SILVERFI IEM UPGRADE CABLES ON HEAD-FI

SILVER CABLE THAT SOUNDS NOTHING LIKE SILVER CABLE
Posted 2/17/16By flinkenick
Pros: Natural tone, smooth & warm tonalityCons: aesthetic finish might not be for all

Introduction
A while back, one of my closest friends @MikePortnoy and I participated in a winter exchange program for underprivileged cables that want to travel the world. My Rhapsodio 2.98 8-strand cable, born and raised in a warmer climate, missed the sun so I sent it off to Turkey. @MikePortnoy shipped over his SilverFi IEM2 cable to Amsterdam in return; today’s topic of review. As long as I’ve known my good friend he’d been going on about the special tone of SilverFi cables, so my expectations were high; although I wasn’t sure in which way they would manifest.

SilverFi is a Turkish-based company, run by Sezai Saktanber; a passionate craftsman, and very pleasant person to communicate with. SilverFi differentiates itself by manufacturing its own raw material, where most cable makers will buy the materials to produce the cables. The IEM2 cable is the entry model for iems; but their product line ranges up to a whopping $1999 for the IEM-R4 cable. Yes, that’s almost $2000 for a cable.

Build
The IEM product line all consists of 4-braid cables in a cream-colored sleeving. I find the color very chic, and the cable itself is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. But in order for the unique wires to be attached to the connectors and plug, the connectors are finished with a red and blue plastic that looks like memory wire, but isn’t implemented for that function – it’s for connection purposes. The jack is also covered with a blue plastic. So its design has a pro and con from an aesthetic perspective.

Impressions
Truth be told; the first minutes I listened to the IEM2 cable (connected to Zeus), I realized I was hearing something special. It’s warm and soft sound, the realistic tone of instruments – I was stunned. Ask anyone on the forum what the difference is between silver and copper cables. Even though a large group unfortunately still doesn’t ‘believe’ in differences between cables, I think most people will be familiar with the stereotype of copper cables being warm, and silver cables being bright or analytical. A more experienced user will know that the differences aren’t that simple, as every cable has its own signature - just like iems or daps. But generally speaking, while silver cables can have a very balanced tonality, their atmosphere is generally very clear – not warm.

The SilverFi cable line is a very rare exception to the rule. The IEM2 cable is noticeably warm; not in response to the mid-bass, just an inherently warm and pleasant atmosphere. I still don’t understand the physics behind a pure silver having this tone. Rumor has it, mr. Saktanber is aided by elves and fairies in the fabrication process – it’s an explanation that makes the most sense. Yet mr. Saktanber insists all labor is done by himself. I guess I’ll have to believe him on his word.

The IEM2 cable produces a sound that doesn’t really appeal to an analytical breakdown of its components. The magic is in its holistic presentation: its tonality is just right, instruments sound very realistic, yet this realism isn’t coupled to a dry presentation. Its atmosphere is warm, and tones are thick and smooth; this is a romantic realism, inviting and enveloping rather than distant or analytical.

The sub-bass is punchy, and hits with good depth and detail. The mid-bass is vey slightly enhanced, contributing to the overall thicker note presentation. The midrange is warm and creamy, and the IEM2 cable truly brings out the best in vocals. But it’s in the treble where the IEM2 differentiates itself from most silver cables; most silver cables open up the treble, allowing for more detail while making them more prone to sibilance and harshness. The IEM2 cable attenuates the lower and mid treble, taking the sharp edge off of bright sounds. Instead, tones are smooth and soft, while still having a very realistic tonality – the level of transparency is quite good. The upper treble appears to be a bit more attenuated, which can affect the resolution of iems that already have smoothed over treble. As such, the IEM2 cable is a better match with neutral or brighter iems. The presentation is slightly more forward and upfront, which brings the soundstage closer to the listener; it’s precise, but slightly more intimate.



Select comparisons
Toxic Cables Silver Widow ($325)
The Silver Widow brings out the best in the upper mid and treble region, improving resolution and detail. It’s a dynamic sounding cable, with an accurate display of quick transients. While the treble improves overall instrument definition, it comes at a cost of a recess on the lower midrange, resulting in thinner notes. Electric guitars sound less full, while affecting the depth of male vocals. The open treble improves the soundstage width, providing an overall airier sound. The Silver Widow’s background is clear, and only very slightly bright. The IEM2 cable has a very different approach; the overall tone is richer and more musical, compared to the slightly more analytical Silver Widow. The Silver Widow brings out more detail in the treble, but can also sound harsher and less controlled compared to the smoother IEM2 cable. The IEM2 cable falls slightly behind in resolution, but has a far thicker note presentation, and a more realistic tone.

