art mil-spec CONEC connectors, cryogenically treated ultra-pure (5-N's) solid silver conductors, air dielectrics, Teflon insulators, multi-layer/multi-material EMI/RFI shielding and proprietary Ceramic Micro-Bead Conduit. Meticulously artisan-built, hand-crafted in the USA, designed to be the most robust, advanced, exotic, and musical i2S audio cable in the world. The materials and construction techniques are world-class, aerospace quality.'

They aren't kidding...

I received the completed cable in November of '04. I was very impressed by the quality of construction and materials used, clearly superior in solidity and appearance to the stock cable. But the proof is ultimately in the performance, so out went the stock cable, and in went the Prophecy...

Fresh out of the box this cable is truly a Revelation. While Brad recommends a 100 hour burn-in time, the sound was improved across the board. The bass was the most noticeable- bass seemed to gain at least a 1/2 octave deeper, with much improved "push"/extension, detail speed and more 'bounce' — there was more energy driving the music, equivalent to a major component upgrade. The soundstage was deeper and wider, with a clearer, more stable presentation and imaging of instruments, evolving in free space, and a better separation between individual instruments. Midrange and highs improved with a more individual 'ease' to the music. Voices were even more lifelike sounding like complete bodies with chests, not just mouths singing. Sounds I never heard before on very familiar albums were heard for the first time, which added to my overall involvement and enjoyment. Over time, the sound became even smoother, with a more natural ease and musical flow. Bass tightened up more. Where I previously thought I needed to improve the bass response, which was the weakest part of my system, I no longer feel the need to do so.

This cable has made a wholesale improvement to the enjoyment and overall musicality of my system. If you own a Muse transport/DAC combo with 13W3 i2S cable, this is a no-brainer — RUN, don't walk, call Brad Vojtech at Revelation Audio Labs, and order this cable today. Your ears will thank you.

Regards, Gary H.

(By the way, this 13W3 cable can also be used with Sonic Frontiers digital gear.)”

“The cables (Prophecy i2s and Parable power cords) arrived today. I hooked them up and there was an immediate sense of more information and fine detail of greater image specificity within a space. This is an across-the-board system improvement that would have required thousands of dollars of investment in new components. I will now try to resist the temptation to listen while they cook for the recommended burn-in period.”     Thanks, A.J.

“Talk about 'Bang for the Buck.' This has got to be the best (money) I've ever spent. I could go on and on about just how great the cable is, because it truly is amazing, but I'll make it short by saying that I agree with everything that you — and the reviewers mentioned in your product description — had to say about the cable. Far superior to the Audio Magic cable, no comparison, not even close. IT'S AS IF I WENT OUT AND SPEND $THOUSANDS$ ON A BRAND NEW SYSTEM. Incredibly musical. Anybody that's using the Perpetual Technologies P1A/P3A combo will never know just how good the combo can sound unless they're using your cable. Thanks for making available such a great product for all of us to enjoy. God Bless You.”

“As far as reviews, I'm not into the jargon of reviewers and don't want to use terms I feel are vague (what is 'grain?' is yours the same as mine?). I HAVE heard a good deal of live music over the years, in venues ranging from my living room, to small clubs, to theaters to stadiums. I try to compare what I hear from my stereo system to that collective musical memory. By that standard, adding the Revelation in place of the Audio Magic Mystic clearly resulted in more musicality from my system — most obvious to my ears. My system: Musical Design T1 CD transport; Perpetual Technologies 1A and 3A processor and DAC; Sound Valves VTP-101i preamp; Blue Circle BC-28 power amp; Tyler Acoustics Linbrook Reference System speakers.”

