Click to enlarge
The new Aphrodite series topology is based on a quadric-axial geometry using 5 conductors, three are in OFC Copper and two are in Silver. The silver wire is produced by an high-tech company, working in the military field, with a particular process extracting the pure Silver, with a chemical process, out of Silver Nitrite.
As reviewed by fadel Art’s documentation, the cable has two internal conductors with two shields: one is internal, driven by a booster with unitary gain and free from Phase rotations so that the conductor practically does not “see” the shield, granting a perfect signal transmission, while the external shield acts like a normal conductor.
According Fadel Art this topology allows to virtually eliminate all the negative effects of parasite interferences on the signal transmission.
The internal and external dielectrics have been studied by the French technicians because they are more efficient in reflecting the ultraviolet rays, emitted by the electromagnetic field internally generated by any conductor when carrying an electrical current flow, which add noise and interferences to the signal. The internal dielectric is made of the whitest cotton which proved to be the best in this particular application (better than Teflon or Air), the external sheath is transparent.
The cable is somehow rigid but you can handle it easily because the diameter is not too large. The test cable is terminated with WBT Nextgen of the highest quality.
I will not get bored to say that to test a cable is quite a difficult task because it is not easy to understand the true characteristic of the single cable moreover in many different contexts in order to achieve a more objective evaluation.
The price of the tested cable, though it is not cheap, it is anyways decent easing my antipathy to expensive cables, also considering that lately the prices have considerably raised in the audio sector.
I tesetd the Interconnect cable alone even though Fadel Art advises to use the same cable for the whole system according a Coherence principle so much sustained by Jean Marie Fadel. Anyhow the characteristics of the Aphrodite emerge clearly and, I may anticipate, they are shared by the rest of the cable of this series.
What is immediately perceivable is a sense of freshness and openness in the sound, a transparency not achieved through an artificial brilliancy on middle-high frequencies but a peculiar cleanliness and transparency in all the frequency range. The middle range gets many benefits from this attitude being open and transparent, very smooth with voices rich and full of details both in dynamics and timbre.
The voices are not particularly warm, Fadel Art cables are more on the honest side without embellishment. The same honesty is found in whole of the series so that the Aphrodite is not the cable to correct or equalize characterized systems but is the cable to achieve a transparent and balanced link in a medium-high class system well assembled in its components.
If this condition is true, the tested cable allows a clear and open reproduction without any disequilibrium towards the trebles which are instead well refined and with no extension limits, even because of steady and balanced bass with the right power and articulation.
Dynamics is at a good level, both in speed and amplitude of transients at every level.
The image supplied is well spread and coherent, the cable does not compress the deepness of the stage, even though the presence and cleanliness in the midrange.
After all I would say that the best characteristic of this cable is the very accurate balance and its substantial neutrality. The reproduction is on the clear side, which tends to level the timbre nuance, and the comparison with higher cables like the Ayon, which I used as a reference in this case, gave a result just a bit superior in terms of authoritativeness and refinement.
The ones preferring euphonic cables with warmer midrange and a midbass, will not find with the Aphrodite the ideal cable. It is confirmed that it is an high quality and concrete cable, it will absolutely not regret the money spent and this, in the cables sector, is quite a rare quality.