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Queensland's Joel Massey has worked in the family business Queensland Speaker Repairs (QSR) for over 15-years. He's lives and breathes Hi-Fi.

So, after a decade of assisting his father Steve with repairing and modifying loudspeakers for customers, Joel turned his attention to the design and manufacturing of audio and power cables as a side-project.

Just three years later, EGM Audio, the cable subsidiary of QSR has been established and is already garnering praise and a loyal following by the most discerning enthusiasts and audiophiles.

Joel has designed an extensive range including power cables, HDMI cables, speaker cables, interconnects and accessories.

EGM Audio is a Brisbane-based company that hand-makes its entire range of cables – The Black Series ML Reference is the current range-topper for power cables and starts from a modest AUD $399 for a one-metre length. Prospective purchasers have a choice of length (add $50 per half metre) and female IEC terminations, where they can choose between the figure 8 pattern C7, the commonly used C15 or the larger rectangle C19 plug ends. So there’s a lead for pretty much every application…

Some cable brands buy in Chinese mass-produced OEM stock and rebadge it, but this isn’t EGM Audio’s way. The Black power cable you see here is individually built-up as a purpose-designed product, rather than a generic, general cable. Everything is tested and quality-checked before being shipped and fully complies with our various state and federal Australian standards – something to keep in mind considering that not all such products on sale do.

The company is judicious in its choice of materials, all of which are geared to getting the best possible sound at the price. This cable uses seven cores of 99.9999% pure OFC electrolytic copper, each being 16AWG which makes for a total of 13AWG cable. Around the cable is a braided screen of tinned copper, for protecting from RFI and EMI and grounded safely to earth. The cable is terminated with attractive plug and socket ends with the pins made of a soft copper and tellurium composition. Its standard five-year warranty befits the general air of quality of the product

There is much to like about this premium-priced EGM Audio power cable. The Black Series may cost a good deal more than a kettle lead, but there’s a massive jump in sound quality, and you really notice its fine build too. Another great positive is the aforementioned Australian market compliance. The result is a product that offers serious value for money – and given that the company gives a money-back guarantee on everything it sells, it’s a risk-free way to upgrade your system. A worthy Applause Award winner, then.

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