Rhapsodio 2.98 Silver-Gold 8-strand ($550)
Rhapsodio’s 2.98 cable is another cable that departs from the silver cable stereotype of being bright or cold. It has a warm tone, and an enhanced mid-bass that gives a very full sound with thick notes. Notes are thicker than the IEM2 cable, the 2.98 sounds fuller overall. But the 2.98 also has a warmer atmosphere that seems to muddy the presentation a bit, although actual resolution and detail retrieval is higher. While the 2.98 impresses with its size, the IEM2 has a more natural and realistic tone. The 2.98 has a more midforward presentation; this cable was built for rock, giving electric guitars size and power. But the IEM2 performs better with acoustics and vocals, they sound more natural and transparent.

Final thoughts
I’ve heard and owned quite a few cables, but SilverFi’s IEM2 still managed to surprise me. It’s a cable meant for synergy; it will work best in certain combinations. Bright iems have their advantages, but can also be harsh or fatuiging in longer listening sessions. The IEM2 cable with its soft, romantic tone brings out the best of such an iem. It also works well for brighter daps that can use a touch of warmth. The 901S is an outstanding dap, that delivers a sound that borders on technical perfection; its resolution, transparency and dynamics are hard to beat. But in doing so, it trades its warmth for clarity and precision. The IEM2 cable brings that warmer touch back, while still uncovering abundant detail. Its tone is reminiscent of sitting by the fire on a cold winter day; a touch of warmth and light in a colder atmosphere.

SilverFi IEM2 cable
Wire: 4-strand pure silver
Price: $389

Iems used for listening:
Empire Ears Zeus, Rhapsodio Solar, Rhapsodio RTi2, EarSonics Velvet.
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SilverFi IEM2 Cable Review: An Organic Sound

Posted 5/15/15By MikePortnoy
Pros: Musicality, Instruments' tones, Control and transparency, Flexible builtCons: Looking, Soundstage (it may be a preference and approach, not really a con)Mr. Saktanber from Turkey, is a silver cable maker. He already has top class interconnects, headphone cables, digital cables, speaker cables in his store. Before starting, I would like to talk about Mr. Saktanber himself. He is a very nice person and open to learning as much as he can, even though he has been a cable maker for 17 years. He is also very helpful and wants to learn what we think about his cables. He does not sell cable to customers if he thinks that the cable is not beneficial for them.
He listens to cables before selling; if he isn’t satisfied with results, he starts to improve them for mass production. He makes his own raw material, as well. A passage from his introduction:
‘’We use our own creation of silver-alloy and silver and both are hand drawn in TURKEY by our experienced technicians. Thus, it can be said that SilverFi is one of the rare cable manufacturers that produce its own metal/alloy, and draw its unique solid silver conductors used in its original designs. ‘’


Built Quality:
It is really hard to believe that IEM2 is made by silver, since it has copper’s warmth and silver’s micro details. Also, it is really difficult, almost impossible to knot a tie in silver cables easily. Saktanber takes this dream into reality. The cable is really light, soft and flexible.
The look is not the best; some may find other aftermarket cables more attractive regarding their looks. The white sheath gives a premium feeling, but sleeving on pins is not good looking enough. However this cable is a very first one of SilverFi’s IEM range, and I believe Mr. Saktanber will improve both looking and comfort.
SilverFi offers old type Westone 2 pin, MMXC and Etymotic connectors at the moment. Cables are being made with Switchcraft plugs, but Mr. Saktanber also offers a variety of plugs including A&K 2.5 mm TRRS and Hifiman 3.5mm TRRS.
I asked Mr. Saktanber why he is not using black sheath at the moment. He said that IEM cables are much different than interconnects in terms of hygiene. IEM cables touch a lot to human body; he doesn't find the painting on current black sheath healthy. He thinks that black painting may have allergic and carcinogenic effects and white sheath is much more healthy compared to black sheath. He is looking for a healthy black sheath to use within cables. Once he find the proper one, he will make cables in black sheath. In sum, it is about health and I think it is good production logic.


