Silverfi R4 was like having an expert tweaking setup for each song. The expert had ears that were golden. He/she (really it is a he and his name is Sezai and he is a very nice chap) always got it right. Treble never jangly but still it shimmered under golden light. Bass tight and visceral with no bleed into anything else.
On R4 I listen to high res Kate Bush. Because R4 will never let anything thru gate that is too bright for my ears I can turn it up a bit. The song “feel it” by Kate uBsh quite literally gives me feelings and I start crying like a baby (I’m 44). Why am I crying? Because it's just so beautiful. Every single second of it and i'm in the face of kate bush’s genius and it is too much. A person who couldn’t sing a false note. and the composition! Staggering."
A few days ago I got in the SilverFi R1 and IEM-X, and finally I got around to a short listening session with the R1 and wanted to share some of my first impressions.
I have been very eager to get an opportunity to try some of SilverFi's cables and not just because a few of my friends around here keep teasing me with their R4's and R5's, but because of my own preference for prioritising tonality and realism over "in your face" resolution. That is also why I bought the Empire Ears Phantom, for instance. From reading about SilverFi I understood them to prioritise tone and timbre to achieve just the sort of sound I look for in my gear. So I was very pleased to receive these two cables and get a chance to pit them against some of my favourite cables.
First off, I have to hand it to SilverFi for making a stunningly beautiful cable. It is a work of art and very much in keeping with the true artisan character of the company SilverFi. It does come with one obvious (and often criticised) drawback and that is that the ergonomics are not among the best out there. This cable is clearly one to use at home behind a desk, or better, lying on the sofa listening to music with your eyes closed. That is what I do and I did not have too many issues. Those issues that I did have such as the cable not looping tightly around my ears and the microphonics (exacerbated by the cable not looping tightly) should be considerably better when the fit is customised to fit your ears, which with demo units is of course impossible to achieve.
I personally would never buy a cable such as the R1 for on-the-go use because I feel the advantages of such a cable would be somewhat wasted if I could not savour the music without distraction. For me the R1 is all about giving my full attention to the music and immersing myself in the image it creates.
So expectations were pretty high and sound-wise I feel the R1 immediately lived up to those. I paired it with my Phantom and I know those IEMs really well, so it was easy to see how the R1 influenced the sound. The R1 gave my Phantom a very large and especially deep stage with outstanding imaging. When listening to classical music such as Paganini's Violin Concerto No.4, I felt that it was yet another step up from my usual cables such as the Effect Audio Eros II 8-wire. Moreover, in terms of tonality the R1 can be described as a "warm silver" cable, but I think that does not quite do it justice. Together with the Phantom the tonality is exceptionally good in the warm-natural way that I prefer. Instruments have body to them and convey the emotion of the music really well. Each instrument is well place in the soundscape and has enough body to not be lost in empty space, while also the clarity to rise above the others when needed. The music flows organically, smoothly and yet with great definition to it. The R1 is a highly resolving cable that much like the Phantom does not push the details forward, but lets the listener find those at their leisure. This is how I personally want my music to sound because it is incredibly immersive and makes the emotion of it tangible.
This is only a very brief "first impression" that I wanted to share because SilverFi is not as well known as some of the other companies, but based on these first impressions I certainly feel they warrant more attention among us "cable connoisseurs". I immediately loved the synergy between the R1 and my Phantom as much as I did the synergy between my Phantom and Leonidas II. In fact, at first glance there seem to be some similarities in the sound, although I have to be careful because the R1 is terminated in 3.5mm SE and my Leonidas II in 2.5mm balanced, which makes quite a difference with my AK70 DAP. Still, it will be very interesting as I get more time in with both cables.