“I'm quite satisfied with your (Prophecy i2s and Parable power cord) cables. Burned them in for 106 hours, then put on discs to which I'd recently listened, and was amazed by the improvements. I first noticed improved bass: more defined, cleaner, and tighter. It's as if the cables shaped a diffuse beam into a tight signal. (Note: my speaker cables and interconnects are no slouches.) Next, I sensed a wider and deeper soundstage. One of the strengths of my system (and most satisfying to me), I believe, is its ability to portray a three-dimensional soundstage. With your cables, the soundstage expanded, especially in its depth. This expansion, by the way, is by no means overwrought — on the contrary, it's in the realm of bigger is better. Live recordings particularly benefited from the introduction of your cables into the system. I clearly detect a better portrayal of the stage, whether it's in a smoke-filled club or a huge stadium. In fact, REO's 'You Get What You Play For,' my ultimate system-testing CD and my favorite live album, never sounded better. 'Golden Country' filled the room wall-to-wall. I momentarily thought I was listening to a multi-channel system. This pleases to no end. Layering of instruments and vocals is much improved. I can now clearly make out background vocals, for example. This was startling on Alice Peacock's excellent self-titled CD. Before your cables arrived, background vocals were muddled a tad in the mix — I had to strain to make out the words. Now I can make out the words sans strain. Plus, on many live recordings, individual voices in the crowd, singers bumping microphones, guitarists unplugging from amps, drummers busting sticks, are all rendered more vivid, making the recordings more lifelike, and listening to them way more enjoyable. Finally, I like the fit and finish. And I was right: my eight-year-old son likes the color. I do, too. I wish to emphasize that I am pleased with the improvements your cables bring. I wish you continued success.”    — M.B.

“Revelation cables are in the house...thanks in large part to the rave reviews of a few of the guys on (the Perpetual Technologies/AV123) forum (you know who you are) I picked up the i2s and power cables used. Already having a $150 Camelot i2s cable (which came with my PT gear when I bought it used), I was pretty reluctant to buy these... seemed like a lot of cash to drop for what was likely (I thought) to be a minimal upgrade. Well, I was wrong. I don't know how they do it, but these cables make an enormous difference. There was distortion before that's just plain gone now, and the impact of that on the sound of the system (particularly when it comes to 'micro-detail') just can't be overstated. Maybe it was interference on the power lines running from the Monolith? I have no clue, but I do know that these things should be required equipment if you have the PT gear. So now I have the absolute Cadillac of Perpetual Technologies hardware (Modwright Monolith PS, P1-A, all three Revelation cables, and a Modwright Level II P3-A) and I'm wondering, how much better could Redbook playback possibly get?”

“After allowing sufficient time for burn-in, I have done a lot of serious listening to the Revelation Audio Labs i2s in both i2s direct and indirect mode and have concluded overall that the Revelation Audio Labs is indeed an excellent interconnect. To date the only head to head listening tests I've done is with the Audio Magic Mystic Reference i2s, and although I have not yet broken out the results, it is obvious that the Revelation i2s is the clear winner.”    — P.W.

“The cable had about 24 hours on it when I sat down to listen last night. It gets better and better...and I loved it out of the box. In my system, there is no doubt about it's superiority to the Audio Magic. It takes the upper midrange/treble glare out, is smooth, non fatiguing, revealing, detailed, and balanced. Problems I had attributed to other aspects of my system, were in fact, the Audio Magic. I eagerly await its full burn-in. This cable is a WINNER. It brought that 'I want to hear this, now I need to hear this, etc.' I would like to contact Perpetual Technologies to let them know they need to include or offer this with their products — as one hasn't heard what they are capable of until this i2S is part of the package.”    — R.T.

“This thing is incredible. Separation of the frequencies becomes better. Imaging becomes more solid and precise. Detail increases and everything just sounds more crisp and real. Bass becomes more solid. I now understand why people have raved about it. For the price it is a no-brainer IMO.”

“I now have about 48hrs on the cable and it gets better and better. It is the most significant improvement in my system in as long as I can remember.”

“How do they sound? 'WOW' is all I can come up with. Huge improvement in soundstage and it definitely took the digital edge off.”

“The performance of your Prophecy i2s cable was HEAD, SHOULDERS and TORSO above the other two i2s cables that I auditioned (0.5-meter Audio Magic Mystic Reference, $149, and 1-meter LAT International, $99). It allows the highly detailed and refined digital signal, transmitted through the Siltec Golden Ridge digital cable and Perpetual Technologies P-1A 24-bit interpolation engine in my system, to come through completely unscathed. The musicality is unprecedented in my experience; I now no longer listen to the sound, but can get totally into the music. REMARKABLE!”    — J.

