"...nothing gets you closer to the music."

Omega Mikro

5 SEPTEMBER 2017


Hello Ron,
Thanks for your reply.
So about 10 hours will do, that's fine. No burn in signals, only music, will do! ;-)
I started off with the Excaliber today. In short, amazing!
It was difficult to stop listening, it sounds so real with your IC in place! 
Can't wait to have a go with the planar.
I'm glad I've bought these IC'S. I while back I got the Mapleshade double helix speakercables. I never believed that such a tiny wire could sound good but was I wrong! From then on I was very interested in your products. I bought a Omega Mikro 100watt active powercord and now these Ic's
and every time I'm very impressed with their performance. 
Unbelievable that these tiny or very thin cables sound so right. I'm already thinking about upgrading the speaker cables ;-) What can I expect from an upgrade to the planar speaker cables? Thanks! 
Greetings from the Netherlands,  Mike


Hi Ron,

Just a quick update.  I connected the new/used speaker cables without the batteries and have been playing all of my ol' standby albums.  After that I will connect the batteries and start all over again.  I love doing things like that.
Over the years I have developed relationships with other, dare I say, audiophiles.  Somewhere along the way I asked one of my favorite salesman what was the most important part of a system.  Without hesitation he answered: the source - if you don't start out with all of the information, no matter how good the rest of the system is, it cannot sound any better than what you put into it.  It's like the phrase I learned in computers - junk in, junk out.

With that in mind, I have always concentrated on the beginning.  Although I have tested a number of brands of speaker cables, I never found that they really made much of a difference: some would be brighter, some smother, some with better base, etc. but I'm talking slight differences, nothing to write home about.

After listening to these speaker cables, I can truthfully say that they're something to write home about.  I have been doing this for over sixty years.  I have tested every type of component and cable within my price range.  I would upgrade when I found something that improved my system and that I could afford (certainly with money, but later on with domestic approval) - always with the objective of getting better sound.

Now I come the end of my quick update. [😊]   These speaker cables have made a greater improvement in my system than any other single, or maybe even multiple, upgrade(s)!

I'm sure that you didn't need me to tell you that, but I thought I would anyway.  I just needed to tell someone how impressed I am, and lucky you...

I have not had much time to think about Georgia.  It's been one thing after another.  This week (and next) is my wife's birthday.  I am hoping that it only takes two weeks.  Sometimes it takes longer.  This is her sixty-fifth.  I have a hunch it will be a long one.  I'll keep you updated as it unfolds.
Thank you for everything.
David Vowell  


2 March 2017

Hi Ron. I received the power cord from you today. It's hard to describe how good it plays with your power cables! WOW! 
I have tried many different power cables through the years but
Omega Mikro is a class by itself!
Now I really want to try the speaker cables or analog cables... :)
MPT

16 Sep 2016

Hi Ron, thanks for letting me visit your workshop and also listen to your equipment. You are building some very interesting components and I am amazed over your wiring technics with the flat conductors, I’ve been building components for 20 + years but I am very impressed with what you are doing. You obviously can hear well because your cables are so much better than anything else I’ve experienced, after hooking up the interconnects and speaker cables  I just bought from you I laughed out loud when playing the first song because of the profound improvement that they brought to my system and as my Pass xa30.8 amp warmed up over the next hour I literally sat stunned (picture my jaw dropping to the floor!) over the huge and extremely well defined soundstage that materialized before me, I am still trying to wrap my head around everything I am hearing because there is so much more information.

Thanks again! 
Todd S.

Feedback

2 May 2014

Hi Ron;
 
      Just wanted to drop you a line and share some interesting testing I did with the Zephyr and my other digital cables and jitter reduction unit.  The Zephyr is an exceptional cable in that it truly gets out of the way of the music.  With the Esoteric D-07 DAC I am able to upconvert by 2x, 4x, 64x, or no upconversion of incoming digital frequencies.  At 44.1k the Zephyr absolutely blew away the combo, (Audioquest toslink Vodka, Empirical Audio Synchromesh, and Harmonic Technology Cyberlink Platinum).  At 88.2, and 96k the difference was not so noticeable, at 176.4 &192k the gap narrowed even more and at 64xfs which is 1 bit 2,822Mhz I really had to listen closely but once again the Zephyr was better, it just had more snap to it, bass was rounder and slightly more refined.  Surprisingly the shoot out also placed instruments and vocals in slightly different locations, I found this to be very interesting.  So there you have it, the Zephyr is an extremely articulate cable.  You have succeeded in spades with this product.  Going up the Planar chain would reveal even more difference but for now the Zephyr is a very pleasing experience indeed.  Thanks for your input and keep up the great work, we as audiophiles rely on people like you who truly deliver rather than those who are selling snake oil which there are a lot out there doing just that.  Have a great weekend.
 
