Townshend Fractal F1 Loudspeaker Cables
If you have the funds available this is the last speaker cable you will ever need to own. This comment is based on our own listening experience with this cable. We have a pair for anyone to listen to in our dedicated auditioning suites.
The F1 Fractal™ speaker cable combines Townshend’s remarkable Fractal™ proprietary treatment, with its impedance matched cable geometry to bring you the most transparent, accurate and captivating speaker cable they can envisage .
Forty years in development, the F1 Fractal™ speaker cable is Townshend’s first new speaker cable in fourteen years!
I’m not a great believer in cables. They are not the sort of thing I enjoy reviewing.
Differences are fairly small, and you have to listen long and hard for differences that may not be obvious in a blind test.
Using the Townshend F1 Fractal speaker cable was a different ball-game. I have various sets of expensive cable in the house, which shall remain nameless, and having swapped in and out the various cables, it rapidly became apparent that what the F1 Fractal were doing was blindingly obvious, and highly significant.
Listening to a Hi-Res recording of the 2nd Brahms Serenade, the F1 was removing a level of smudge and dirt from the music, the bass was tighter and cleaner, much easier to understand musically, but perhaps the largest difference was the 3-d chiselled soundscape they were creating.
I could suddenly hear the layering of the orchestra, where the instruments were located precisely in space, and with such clarity.
Changing back to the previous cables, the sound stage became completely two-dimensional, collapsed and it was as if my review system was no longer of a “high-end” persuasion.
Changing to the F1 was removing the greatest block in the system, and was making the greatest difference.
Rafael Todes – Allegri String Quartet Violinist
and HiFi journalist.
Two Fractal™ treated pure copper strip conductors are spaced with ultra thin PTFE insulation with no adhesive and encapsulated in flexible polyurethane polymer for comprehensive vibration damping. All is surrounded by a super-strong flexible conduit for ultimate protection, within hard wearing woven polyester braid.
Each end of the cable, incorporates house-keeping electronics to ensure stable operation with ALL amplifiers and radio frequency interference reduction circuitry.
The F1 Fractal speaker cable is non directional and un-equal lengths may be used. It requires no burning-in and is available in lengths up to 10 metres.
Electrical specs per metre
|Impedance:||30 ohms to match the typically high impedance of speakers above 5Khz|
|Diameter:||22mm, tails 8mm|
|Colour:||Black or White sleving, Silver ends|
|Bend radius:||Minimum 300mm (12″)|
|Compression strength:||Greater than 150kg|
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