Mono & Stereo
Chris Sommovigo the proprietor of Black Cat Cable is surely among the most interesting people in our beloved industry. There is something very intriguing about the way he conducts his venture. I guess some of this is intimately connected with his prolonged stay in Japan. We share some similarities whenit comes to the audio world. In traditional Japanese culture, for many of the small yet one of a kind craftsman the path of making the product was as sacred as the end result. Sometimes even more important and such dedication sort of ensures the upper place execution. Read the full review here.
Okay, so let's cut to the chase, the Black Cat Matrix line of cables (specifically the 3202 interconnects, 3232 speaker cables, and the DIGIT USB) are exemplary. Stunningly good for the price. ..How does Chris get this sound, this performance, this level of musicality for such—the world of high-end audio—a seriously affordable price? The scary thing is that these are the not the least expensive cables Chris offers—he does have cables costing way less—so how good are those at a few hundred? Plus, as good as these are, I would be hard pressed to want to go further up the Black Cat ladder (he does offer cables that are several thousand dollars)! I mean, those would have to be insanely good! Read the full review here.
Hi Fi Pig
The Black Cat Coppertone carried the signal beautifully, the musical instruments kept apart and separated, vocals sitting central and in their own black space, carrying feeling and emotion out of my speakers to my ears. Sound-stage remained open and wide, depth front to back again allowing the instruments to sit in a proper stage like formation. I’m very impressed and these represent a welcome addition into the system, they seem to have an easy synergy with my equiptment. SImple cymbal strikes have a crisp timbre and have good hard edge, yet with an extended delicate decay, not slipping into a shushy, slushy sounds, though hard sounding speakers may not suit this level of details, a very accurate portayal is what we get. Bass it tight and tuneful, not fluffy or indistinct. It keeps the timing and rhythm like a metronome, and brings a real boogie to the party. Read the full review here.
Enjoy The Music
During the Black Cat cable's review period I listened to many different types of music, sourced both digitally and from my analog front-end. The takeaway was that Chris Sommovigo's description of his cables having an "effortless" quality when it comes to sound reproduction is spot on. I hope I'm not accused of using this term instead of coining my own to describe what I heard. The term "effortless" has been used before, especially when describing a signal that remains undistorted during loud passages. But the Black Cat cable went further. This might be a bit of an over-simplification, but this trait resulted in not allowing any of the frequencies that they reproduced to draw attention to themselves, which can distract the listener from the other frequencies. This was especially true of the midrange frequencies, a characteristic which may not impress some as much as hearing a super-extended bass or treble, but this is where the majority of the music lives. And therefore, it became easier to focus on those frequencies, as well as the rest of the music. Read the full review here.
The Black Cat entry level Coppertone RCA interconnect and banana terminated speaker cables are simply amazing bargains. We think they redefine the entry level high end cable price to performance ratio. When asked how he made these cables at the $200 price point, Sommovigo replied “I developed a way to distill some things from my upper line into something that doesn’t require expensive materials, long machine time, or lots of labor time.” I guess you can call that “trickle down” design. If you are shopping for cables and don’t want to break the bank, whether it is time for an upgrade, or you are building a new system, we can highly recommend you explore the Black Cat Coppertone line. We have not heard better cables at this price point, and we have extensive experience with entry level audiophile cables. They have all the hallmarks of prior Sommovigo designs, that being an exceptionally natural presentation, low noise floor, and a wide soundstage. Read the full review here.
The Black Cat Cable Stargate Series interconnects are a premium cable, fit to compete with the elite. Though impeccably dressed, their svelte appearance and unassuming terminations may not appeal to those who want a glittering garden hose of a cable, suspended like a monorail in one's listening room. Those may be excellent, too, but I know they are shockingly expensive and, to be honest, I'd bet that they'd have a hard time matching the Stargate's overall performance. Heard in a modest system, the Stargate interconnects elevated the sound in every meaningful way. Placed in a world class system, they showed they belonged in every way that matters. The ancient masters would be pleased. Very highly recommended. Read the full review here.
"Stargate" was a TV series (actually it was Stargate SG-1, produced by Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright) was broadcast between 1997-2007 in the USA. Through these "gates" one could move to places hundreds of light-years away. In other words - it was a gateway to another worlds. I think that this could be what Chris thought about when he had to give the name first to the line and then to that particular cable; it is a kind of means of transition to another world. It is a world rich with details, greatly differentiating recordings, open, with momentum and powerful bass. The sound with the Stargate in the system is fast, large and particularly spacious. Treble is stronger than in all reference cables, but this is not an emphasis of this range, an anomaly, but a consistent way to achieve such an open sound - otherwise it would not work. The cable looks like it was made in a tool shed, but it is aesthetic and its box is very nice. But this is just a handmade product - all work is hidden under the green-black-blue braided sleeve. And it is enchanted in music. Stargate really opens other spaces for us. Read the full review here.