                                                                                      Aloha and Mahalo,
                                                                                      Alex
June 2013

Hi Ron,

Just wanted to drop you a line about the jumper cables.  Like many of your customers, no doubt, I have been in this hobby for a long, long time.  That being said, I have to rate these jumpers as BY FAR the best bang for buck, ever, in my purchasing experience.  We all love that kind of surprise!  Nice seeing you, and hearing some audio stories, as well.
Has whetted my appetite for your power cords.  Uh, oh.

Sincerely, 

David Coker

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18 March 2013

Hi Ron,
 
I got the power cord yesterday and it replaced the XLO Reference cord...What can i say? - What a wonderful and natural cable!!
Much more details , air and presence.I love
Omega Mikro stuff....After 20 or so years in this hobby , your products are amazing , and the way you  think - is out of the box.
 
I am saving for a few more stuff from you....
 
Thank you very much for your help and your great products
Sincerley
David A.

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25 February 2013

Hi Ron,

 

I got the interconnects you sent. Only had a chance to drop in the 1m from my CD to the pre-amp.  I expected they would sound better than the Clearviews that I have been enjoying over the last few years, but I wasn’t quite prepared how dramatically the sound would improve with the change of one set of 1m interconnects…and your Clearviews are excellent, I might add.  I am a bit nervous handling the wires – they actually make the Clearviews appear substantial.  However, I have much experience with your wires, so the first set is in with no issue.

The Planer Analog Ebony interconnects are most excellent.  I’m glad I jumped to the top of your line on a few wires for my system.

It’s always a pleasure doing business with you and Pierre.  I may be broke, but I love music, and you and Pierre have designed and provided some products to help me enjoy my music listening so much more than I could have anticipated.

Best regards,

Mike S.

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25 January 2013

Ron,

Thank you for the Planar Analog II Warehouse Sale set.  I had a chance
to just sit down and listen to them for 20-30 minutes tonight, really
for the first time since installing them (life is busy!).  They replaced
a set of old
Omega Mikro analog cables, the ones with the hair thin
conductors in the silver tubes (now in my desktop system upstairs),
connecting from my DAC to the preamp.  It turns out the cables between
the preamp and amp that I thought were Excaliburs are OM Planar Analogs
as well, the ones with the heavier RCA connectors.

The system just sounds beautiful with the new cables in, vocalists and
instrumentalists almost physically present in the room, with all the
clarity and openness one could want, yet all the emotion and warmth as
well.  (The first track from Leonard Cohen's latest album, Old Ideas,
has a soundstage so deep I could swear there are a pair of claves
playing behind me.  This is not a slap echo, I sit 25 or so feet in
front of an irregular back wall.  I heartily recommend the album if you
like Leonard Cohen.)

You've done it again.

Take care,

Jud


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23 June 2012

With O-M wires replacing every wire in my system, I can now hear every improvement, like lifting wires off the floor, in ways that I now know can't be heard with conventional wiring because of all the smearing. In fact, your wire is so different from anything else, and sounds so much better than anything I've ever heard, that it must be that either you've gotten it right and everyone else is wrong, or else the opposite is true - your money back guarantee says it all!  While I can imagine that you've heard it all before, I really cannot express in words the improvement that your Omega-Mikro wire has made, but your reference to live music hits the mark. I cannot get enough time in front of my system since I've change to O-M wire; I now listen to a timbre and sound stage that rivals anything that I've ever heard before.  The level of musical enjoyment is beyond words and brings about a state of relaxation, or euphoria, that I've never experienced before, it is beyond comparison and goes beyond goosebumps.  While I'm sure there are better amps, dac's, etc., thanks for bringing out and making my stereo system the reference system that it is today, and for allowing me to obtain a connection to the music that, in 40 years of active listening, I never knew was possible. Add into all of this the personal service, and you really do have the best audio product ever produced. Ron, you have made my world a much better place to be! Many thanks.

