Rite Audio Cables
Reviews & Comments


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Palladiums / Silver QUAD+

Just wanted to say a huge “THANK YOU” for your products. I’ve been a musician and music lover that’s been addicted to Hi-fi since 1985.  Every once in a great while, a product comes along that lives up to all the hype.  Yours is most definitely one of them.

Having lived with literally dozens of systems over the years, and nearly 100 interconnects and combinations, I can certainly say that your Palladium/Silver Quad+ combination is far and away, the best I’ve owned.  Yes, I’ve had everything at over triple the price, and had recently downgraded to my previous “low cost” reference, the Virtue Audio Nirvana.  These low cost cables were hard to fault- and certainly enjoyable.

However the Palladium/Silver Quad+ combination bettered them in every area- and by a drastic margin in some. 

Overall, the sound is much more “gentle” and natural- if that is even possible. The backgrounds became even blacker, to a stunning degree.  There is no limit to the back or sides of the soundstage now- and notes emerge from a silence that makes listening a startling, spooky, holographic, and addictive experience.

The last bit of hash (and there wasn’t much left), is now totally gone.  The most strident early 80’s CD’s now are entirely listenable, and strings on well-recorded SACD’s have all the sheen, natural rosin, and sweetness that you hear from 5th-row center. 

Imaging is also drastically improved, and yes, even the bass impact is an improvement.  While perhaps not as powerful as the Nirvana’s, there is more pitch differentiation and control- and they are still breaking in. Perhaps in another week or so, the impact will also surpass anything I’ve heard before.

To all of you skeptical of  “off brand” or “Mom & Pop” cables; don’t be.  If you’re looking for overpriced audio “jewelry” cables, look elsewhere.   If you’re looking for the most satisfying, additive cables you can buy- at a price that’s impossible to pass up-  the MAC Palladium and Silver Quad+ system is truly remarkable.  BN

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SHOTGUNS / Reference ICs

“I wanted to send you a hearty Thank You for the Reference XLR ICs and Shotgun speaker cables I received a couple of weeks ago. 
 They are breaking in nicely and have added smoothness, balance and a dead silent background to my system.  Imaging has improved and become much more three dimmensional. Once again, the value your products represent is a true boon to those of us in the reasonable price realms of the HiFi world.” TZ

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Frank Alles - StereoTimes
MAC & Wyred 4 Sound

“In my system with my particular speakers, room, and associated gear, the best overall presentation I could achieve (meaning best imaging, best macro/micro dynamics, and most realistic and natural sounding) was provided by using a combination of the MAC (My Audio Cables) cables that I reviewed a short time ago. I have the MAC Palladium interconnects on my phono source, MAC UltraSilver+ Sound Pipes on my CD source, MAC CuQ Sound Pipes speaker cables, and a MAC HC Sound Pipes AC cord installed, and the sound is fantastic. This is also great news, as the MAC cables are less expensive than most competing products, and in fact are less expensive than some of the ones they replaced.” FA

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Frank Alles - StereoTimes
MAC Ultimate Source PC

“The Ultimate Source power cord is working really well for me and I like it a lot.  It gives my Magnepan system an immediacy to vocals that is simply stunning.  Congrats on introducing another fine cable to the MAC line.”


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StereoTimes Review Frank Alles
Mystics, Palladiums, UltraSilver+, HC PC & CuQs

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Steve McCormack (SMc Audio)
MACs of choice - Reference IC, Mystics & Burly

I want to commend you on making a very high-quality & high-value product.  I am enjoying all of the cables and using them in my current reference system as my unbalanced links. (MAC Burly with Furutech FI-25 termination)


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Audiophilia Andy Fawcett
MAC Cables - The Circle Squared

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MAC: Mystics - Customer Review

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Audiophilia Roy Harris
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The salient characteristics of the MAC products include a balanced frequency extension at both extremes, resolution capable of revealing subtle musical information and the ability to present complex material without congestion." RH

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Affordable Audio October 2007 Brad Mitchell
"MAC Au’s are like fine wine -- refined, soothing, and delicate.
– the best I’ve heard." BM


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POSITIVE FEEDBACK - Tom Campbell
A follow-up with the Palladium Sound Pipes interconnects

These ICs are not simply "good for the money"—they can compete on any level.

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK - Tom Campbell
"They are the most musically convincing cables I’ve heard, and bring out the absolute best qualities of all my components. . . .their presence has caused me to engage in longer and more enthusiastic listening sessions than any cable I’ve tried. . . . you owe it yourself to give them a shot."

