JvG M.L Reference
John van Gent has never been in a Alpha-test before. So we are happy that he agreed to send us a nice M.L Reference speaker cable (940 Euro for 2 x 3 meters). The cable comes in a nice bag and looks neat. Clearly handmade with great care for the product.
John Van Gent lets us know that he uses the sheath for both shielding and optical reasons. The cable is not stiff despite its thickness. Internally, John van Gent uses high quality silver plated copper cores (mil spec). These are twisted into one conductor. Then John uses cotton as a shield for these wire pairs. The two conductors go back into a tinned jacket for extra shielding. Around the tinned jacket goes a carbon jacket over which goes a silvered ofc-wire as return conductor. Around this goes an additional shielding of tinned copper. At the ends John uses Furutech plugs.
John van Gent tells us that he works mainly on the basis of his experience and ears. Ears are the best measuring devices, he claims. He believes in good material and feedback from his customers.
We can see that his experience does work, because the M.L Reference measures neatly without any doubt. Impedance is low and stays low with 2.25 ohms at 300 kHz. Up to 20 kHz it is below 0.25 ohms, which is impressive. Inductance is also nicely low.
It is remarkable how well the JvG cable scores in the “speaker test”. There it performs in the top of the field. Very nice. The square wave shows some flattening in the beginning. Exactly how that comes about, we don’t know. It looks like some attenuation and some reflections. Perhaps an effect of the various shields. However, a conclusion requires some more research.
The shielding works. We see in the high frequencies almost nothing anymore. In the middle band it stays below -130 dB.
You can see measurements on the frequency response in the last overview of this article.
Measurements John van Gent – M.L Reference
The tenth cable in our livestream test. What immediately stands out is rhythm. Both Martijn and Yung talk about a rhythmic playback that makes you want to listen. They also include terms like “dynamic” and detailed. It feels like cable 8 (Shunyata) to Yung. And that may be true, because they measure pretty similarly :-).
Yung and Martijn also find the stereo image very wide. But Martijn does mention that it is a bit less deep compared to – your author guesses – the Driade. Martijn compares it to a 21:9 ultrawide widescreen. The emphasis with the John van Gent M.L Reference is obviously on rhythm and dynamics. A striking cable with a clear character. A character that we all liked!