Regards,
Jim

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21 March 2012

Hi Ron,

You were right. There's a substantial difference with batteries attached. Your web description is dead on: astounding and startling realism that you have to hear to believe.  Also it's amazing now how much difference there is from disc to disc (cd & dvd) depending on how the recording was made. We use this system for 2-channel movie sound and the sound is now all over the room. Also interesting, how clear and natural spoken dialog is, right in the room presence. It's like I got two upgrades, first the cable, then with the batteries attached. 

By the way, I attached the analog vii between tuner and preamp. It rejuvenated the tuner. I now listen to alot more public radio classics and jazz. Tucson has a 24 hour public classics station and 12-hour evening/nighttime jazz station. 

My wife doesn't say very much about equipment, but when I switched in the ebony (without batteries), after a few bars on the piano, she said that's much better than what you had before, no contest. 

All in all, these planar analog and digital cables have made our music listening much more enjoyable and involving. 

Wanted to phone you earlier, but it's been a busy two weeks plus getting income tax ready for accountant. 

Maurice 


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9 Feb 20 12Ron -
Now that I've had a chance to let the new speaker cables break in, I
wanted to let you know what a great deal of pleasure they are bringing
me.

As you know I managed to clumsily screw up one set initially, so I got
the chance to listen to one set of my old cables (biwired set from a
very good, reputable large manufacturer) and one set of the new ones
(Planar Is with Ebony jumpers) side by side for a couple of days.
(Thank you also, by the way, for the very prompt repair and your
excellent customer service throughout.)  The preliminary impressions I
formed then were borne out once I was able to connect both speakers with
the Planar Is.

The nearest comparison to the difference the Planar Is have made in my
system is the replacement of my original preamp 20 years ago with a
Spectral unit.  Now as then, everything has become much clearer - not
the artificial clarity of an inaccurately heightened treble frequency
response, but instruments and vocals sounding more like themselves
throughout the range, from electric bass to cymbals.  I notice
particularly a much more accurate, sweeter violin sound, both from the
solo instrument and massed orchestral string sections; more "air" in
vocals; less muddy electric bass, with different bass players'
techniques, or different techniques from the same player, easily
audible; and the authoritative "crack" of real percussion.  Recordings
made in large venues provide realistic reverb and decay, while in one
studio recording it is easy to tell the producer has put the vocalist
off in a small booth by himself.  The poor fellow sounds just like what
he is, a guy singing in a plywood box (this, disappointingly, from a
producer with a fine reputation who often lives up to it, but not this
time).

I am really looking forward to enjoying my music with these cables in my
system for many, many years to come.

You are very welcome to use this, or any part of it, as a testimonial if
you would like.

Thanks and take care,

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Ron, 
Just to let you know the 'wire' has arrived (It took about 10 days for it to clear customs),
and i put in yesterday.
It replaces 50cm single wired runs of mundorf silver gold ribbon between monoblocks (otl) and speakers (electrostatics)
(my aim was to have as little cable as possible).
Well i guess you already know the wire is good, and i guess i'm not the first and won't be the last to tell you its even better
than what they already have.
Your wire is more agile and informative than the mundorf, and there is no area where i have the impressionits worse, so I'm very happy (and the mundorf was already better than anything else i had used before). Always difficult to use words to explain the sound, but overall, i have the impression that everything is more 'in sync' (and i guess that leads to a feeling of credibility in the sound).
I do find it weird that such a short length of wire can make that difference....
Thanks, all the best.
Alan/Belgium

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Ron,
 
I wanted to thank you for recommending the Field-Shaping Ground Plane ribbons (FSGP).
It is not easy to describe all the positive elements it added to my listening experience.
The sound is definitely more detailed and refined (particularly noticed with vocals and strings). 
The sound staging opened up very nicely giving a more of a sense of a three dimensional live performance.
 
The FSGP are a real bargain for the solid benefits you get.
As always your products exceed my expectations!
 
   Cheers!
  S. Hays

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Hi Ron,

Finaly , i got the ic's today from the post office.I hooked them instead of
my XLO Signature ic - and the difference is very clear - the OM is a much
better cable , espeacialy with the new plugs.
I don't know what to say - everything sounds much much better than before ,
more life like,with so much more AIR and presence.

Thank you very much for a state of the art support , and state of the art
products - I am hooked!!!!!
I am saving now for your power cords............
If , any time in the future , you are planning to visit Israel , you are
more than welcome.