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DECWARE POWER CABLES
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AUDIOGON PALLADIUM REVIEW
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Audio Asylum - MAC HC’s
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Audio Asylum - MAC CuQ's
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FEEDBACK
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MAC Silver QUAD+ IC, MAC Burly PC - “The effect was quite dramatic: The space is much better and the frequency balance too...” SJ

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MAC Reference IC - “Many thanks for the cables! The Reference is the the most neutral cable I have ever heard and it brings me a great joy: There are more layers in the music, more details, reality and musicality... Simply WOW!” SJ

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MAC HC & CuQs - . . . the power cord is currently being used with a Blue Circle power conditioner and the results are the best I've heard/seen.  I had been using two other power cords but the MAC beats them hand down.  Much better bass throughout the system and the picture quality on my LCD has never looked so good.  As for the loudspeaker cables more audible refinement in the treble and bass, presently, I don't know which cables are making the most change but together a big 2 thumbs up! TA


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Vibe IC's and Paradise PC are settling in and they sound amazingly musical, clear and dynamic with great low level contrast.  By the way, after installing the cables my problematic hum and high frequency rush noise I was experiencing at moderate to high volume levels is now GONE!!  Keep up the good work.  FYI, your cables replaced a $2000 PC and a $2500/M pair of IC’s.” DB


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MAC Vibe - I’ve previously used Anti-Cable ICs, but found Clear Day solid core silver ICs to sound, well, clearer and more open in my system.  I needed a longer power cable and decided to get MAC’s new Paradise PC.  At that time I noticed the new Vibe copper foil IC and, always curious about foil cables, bought that also.  The Paradise is a step up from the HC.  However, the Vibe was major improvement over the Clear Day.  It was the best of both worlds: the clarity of the solid core silver coupled with what can only be described as a sparkling, lush midrange with a killer tone!  The bass is solid and real and requires no strain to hear the melodies, yet brings no hyped-up attention to itself.  The words “rich” and “warmth” don’t adequately describe the Vibe because it implies rolled-off, overly smooth, and forgiving.  It is rich in the sense that you can hear and follow so many sounds that arrive in balance, with each voice, instrument , and meldoy easily identified by its tone, timbre, and melody.  It is warm in that it isn’t sterile sounding or clinical, but does not cloud nor diminish anything.   After 100 hours of break-in I went back and forth with the Clear Days and found the Vibe to be clearer (the proverbial clean window), more open, and with a realistic large soundstage that appeared to float without being “clownish.” MH

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MAC Burly PC - You must not say the Burly is only for high current applications. This is a fine cable Steve. I really betters the PS Audio (on my Wadia). As mentioned, I fully believe you struck gold here;) RL


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MAC Reference IC - Owner Review

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MAC Ultimate Source PC - I threw it on my VTL tube amp in my Magnepan system and I can't believe how detailed it is and how great it sounds on guitar strings.  It's very revealing without sounding harsh or nasty.  The push-pull VTL now has the slam and frequency extension of a push-pull amp with the immediacy of a SET amp.  Very nice! I will likely try it in other positions as things progress, but so far I'm stoked.” FA


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MAC SHOTGUNS - The Shotguns arrived, are hooked up, and sound wonderful.” CC

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MAC SHOTGUNS - “So Friday, I plug in the Gizzmo. Saturday, I plug in the Shotguns. (couldnt' wait) I already had the Ultimate Unnamed Mystery Source Power Cord. So, now it's like I got these 3 new elements cooking over the weekend in my small listening room system.

You are evil.

I didn't leave the house, or the listening room, or the couch on Sunday morning, or Sunday day, or Sunday night!” DD


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PRELIMINARY SHOTGUN SC COMMENTS

The Shotgun doesn't just sound like a good cable, or even a superb cable - it now sounds first and foremost like a MAC cable, which is what I was waiting and hoping for, and a spectacularly good one at that . . .

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MAC Velvets - Velvet ICs are not just wires, they are jaw dropping high end reference cables! Very transparent, smooth, great timbre, tone, and imaging. Ranks with the best! KXL

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MAC UltraSilver+ - Just wanted to let you know these cables rock and not even broke in yet, im replacing my Audience Au24 with these. KE

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MAC CuQs - I think I get the picture right out of the box (with the exception of the bass, which will take some time).  Basically, they're like all your other cords.  There is a wonderful "palp" factor which was missing with my five previous cord attempts (including my old faithfuls, AP oval 9's).  Tons of air up top without being harsh - tone quality is neutral (the 9's are a bit warm, and not so great with my tube gear, which is why I wanted to try yours); plenty of slam - the PrAT factor is off the charts.  Brings voices a bit forward, which my system also needed.  Basically, like your other cords, it just seems not to smear the signal or mess with it.  I don't want tone controls - I want to hear what was recorded, and these do a fantastic job.  They make you want to listen, and constantly draw you back into the music if you're reading or speaking - I can't think of a bigger compliment.  They are "musical" in the best sense of the word - they convey proper harmonic structure, stage, and detail without calling attention to themselves as a filter.   I've had some good cords - JPS Labs, Cardas Golden, Tara Labs, Audioquest, etc., and these are their equal, or more. 
I will now, of course, need a pair of the sub cables. JK

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MAC HCs - I got the pcs yesterday. They look really good and sound quite nice. I have about 10 hours of burn in on them and am quiet impressed. I will write you some feedback when I get more hours on them. They are very good and replaced some vh audio pcs, they are smoother and harmonically more complex but just as extended on both ends. With the palladiums it seems like its all coalescing together. Sweet. Speaker cables next. JR