“I'm smiling right now listening to (a favorite recording). SOUNDS FANTASTIC!!!. Absolutely a night and day difference...What!? They will sound better when they break in — can't wait! Your cables have definitely increased my listening pleasure.”     — B.K.

“I like your Prophecy i2s and you will NOT be getting it back! It has a body and a clarity that my Mystic Reference cannot match, which surprised me because I had always considered the MR to be a solid performer. By comparison the Other Cable sounds uncultured. But there's worse! I also run an Mystic R i2s from my Audio Alchemy DDS Pro to the PT P-1A and when I put your Prophecy between the P-1A and P-3A, the transport to P-1A cable (Mystic) was exposed as being very harsh (you following me?!). Why this should be, I don't know, but I had to put a AES/EBU after the transport to eliminate the digital nasties. This is good news for you, because I now have to audition a 1-meter Prophecy! I would also like to hear your Power supply to P-1A and P-3A cables also... this is a place that I've always thought of as a potential source of electrical interference. Thanks for a great product.”    — B.G.

“I believe you have the best i2S cable out there.”

“Hello Brad, I would like to thank you for your S/PDIF digital cable and how it has transformed my system. The cable took a few days to settle in, sounding a bit thin and analytical at first. After the burn in period the sound was transformed and I could hear the true potential of my Perpetual Technologies P-1A/P-3A DAC combo for the first time. I think that anybody who has the RAL 'Prophecy' i2S cable should seriously consider using the RAL S/ PDIF from their transport to the P-1A. I am not exaggerating it was like upgrading a piece of equipment it was that good from high frequencies to bottom all seamlessly integrated and sounding neutral, true to the timbre of the individual instruments. The speed of the cable is also amazing so that micro details in the recordings that I didn't even know were there now add to the sense of immediacy and realism, of musicians playing real instruments. You have to hear this for yourself as I was a little skeptical at first thinking merely that the cable would change the color of the sound rather than transform the whole musical experience of the system as it did. Given that Brad offers a no quibble 30 day return policy, as you Americans say, trying this cable in your own system is a no brainer. ”    —Alex, UK

“I received the cables today. They are OUTSTANDING!! You should advertise the power cables more. The I2S is much better than the original. You have a great product and you should be very proud.”

“Music flowed, far more musical than the Mystic i2s. God bless you and yours. With such a great product and customer service, your business should prosper. I surely hope it does.”

“Your cable has arrived, and is, indeed, already a noticeable improvement over the Mystic Reference...I'll review it when the burn-in seems to have completed.”

“Just gave the cable its first listen. It is FAR more musical than the Audio Magic.”

“I think the cables are a wonderful improvement. Right out of the box it gave me incredible holographic imaging and wider soundstage.”

“I finished burning in my Prophecy i2S digital link cable, and then sat down to do a serious A/B comparison with a cable I made myself from some VH audio cotton insulated silver wire. I thought sure my homemade cable would be just as good if not better, since it was utterly minimalist in design.

I have an associate's degree in electronic systems technology, and have been an electronics technician in the U.S. Air Force for almost 18 years — all my training and experience tells me a digital cable should have no effect on audio whatsoever. I should be able to stick almost any conductor in the circuit and it do just as well as the most expensive digital cable, but that's not what I heard.

Realizing that human nature would not allow me to be objective, I asked my wife to listen with me. She didn't know which cable was which, yet our observations were identical.

My cable had a slightly grainy quality which I would have never noticed if I hadn't had yours to compare it against; yours simply sounded smoother, but paradoxically, there was more detail. And more presence. It sounded like I was a little closer to the musicians and singers.

So now I'm mad. I was all proud of myself for designing this cable that would be just as good as your expensive snake-oil cable, and then I could send your cable back for a refund and laugh at you all the way to the bank. Instead I'm keeping it and crawling off to lick my wounds. And try and figure out why mine didn't sound as good.”    —C.M.


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