Ive been making Stager Silver Solids pure silver interconnect cables and selling them on the internet for twenty years. I also run
Stager Sound Systems, providing audiophile quality
sound reinforcement for concerts and special events in New York City.
Let me bring a simple bit of logic to this discussion, something that seems to make the expensive cable makers uncomfortable.
An interconnect cable - any cable, actually, 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 light
passing through 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
goal, and many reviews and customers' reports seem to indicate that they have achieved it.
I invite you to peruse the reviews and user comments.
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 when copper oxidizes. 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. And not just in cables... Read what Seymour Duncan has to say about using silver in their Zephyr Silver guitar pickups.
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 system!".
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.
There is another unsolicited and independent discussion of Stager Silver Solids pure silver interconnect cables at the Audiogon cables forum.
And another at Linn Forums
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 website TNT-audio.com wasn't too happy with them - but it turns out the problem was not so much with my cables as with his system,
and the Silver Solids were a bit too accurate
for his taste.
I added a few pithy 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 April 29, 2017