What I find so interesting about SilverFi is that there is a notable difference in the character of a cable such as the R1 compared to the Venom and it depends on personal preferences which cable will be best suited. For instance, while I love the R1 and Leonidas II with my Phantom, I did not care for the synergy with the Venom or Horus. While more expensive, I felt that the latter two cables made the Phantom a little dry. For my preferences the music did not flow as well, although I can see how it would appeal more to someone who prefers a different presentation (or simply has different IEMs, as synergy is always key).
SH Y, South Korea 17.04. 2018
TOM COURTENAY'S HEAD-FI REVIEW OF R1 IEM CABLE
Thanks to Nic and to Sezai i have spent the last couple of weeks i tried a Silverfi R1 Cable and despite ergonomics being a little rough (specially on the guides which need some work to fit my ears), weight and microphonics (i think about it as a “home” cable, more than on the go) the sound is really special..
All test were made with a Lotto Paw Gold, Empire Ears Phantom and Earsonics EM10.
In terms of overall presentation i would say it has a neutral tonality with a little hint of warm (specially on the mids) , but at contrary with other manufacturers neutral cables and despite of having a very good technical foundation in terms of clarity and resolution it sound always remain smooth, very organic.
On bass department i found bass extension very good, with a clear focus on subbass over midbass. Punch is good and quality is great and it never bleeds in to the mids.
Mids are positioned a little forward on the mix and in my opinion are “the star of the show”, specially the voices are so emotional, with the exact body to keep them amazingly clear and very lush at the same time. Instruments sound very good too, neither too thin, neither too warm with a trueness in tone very difficult to find in other cables that i tried.
Treble as the bass is neutrally positioned, it have very good extension and its wonderfully detailed but always mantaining a gentler tone and never showing any peaks or harshness, contributing to make all the presentation very cohesive and coherent with the rest of the spectrum.
Technical aspects as layering, resolution and clarity is top notch, its soundstage is very 3D and holographic, is not to wide but very deep, and blackness of the background is great making the notes very vivid, very well separated and smooth at the same time.
"ISFAHAN VS. SILK INTERCONNECTS, (Jan. 1st. 2018)Hi Sezai,When I first installed your Silk ICs there was very little between them and my Isfahans. They’ve done about 200 hours now and the differences are immediately noticeable. Firstly, let me say that both Isfahan and Silk are extraordinarily good! They both transfer exceptional detail, stunning insight, musical warmth and clarity. It’s just they do it in a slightly different way. The Silks are more open, cleaner (like lowering the noise floor), allowing better separation, pinpoint soundstage and access to finer details, nuances and harmonics. They have slightly better dynamics and sharper leading edge. They present the music in a more refined, insightful, involving way, but never harsh or clinical.The differences are definitely there, not huge, but trying to improve on the already stunning Isfahans would not be easy.Congratulations and thanks Sezai, the Silks are very, very good!Warm regards,P. J. , Australia
SILVERFI IEM-R2 vs. IEM-R4
"I’ve also traded in my SilverFi IEM-R2 cable and paid extra for the R4. I’ve mentioned SilverFi once or twice before here. In my opinion, it is a very special and unique company as they create their material from the ground up. Their cables always use cotton-shielded silver wires, and accordingly, they share a very strong house sound with a focus on a smooth, emotional and natural sound. The wires might be made of silver, a SilverFi cable does not sound anything like a silver cable, or a copper cable for that matter. If anyone’s heard the Lime Ears Aether, that is pretty much the iem equivalent in tonality of the SilverFi house sound. The R4 is a 12-wire cotton-shielded silver cable. While it shares a similar tonality to the R2, the R2 has a more forward lower and center midrange, making it warmer, more emotional, with a thicker subsection of midrange notes. R4 on the other hand has as more linear balance between the center and upper midrange, making the sound purer and less colored, while retaining the smooth and natural tonality. In addition, attenuating R2’s lower midrange presence makes R4’s stage cleaner. More importantly, R4’s stage is larger in all directions. Hearing the R4, is like listening to the AK380's stage for the first time. The depth and spatial cues create a holographic stage that is on a different level than what I have heard before, even compared to R2. For instance, the Pandora also creates a holographic stage in width and depth, but the layering is rather flat. R4's stage is not only larger, it adds height creating a dome shape, and a truly 3D experience. Accordingly, separation is on a different level due to the added height. The R4 combines this special stage with an impressive midrange resolution, and the trademark SilverFi natural and smooth tonality. At the same time it should be noted that SilverFi cables are not really meant to be used outside. There are some practical concerns due to the cotton fabric of the sleeving and flat braid, which should be taken into consideration."
