I’ve been making pure silver interconnect cables for about eighteen years, and for the last seventeen years
I’ve been selling them on line. I also run Stager Sound Systems, providing audiophile quality sound
reinforcement for concerts and special events in New York City.
Let me bring a bit of simple logic to this discussion, something that seems to make the
expensive cable makers uncomfortable.
An interconnect cable - actually, any cable, is a passive device. It does not amplify the
signal passing through it. It is simply a messenger, delivering an electrical signal from point A to point B.
The optimal cable is one which does this job with an absolute minimum of coloration, with the greatest possible
transparency, like a perfectly clear, clean, flat pane of glass.
It seems the more expensive the cables, the more they are hyped with gushing adjectives describing
how great they make the music sound in the hopes of separating gullible audiophiles from their money.
I'll let my customers comment on those attributes, but, simply put, it is not how a cable makes
music sound great. It's about how it allows music to sound great by not hindering its transmission in any way.
This is the clear and simple objective of Stager Silver Solids. Every facet of the
design and construction of Stager Silver Solids is focused on achieving this objective, and many reviews
and customers' reports seem to indicate that they have achieved it. I invite you to peruse the reviews
and user comments linked at the bottom of this page.
I originally set out to find the best cables available for something less
than $500 per meter-pair and found that I could make my own for far less which were the
equal of Kimber and MIT selling for even more than my $500 upset price. I found .999
purity (which means 99.9%, not 99.999%) soft temper fine silver to be the best wire -
solid core, not stranded. Silver, while only slightly more conductive than copper, will
never lose conductivity as it tarnishes with age as is the case with copper. As Audio Note points out, “...as
a digital or analogue interconnect, silver brings with it an almost magical quality,
especially at very low signal levels”. A symmetrical, unshielded, unbalanced pair is
the best configuration for maximum bandwidth and musical transparency. Teflon insulation
is second only to air in its dielectric properties. Good, tight solder joints solidly
bonding silver to gold, not sandwiching the solder, are essential. The gold plated Canare
F-10 RCA connectors are beautifully made and built to last. They have a nice, tight fit,
and provide exceptional connectivity. Their 1 pF capacitance makes any audible difference
from overpriced “high end” connectors entirely imaginary. This combination of
attributes makes Stager Silver Solids a true state-of-the-art interconnect cable -
at a price which is sane and reasonable.
There are many more expensive cables on the market and some may have a more impressive
outward appearance (and website. Really, some of those websites are gorgeous), but the ability of those cables to pass electrons from one component to the next will not be superior, and will likely be inferior. I have not
set out to make audio jewelry, just the very finest performing audio interconnect you can buy, regardless of price.
Reviewers seem to agree. Over the years there have been several laudatory
reviews and in three instances, most recently at AudioVideo Revolution, the reviewers
decided to buy, at full price, Stager Silver Solids for themselves. Positive Feedback
reviewed six silver interconnects in their December 2011 issue. The reviewer was Andre
Marc, the same writer who gave Stager Silver Solids an unqualified rave in AudioVideo
Revolution a month earlier (and bought two stereo pairs for himself). Not surprisingly,
Stager Silver Solids came out on top. The review is at
Positive Feedback Issue 58.
Mr. Marc informed me that "I am still using your cables in the context of a $30.000
The British publication, Hi-Fi Choice, ran a review of Stager Silver Solids in their July 2013 issue on page 119.
The reviewer, Neville Roberts, found that they deliver excellent image placement, a clear
and open top end and a well-controlled bass, and concluded that they are a "fantastic
value for the money". Stager Silver Solids received a five star (out of five) rating
and the "Hi-Fi Choice Recommended" seal. They do not have the review on line. You have to buy the magazine
to see it.
Recently, Steve Reeve, a customer from Canada, photographer by profession and
an avid audiophile, bought a pair of Silver Solids and liked them so much he wrote a nice review in his blog. I wasn't expecting that! Thanks, Steve.
So, have all the reviews of my
silver interconnects been gushing praise? Well, actually... no. There was one instance where a reviewer for the Italian on-line audio site TNT-audio.com
wasn't too happy with them - but it turns out the problem was not so much with the cable but his system, and the Silver Solids were a bit too too accurate for
his taste. I added a few comments which follow the review.
So with no frills or fancy packaging, no expensive ads in audiophile magazines, and no distributor and dealer markups, you do not have to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a truly superb pair of interconnect cables.
You get pure performance.
Guaranteed or your money back.
Stager Sound Systems
New York City
Updated January 15, 2014