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MAC HCs - I got the Sound Pipes on Thursday and once putting them in my system (amp and preamp), I noticed that the imaging and tone changed for the better.  I'm very impressed with their build quality as well (even though they didn't arrive in a velvet-lined walnut box). 
Thanks for the bargain on some great cords. H



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MAC Palladiums - I received my Palladiums and burned them in for about 60 hours  on my Frykleaner as you recommended.  They went into my system today.  All I can say is WOW!  They are a revelation.  I am hearing instruments and nuances I have never before heard on recordings that I've listened to for over 15 years.  They are unbelievably detailed, yet as smooth as velvet.  Usually getting that much detail means you pay the price of added harshness and sibilance, but not with these.  Now I just have to save up enough to buy some more   .  The soundstage is HUGE, going well beyond my speakers on either side, yet with pinpoint accuracy.
Thanks so much for such great service and such a fantastic product at a great price. CP



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MAC Palladiums - First, let me say that the Palladiums took 192 hours (give or take a few hours) [Ed. 200-300 hrs recommended] to actually relax, get full extension, and lose the hardness in the mid-treble.  I can see why others would give up - that's a darn long time!!!  But indeed, they did finally break in, and they are, as you say, the best ICs out there, especially for anything approaching this kind of money.  They originally sounded rather warm, because the lack of high-end extension was by default favoring the midrange, but as they opened up, they became extremely neutral - the sound is simply wonderful.  Huge stage, tons of air, tons of detail, harmonics are dead-on, great palp factor.  The best thing I can say about them is that they don't just place an instrument where it's supposed to be - they actually give the illusion that the music is being generated from a source directly behind the instrument, as it would be in "real life."  I've never heard air behind instruments like this before - and I've had some really, really nice cables.  If I could afford the speaker cables, I'd buy them in a heartbeat.  JK

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MAC - . . .I can't tell you how happy I am I stumbled upon your product line on Audiogon.  You prove that you don't need 100k to have a great music system...you need good engineering, attention to detail, and most of all...a good ear.  You certainly have them all! JK

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MAC Line-Level Sub Cable - The cable indeed exceeded my expectations.  My first impression out of the box was the high quality of construction; it is one fine looking cable. The real thrill was hooking it up to the subwoofer and experiencing the articulate slam.  Not boomy, but fast and detailed.  The addition of the Dali Suite 1.2 sub to my Suite 2.8 floorstanders has made the system much more open and lifelike.  I can't believe that I'm not listening to much more expensive speakers.  Your cables; IC's, HC power cords, and now this sub cable have improved my enjoyment of music each time a new one is added. You are a cable artist of the highest caliber.  Also thanks for the quick turnaround time (I only had to wait one day for the cable after receiving the sub).  I'm positive that we'll do business again sometime in the future. FH


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MAC UltraSilver+ XLR - I just wanted to follow up with you on the MAC UltraSilver XLR cable I purchased from you last month. It sounded great out of the box, but after breaking it in it got better, and I must say that this is a superb sounding IC cable. They are quite detailed, have great extension at both ends, and great clarity across the board. The treble is particularly sweet. The imaging is very wide, full, and more forward and "in the room" to me which I really like. A solid silver balanced cable at this price that performs the way yours does is a rare find in this hobby. JS

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MAC HC - The cables sound great.  It is my first experience with aftermarket power cables but I was very pleased and surprised at the difference! Thanks (especially for taking the time to burn them in!!!)  - PC

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MAC UltraSilver+ - The cables look really well made and they sound excellent.  I was using Zu Gede cables and your cables have much improved my bass which is exactly what I was wanting to do. Well done once again from a repete and future customer! SH

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MAC CuQ - Fantastic cables.  Smooth, detailed, airy, and pretty too :)  What a deal!  Thanks again, Steve, always a pleasure! MM

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MAC Palladium
- Steve's products are without peer, as is Steve. I have no other cables in my home other than MAC, and I find them to outperform anything I have tried to include cables at 10x the price. Buy MAC and you won't be sorry! RJ


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MAC UltraSilver+ - I put my XXX interconnects up for sale on Audiogon this morning.  I compared their best to your Ultra Silver and your cable just beat it hands down, no contest.  The XXX was thin sounding and had a lot of sibilance.  I couldn't even try the XYZ because it picked up noise.  The Ultra Silver has a full range, great bass and wonderful detail with no sibilance.  Nice job! TB

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MAC Reference IC
References are so neutral and possessing such authority. . . . they (Reference) have taken my system to another level. I could quite confidently say that I'm happy with my system. GC

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MAC Palladium - Shiznit !
As in marvellous....the words I recall reading in a review of these cables rang truer than any other item I've read about and then experienced.....Bloom, dimension, full ambience revealed, highly resolved and yet ohh so sweet, Balanced, delicate and refined WITHOUT the leading edge softening/blurring one gets with silver cables....MMmmm usic :-)))) LA


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MAC AgQ -
These are some fine cables and they sound great even before burn in! I am also impressed that I didn't have to spend $500+ for similar cables elsewhere. SM

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MAC HC - 5***** Rating, Your power cable made my EARTHQUAKE MKVI-15 Sub have more authority, and faster speed.Which makes the sub disappear now.I had a friend over to watch Transformers.The first thing he asked me was. where is the sub? Thanks


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MAC HC - Done!  Your cable blew away signal cable red storm and some volex cryo'd I have.