Silverfi and "naturalness"
"Again, the definition of naturalness is not set in stone. In fact, it’s even more abstract than reference and analytical, which can be more readily applied to a certain signature and frequency response. Generally speaking, there are two different ways I use it. The first is the naturalness of the complete signature or tone. A signature can sound natural due to the right amount of inherent warmth, combined with a certain balance between the upper and center midrange, with enough presence in the upper midrange to give it a lighter sound. An upper midrange dip will make it sound darker, so we want enough presence there. A philosophy for a natural tuning would be the diffused field method, such as the Perfect Seal Deca; a very natural sounding monitor. Another example would be the Lime Ears Aether, which combines a similar tone with a more inherently warm midrange. A cable example would be the special SilverFi cables."
IEM-4 UPGRADE CABLE
The SilverFi IEM4 2 pin cable is undoubtedly the best IEM cable that I have ever owned/tested/audition. I can't begin to describe how much this cable improves dynamics, clarity, focus and detail compared to stock cables.
When I did an exhaustive A/B with the Toxic Cable Silver Poison as well as subsequently the DHC Fusion cable, it was essentially a no-contest. To put it simply, it was quite a thrashing.gyx11 (head-fi member)
ISFAHAN AND SILK INTERCONNECTS FROM TURQUOISE SERIES
"Sorry for the delay in the comparisons guys. (I have been recovering from a nasty white tail spider bite, which has completely put me out of action, unable to move around much & other physical pain).Anyway I am feeling better today as the antibiotics are finally kicking in & able to at least walk some.
OK, I will try & describe to you my thoughts on the 2 cables from Silver fi. Firstly a few months back, I was telling a friend about these cables & his interest was instant. He has over 30 years experience in both hearing many different components including cables & selling Hifi.His go to cables are Analysis Plus Silver & according to him these are the ants pants. So after hearing my glowing report over firstly the tour program & now the Silk, Isfahan combo, he arranged a time where he would find out for himself. Now I wont go into this meeting to much as his time was rather short as he is very busy. The outcome was that Analysis Plus cable had this amazing transparency that even I had not heard which basically made the music envelop you. To describe this is like listening to a home surround sound system, truly amazing. We then played with the Silver fi cables & although we did not get that same level of transparency even he himself was forced to admit that the Silver fi Silk cable was the superior cable. The music stage was there not as wide, but everything meaning every instrument was easily honed in on. with our eyes closed we both could hear where every musician was. His words were I have found the new King. In my listening I can't help noticing that there was a wonderful sense of air around the instruments. This cable was able to bring out everything in a recording every last drop if you like so to speak without being harsh or grainy. The highs just sparkled & shimmered. The important mid range also became more clear & both Male & female vocals were palpably real to the extent that you felt them in the room. The bass was robust & full while never becoming smeared. The fingers were audibly heard as the they plucked at the strings. I love hearing the bass in my music, & this is where the body of the song is.
To even try & help you gauge the level of quality. I have 2 staffordshire bull terrier's & they are very alert dogs, now even they at times in a recording where a human voice came in, turned swiftly in the direction of the sound & thus ventured over & inquisitively looked around, now I have never heard this amount of realism...
In my system as I mentioned earlier, I am running a passive pre so I can safely employ both the Silk & Isfahan cables from it to the Tom Evans power amp.I tried both cables this way & also from my dac to pre. I found the biggest difference was the Pre to Power route.