Sound:
IEM2 has a smooth sound signature with rich tones on both mids and highs. IEM2’s low frequency is very tight and yet punchy. It gives your earphone tighter and more bodied low frequency response. Mid-bass presentation is not very prominent, but it is easier to hear resonances’ details compared to stock cable.
In general, mid-bass section creates some problems such as veiled presentation or making stage smaller due to their too much-bodied response. In spite of bodied mid-bass section of IEM2, there is a spacious and unveiled presentation. So, we can say that there is a very balanced mid-bass presentation with IEM2.
IEM2 mids are very rich; it makes instruments more bodied. Some say that it gives a thicker note presentation to earphone. This would be good for earphones, which are on the thinner side of the presentation.
However, we can say that there should be a more transparent center-mid presentation regarding our earphone. For example, I have no complaint about mid presentation’s transparency with UM Mentor, but we can have some transparency compliments with slightly V shaped earphones, such as H8P. Surely, IEM2 is very transparent compared to stock cable.
There is an interesting texture on the whole spectrum, especially on mids. This is not a grain or something disturbing. This unique texture takes instruments’ tones to reality and makes presentation more musical.
IEM2 has a smoother and very controlled sound signature on treble notes. It has copper taste presentation with silver’s detail articulation. It is very hard to believe that IEM2 is a pure silver cable. Although its smoother presentation compared to stock cable, there is no roll-off problem with this cable. Thanks to its smoothness, upper-mid region is very well controlled. Sudden attacks of vocals and instruments in this region are not piercing.
As other Silver-fi products, the main aim of IEM2 is to give a closer sound signature to real tones. Making a large soundstage is not a goal for Mr. Saktanber. Indeed, IEM2 does not have a big soundstage. Its depth is very good, but we shouldn’t expect a very wide stage.
The biggest improvement on the stage and instrument separation is its very dark background. Also, this black-dark background’s stability is superb.


Final Words:
I think IEM2 is a top class cable for earphones on analytic/bright side, such as UM Mentor or CA H8P. Surely, this idea may change depends on our preferences, since we all have different tastes. We can get many different sound signature from SilverFi IEM cable range for different earphones. For example, IEM-X is really good for those have a blacker-darker or thicker sounding, such as EW Legend R or SE5 Ref.
The price of IEM2 is around 360 USD.

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SilverFi IEM3 and IEM4 Cables Review

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http://silverfi.blogspot.com.tr/2015/11/silverfi-iem3-and-iem4-cables-head-fi.html






By MikePortnoyPosted 1 day, 3 hours ago · 202 Views · 5 CommentsPros: Organic presentation, Natural tone, Smooth Details, ResolutionCons: Stage width is not superbly impressive
Introduction:
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:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/672213/silverfi-d-2-vs-oyaide-dr-510-digital-cables-silverfi-spirit-sg-vs-rumi-sg-interconnects-review
http://www.head-fi.org/t/733502/silverfi-iem-cables-top-class-sounding-iem-and-headphone-cables-impressions-and-appreciation-thread
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.
Final Words:
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..
Lastly their prices:
IEM3: 749 USDIEM4: 875 USD
For contact info, please check:
http://silverfi.blogspot.com.tr
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SilverFi IEM2 Cable Impressions
I would like to share my short impressions about Silver-Fi IEM2 cable.
I have recently made a brief review of IEM1 cable, but Mr. Saktanber has decided to retune and revise IEM1. Now, it has more transparent sound with energetic highs and mids without piercing and overcoming whole frequency spectrum.
IEM2 has a smooth sound signature with rich tones on both mids and highs. IEM2’s low frequency is very tight and yet punchy. It gives your earphone tighter and more bodied low frequency response. Mid-bass presentation is not very prominent, but it is easier to hear resonances’ details compared to stock cable.
In general, mid-bass section creates some problems such as veiled presentation or making stage smaller due to their too much-bodied response. In spite of bodied mid-bass section of IEM2, there is a spacious and unveiled presentation. So, we can say that there is a very balanced mid-bass presentation with IEM2.
IEM2 mids are very rich, make instruments tone more bodied. Some say that it gives a thicker note presentation to earphone. This would be good for earphones which are on the thinner side of the presentation.
However, we can say that there should be a more transparent center-mid presentation regarding our earphone. For example, I have no compliment about mid presentation’s transparency with UM Mentor, but we can have some transparency compliments with slightly U shaped earphones. Surely, IEM2 is very transparent compared to stock and previous IEM1 cable. We should review IEM2 cable in its own perspective.
There is an interesting texture on the whole spectrum, especially on mids. This is not a grain or something disturbing. This unique texture takes instruments’ tones to reality and makes presentation more musical.
IEM2 has a smoother and very controlled sound signature on treble notes. It has copper taste presentation with silver’s detail articulation. It is very hard to believe that IEM2 is a pure silver cable. Although its smoother presentation compared to stock cable, there is no roll-off problem with this cable. Thanks to its smoothness, upper-mid region is very well controlled. Sudden attacks of vocals and instruments in this region are not piercing.
As other Silver-fi products have, the main aim of IEM2 is to give a closer sound signature to real tones. Making a large soundstage is not a goal for Mr. Saktanber. Indeed, IEM2 does not have a big soundstage. Its depth is very good, but we shouldn’t expect a very wide stage.
The biggest improvement on the stage and instrument separation is its very dark background. Also, this black-dark background’s stability is superb.
I think IEM2 is a top class cable for earphones on analytic/bright side. Surely, this idea may change depends on our preferences, since we all have different tastes.