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MAC HC - 5***** Rating, Your power cable made my EARTHQUAKE MKVI-15 Sub have more autority, and faster speed.Which makes the sub disappear now.I had a friend over to watch Transformers.The first thing he asked me was. where is the sub?

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MAC CuQ - I continue to wire my whole system with cables from Steve. His products are excellent values, and excellent performers. One would be silly to buy cables anywhere else! Great products!

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MAC Palladium - These cables are spectacular, even before breakin!!! Thank you!! TW

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MAC HC - The MAC HC Soundpipe is a staggering value! Detailed, transparent AND smooth! How?! Is it the Silver? The gorgeous braided design? Who cares, it works! Thanks Steve! MM

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MAC Braided - Bettered Tara Prisms immediately out of the box, and would imagine that legit break-in period will reveal more benefit. Nice cables. MH


MAC HC - PC cables look BEAUTIFUL, and sound AMAZING! Brings out lushness, musicality, nuance. Incredible performance at an incredible price. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!! L

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MAC Cu - Great Product -- hooked 'em up and wow -- even right out of the box open and airy. Even better than advertised. JP

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Steve is a fantastically knowledgeable and reasonable guy that has a collection of truly exceptional cables for a reasonable price. Since purchasing an initial MAC HC Sound Pipe powercord I have rewired my entire system with MAC cables. MM

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MAC AgQ - A great find in this often too high priced hobby! These cables are clean,transparent, and best of all, musical! Highly recommended! RJ

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MAC HC - I've noticed the areas of best improvement from the HC's are in soundstage depth, and width. Also, micro-dynamics, and low level detail is freaking amazing; almost scaring the crap out of me!! I've heard things today for the first time on discs that are old as 13. I've NEVER heard those things before! Outstanding!! My whole system is cabled by you, and I tell you what; your products have transformed my meager $4000 system, to levels approaching 10! Seriously! And as I'm listening currently to Back To Mine, Everything But The Girl...a song by Model 500, called The Flow....the snare drum sounds complete, and whole, with an outlining snap that I've never heard before. I listened to a song earlier, and the decay from what I knew for years, is actually, not a decay, but a decay with a digital reverb, stuttering the note.....!! That note, as I've always heard, has been washed away in a grey haze of noise...these HC's simply supply an incredibly clean flow of juice for the components to drink. BR _______________________________________

MAC AgQs - I loved the first set of AgQ's I bought so much I bought a second! Steve makes great cables and the service is second to none. RJ

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MAC Palladiums - I just put the palladiums on. They have fattened up my system. It's much more lush and I dare say analog sounding. The music is jumping out of my speakers. I am listening to Beethoven's 9th and amazed how full it sounds. I was just listening to the sacd of Bluetrane a good recording to begin with. The stereo seperation was better, the overall timbre of the instruments is more true to life. THANK YOU O GREAT WIRE GOD. Your loyal subject GS _______________________________________
MAC Palladiums - Thank you for dropping off the palladiums, you're NOT getting them back! I am truly amazed, I have to admit. Within 10 measures of listening I was hooked. All this talk about soundstage, air, etc., was all just hyperbole to me until this set of cables. MC
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MAC AgQ - Ordinarily I think a lot of the audiophile discussion is just a bit precious and I can't understand some of it. However, out of the bag, these interconnects do something amazing. They don't get in the way. There's something more 'real' about the listening experience. They're hooked up to a Marantz SA11-S1 that arrived yesterday so I'm blown away by my CD's and SACD's. MC

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MAC HC - Just hooked up the MAC HC to my headphone amp.  My goodness!  The HC is incredible!  Musical, intimate, detailed, spacious, dynamic and quiet.  I've never had a cable that delivered so many excellent qualities so excellently.   Wow!  I just heard the bass go through the bottom of the floor on a recording I thought was bass-light!  Frederica von Stade's voice is more vibrant, melodic and sculpted in space than I've ever heard before.  Oh, boy--I've got the whole weekend ahead of me!  (hee, hee, hee: audiophile giggle)  Thanks again, Steve! PB

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MAC Silver Braided - Hooked up your Braided Silver IC yesterday on my secondary system. Wow! Big, detailed, robust soundstage; nimble, extended highs; rich, glowing mids; deep, taut bass. Both male and female vocals were detailed, clear and luscious. Decay from cymbal hits, string pluck and piano strikes ever-so-slowly dissolves into pronounced silence. Silver cable with zero downside typically associated with silver cable. Your MAC cables are making me glad I'm an audiophile! PB

