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Skogrand Cables SC/SCI/SCJ Tchaikovsky system review

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Publisher’s note: Knut Skogrand of Skogrand Cables has provided Dagogo with a detailed review on the company’s new Tchaikovsky line of cables by Mr. Joseph Ki Cheong Ming, one of the company’s customers.  Mr. Ming is a member of the Analogue Fellowship, LS3/5A club main man, inventor of the Ki method, architect and a seasoned veteran of the audiophile establishment of Malaysia.

This Review carries such merits that we are delighted to present it here for our readers to enjoy.  Our thanks to Mr. Skogrand and Mr. Ming.

 

I’m one of those who experience that cables affect the sound of an audio system. However, it has never occurred to me that they could open up so many musical dimensions until I tried Skogrand Cables! The experience was so profound that it caused a paradigm shift in my audio journey.

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My system – used for this review:

Digital Source: Bryston BDP-2 with external solid state drive storage and iFi USB Power

DAC: Bryston BDA-2

Analogue Source: LINN LP12 with Hercules Power Supply, Itok arm Koetsu Anniversary Edition cartridge, Frank Acoustic Pipit Reference phono

Amplifiers: FM Acoustic FM-155 pre and FM-108 Mono power amplifier

Speakers System: Rogers LS3/5A 60th Anniversary Edition, Rogers AB-1 in “KI Method Mark-III” arrangement and REL Stantor II subwoofer

Power Treatments: TORUS 8A-AVR, Frank Acoustics M5Hz+ Frequency Correction, Frank Acoustics PB15000Ws Powerbank, fed by a dedicated Swiss made RADOX military power cable tapped from FRANK ABL SURSUM Cryo-MCB T1 B50amp fuse.

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I should make it clear that before the Skogrand Cables were installed, I had no known weaknesses in the sound of my system. My listening room that measured 13’2”L x 9’3”W x 10’0”H was capable of creating an illusion of believable music performances with multidimensional soundscapes. It had good focusing, excellent resolution, proportionate scaling, good tonal balance of equally good timbre, tones and overtones of acoustic instruments – all the treads found in a homogeneous and balanced sounding system.

When Mr. Knut Skogrand contacted me via Facebook claiming that his cables could improve the performance of my system, I was rather doubtful; seeing his rather unperturbed confidence offering me a money back guarantee including postage, got me quite curious!

After working out the details Mr. Skogrand the following weeks, I ended up with a pair of Skogrand SCI Tchaikovsky interconnects, SC Tchaikovsky speaker cables and 10” SCJ Tchaikovsky speaker jumpers and 5’0” speaker cable links (for my AB-1). The Skogrands were to work with the remaining cables in my system – Wywires “Gold” series.

I have to admit without reservation that these Skogrand Cables are simply the best cables ever to cross my path. Considering this in an audio system with BBC LS3/5A speakers that I have lived with for the last 30 years, a system that I know so well after 30 years of constant tweaking, revamping and fine tuning – what Skogrand Cables did to the system is simply astonishing!

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With the Skogrand Cables I immediately heard a sense of better TIMING in the Sound, not only were the starts and stops defined and delineated better, but also those sonic structures within each spectrum felt much easier to “read” or hear. The dynamic slew rise and fall became more linear and coherent, providing a better sense of “togetherness” in such a way that each note not only becomes clearer – it has greater apertures or “swing”.

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