That hi-fi can be a seriously expensive – and interesting – hobby no longer surprises anyone. Even we are used to it by now. Still it is still a ‘thing’ when we have a pair of 2850 Euro cables (50cm). Our version is 80 cm, which comes down to 3060 Euro per stereo pair. Anyway: this Jubilee Edition by John van Gent has strands of 24KT gold and strands of pure silver to get signals from A to B. How does that sound? Read on!
The John van Gent Magic Link Jubilee Edition comes in a nice case and is a beautiful cable to look at. By the way, we had the same feeling with the speaker cable we tested in the blind test of ten speaker cables. This Jubilee Edition goes a little further with very nice Furutech plugs (which also clamp very nicely) and a nice metal ring around the cable. It just looks very neat and luxurious. And so it should in this price range.
We get a detailed story from John van Gent. He tells us that the cable has several layers. The core consists of 2 strands 0.3mm 24KT gold, and a strand 0.5mm pure silver for signal. For return, it is 1 strand 24KT gold and 1 strand silver. The return line is attached to the silver-plated jacket that contacts the Furutech rca connector.
So the shielding and finishing consists of several layers. First, a Teflon tube wraps around the conductors. These tubes are pulled into a silicone tube around which a silver-plated jacket is pulled. The silver-plated jacket is connected to the return line and the rca plug. Around the silver-plated jacket is a cotton jacket around which another three cotton jackets are placed. Around the cotton is a tin-plated plastic jacket. This is – according to John van Gent – not only beautiful, but also has a shielding effect. In short: this is a shielded cable.
John van Gent uses Furutech CF-102 NCF plugs. These work very nicely. By turning the plug they can be loosened and tightened, so the grip is very good. Be careful not to push or pull very hard: when it is tight, it is really tight. So pulling is useless and can damage things. All in all, we can say that the JvG Magic Link Jubilee is neatly put together and consists of beautiful, high-quality materials.