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MAC Palladiums - Thanks so much for the great deal on the 2ft Palladium IC's. As soon as I received them I put them in place of a pair of Audio Metallurgy IC's and the holographic soundstage and detail, not to mention a significant improvement in bass blew me away immediately. Even my wife who thinks that I only imagine that different cables make a difference noticed that the sound was smoother and more natural. FH

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MAC Cu Speaker Cables - Steve, you've got to be kidding me! These speaker cables are knocking my socks off, and I don't even have 3 hrs. on them. I hope I can get some sleep tonight, I had a long 10 hr. day, and wasn't planing on staying up as late as I have already, but I just can't seem to tear myself away from the music.  GM

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MAC Palladiums - Thank you for dropping off the palladiums, you're NOT getting them back! I am truly amazed, I have to admit. Within 10 measures of listening I was hooked. All this talk about soundstage, air, etc., was all just hyperbole to me until this set of cables. MC

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MAC Source - Just got the MAC SPCs and swapped out the PS Audio Xstream ("Silver Power" and "Power Masters") power cords from my system.  Even though the MACs are "stone cold" (i.e. no burn-in), I can easily and immediately discern big--and I mean BIG--improvements in the sound!  The MACs are noticeably quieter, and render much more detail, in both quantity and quality.  There's a much more accurate balance, weight and organic synergy to the music.  Tone, texture and timbre across the entire frequency spectrum is vastly more musical and believable.  Dynamics and speed are just right.  Vocal and instrumental elements each take on their unique sonic character, faithfully occupying their respective spaces within the lush sound scape.  Soundstage is much bigger and unbridled.  Coupled with the MAC Palladium ICs, listening is a pure delight! And I got two superior PCs (the MAC SPCs) for less than the price of one inferior PC (either of the XStreams)! Hello, MAC SPC!  Good-bye (and good riddance), PS Audio XStream!  : ) Thanks a million, Steve!  Your MAC Palladium interconnects, and now your MAC SPC power cords, mark two, majorly memorable milestones in my audiophile career.  It's wonderful to find something you've always been looking for, but were afraid you'd never find, in this often crazy audiophile world.  Finding it at an unbelievable bargain price makes it even more wonderful!  If it sounds like I'm gushing with gratitude, well . . . it's because I am! PB

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MAC Cu Speaker Cables - I've come to one conclusion that these have got to be the best cables I've every used as far as transparency, and detailed resolution. The UltraSilver + IC's are very detailed, and accurate, without having that "detailed, accurate edge, or brightness". They simply let the signal come through unaltered; un-colored. The Cu Speaker cables, are incredible in their robust, presentation. The Cu's, like the UltraSilver+'s are detailed, and accurate, but they give that last nuance of harmonic richness of the recording. The Cu's seem to let every ounce of weight, and body, that is naturally associated with the material, not a pumped up, bloated, or "warm" sounding. They let a natural "warmth" come out, that is attributed to the music, not the cable. The MAC cables simply let the music through. They have a very minimal effect, if any on the sound. They are truly transparent. Not only are they true to the source. But, they seem to have the amazing ability to present, EVERY style of music with no drawbacks at all. As they age, I've noticed a better sense of sweetness in the upper frequencies, and bass seems to take on a much more palatable form, the midrange, oh god, the midrange.......with these cables, I've NEVER heard the midrange region bloom like I have with these cables....simply stunning! Steve, you have designed something of an incredible value. These cables can easily compete with products costing FAR more that what you charge.........Somebody get this guy a booth at CES!!!! I think your on the road to a GREAT success!!!! BR

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MAC Palladiums - So the cables arrived. I put a tad of Walker SST on the tips of the connections, and put them into my system. Even though they have been cooked, I know that they need to settle down and get used to the system. And...oh my gosh, they are good, VERY GOOD. They are temporarily replacing a cable that I have grown to love and admire, that retails for $3,000/m. I know that I am just coming to know your cables, but what a powerful first impression. Either way, these cables are NOT leaving my system. TP

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MAC HC - By the way, the power cord added everything to my system. It BLEW AWAY my PS audio punch (my first foray into trying out power cords) cables. Of course that's not saying much, but I've wasted some money buying those. They definitely beat out the Preludes as well. And I'm not sure yet, but they are comparable to a Cello Grand Piano cord that I got used. JT

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MAC Palladiums - All I can say is; if these cables we're taken from me, I would go into serious withdrawals!!! These cables have made such a profound difference in my system, it sounds as if I've upgraded my gear to a whole different level! I can not believe how these cables can be so accurate, and detailed, without ever sounding bright, or shrill. BR