Again , i would like to thank you for your kindness,knowlege and support
My best regards
David
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Hi Ron, I'll give you some more specific comments that you can use if you like:

CRT remains the gold standard for television sets in my opinion, so a bigger screen is not necessarily better.  On my 40" CRT at 1080i, the color, sharpness, and detail are AMAZING through the Zephyr component cables.  Prior to owning these cables I didn't realize my television's capalities.  By comparison, other component cables and HDMI now seem dull and washed out.  Now that I've gotten used to the Zephyr cables, I can't enjoy a movie viewed through anything else.  

Thanks!  Will Strickling

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Hello Ron,

The Planar VII interconnects that I recently purchased from you are astonishing.  The clarity is light years ahead of anything I have heard before.

Regards,

Ben

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Hello Ron,

You asked for some feedback on cables I recently bought from you, so here are my thoughts so far.

Well, I am very impressed - and relieved - to find that they do indeed perform to the product description. I did a head to head with some 47 Lab OTA Stratos cable and it was no contest. One track told all I needed to know about the planar's superiority, in tonality, timbre and note decay. I have never heard notes decay I such a natural way before.
Acoustic guitars -big Doc Watson fan - are superb. Strings are naturally steely yet there is also the woodiness of the guitars body is also there. With live amplified harmonic you can hear the metal reeds vibrato, I have never heard that effect on my system until I used your cables. Paul Butterfield and Taj Mahal's playing  is far more expressive now.

An interesting phenomenon, live recording seem 'liver', but it now shows up the artificial way certain albums were constructed. I am thinking of Steely Dan albums which always seem to be meticulously recorded, yet now they have a sterile lifeless quality. Which means, of course, that the truth can hurt. 

The Gaincard also runs cooler now on the same volume setting, than the when I was using the pure silver cable, which I infer is that the silver cable was presenting the amplifier with more resistance.

So, obviously very impressed with your cables. I have cribbed your wife's cable lifter idea and made my own out of bamboo - somehow in keeping with using an amplifier from the Far East!

I have taken a number of looks at the Mapleshade site. Some very interesting and intriguing products and I shall be purchasing some items in the next few months. I am drawn to the brass footers for my Linn, the nano points and the anti static brush.
I agree with the their thoughts on hard turntable mats. For years I have used soft - rubber, felt - or a Ringmat. I switched to a Sound Dead Steel mat last Autumn and the difference is not subtle. I don't know if you are aware of the product? I see that you are inveterate experimenters and this item is well worth evaluating.

I look forward to further audio advances in the future with the help of your products.

Best regards,

Paul

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Dear Ron, 
I just listened to the 100Watts PowerCord you shipped. I have to say OMG OMG OMG!! It’s  a SUBSTANTIAL Difference!!

I can’t go back to 900Watt version again. The sound difference is just startling! First thing, I hear the soundstage is HUGE! It’s just opened up so much, and the dynamic is just shocking. The sound has a much better PRaT to it! . And the air! Lots of air! I’m honestly very impressed!

Best Regards,

Jeffri Lingo




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Hi Ron.  The new cables arrived last Thursday and I got them in the system over the weekend—what amazing clarity and detail.  I’ll try to pack up the digital cable I bought on audiogon and send it to you for upgraded rca terminals when I get a chance—I’ll let you know when it goes.
Aloha

 

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Hi Ron

...Now I have attached the Active speakers cables to the Quads, the passive cables to the dipole
subs, the Planar I IC between preamp out and crossover in, the 2m Analog VII IC between SACD and preamp (and still have the Ebony IC's and active 100W power cable for the MusicServer/Transporter when it arrives). The sound and musicality of the system is the best I've ever head, even after big upgrades like the two box ModWright tubed preamp
with outboard supply. My wife agrees - very musically involving, much more so than before and the bass and bass articulation seems to be better as well. Now the music really
draws me into listening without the "fatigue" I used to get in my early systems, which resulted me turning them off after about one hour.

The only non OM cable I still have are two IC's: One pair of Acoustic Zen Silver Reference RCAs (1m) from crossover output to tube power amp (Quads), and one pair of Audioquest
Columbia dbs 72V XLR's (1m) from crossover output to the GamuT MosFet amp (subs).

Whilst my personal budget is overdone current, and my financial manager here at home won't allow more right now, I am seriously interested in getting a 1m pair of Analog VII's the
the tube power amp and a Mk VII (or a Mk I?) for the subwoofer amp as well - even though I would have to use some kind of XLR to RCA adapters here because GamuT amps only
have balanced XLR inputs. Is there a certain adapter that you have good experience with and would recommend? Then, all my cable would be
Omega Mikro ones.

