I would like to thank Penon for providing me the Penon CS819 cable for review. The cable material is made of copper and silver plated copper. There are 8 cores to this cable with 19 strands per core which result in its name, 819. The Penon CS819 I received comes with 2 pins 0.78mm connectors and 2.5mm balanced jack. At the moment, you can buy this cable from https://penon-official.com/product/penon-cs819 .
Unboxing & Accessories
The CS819 comes in a blue package with the brand name printed on the front cover. After opening the package, there are CS819, soft carrying pouch, cable wrap and shirt clip.
Cable Design & Build
The 2 pins 0.78mm connectors on the cable have a silver housing with silver carbon fibre design. There is indication of left and right through the blue and red stripe on the surface of the housing respectively. There is strain relief. There is no memory wire section. Moving down to the chin slider, it is silver and circular in shape. The y-splitter has silver carbon fibre design and it looks classy. Lastly, the jack is 3.5mm straight and has a silver housing with silver carbon fibre design. The brand name is printed on the housing. There is strain relief. The overall cable design gives a premium feel and I find it aesthetically pleasing. The cable is quite soft and supple for a 8 core.
Sound Analysis (Compared to Stock Cable)
The sub-bass has a nice boost and it is extended well with depth. With additional body, the sub-bass reproduction has fullness. The bass texture is improved with smoothness and the bass decay has similar agility. The engagement level is good. The mid-bass maintains its quantity and the slam is executed in a quicker manner. Each bass note is articulated well with a smooth hit. The bass reproduction has good speed and body.
The midrange becomes smoother and it sounds thicker. The extra lushness helps to improve the vocals performance. The lower mids has slightly more quantity and it aids in the expression of male vocals. The thickness helps to convey emotions better. The uppper mids has similar forwardness with additional body. Female vocals are presented in an intimate manner. The transparency is at a similar standard. There is nice sweetness for vocals.
The treble has a slight improvement with extension. The level of details retrieval is enhanced and there is a clear improvement for the clarity section. There is no sibilance and harshness. The treble operates in a full-bodied manner and it helps in the smoothness. The amount of air rendered has a similar amount which offers space at the top end. The definition is better. The treble is detailed and smooth.
The soundstage has a noticeable improvement and there is a very natural expansion. The width magnitude increases slightly and the depth has a good amount of space. Positioning of vocals and instruments is accurate.
The CS819 is a full sounding cable that is able to provide textured bass, intimate midrange and smooth treble. It expresses musicality well and creates a satisfying listen. In addition, it is braided nicely with good visual appeal. The Penon CS819 performs well beyond its price.