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MAC HC - Thanks so much for the follow up. Actually last night was the first time I had the chance to connect your cable and make a quick comparison between your cable and  the Richard Gray Power Cord that I was using with the unit. Even though I know that any cable needs a break in period time I can honestly say that right out of the box your Mac HC Soundpipe Power Cord sounds much better than the most expensive Richard Gray High Tension Power Cord. Your Mac HC has a faster transient response and make my TRL Modified Marantz SA14 ver.2 sound much more alive than with the Richard Gray Power Cord and that's with only a few hours of playing time. I cant wait to see how much better your Mac HC power cord will sound after a 200+ hours break in period which it what I like to give cables in order to see how really good they are. I have no doubt that your Mac HC SoundPipe Power cord will sound much better in my system. I have to say that Now I do believe that a power cord does not need to be expensive in order to offer you an outstanding performance. Your Mac HC power cord will definitely will replace my 4 times more expensive Richard Gray High Tension Power Cord. CR


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MAC HC - I recently purchased two of these power cables and was so impressed, that I later purchased several more, replacing all my previous stock power cables with them. Since installing these new power cables, my system has a more refined sound that is extremely pleasant and enjoyable. Voices and instruments are more separated with improved timbre, especially on acoustic and jazz recordings. The overall sense of space heard during a good recording is nicely enhanced, and it actually seems the entire system resolution is better. There is a feeling of less fatigue from longer listening sessions. I am at a loss to explain how this could have resulted from installing these power cables. I have previously been greatly skeptical about power cable claims, and in fact I still remain skeptical about the vast majority of power cable claims. I have not done A/B comparisons with these MAC HC Sound Pipes beyond the first round of simply replacing my stock power cables with them, so I obviously cannot defend against anybody claiming placebo is responsible here. But I have to say that I am completely convinced that these new power cables have made these great improvements just described, the difference was immediately apparent to me. So I couldn't resist making a post here about them, hoping that others might benefit from my experience. I might also mention that the build quality of these cables is excellent, and the person who makes them (Steve Hallick) has been "one of the good ones" to do business with. Here's a pic of this specific MAC HC Sound Pipe, taken from the MyAudioCables.com website. You can click on the pic, if you want to link to his site and check out his product lineup further. Highly recommended. 

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We are so happy with our new MAC HC Power Cables.

Steve, thank you so much for making these incredible products for us. Thank you also for the very generous Oyaide connectors upgrade, what an extremely
nice surprise. I notice the Oyaide's seem to have a much better grip and "feel" when making the connection. I see the cosmetic design of the cables
is new as well, and while they looked great before, now they look even better (very classy). With these MAC HC's, our system has received an
immediate and obvious sonic upgrade, it has never sounded so good. It is really amazing. I had not realized how important a power cable could be to
component and overall system performance.
Thomas

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Great build quality,better than most. I hope people will stop buying the mega-buck, mega-joke cables that are choking the life out of your pocket book, give Mac a try, and then sell all your MIT, Nordost and Kimber cables. Don’t waste any more money!
Mike

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The regret I have , that Audiogon allows only 250 words for feedback comments..that's not nearly enough to describe your cables !
They are simply amazing right out the box...I was floored to hear my system after putting your power cables and Palladiums on .
Never dreamed that it can sound so good .
I was looking to get new speakers VR4 MkII...but your cables put a whole new life in my Totem Model 1s ..might just hang on to them for little longer lol
The soundstage just grew ..and grew ..and grew...I think ended up in my neighbours living room accross the street lol..
The clarity , detail and softness are beyond my expectation specially for brand new cables..
Friend of mine Brett got his cables on Friday ...we are working together ...Friday we were on late afternoon shift so we got home very late ...2:30 am Saturday...shortly after he called me up...and I was very surprized to hear him so exited about cables...he is one of those audiophiles - that it has to be amazing to actually be worth mentioning....he could not stop talking about it..lol
Recently he had a set of Harmonic Technology Magic Ones ( $1200 in local audio stores here in Canada )...well....your IC apparently "smoke them " lol
I think he is on the mission to replace all of his ICs with your Palladiums...right now he is bidding on second set on Audiogon...He also could not belive , that cables right out of the box can sound soooo good lol
We are working for a large comapany ..over 6000 employees and many of them are into high end audio...my mission is to get them to give the Palladiums a try lol...I know I got one of them hooked on it lol
Steve ...what you've done is amazing....you made the high end audio more affordable and enjoyable to mere mortals...not just select few who can dish out thousands of dollars for their gear..WITHOUT the compomize of quality of sound and the magical expierience that music brings to life...
I guess you have a fan club north of the border lol
I'll be on the look out on the Audiogon for your speaker cables ...can't wait to give them a shot and see how they compare to my PS Audio Statments Bi-wires...I know I'm sold on your ICs and power cables..
Great job ....thank you very much. D

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Cables are great as described, excellent transaction. Prompt communication and very fast shipping.
Will buy from again! A+++++ Buy with confidence. Marcel

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Superb P.C. Arrived very quickly. Comms were quickly answered and helpfull. Have just started listening to the cord,but,WOW! Very,very interesting,I can't wait to hear how this cord sounds with some break in. Extremely satisfied!!!!!!! The matched pair really help my mono's perform at their best. Price/performance ratio just can't be beat!!!!! Doing business with Steve is pure pleasure! Thanks!
Kirby

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Mac HC Sound Pipe - Better than ANYone
Great transaction and a great product. At this price and even more they are unbeatable! Highly recommended.
Tom

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MAC UltraSilver+ Sound Pipes - I realize silver has a break-in period, but these sounded great out of the box!
Bill C.