To give you a little idea on the sound. I am using Rethm's TOTL Saadhana speakers & to my ears they are a tad heavy in the mid bass area, although I have been playing them in for quite a few months but by all accounts they take a staggering amount of time to truly settle. In this regard then, I found the Isfahan cable to be a tad too much goodness. Meaning its sound while being very coherent & displaying all the quality's of the Silk was to my ears a little too bottom heavy giving that mid bass hump a little too much prominence & the sparkle was not as noticeable as say the Silk. But please I am really splitting hairs here. This was after long listening sessions & it wasn't night & day difference. If I had not heard the Silk I would have been quite happy.
I would strongly recommend these to someone looking for that bite in lower section that he is missing. My thoughts are that it would be great for say using as an interconnect in a HD800 rig.
You know they say you don't know what you had till its gone. So with this in mind, I put in my old interconnects made of copper from Amber. Wow talking bout the the day the music died....was this my same system?everything sounded lifeless & sterile, I was no longer enjoying my music. I thought well maybe I needed to let my brain get acclimatised to the sound? well after 3 songs I could not listen any longer.Gone was my desire to listen to music. This might sound drastic but I can only call it like it is.With me, It is once I have heard better I can no longer go back.
I soon gave in I had heard enough & the Silk Isfahan cables came back into play. Ahhhh Yes the wonderful magic was back. The realism, liveliness the rich tones & that lifelike sound.I Liken it to being transported from the cellar back to my premium seats in the concert hall.
Well my final thoughts are that indeed Sezai has delivered again. I honestly don't know how he does it. (Or else I would be doing it) Seriously though, I thought the Rumi cable was amazing, & it is but then he raises the bar again & produces such gems as the Isfahan & The Silk that go a step further in that they are able to glean even more out of your music than you thought possible. Bringing you what your systems true potential can offer. When you have a spent so much time energy & financial commitment to your system, at the very least you will want to make sure you are getting it sounding at its best, then I can highly recommend the cables that I have been so fortunate to try from the Silver fi stable. I have been bitten by a nasty insect but even that could not wipe the smile off my face when those seemingly magical cables were those vital unclotted arteries pumping all that information, extracting every last drop of goodness to my system.
Please visit the Silver fi Blog section & read more about these wonderful cables & their prices."
Cons: Stage width is not superbly impressiveIntroduction:
A year ago, when I was looking for an aftermarket cable for my Unique Melody Mentor, I met with Mr. Saktanber, who has been in this industry for almost 20 years. Besides being a cable maker, he is addicted to listening music and audiophile gear.
While we were to trying to decide on which cable would suit best to my Mentor, he offered me to make a custom tuned cable. Then, he produced IEM-2 for my Mentor, which was really stellar and created an impressive improvement. From this time, I started to believe that Mr. Saktanber is a true artist of making his own cables. He only makes pure silver cable by preparing his own raw material.
For more information, please check the SilverFi threads:
Mr. Saktanber has recently sent me IEM-3 and IEM-4 demos for a review. I would like to thank him for providing me these cables. I also have IEM-R1 unit in my hands, but we will experience this unique cable in the next review of SilverFi products.
Please note that their built quality and look may change in positive way, since they are review units. IEM4 has 6 pure silver conductors, while IEM3 has 4.Sound:I won’t divide this review in parts as I always do, since they all are special. I am going to give some definitions as well as some comparisons between IEM-3 and IEM-4.
Both cables have deeper, punchier and a lot better-textured sub-bass than Lear stock cable. Actually, apart from IEM-R1, they have the most resolved sub-bass that I have ever heard from a cable. They definitely add more authority to the sub-bass presentation by using slightly larger space of effect than Lear stock. In comparison, IEM-4 has a bit more emotional punches with slightly better sense of detail. Sub-bass quantity is very similar, but when we look in depth, we can consider that IEM-4 has more authority by a hair. If we have already too bass heavy earphone, IEM-3 should be a better option.
