Black II Speaker Cable
Tellurium Q Black was our first cable and we knew we were on to something special when we took the prototypes to various dealers for their comments and input. One in particular would not believe that it could match the somewhat thicker more expensive cable in his demonstration system.
We sat down and listened to some of his familiar music tracks, then we swapped the cable for Tellurium Q Black. He sat forward, looked at us and quite seriously asked what else we had done to his system while we were changing the cables over. It was only when he swapped the cables himself a couple of times he believed the evidence of his ears.
So why Black II? Despite Black winning multiple awards, surprising owners with it’s performance and more people than ever choosing to use it in their systems?
We have been learning and developing, especially in the last few years and have come up with a way to make this little gem even better. The only thing to do was to give it to our customers. Switch Black for Black II and it is completely obvious which is which. Once you hear the difference, it is also completely obvious why we felt compelled to upgrade Black in the way that we have.
We think you will get more from your music and hope that you love Black II as much as we do.
Reviews and User Comments
Pursuit Perfect System
“Fantastic analogue cables from the bottom of the range to the very top. The time I spent with the entry Black II speaker cables was a standout moment for me this year … absolutely outstanding value for money… really this award goes to Tellurium Q as a company in general but specifically for the Black II speaker cables. They are definitely the Pursuit of Perfect Systems best analogue cables of 2018”.
– Terry Ellis, Pursuit Perfect System Read the full review
“considering what the Tellurium Black II speaker cable achieves in my system at its modest price, for me it represents incredibly good value for money. There is absolutely no snake oil here and it comes very recommended to try out.”
– Simon Price, 13thNote Read the full review
“The Tellurium Q Black II speaker cable is a great standard of what an available cable should bring to systems.”
– Daniel Brezina, Hi-Fi Voice Read the full review
“With the Mk2s there was more air around performers and greater control at the lower end, the originals sounding homogenized in comparison. The bass lines were easier to follow and there was a smidge more clarity across the board..”
– Phil Wright, Twittering Machines Read the full review
Fedelta del Suono
“Finally, inserted in the main audio chain, they have shown they have little fear of top competitors. Without making think that these little serpents have equalled the performance of a cable that costs twice as much, I must admit that I was surprised by the level of performance.
They have had a lot of good reviews because they are worth it and keep their promises: I am stepping up to the chorus and I tell you to go and listen to them.
I would buy them because they are fine, I would buy them because they are absolutely inexpensive and I would buy them because they are discreet and not intrusive.”
-Di Dimitri Santini, Fedelta del Suono Read the full review
“The Tellurium Q Black II speaker cables better the original Black in a number of important areas. The first aspect of these differences I noted was a more dynamic presentation. Impactful music, like the “I’m loving this record” Have fun by Smerz, exhibits greater impact from the opening wallop on opener “Worth It”. The degree to which the II convey this improved slam-ability over the Black made me sit up straighter in my red Eames LCW, which in and of itself promotes good posture, and think “Wow!”
– Michael Lavorgna, Audio Stream Read the full review
“This is definitely a big win for Tellurium Q’s Geoff Merrigan and company. To state it plainly; there is not a speaker cable that I have heard that comes close to the Black II’s performance and whose cost roughly translates to less than $150/meter. The cables are not big or thick but are built very nicely and come with your choice of bananas, spades or both. Tellurium Q plays it close to the vest when it comes to technical information, but as far as sonics go, I was greatly impressed by their performance. I spent a lot of time crawling around between my speakers and amps, swapping them in and out and back in because I could not believe how well they performed. They performed equally as well on planar speakers as they did with dynamics. I found their sound to be smooth over-all, with an open and airy top-end, and with extended bass and a slightly warm midrange.”
– Mike Wright, Stereo Times Read the full review
“If you compare it to other cables, even my previous ones, by a well-known American company, you can get the impression that other producers are combining how to stand out from the crowd, and Tellurium combines how to best give music back.”
– Olek Gramophonist Read the full review
“I changed to the Black II after a few tracks and was so flabbergasted by the improvement again that I didn’t bother going back to the Black.
It really was night and day. What struck me the most was how natural and clear the cable sounded with no nasties or obvious short comings. Now I know it can’t be perfect, and Geoff told me wait till you hear our pricier cables (oh dear), but I can’t remember hearing such a difference so easily, which makes my life a lot easier both as a reviewer and simply a listener. Isn’t that what good kit should be about.”
– Ian Ringstead, HiFi Pig Read the full review
“Black II is a completely different cable than Black. .. The smoothness of this cable is unique. Looking at both cables, not knowing that you need to look for a Roman “double” on a black outer jacket, we would say that they are the same cables. But let’s listen to them with a few songs, it does not take much time to come to the conclusion that really big changes took place between the new and the old version.”
– Wojciech Pacula, Hi Fidelity.pl Read the full review
“..the Black II is a no-brainer compared with the original cable. It is really superb, whatever it is made of. …..the presentation becomes fuller and more rounded. The bass is also much fuller and yet more controlled than with the older cable.”
– HiFi Choice Read the full review
“even those of you who own the original Black cables should take a serious look at the new Black II cables.”
– Paul Rigby, theaudiophileman.com Read the full review
“Alongside the Black IIs I also received
a set of the original cable for comparison – and the step-change in performance is apparent. Improved tonality was the first thing that struck me, especially with acoustic instruments. Keith Jarrett’s piano on ‘The Carnegie Hall Concert’ had more body and weight to it with a rich, resonant presentation. Here was the sound of a real instrument playing. While the original Black cable was good this new version takes all its qualities and builds on them with a sense that it is letting even more of the musical information through. Timing, especially, seemed better and more focussed with a total absence of smear or haze around instruments. An update to an already outstanding loudspeaker cable, the new Black II cables improve on the originals to a remarkable degree.”
– Jon Myles, HiFi World Read the full review
“The bass is very good – accurate, fast, not monotonous, even in the bottom border. Attack is fast, feeling that improved damping acoustics. The sound in general comfortable: a lot of details that do not detract from the overall musical picture.”
– Nikolay Efremov, Audio Video Read the full review
“greater clarity, a more natural presentation, a more open yet defined sound image, improved tonal qualities and, taking a few steps back, a more engaging musical experience.”
– Michael Lavorgna, Audio Stream Read the full review
“Strings contain texture, bass has a real heft and vocals sound more relaxed and secure in their presentation.”
– Paul Rigby, HiFi World Read the full review
“…offers insight into the way the instruments are being played. That is rare at this price. This is a very communicative, engaging and capable presentation, making it the most natural thing to just forget about listening to the system and simply enjoy the music.”
– HiFi Plus Issue 75, 2010 Read the full review
“I’ve listened to complete system upgrades that have not provided the improvement in transparency and naturalness that Tellurium Q Black provides.”
– Rod Alexander, HiFi Pig.com Read the full review
Blue Family Warm and forgiving for systems with a slight edge or for those who like a more smooth laid back presentation. Blue and Ultra Blue are especially good for AV and home cinema
Black Family Smooth, fine detailed and great resolution while actually reducing apparent harshness. Music is presented as a coherent, organic whole, with a jaw-dropping sense of realism and naturalness.
Silver Family Totally uncoloured, acting as a wide open channel sounding unforced, vivid and dynamic with phenomenal resolution, transparency and natural tonal colours. All this while sounding extremely analog and coherent, from the exceptional top end extension to bottom with finely detailed, separated bass notes.