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My first impressions were pretty accurate I think. Your wire is really very good. It does not represent the tone control school of thinking but is more representative of an accurate portrayal of the recording. Both the interconnect and speaker wires are open and detailed without much loss of body or warmth. Their imaging is quite palpable with an in the room presence which is nice. If a system is of the typical "audiophile" balance, meaning bright, etched, overcooked then your wire might not be the best choice. In a system that is balanced toward a musical presentation they fit in very nicely. The power cord was a little more difficult to get a handle on as it seems to be somewhat dependent on the piece of gear it was hooked up to. It really did seem to improve some pieces more than others. It worked very well to smooth out a certain tube preamp that had a slight glare. Overall I would say that your products represent an excellent value and are more than competitive with big name wire selling for three to four times your price. I have already recommended your products to several people.
Thanks again, David


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These are without a doubt the nicest wires I have ever owned personally and represent a level of quality that any audiophile would be proud to own. We are slowly building a true reference system here at Hawthorne Audio and like many folks must be certain of a products performance and value when confronting spending this kind of money. I have been using MAC products for quite some time now and I never find myself looking for an upgrade. To me Steve's products represent piece of mind... One less thing to ever concern myself with. Buy them once and keep them forever... Now, how many other audiophile products can we say that about? That is our goal here at Hawthorne Audio... Make available products that will be in your systems for a very, very long time....
Enjoy
Darrel and Diana


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MAC UltraSilver+ - The detail out of these is extremely high, and they're musical out of the box. They're constructed to a very high standard and seem durable. Steve's great to deal with!
Kirby

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Just wanted to follow-up and let you know that I really like your cables and think you have a very good price/performance ratio.  Thanks for the help and bundling them together to save me money.  As compared with similarly priced Audio Magic products, your fit and finish is superior.
 
Thanks again,
Tom

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Just reviewed the cable now.
I tested with 128kbps & 320kbps LAME encoded mp3's and original AIFF files. I did a blind test and correctly chose the AIFF each time.
Before trying the cable, I thought my hearing couldn't detect anything above 256kbps, but with your cable I can even hear differences between 320kbps mp3s and the CD files! If you know your audio fidelity, you know that's a big deal.
Considering I work primarily in the music industry, this is an amazing sounding cable and I'm going to be using this one for a long time.
Only problem with the cable? Now I have to re-encode my CD library :)
I'm very happy :)
Luke

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“I have been an audiophile a long time... I truly love this hobby of pursuing the best sound possible. But, I have learned that lots of money does not necessarily buy lots of better sound. This is especially true of speaker cables and IC's. In the past I have spent up to $4500 for speaker cables and up to $2500 for IC's. But, now I have found outstanding cables from a small producer by the name of MAC... "My Audio Cables." I am using his UltraSilver IC's... one from my Musical Fidelity A5 CD Player to my Audio Research VSi55 Integrated Tube Amp, and one from my DirecTV HD DVR to the ARC VSi55. I am in "Hog" heaven... I can hardly believe how an IC less than $300 can bring out all the sound you would ever envision from my Spendor S8e speakers. Coupled with the MAC Sound Pipes speaker cables, biwired, the sound is magnificent! I now have the UltraSilver Sound Pipes speaker cables on order, but it may be that I can't improve on what I'm hearing now... but, I will see. Steve Hallick offers a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied after listening for a month... but, so far, I have not sent back any thing. Why should I? His cables blew away the "expensive" cables I had. If you don't believe me... just try his cables for a month and then tell me I'm wrong. I bet you will thank me, if you do try them. With my system, they are the best I've heard in all respects.”
by Skooks

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Another very nice pair of cables,this time UltraSilvers. The detail out of these is extremely high,and they're musical out of the box. They're constructed to a very high standard and seem durable. Steve's great to deal with, another ex trans!!!!!

Kirby
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Njoe Tjoeb - Tweak

The sonic character was preserved, but the sound was much fuller, more air , more musical and more engaging especially on the vocal part.  It is a job well done.

Palladium Digital Cable
The "Palladium" cable and it shocked me right away.  Everything sounded so different-- the sound stage was much wider, the bass slam was incredible and the overall system was 2-3 dbs louder. The "Palladium"  cables was definitely a nice surprise and when paired with the silver, they brought out the best of the both world.

Chris

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Superb P.C. Arrived very quickly. Comms were quickly answered and helpfull. Have just started listening to the cord,but,WOW! Very,very interesting,I can't wait to hear how this cord sounds with some break in. Extremely satisfied!!!!!!!

Kirby

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I am very pleased with the speaker cables (MAC Sound pipes). I have been using them for about 6 months with various speakers and find that they just let the signal come through without any signature of their own. At this level of performance, it is easy to reccomend to all audiophiles who are not swayed by high prices.

