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Lautus/Cusat review

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    Posted: 13 Feb 2019 at 5:31pm
I'd first like to say thanks to Graham Slee for the loaner service and to Fatmangolf for facilitating the loan of a pair each of Lautus and Cusat RCA phono interconnects for me to audition.

I spent many hours auditioning all the equipment I own. Although that was many years ago now, I've remained happy with the sound. The speaker cable and interconnects I bought back then were similarly tested. They were made by a startup company whose name escapes me. Five years ago I bought some Spatia cables and was impressed with the difference they brought to my system. The cables they replaced and my present interconnects were made by a long defunct startup company whose name I’ve forgotten, but chosen like the system after a long time auditioning. It made good sense then to audition some more Graham Slee cables as  prospective upgrade. I’ve added a tracklist below just to give an idea of what I was listening to.

I hooked up the amp and mono blocs with the Lautus cable, connecting the CD player with the Cusats. The difference was noticeable and always positive. I’d expected to hear bigger improvements listening to quiet arrangements like Cluster One and Weightless. The margins between my cables and GSP’s was small but not insignificant. Midrange was fuller and soundstage better defined. This was equally true with violin, piano and electronica. Bass was shorn of cotton wool and had a greater definition. It was here that I noticed the greatest difference. This was even more pronounced on Neil Young’s Ramada Inn, where the vocal remained very natural and wasn’t lost in the guitar overdrive. The many solo runs had a wonderful space around them. 

I’m not going to ramble on. I was very impressed by the Lautus/Cusat combination. I have some more cables to try before I settle on my final choice. My old interconnects didn’t embarrass me in the comparison but the positive attributes of the GSP cables were more than sufficient to make them a tough act to beat.

Neil Cowley Trio/Spacebound Apes/Weightless
Sam Lee/Ground of its Own/The Tan Yard Side
Lambchop/FLOTUS/In Care of 8675309
Pink Floyd/The Division Bell/Cluster One
Gillian Welch/Time (The Revelator)/Revelator
Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Psychedelic Pill/Ramada Inn
Nitin Sawney/Beyond Skin/Nadia
Suede/Dog Man Star/The Wild Ones
Robert Wyatt/EPS/Shipbuilding
Nick Lowe/The Impossible Bird/Te Beast in Me
Radiohead/A Moon Shaped Pool/Burn The Witch
Gideon Kremer/JS Bach Sonatas & Partitas for violin solo
Miles Davis/Kind of Blue/So What

Sugden AU51/Symetra mono blocs.
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I really must try the Lautus sometime. It will be interesting to see how it compares with my home made Neotech NEI-1002 UP-OCC Silver based Interconnects.

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Thanks for sharing this Kevin.


Open mind and ears, whilst owning GSP Genera, Accession, Elevator EXP, Solo ULDE, Proprius amps, Cusat50 cables, Lautus digital cable, Spatia cables and links, and a Majestic DAC.
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