Transparent we have never tested. What we understand is that Transparent was started by an ex-engineer at MIT. That makes sense. We’ve always been intrigued by cables with big boxes in them. In fact, your author has had two MIT cables. A Terminator 5 and a speaker cable…. type momentarily forgotten… The speaker cable, however, did not go well on the Magnepans. So that didn’t last long.
Back to Transparent. The Plus costs 1239 euros for 2 x 3 meters. What is striking is that the Transparent has a particularly low resistance, a fairly high conductance (logical) and then a fairly average inductance and capacitance. The impedance is quite low in the beginning but rises sharply. Therefore the impedance phase is high.
Looking at the other measurements, we see a neat, somewhat rounded square wave. Certainly not bad! The MIT is more rounded here. The shielding is clearly aimed at HF. In the higher frequencies, we see that Transparent did work on it (maybe the filter works here too?), but in the midrange, quite a bit gets through. It remains below -120dB. So really there is no need to worry.
If we look at frequency response, the Transparent Plus goes along in the top of the field. Just below the Shunyata if we are extremely critical. But it is so incredibly close that it is a difficult one.
Measurements of the frequency response you can see in the last overview of this article.
Measurements Transparent Plus
The Transparent Plus is the ninth cable in the live test. Now this one was very different. That’s not surprising, of course, since this – like MIT – is a “corrected” cable. What’s weird about it all is that the Transparent measures incredibly linearly. Just like the Shunyata. And yet this cable comes across as if the midrange has been lifted a bit (thinner bass?).
Martijn writes in his notes, “It’s a bit ‘in your face; bit pumped up'” and Yung reports something similar with “the imaging reminds me a bit of a headphone experience”.
Overall, the sound feels polished. It’s smooth, but present. You have to listen, but it’s not sharp. The supplier (Reference Sounds) combines it a lot with Wilson Audio. And we understand that very well. Wilson is very rich in resolution. A cable like the Chord Company Epic XL on a speaker like that is just way over the top. The Transparent will be able to balance that out.
On our TADs, it’s not the best match. But again; we’ve heard it play on Wilsons. And that’s insane. A cable with a place in the market… but not necessarily an everyman’s friend.