Art

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Audio with the 'Palladium cable' can find much more detail  from
  before. It is not bright as 'Silver cable' and faster sound than 'Silver cable' with deep and solid bass. Moreover, it sound silkly smooth. I can consider that this must the best buy in this price range, even better than five times price of it!!!!  You do not belive, try to use about five times dearer price cable to compare then can prove  I am correct! I am 100%  satisfy with the cable. Thanks a lot, Steve.

Sam

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The Ultra Silver is one fine interconnect! Maybe as good as any I've ever heard... and, in my audiophile days I've had some of the best... including the top of the MIT line that cost me thousands! Now, I realize just how stupid I was back then. But, then I thought musical quality was directly proportional to the cost of the cable. 

How sweet it is to spend a couple hundred dollars and hear the best that my current system has sounded. The problem that had been bugging me for a long time with this system has now disappeared entirely. And, now, it is just pure musical delight... so seductive and sweet, and yet, very precise and defining.

I have only about 80 hours on the IC, so it will probably get a little better... if that's possible. But, if it does not budge another ounce, I'm totally satisfied! You have a real winner! And, I have real music!

Thanks, Steve!
Hugh

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I love your cables and can't wait no more... Especially the Palladiums...Awesome!....send me a single 3 foot length of Palladium to serve as my full time digital interconnect


Howie

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I now have about 65 hours on my MAC Sound Pipes... and, what I am hearing now is very very good! They have the quality of portraying a voice with warmth, but yet they pass on the dynamics with fantastic definition and exactness. To sum up what I have heard so far... and, I'm sure they still have some breaking in to do... they are MUSIC! They are the best I have heard with my system... they mate the ARC VSi55 amp with the Spendor S5e speakers in musical harmony.

Hugh

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I have used Monster Cable, single stranded Cat 5 and 6, Romex and a weave of Cat 5 and 6.  In each case there was a compromise that could be easily identified.  The monster cables had a blurred presenation, the single strand cat wire was sharp but thin, the Romex was better, but hard to work with.  In the end, I thought the cat weaves were the best compromise in my system.
 
That was until I tried your speaker wires in my system.  From a physical standpoint, your wires are well constructed and easy to work with.  Listening to them is effortless.  They actually get out of the way and leave me with no easily identifiable compromises.  As I have worked to refine my system, I have never been hung up on the popular mods and tweaks.  I'll try things only if I feel they are going to address a particular shortcoming I've identified in my system.  I accepted your offer to try the MAC speaker cables because I wasn't happy with mine.  Since they have been installed, I'm not even interested in trying other cables.  Your cables do exactly what I wanted them to do.  They take my mind off the compromises and let me enjoy the music.

The speaker cables have made such an improvement that I can't imagine switching them out.  Recently, I went back to my braided Cat6 cables, cringed and put the MAC's back in place.  I found it funny that the difference is much more dramatic after living with the MAC cables for a while and then reverting to the others.
 
Jerry

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I was a happy Cat 5 user for about 3 years.   It truly was the "cat's meow" so to say.
 
Very detailed, airy and open.  Made my old multi-stranded firehose sized cables sound "smeary" and unfocused. I was done and inside I laughed at people who paid hundreds or thousands of $$$ on cables - I mean, really...
On a whim I tried silver speaker cables from MAC (myaudiocables) who offer a 30 day money back guarantee.
WOW!  Warmth, more low end, and MUCH MUCH smoother was my impression after about 100 hours. Yet they lost NO detail and are still open and airy - to me it is the best of both worlds.  
I have put Cat 5 back in the loop a time or two and now it sounds very harsh by comparison, almost grating.  I thought Cat5 was good, but for a very reasonable price I have found better.

Cable search over.
 
A matter of fact, I liked their speaker cables so well I also went with their ICs and power cables and could not be happier, and they are gorgeous to boot.

Grey

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The speaker wires are fully burned in by now and are the finest I have ever owned. I do not currently have an amplifier that has the resolution necessary to reveal all the details that I'm sure your wires are capable of. I got them primarily so as to eliminate one more variable in my system. I rest assured that they are not going to be a week link for us.

Darrel

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The (power) cord is working great.  A few guys inquired about it--I gave them your website.  As far as the sonics,  it's just as good as the big names in audio. 

Alex

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Excellent guy to deal with - Bought 3 digital coax cables and they sound great.

Khoi

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Great cables, quick shipping. These interconnects sound much more expensive than they are!

Foxman

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Steve's power cords are very very good!!....I love them so much that I bought 2 of them!!..Highly recommended!

Longho

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I haven't heard a lot of cables, but I'll tell you what, these interconnects just plain let the music through. The sound staging is awesome. I'm using a cheap $30 DVD player, and even that sounds good. I haven't heard the speaker and power cords yet, but if they are anything like the interconnects, you definitely have a winner. You certainly can't go wrong here. The detail  was astonishing right from the moment I hooked these interconnects up. I hate these cables so much, you can't have 'em back.

Ray


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