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Ultra Black Speaker Cable
“Tellurium Q Ultra Black is the cable we wanted to make from day one. We told our UK distributor what to expect as we handed them a prototype that looked more like a fireman’s hose and less like a sonic phenomena. They glanced at the heavy, stiff and it has to be said ugly brown experiment. “Yes, well we will give it a go and take it to a few dealers to see what they think”. Later that day we get a phone call from our disbelieving UK distributors at Kog Audio, “what the hell is in it? We’ve never heard anything like this!”.
They took it on trust that the production version would be incredibly thin and flexible by comparison and look a whole lot better. So Kog Audio put in an advance order that day without needing to see or hear the production model because, in their words, “if it is even quarter as good as the prototype it will blow people away”.
We think that the production version sounds better than the prototype.
At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that the Blue Diamond and Ultra Black were the same cable with different printing but when you plug the Ultra Black into your system there is absolutely no doubt that the Ultra Black is in a totally different league.”
Reviews and User Comments
“Vocals and music are in three dimensions that frees speakers and leaves only sound, mood and atmosphere. The speakers disappeared.”
– Audiophile Magazine, Thailand
“To be honest, sometimes I do struggle to hear meaningful differences between one brand and another or one model and another within a manufacturer’s offerings. However, I was genuinely taken aback when I first installed the Tellurium Q Ultra Black II speaker cables.”
– The Ear Awards Edition, 2019
“the performance of the Ultra Black II is not skewed by materials or shaped by pseudoscience; it stands of falls on its sonic properties. We found that, “the character of the speaker cables is distinctly pacy; this is very much a rhythm-oriented cable, where timing is given top billing regardless of the music being played. And this makes it very engaging and powerful; my foot started tapping of its own accord and I found myself swept up with the groove on all manner of tracks.”
– HiFi Plus, Awards Edition
“When playing the best live recordings, the Tellurium Q cable was able to convey the acoustics of the venue and vivid reactions of the audience in a very convincing way deepening the feeling of participation in the event….. I believe that for many people the Ultra Black II may be the end of their search for a still reasonably priced, high quality speaker cable”
– Marek Dyba, HiFi Knights
“If you have the original Tellurium Q Ultra Black then this update might take you aback. It doesn’t just improve on the original it takes the sound on in leaps and bounds…… I heard the same effect on every track I played – leading me to believe that there is something special going on with these Ultra Black IIs….Tellurium Q’s Ultra Black II’s can be see as one of the best loudspeaker cables on the market at their price”
– Jon Myles, Hifi World
“The character of the speaker cables is distinctly pacy; this is very much a rhythm-oriented cable, where timing is given top billing regardless of the music being played. And this makes it very engaging and powerful; my foot started tapping of its own accord and I found myself swept up with the groove on all manner of tracks.”“Tellurium Q Ultra Black II is a remarkably coherent and “well-timed” cable”
– Jason Kennedy, HiFi Plus
“It was like when I upgraded my TV from an HD LED set to an Ultra High Definition 4K set. The differences were stunning…..What I can state is that the Ultra Black 11 cables are currently the best I have heard in my system
The Ultra Black II’s allow our ears and brain to work as they would in a live environment picking out every nuance and sound cues to create that actual experience, not a close approximation. Let’s just say I was hearing so much more into the performance. I genuinely was hearing microscopic details I just didn’t know we there before”
– Ian Ringstead, Hifipig.com
“However, whatever it is it works wonders. I have yet to hear a speaker cable which delivers timing like this one. I cannot quantify scientifically the difference between the two generations but if pressed I’d say they are 30 to 40 percent better. That is a big leap in performance.
A good friend of mine manages a well respected retail outlet in South West London, and gave me a lot of invaluable advice and guidance when I decided to get a Linn LP12, which I did last year. When I told him what I was reviewing he said “Good, now you will find out just how good that LP12 really is!. He was right.”
– Chris Kelly, The Ear
“The Tellurium Q Ultra Black cables achieve component status: that is to say, before changing any of your system’s components you should audition these cables first”
– Christian Bayer, Image HiFi.com
“Clear and very transparent. Especially the details. That’s “amazing”, is very remarkable in every way, the more I listened the more I love it.”
– What HiFi, Thailand
“The extension is incredibly clean and natural and I must say that I didn’t manage to find that in another cable until now… I’ve been listening to some live recordings which were incredibly real, from the sounds in the audiences, to the voices and instruments on the stage. Even the clapping was hauntingly lifelike, putting me right there in front of the audience.”
– Dan-Alexandru Gheorghe, Head Mania
“naturalness , timbres and dynamics of these connectors are so remarkable that my packing and sending back is really very, very difficult – if it even still happens.”
– Frank Neu, fidelity-magazin.de, August 2015
“Whatever you do, don’t audition the Ultra Black. As I said before, once you do, there’s no going back.”
– Steve Dickenson, HiFi Plus, Awards Issue 2010
“What the Ultra Blacks will do for your record collection is to both extract the fine detail from within and reveal its personality. The Ultra Blacks will lay bare your music, getting under the skin of each recording.”
– Paul Rigby, HiFi World 2010
“clarity is the only word I can really find to describe the effect of these cables, and I must admit (as a cable sceptic full stop) it shocked me”.”
– Lin Smith, HiFi Pig.com
“So what is it that the Tellurium Q’s do and the other cables not? Or do but only to a lesser extent? They are damn musical, for one thing. Second, they appear to diminish harshness of the digital sources. Third, they let the midrange shine. Fourth, they keep the low bass frequencies well under control. Not bad for a pair of cables.”
– Kai Ekholm, inner-magazines.com
“… things seem to start and stop when they ought to and this adds to what I can only describe as a sharper aural image. Clarity is the only word I can really find to describe the effect of these cables”
– Lin Smith/Stuart Smith, confirmed cable sceptics
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.
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