Kimber Kable 12VS Speaker Cable
Though I’ve had a set of Kimber Kable 12VS loudspeaker cables on loan to me from Kimbercan, the Canadian distributor, for the past six months, it was in reviewing the Aurum Montan VIII loudspeakers that I gained insight into the 12VS cable’s character.
The 12VS cables are constructed of 12 gray and 12 black conductors that result in two 8 awg conductors. The set I had was 8 feet long and terminated with Postmaster 33 spades (ampend) and SBAN bananas (speakerend). I found the construction and terminations to be of high quality and their girth and braiding was impressive.
In use, the 12VS loudspeaker cables demonstrated pro ciency in delivering a smooth and natural sound across the midrange and treble. Vocals were delivered with good focus and detail, while avoiding an overly analytical presentation. There was a measure of kindness that the cables offered to lesser recordings, while providing a good measure of transparency – enough to reveal changes in the upstream playback chain, as well as differences in the loudspeakers. The overall tonal balance was even, with a slight attenuation of the upper-treble. I found the 12VS to be most impres- sive in its bass performance; offering a textured and full sound with stalwart dynamics. Given recordings that call for impact on the low-end the 12VS is a very capable performer, while remaining overall neutral in character.
I believe the 12VS, given its neutrality, will work well with most systems having a neutral tone and even better with those that lean slightly to the brighter side of neutral. If you seek a smooth, balanced cable with outstanding bass and dynamic strengths, the Kimber 12VS should be one of the cables you audition.
6’ / pair 12VS with Sban: $405 or 8’: $475 6’ / pair 12VS with PM25 or PM33: $425 or 8’ for $495 Add $30 for Bi-Wire with Sban or $50 for Bi-Wire with PM25 / 33 Look for more details on Kimber Kable products at: www.kimber.com or www.kimbercan.com