Tellurium Q Ultra Black II Speaker Cable
Even taking in account all the awards that the old Ultra Black speaker cable won, this new version gives a whole new level of performance that is obvious from the first second of listening. Greater detail, more clarity, more organic but still sitting very firmly in the Black cable family.
The first few people to have heard the new cable were surprised to say the least.
Old Ultra Black
“Tellurium Q Ultra Black is the cable we wanted to make from day one. We told our UK distributor what to expect as we handed them a prototype that looked more like a fireman’s hose and less like a sonic phenomena. They glanced at the heavy, stiff and it has to be said ugly brown experiment. “Yes, well we will give it a go and take it to a few dealers to see what they think”. Later that day we get a phone call from our disbelieving UK distributors at Kog Audio, “what the hell is in it? We’ve never heard anything like this!”.
They took it on trust that the production version would be incredibly thin and flexible by comparison and look a whole lot better. So Kog Audio put in an advance order that day without needing to see or hear the production model because, in their words, “if it is even quarter as good as the prototype it will blow people away”.
We think that the production version sounds better than the prototype.
At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that the Blue Diamond and Ultra Black were the same cable with different printing but when you plug the Ultra Black into your system there is absolutely no doubt that the Ultra Black is in a totally different league.”
Black Family: Smooth, fine detailed and great resolution while actually reducing apparent harshness. Music is presented as a coherent, organic whole, with a jaw-dropping sense of realism and naturalness.
People have been asking how Tellurium Q® came about and what they are doing to make their products work so differently from what is currently available.
This has caused problems because there are trade secrets and production methodologies that they definitely do not want to share with their competitors.
Sometimes we are too much on the side of caution and that causes reviewers and their distributors a little problem. What do they say? What is the story to give customers, a hook, a reason to listen when there are so many companies claiming big things?
Why should people believe that we have a genuinely different approach? Yes a client can hear this is true within seconds of listening but the big problem is giving people a reason to want to listen having not yet heard the cable.
In the UK this is not such a big problem as more and more people are giving their feedback to their friends and Tellurium Q® is spreading rapidly by word of mouth as much as from the remarkable reviews.
However they can say a little about their background, how Tellurium Q® came about and what they had to do to develop the products. So here goes.
Geoff Merrigan’s official post at Tellurium Q® is director of strategy, however, most people don’t realise his original training was in industrial chemistry (materials etc) and he has kept his passion for science and learning through a range of activities which has given Tellurium Q its unique approach.
An interest in accelerated learning and behavioural modelling led to co-developing the Music Skills System with Simon Lomax where students learn musical instruments at an extraordinary speed.
This project also paved the way to a novel approach to audio cable development, though Geoff did not know it at the time.
In the very early days of Tellurium Q® Geoff made up many of the prototypes himself, building a sizeable number of the cables that customers own.
This experience coupled with his understanding of material science, allowed for an extensive mental-database and thus, the ability to visualise simulations of various materials, configurations and how they would probably behave. A huge short cut to the iterative design of physical cables. The shear volume of work has been made manageable by this ‘mind hack’ shortcut.
The team at Tellurium Q® always have a lot of work in the pipeline and this approach has been invaluable to the cause of delivering coherent and reliable results.
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