Audience Cables and I go back a long way. It all started with a series of interactions on Audio Asylum in early 2003 between Bob Neil and myself. I had been auditioning the original Audience Au24 cables and was sure that my Nordost Valhalla cables had put away another challenger, even though a very nice-sounding one. Bob encouraged me to put the Au24 cables in for a couple of weeks and then go back to the Valhalla cables. I did, and I learned a valuable lesson about the dangers of quick comparisons. With the Nordost Valhalla, my system sounded more spectacular, but it did not, over the long run, allow my system to sound quite as much like music as the Audience au24 cables did. In the end, I had to agree with Bob that the Au24 cables were the best I had heard at that time. I should also mention that I had not bought the cables from Bob.
I have used and reviewed Audience Au24 cables off and on for the last 13 years. In April of 2014, I reviewed the SE version of the Au24, and now it’s my privilege to review their newest attempt to make a truly state-of-the-art cable system. I want to congratulate John McDonald, the president of Audience, for resisting the temptation of going down the road of making cables with more and more bling and raising the price to astronomical levels. I honestly believe if John thought spending more on developing and producing the cables would make them sound better, he would. I don’t think there is any doubt that John’s intent is for the new Au24 SX cables to produce a sound as good or better than any cables at any cost. Read more on Dagogo.com.