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Kimber Kable 4PR & 8PR Speaker Cable Review

by May 19, 2009
  • Product Name: Kimber Kable 4PR & 8PR Speaker Cable
  • Manufacturer: Kimber Kable
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: May 19, 2009 21:35
  • MSRP: $ 5.6 per foot + terminations for 8PR / $2.9/ft + terminations for 4PR
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Kimber Kable 8PR Speaker Cables:

  • 8 brown and 8 black braided conductors made with high purity copper
  • 2 x 10awg aggregate gauge
  • polyurethane dielectric

Basic Electrical Specifications
DUT: 8PR 2.5m bare wire ends.

  • (Cp) parallel capacitance: 742.0 pF @ 20 kHz
  • (Ls) series inductance: 0.459 H @ 20 kHz
  • (Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.021
  • (Xt) total reactance: 0.057 @ 20 kHz
  • Frequency response ± 0.5 dB dc - 50 kHz

Kimber Kable 4PR Speaker Cables:

  • 4 brown and 4 black braided conductors made with high purity copper
  • 2 x 14awg aggregate gauge
  • Polyethrirne dielectric

Basic Electrical Specifications
DUT: 4PR 2.5m bare wire ends.

  • (Cp) parallel capacitance: 312.0 pF @ 20 kHz
  • (Ls) series inductance: 0.654 H @ 20 kHz
  • (Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.041
  • (Xt) total reactance: 0.0825 @ 20 kHz
  • Frequency response ± 0.5 dB dc - 100 kHz

Pros

  • Excellent measurable performance
  • The best banana terminations in the business
  • Exotic Cables without the hype

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Brown conductors

 

Kimber Kable 4PR & 8PR Speaker Cable Introduction

8pr_cable.gifIt’s a pretty well established fact that the Audioholics magazine is one of the toughest critics of cable snake oils and voodoo. For a list of the common snake oil we have so far uncovered, I recommend reading the following article I authored:

Top Ten Signs a Cable Vendor is Selling You Snake Oil

As a result, many exotic cable vendors are unwilling to submit products for review to us while others have even referred to us as the anti-Christ at tradeshow events. It’s flattering to elicit such emotional response from folks selling something as mundane as copper cable wrapped in nonsensical technobabble to satiate the geekiest of Star Trek fans just to justify their exorbitant asking prices. As I’ve always said in the past, sell your product for whatever consumers are willing to pay, just keep the BS to a minimum and set your phasers on stun.

Enter Kimber Kable. Kimber is well revered among the most critical of Audiophiles. They are a Utah based company that has been around since the dawn of the exotic cable market which was birthed by no other than Noel Lee of Monster Cable (don't sue us please) back in the 80s. Unlike Monster, Kimber isn’t litigation happy. Their sole function is to sell high quality, and usually high priced cabling. Where Kimber differs than most of the exotic cable market is they don’t wrap their cables in fancy snake oil jargon. They offer cables at all price points to reach a broader audience. If you want a garden hose sized cable, then check out their bi and tri-focal products. I instead chose to review their more down to Earth, reasonably priced solutions, the 4PR and 8PR cable products. I was curious to see if they would at least measure up to standard 12AWG zip cord which is a criteria I have found many exotic cable vendors simply can’t live up to.

About the author:

Gene manages this organization, establishes relations with manufacturers and keeps Audioholics a well oiled machine. His goal is to educate about home theater and develop more standards in the industry to eliminate consumer confusion clouded by industry snake oil.

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Recent Forum Posts:

bandphan posts on May 24, 2009 15:59
foeth, post: 571564
I see. You meant ritual, not process.

I don't know what I meant, I just like Hebrew National hot hogs
foeth posts on May 24, 2009 10:18
I see. You meant ritual, not process.
Michael posts on May 24, 2009 09:24
Kosherization :-)

The meat is prepared is a special way (I mean.. on the factory), not just not mixing milk & meat.. bla bla.. Also, there are different levels…

think like HDMI Category 1 and HDMI Category 2 :-))

It is not “blessing”, if certain conditions are hold, a certificate is issued.. which is also time-limited

anyway, comparing to snake oil products to me, being very, very secular, I think is irrelevant
bandphan posts on May 24, 2009 08:03
foeth, post: 571515
Please elaborate

isn't it the process of the Rabbi blessing the food, and the way its handled prior to the faiths consumption
foeth posts on May 24, 2009 06:37
Please elaborate
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