Both have a neutral placed mid-bass presentation with a very good resolution and both don’t tighten the stage at all. There is no mid-bass hump and they both have very good control over mid-bass notes. In comparison, IEM-4 has slightly more bodied mid-bass; this difference makes IEM-4 more full bodied overall. IEM-4 fits well earphones, which need some weight, while IEM-3 is better for those already have a full-bodied presentation. However, the weight difference between both cables is not very significant.
Both IEM-4 and IEM-3 are definitely more resolving, natural and much richer than stock cable. The difference is very clear and absolutely very satisfying. The main goal of SilverFi is to give clarity and correct tone without being harsh or piercing by keeping the original house sound: ‘’organic and smooth signature with the best possible clarity’’. Indeed, they increase the level of clarity and transparency in a very smooth way with a true and alive tone overall. In comparison, Lear stock cable sounds brighter and metallic; it is so far away from performing in organic perspective like IEM-3 and IEM-4. Both cables make the presentation fuller and note creation becomes better and thicker.
In comparison, IEM-3 has slightly more energetic but drier midrange, while IEM-4 has richer and clearer picture. Transparency and detail levels are very close, but IEM-4 sounds in a slightly more organic way. IEM-4 produces details very similar to Hifiman HE1000’s approach; very rich and detailed with a smooth signature.In treble section, IEM-3's presentation is slightly more prominent, but both perform very similar in terms of resolution, extension and transparency. They have a definite superiority over Lear stock, which sounds brighter and piercing with an uncontrolled energy. They also have a very good amount of detail with smooth notes; in comparison, IEM-4 has slightly more organic approach, while IEM-3 has slightly drier.
In terms of stage width, both don’t offer a very good performance as good as their other technical abilities. In comparison, both have a wider stage than Lear stock, while IEM-4 is slightly wider than IEM-3. In fact, creating an overly wide stage reduces the reality of the presentation according to SilverFi. They primarily focus on tonality rather than stage dimensions. On the other hand, the depth is impressive on both, which increases the separation level with a better layering; also, both create a blacker background to make a more stable presentation. When compared to IEM-3, IEM-4 is slightly smoother in terms of releasing notes with a bit clearer recreation overall. In addition, both cable have slightly laid-back placed stage compared to Lear’s stock.
IEM-3 and IEM-4 cables from SilverFi are very impressive and they are better than Tralucent Uber Cable in terms of resolution, smoothness and true tone. From memory, Uber cable has a wider stage and slightly more dynamic presentation overall. However, it has stress in releasing notes and throwing details, while IEM-4 and IEM-3 is much more smoother; and they have more natural note releasing and organic tone.
IEM-4 and IEM-3 is not cheap, but if we consider that Uber cable is priced at more than 1000 USD, they become definitely a performance monster.. In the next review of SilverFi cables, I am going to explain the performance of IEM-R1, which is priced at 999 USD. As a quick preview, IEM-Reference 1 comes from another world in every single frequency range.. I can’t imagine how IEM-R2, R3 and R4 sounds..
