We have been using the Driade Flow – 800 Euros for 2 x 3 meters – cable in our reference system for over a year. For a reason: the cable sounds good and is reasonably priced. We like that. It also fits into many systems because – according to your author(s) – it does not have a pronounced sound. We like that too.
Measurement-wise, the Driade Flow is a bit of an weird one. This is because the cable has an insanely even, low resistance past 300 kHz. No cable in this test does that. The impedance, on the other hand, starts out fairly in the middle of the test field and shoots past 10 kHz past the rest until it hits 8 Ohms at 300 kHz. Now 300 kHz is well beyond the bandwidth of many an amplifier, but a Sonnet Kratos does just that to name one example. At 100 kHz, which most amplifiers can do, we are at 3 Ohms. That is high compared to the rest.
Capacitance is very well under control if you lay the two separate cables neatly: not against each other, but preferably a bit ‘random’ or with some distance from each other. That works best in our case.
Induction is a bit high compared to the rest. We estimate that this is a result of the 405 wafer-thin, specially processed copper wires in this Flow cable. Looking at the square wave, we see a similar picture to the Chord and Supra. Again: it could be an effect of stranded cables with many thin conductors, or reflections in the cable (due to impedance or interaction between the strands for example).
The noisetest shows that no shielding was used. So pay a little attention to switching adapters with the Driade Flow. Funnily enough, up to about 4 kHz, the response of the Flow is almost the same as, say, the Transparent Plus. But after that it goes down a bit. From 14 kHz onwards, the high drop is a bit stronger than other cables.
You can see measurements about the frequency response in the last overview of this article.
Measurements Driade Flow
The Driade Flow is the seventh in the live stream test. And this one is funny! Yung literally calls the cable “a flowing experience”. Of course, that was directly the manufacturer’s intention; otherwise the cable wouldn’t be called ‘Flow’. According to Martijn and Yung, the Flow plays very relaxed, neutral and layed back. That’s also the reason we’ve been using it for so long.
It is a cable that will feel at home in many systems. The notes say, “Very calm and neutral”. And “Peace through some distance”. However, also: “Saxophone stands a bit back” and “Microdynamics remains a bit behind”.
In the end, we agree that the Driade Flow projects a relaxed, layed back sound with a touch of ‘high roll’ and a striking flow. An excellent all-rounder that can stand its ground in this test field just fine. In fact: Yung has put it in his Top 3, because it’s just a really good listener…