In any case, I'll keep this in mind and also be on the lookout for any new products coming out this year. Thanks again, Ron. The sound quality has just improved in a big way.
Installation, of course (with limited space) was very tricky, but haven taken enough time and care to do it in the best possible way, I'm now satisfied with it. Many cables are now
suspended from the wall using thread. Also, at some points where I could not avoid the planar cables touching other cables, I have inserted a big off pure silk (Acoustic Revive
Japanese raw silk - looks like cotton) material between the cables...

...I'll go ahead and take two 1,0m long A VII LCX IC pairs with the new RCAs...

Have a nice weekend and best regards,

Chris

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Hey Ron,

Woooeee!  The Zephyr really opens up the soundstage and smooths out the jitters.  I still love my turntable, but the sonic improvement is better than I ever thought possible in digital.  You can post this if you wish.

Thanks,
Mark Bolliger

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"When you first listen to the
Omega Mikro cables, you will immediately notice how real the music sounds -- very rich and clean.  Each instrument is focused, the bass is controlled, focused and quick.  At first, you may think the bass is weak.  I assure you it is not.  Listen again to the recording and concentrate on the placement of the bass within the soundstage.  Unlike most cables, when the music comes to a climax, the soundstage does not converge to the front and the bass does not dominate.  Every instrument stays in its relative place, each instrument maintains its individual character, and the bass is still at the back of the soundstage ... where it should be.  The bass is still clearly focused, only louder, and in correct proportion to the rest of the music.  This is the result of eliminating the skin effect and minimizing the dielectric effect.  You'll hear parts of the music that you didn't even know were there. The magic is in the details." -Walker Audio

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"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The Planar Digital VI is just great!  Everything sounds so much smoother, detailed, correctly timbred, spatially solid and located (I have been reading way too many Stereophile Magazines!).  It is so nice to know that a crazy day at work can be followed by sanity and beauty from my system...

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...Yes, Please feel free to post my letter.  I think Mapleshade,
Omega Mikro are the "sleeper" products of the industry - fantastic products at great prices - I'm surprised more people haven't heard about them.  I'm sure they will in time - quality is the best advertisement.  Thom Jones"

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I ordered Planar Speaker V active LCX  8 set. Spectacular cables. I new about INSOUND and MAPLESHADE's exceptional products, but what i discovered was nothing less then magic. Simply amazing! I'm really inspired now and gonna continue do business with you guys. Best Regards. Roman Sukner.




9 JUNE 2016


Hi, Ron,
I really like the improvements I am hearing with your RCA plugs, and would like to order six (6) more! I am sending $198.00 via Paypal. I already use Mapleshade Ultrathin and Excalibur interconnects (also, Mapleshade brass footers, maple platforms, power cords, and recently tube crowns.). As you said, the plugs make a difference in revealing a more natural sound (a cleaner sound with excellent inner detail and improved accuracy in instrumental timbres), which is what I am after. I listen mostly to orchestral music and jazz.  I am a DIYer with champaign taste and a beer budget! I will probably be interested in trying your phono wire, soon. I look forward to getting some more of these stock plugs out of my components and putting your plugs in their place. 
Best Regards,
Dave

Hi, Ron,
I would be glad to let you publish my email. I would like to add that I have been using Mapleshade and
Omega Mikro products for about three to four years. I have tried other brands of interconnects and upgrades but I have always found your products to be superior. Not only is the sound cleaner, but it is more open and relaxed. I think the key word as you said , is "natural" — like the instruments are in the room, or maybe it is more like having entered the room where the recording was made. I am a semi-retired professional musician (orchestral trombone) and music educator (East TN State University), and have spent much of my life listening carefully to the natural tone qualities of instruments and voices. I think your (and Pierre's) efforts in this regard have been the most successful I have heard. I do have to qualify all this by saying that I have never heard a $2,000 interconnect or any of the really expensive hi fi equipment available today. But, I have tried interconnects, speaker wires, and power cords in the under-$500 category from other companies, and again, I have always found yours to be superior. 
Best Regards,
Dave


7 November 2014

Thank you. There is a bright side to this extra step, however - I'd like to order another Line Tamer!  The thing is a Dragon Slayer!  An immediately darker background with an increase in that almost spooky sense of presence, notes coming into being against a 3D backdrop caressed in detail - like tightening focus on a lens - that extra bit of clarity and grace.  I have two circuits feeding my main system and would like to have this upgrade on both, so let's include another in the return shipment to me.  Cheers - and Happy Thanksgiving.  - Jeff