I bought my cables from you: Interconnects - Isfahan Speakers (bi wired) - 2 metres Andalusian and Sorcerer Since the day I installed your cables I've never had a moment's doubt about, or need to even think about, cables! They integrate into my system beautifully and I simply enjoy the music. They are truly exemplary and I just want to thank you very much! Warm regards to you and your family, Phil J.- Tasmania/Australia" (12.03.2015)
The IEM4... sounds amazing... I don't really know how to describe it... but there was a time before where I did not believe in the difference a cable makes... but for the past 2-3 hours I have been listening non stop, whoever does not believe in cables should really experience for themselves your IEM4... all i can say is WOW... I feel INSIDE the music... if you get what I mean...I keep switching back to the Toxic Cable Silver Poison to check what I'm hearing because I can't believe it... but it's real
Javier - Singapore
I'm going to take a stab at why these cables are so superior to what I've heard from other cables. The primary issue is the purity and extrusion methods used in making their own metal. They have directional properties based on their design. The vast majority of cable suppliers use a few supply houses for their wire. Our friends at Silverfi do their own processes specifically designed for audio. Next is the sleeving and braiding of the cables. Minimizing the interaction of internal reflective inductance into the signal. Meaning no background noise. I know Sezai will be protective of his extremely intensive methods and I respect that. But I would love to have him give his thought process that's developed a world class cable. He's converting some initially skeptical listeners. I was one. Were I to receive a boon, I'd wire my entire system with his products, including internal component devices. The small incremental changes I've heard over the years have been nothing like I heard with his Rumi XLRs. Makes me wish I could hear his top tier line up.
"Hi Mr. Sezai,
I thought you might be interested in hearing my initial thoughts. This is just a brief review, as Cables are not yet fully burned in. I picked them up on Monday.
Yesterday I played some records via the moonshadows. At that time the cables had about 30 hours on them. Here is what I found out:
The cables are really transparent. I am pretty sure I can hear sounds( mostly ambient sounds) that weren't there before. This aspect really impressed me and made me feel like I was in the studio.2. They are also pretty fast and produce a tuneful and easy to follow bass. I expect it to become tighter and tighter in bass in the future.3. Voices come out pretty natural. Especially female vocals.4. Soundstage is great.
To sum up I really enjoy this cable and this is the first time in a while, that I found myself craving to listen to more and more music. I just couldn't get enough. They really immerse you in the music.
I ll come back next week, with updates and a more extended review.
Regards,Gkioulekas A. Greece"
Hi Mr. Sezai,
I finally took the plunge and upgraded my speakers to Magnepans MG12. This was a birthday present. I know I spoil myself :-p .
All I can say is that I finally saw the light. The overall synergy is pure magic. Moonshadow is a thing of aural beauty.
Gkioulekas A. Greece
Silverfi Rumi XLR "I've had Silverfi Rumi XLR cables for about 3 months, and the quality it brings to me is nothing short of amazing. I still can remember the first time I plugged in the cable, it just gave me an immediate WOW! Can't believe such leaps of improvement it brings to my system. Even till date, I'm still asto unded by the little magic it produces whenever I listen to my music. Thanks Sezai for your work and hopefully there will be more and more people who will be exposed to your cables and like them :)
"I finished a review session with some Silverfi Rumi solid silver ICs. I was expecting a bright presentation but that was not the case. The neutrality and openness of sound was surprising. More detail with less volume and noticeably more open soundstage. The most impressive thing is the emotion they inspire from the music. A lot of my old rock has been pretty bad sounding but these cables make them sound like remasters."
SilverFi Moonshadow SX-Plus
Kabloların etkisi hala tartışıladursun, ülkemiz Hi-Fi sektörüne büyük katkıları olan Sezai Saktanber, yaptığı kablolar ile 6moons gibi, incelemeleri dünya çapında kabul gören platformlarda büyük övgüler aldı. Her seviyedeki odyofile hitap eden zengin çeşitlilikteki kablolarından biri de son derece sade görüntüsünün altında şıklığından fazlasını vaadeden RCA girişli bir interconnect olan Moonshadow SX-Plus. Doğal bir sunumu yakalamayı başarabilen bu kabloda alt frekanslar oldukça kontrollü, midler geride, tizler ise bir hayli detaylı. Yine kablonun distorsiyondan uzak berrak performansı, uzun süreli, yormayan, keyifli dinletilere olanak sağlıyor. Görece yüksek fiyatına rağmen performans anlamında kendisinden bir hayli pahalı olan kablolara yaklaşan Moonshadow SX-Plus, kablo sevdalıların denemesi gereken, bizden bir ürün.
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