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Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cable Conclusion


The Kimber 8TC speaker cables, although rather pricey, probably offers some of the highest quality to value ratio I’ve seen in exotic cables. They measure considerably superior to standard 10AWG zip cord and they look a whole lot better too. From a cosmetics standpoint alone, some audiophiles may opt for a cable like this just to dress up their system and feel a sense of pride of ownership. Just like a Rolex watch doesn’t necessarily keep time better than a Swatch watch, there is something to be said for build quality, cosmetic and brand appeal. Kimber has all of this in droves.

kimber-banana.jpg      Kimber 8TC Cable connected

Kimber 8TC with WBT Terminations connecting to my Status 8C Center (left pic) and 8T Tower (right pic)

I’ve been using Kimber Kable products in various systems for many years now and have never been disappointed. I continue to use the Kimber 8PR in my primary reference system, and still think they are the highest value speaker cable product Kimber offers. But, the 8TC looks even nicer and offers even better performance. At almost 2.5 times the cost, you must determine if your budget can accommodate the 8TC cables. Price not being an issue, the Kimber 8TC will surely satisfy the audiophile both sonically and aesthetically. For those looking for a true reference cable that will do NO harm to the signal, the Kimber 8TC is your cable.

Kimber Kable 8TC Cable Review

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Recent Forum Posts:

Pogre posts on April 18, 2017 22:28
Rats can be cuddly once you get to know them.
Strum und Drang posts on April 18, 2017 21:46
Good question. The rat is a multi-purpose tool. It not only can accurately judge the best speaker cables, it will also provide companionship in lieu of a dog or a cat. Plus, if you have leftovers that are about to go bad, the rat also functions as a self-powered, self-propelled portable garbage disposal. (or, you can just rent a 14 year old)

I actually did a growth curve on a white rat in high school science. Amazing how much they can eat and how fast they grow. And they do like baloney. Something that life is full of.

I'm very happy my Polk towers do not need $700 speaker wire to sound wonderful.
Bizarro_Stormy posts on April 18, 2017 19:23
Why not just wrap the speaker wire in baloney..?
Should be cheaper than the rat in the long run…
and you get nifty baloney scented wire…

It's a win win…
Strum und Drang posts on April 17, 2017 21:00
Maybe I can go to Pet smart, buy a baby white rat, start feeding it baloney, do a growth curve on it, and see if it can discern minor sounds produced by my new, $700 speaker wires. The fully fledged, full of baloney rat should be able to hear how great those speaker wires are, and accurately describe just how nuanced they are. I can then set up my own ABX test with my skilled operator, great listener, rat. I should get excellent test results. After all, that rat will be full of baloney.
Speedskater posts on April 17, 2017 17:58
Strum und Drang, post: 1182980, member: 82454
What is a “sensitive ABX test?” I don't measure any of this stuff except with my ears and use them to determine if speaker A sounds better or not than speaker B, etc. You can scientifically measure many differences that go beyond human hearing abilities. Many people that advocate for very expensive speaker wires claim they can hear a big difference for the better. This is subjective and it does enter into purchasing decisions.
A “sensitive ABX test?” is one that is setup by skilled operators with experienced listeners and using very demanding test signals. An ABX test is about hearing very, very small differences. The differences are too small to have a preference. It's not a preference test that might apply to most loudspeakers.
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