The first thing I need to stress here is what Entreq cables focus on (or more importantly what they don’t focus on). They do not present themselves as a vivid, up front and “in your face” warts and all cable, like some well known brands do. They major on focus, poise and the natural presentation of music without any grain or harshness.
So, if you are looking for major excitement with big dynamics then Entreq possibly isn’t for you, but if you put value on your systems ability to naturally recreate musical presentation with accuracy, focus and poise with superb texture and coherency, you’ll find Entreq to be a truly addictive experience.
All of their signal cables have a short fly lead with a 3.5mm socket on the end, this provides you with the ability to ground the signal cables as well. This is a fundamental aspect of the Entreq cables, you are only getting the full story of what is possible with an Entreq interconnect once it is grounded Checkout the guide to the ground boxes and ground cables
As you move up the range of signal cables the level of transparency and musicality increases significantly, Challenger is the most popular cable, which sits right in the middle of the range. It’s incredibly natural and musical and I can genuinely say I can’t recall anyone who hasn’t heard a Challenger and not ended up buying one, although Discover and Konstantin still offer formidable performance at their respective price points.
Someone once said to me after a demonstration – “It’s so natural and uncoloured, it’s as if there is no cable there at all”
Characteristics of Entreq Cable Design
1 Separate cable for positive and negative signals
2 Asymmetrical design
3 Positive and negative cables are spun clockwise and anticlockwise respectively.
4 Adapted lengths to minimise the antenna effect.
5 DIC Dedicated contacts so the area on the mass of the contact areas correspond to the cable area.
6 Wood in the contact framework. Non-magnetic and non-conductive.
7 Only pure copper and silver in the signal paths. No alloys
8 Drain wire instead of shielding in order to connect to a pure earth point (External Earth Drain System)
9 Cotton covering instead of synthetic materials
10 EEDS External Earth Drain System*
*This entails the shielding / drain wire not being connected to the device’s negative pole, but is connected to another external earth point, i.e. a ground box!
This way, Entreq can drain off the interference/noise that the shielding absorbs to the ground outside of the signal paths, instead of the usual mixing it together with the signal wire at the connection to the devices.
All of the above factors are important and contribute to the performance you get, but particular attention should be paid to points 8 and 10.
Entreq signal cables are not shielded unlike most other cable brands. In a shielded cable you will find the interference/noise is kept within the shield/drain (it’s still within the cable!) the Entreq method takes away this interference/noise to the ground box so the cables are completely free of any pollutants/noise getting in the way of delicate signal!
Entreq Analogue Interconnect Cables (RCA & XLR)
There are 7 analogue interconnects available in the range, starting at £500.00 for the entry level Primer RCA (£600 with XLR termination) and going up from there. The 2 Primer cables offer excellent value for money as they come included with a ground box and ground cables! It’s a great and relatively inexpensive way to get into Entreq as a brand. From Discover upwards you need to add a ground box and ground cables. By keeping them separate it give you incredible flexibility as you can obviously choose the most appropriate items depending on your budget, system and what you like the sound of.
Take a Konstantin XLR for example, grounding one of these on an Silver Minimus gets great results, but if you swap that out for an Olympus Ten and listen you’ll quite a shock. The Olympus can remove more noise from the signal path and as a result you get a lower noise floor and you can hear more detail, texture and nuances in the music. In most cases this isn’t subtle!!
Entreq USB Cables, RJ45 Cables and Digital Interconnects
Digital cables don’t work as “it’s all 0’s and 1’s” right?
Over the years, I have had many discussions with people about digital cables and I’ve read many comments online as well; there is a school of thought that a digital signal is just 0’s and 1’s and digital cables make no difference to sound quality.
It’s big debate online, all of the cable haters say it’s a waste of time and it’s something I won’t get embroiled in. All I will say is listen to a cable in the confines of your own system, for an extended period of time and see what happens to your music and more importantly your enjoyment of it! If it doesn’t work for you or you can’t justify the cost that’s fine!
I have numerous Entreq customers with RCA and USB digital cables from both ends of the ranges and in proper blind testing the results were not subtle, far from it.
There are 4 RJ45 Cables, 2 Primer models that both come with a ground cable and ground box included in the price, these both represent superb value for money. The Apollo RJ45 cable comes with a ground cable, but not a ground box. The flagship Atlantis requires both a ground cable and ground box to work effectively.
If you stream music (Tidal/Qobuz/Spotify) from a Sonos or Bluesound replacing the standard ethernet cable with a Primer or Primer Pro is an incredible upgrade.
There are 3 digital cables (RCA/BNC or AES) and 6 USB cables in the range. One critically important factor to to stress here is grounding, with all digital cables it is really important to ground them to a dedicated ground box, so either a Silver Minimus, an Olympus Minimus, an Olympus Ten or a single post on a Tellus II or Poseidon.
The difference it makes to performance by keeping a digital ground isolated and away from any other grounds is quite marked and I would never recommend sharing digital grounds with other components, it simply isn’t worth it!