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Thread: The Hitachi SAX-102 interconnects - Are the oldies the best?

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    I'm Josie.

    Default The Hitachi SAX-102 interconnects - Are the oldies the best?

    The other week I replaced my Mark grants with these beauties.

    A full set of Hitachi SAX-102 interconnects. I don't know how old they are but they are pretty amazing.

    Not sure but I think they were made in the 80s.

    Amazingly precise bass, nicely set/balanced mids and high. Nothing is overcooked, just clear, natural and fluid.

    Don't get me wrong Mark Grant IC's are also brilliant but these win over in transient detail reproduction and the bass.

    My only question is, does anyone recommend slightly twisting these?

    Highly recommended interconnects.

    Has anyone tried these?

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    Can't comment on the twisting question Josie but I'm sure they're a very good cable if they perform like the SSX-102 speaker cable. There's loads of Living Voice users who used this as their 1st cables on the recommendation of Definitive Audio. The interconnect probably came out the same time judging by the similar labelling & you've got yourself a little gem.

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    Never tried them but I have read that they are highly rated.
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    All of my cable is either LC-OFC (like these Hitachis) or OCC, and Hitachi were doing this stuff years before most. For me, linear crystal copper offers a very natural sound, with less grain than normal OFC copper.
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    Thanks guys. They are very good indeed.

    I'm surprised in the quality of the presence they give.

    They do seem to have a bit of a following.



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    I bought a pair of these in the mid '80s. They are so-called semi-balanced design, so can be directional.
    I thought them no better than the interconnects I was using at the time and passed them on to a friend, who didn't find them an improvement in his system either.

    But they are well made and are more flexible than the Mark Grants, so worth keeping.
    Barry

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