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Mr. Saktanber from Turkey, is a silver cable maker. He already has top class interconnects, digital cables, speaker cables in his store. Blackmore had reviewed most of them. He had mentioned a lot of good idea about Saktenber’s cables. By taking these long reviews done before into consideration, I won’t do a long introduction.
Here is the link for Blackmore's review:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/672213/silverfi-d-2-vs-oyaide-dr-510-digital-cables-silverfi-spirit-sg-vs-rumi-sg-interconnects-review

Before starting, I would like to talk about Mr. Saktanber himself. He is a very nice person and opens to learning as much as he can, even though he has been a cable maker for 17 years.
He is also very helpful and wants to learn what we think about his cables. He does not sell cable to customers if he thinks that the cable is not beneficial for them.
He listens to cables before selling; if he does not satisfy, he starts to improve them for mass production. He makes his own raw material, as well. A passage from his introduction:
‘’We use our own creation of silver-alloy and silver and both are hand drawn in TURKEY by our experienced technicians. Thus, it can be said that SilverFi is one of the rare cable manufacturers that produce its own metal/alloy, and draw its unique solid silver conductors used in its original designs. ‘’

A short time ago, he has started to make IEM and headphone cables too. They are made by silver as you can guess.
I will mention some ideas about three cables made by Mr. Saktanber: IEM1, IEM1 Balanced and IEM2 Balanced.

IEM1 Upgrade Cable
(recently retuned by Silverfi for more open mids and highs)Here is the first impression about IEM1 of Mr. Saktanber. I have made a short comparison between Westone stock cable and IEM1 (Not balanced). The cables have enough burn-in hour to make a serious listening.
First of all, the stock cable has a bit bright sound; tonality is not good enough. Not even close to real sound of instruments. IEM1 takes Mentor’s sound to next level regarding tonality and the balance between frequencies. It gives an organic body to the sound and eliminates too brightness for a good listening. The IEM1 absolutely takes control of UM Mentor’s top end without decreasing its quantity.
Also, the stock cable has some tonality problems on upper-mids. Thus, the instrument separation is not good due to the tonal similarities between upper-mids’ region instruments. IEM1 fixes this problem on upper-mids and makes separation better and better.
IEM1 musicality is really amazing on the entire spectrum. It has an organic sound and instruments tones are very close to reality. It does not have a huge soundstage like Tralucent’s silver cable, however layering and imaging is a lot better than the stock cable.
Vocals are too forward with the stock and may be fatiguing. IEM1 puts vocals in the middle of the stage. That helps to make better separation and imaging.
It is really hard to believe that IEM1 is made by silver. Since, it has copper’s warmth and silver’s micro details. Also, it is really difficult, almost impossible to knot a tie in silver cables easily :) Mr. Saktanber takes this dream into reality. The cable is really light, soft and flexible.
Equipments for impressions:
Hifiman Hm802Hifiman HM901Unique Melody Mentor


I hope you like this short review. Next time, I am gonna write about IEM1-IEM2 comparison.
Here is the price for IEM cables:
IEM1: 249 USDIEM2: 398 USD
He also makes headphone cables for Audeze and HD800 with balanced plugs.
For his blog and contact information:
http://silverfi.blogspot.com.tr/

Mike Portnoy