Sound

My first impressions of the Sarum T were “refreshing” and “revealing.” Its obvious strength lies in unimpeded transparency and precision in timing out the musical elements.

Tonality

The Chord Company Sarum T sides on the cooler side of the tonal spectrum. The midrange doesn’t sound rich or warmblooded – but instead pristine and texturally intact. There is a tonal “glorification” that blankets the sound. Which, interestingly, is what makes this cable sound so compelling.

The tonal balance is shifted towards treble – but never sounds harsh or bright. The Sarum T exhibits brilliance, especially in its dimensional expression. It’s “angelic” and clean.

Resolution

Going through my collections of Sara Bareilles, Lana Del Rey, and Alice Merton – the Sarum T was a revelation (literally). From the gentle vocal inflections to the higher energies of a falsetto. It digs deep into the nuances and character of the performers. This is at a level of detail I haven’t heard from many digital cables.

Not only is dialogue pristine and clear, but the emotional efforts of the performance are also in plain view. The Sarum T just breathes.

Although I realize the color isn’t the most organic, it kept me listening. It shines an informative light onto the recording. “I haven’t heard that before” was a recurring theme in my listening.

The Sarum T made me realize how much information was in a recording. And in addition, how a recording sounds with absolutely no veil, no blurring, no noise.

The Chord Company Sarum T digital sounds so informative across all genres. So much so, it compels rediscovery. There’s an enormous amount of lifelike resolution underpinning every recording. You’re kept in your seat thinking “Wow, I wonder if the artists themselves realize how much their essence was captured.”

It’s a chore to skip or pause while listening to the Chord Company Sarum T digital cable. There’s plenty to digest and appreciate. It’s an X-ray into the recordings.

Articulation

The beauty of this cable is its uncovering of the most minute textural nuances – without sounding rough and disjoint. From guitar strings to piano keys, you hear the intrinsic character of an instrument. It is one of the most composed and confident cables I’ve heard.

Bass wasn’t the most voluptuous but tight and well-defined. Micro and macro dynamics are delicate and impactful. It just times out the rhythms with naturalistic synergy and stride. And does so with sinful ease. You’re simply able to hear how the recording was pieced together – every bandmate, every instrument, and the recording space itself.