It should be clear by now: Chris Sommovigo is not so much a designer, but rather an artist and an experimenter. He also has a soul of a warrior, so every brand he made cables for was been successful, and its products found numerous satisfied users. Let me add that the cables of his design often stay in audio systems forever despite the fact, that there are other, better ones on the market, but there is something special about them that one simply can't find anywhere else. Read the full review here.
Much increased evolution cost to performance ratio and reliability from the former brand: I indeed had an astounding experience from ‘The Matrix’ line cables and speaker cables. For these, there is no silver line in the center but only 16 braided, enamel-coated copper strands. They create a highly pure sound, as if the cables did not exist. It made me believe for a second that the amplifier and speaker had been connected directly - without cables - because the sound was highly pure and filled with life force. Read the full review here.
Time to Rock and Roll! Loading in disc 1 of Fleetwood Mac’s Very Best I flick to ‘Dreams’. The intro of the rhythmic bass, drums and tick of the cymbals tirp out with confidence. The bass is tight, not tubby of loose. It’s not bleeding into other areas either, which can sometiems happen as bass rises. Stevie Nicks vocals coming over honey like, smooth and warm, allowing you to settle into the track and immediately making you feel comfortable. There is added space around instruments, an inky black space giving an open, wide soundstage allowing a living area to the music. Read the full review here.
The smoothness of sound, the detail that is pulled from my compact discs, the depth and width of the soundstage, and all around musicality is new to me since I connected the Digit 75. I did not have this with the other SPDIFs in my possession. This was what I was missing on digital playback. As fine as the new DAC is, this has elevated the sound to reference quality. The Digit is the best cable I have heard from Chris. This is an absolute must audition for those in need of a reference SPDIF. The Artisan of Kanagawa has reached a whole new level of magic. Read the full review here.
The audiophile world is filled with manufacturers who cater to specific avenues of the hobby. These companies work hard to deliver the goods on their particular vision of what the ultimate sound in recorded playback should be, and one of the hardest working individuals behind one of these companies is Chris Sommovigo of Black Cat Cable. I caught up with Sommovigo recently where he runs Black Cat from a small factory space on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan. A dedicated artisan who believes in cables transporting the delicate sonic signals from their analog or digital sources without colouration, he graciously took the time to share his personal journey with me. I hope you enjoy learning something about him as much as I did. Read the full review here.
I find absolutely fascinating you can do wild experiments and even break every normal design rule to see what the result is. This is sort of venturing into the unknown, but I would have to think it keeps your brain firing on all cylinders and opens up new potential methods, maybe by accident.To say your in-house capabilities are pretty rare would be an understatement. I would venture to say that there may not be another sole proprietor cable artisan on the planet with your investment in machinery and materials. While there may ultimately be a limit to what you can do by yourself, it has to be incredibly satisfying to ship a cable half-way around the world when it is done. Read the full review here.
The Black Cat Cables 3202 and 3232 are first-class connectors that you should consider for fine tuning between high-quality components - especially when you need resolution, dynamics, precision, and control.The speaker cable Black Cat 3232 is a real price-performance tip. If clarity and resolution are required, this connector is far ahead of the pack. I would rate the NF cable Black Cat 3202 even a class higher. With their striking openness, detail, unrestrained dynamics and precise control, the optically inconspicuous connectors also play in the top league of low-frequency cables. Again, the price seems more than fair considering the bidding. Read the full review here.
STEREO I KOLROWO
Black Cat Cable Coppertone is a harmonious and very balanced cable with excellent sound capabilities, which should match many hi-fi systems with different price levels. His greatest asset is the advanced tonal freedom that allows music to exist fully and expression that reveals the entire color tone of the colors hidden in various recordings. It is also a first-rate sound substantiality plus good neutrality, although with a slightly emphasized upper midrange. In general, Black Cat Cable Coppertone are intelligent cables that provide full-fledged sound in statu nascendi. And all at a very competitive price. I recommend but do not persuade. Read the full review here.
Best Buy Audio Review
The Black Cat 3200 is a flawless design and, although the construction is complex, time-consuming, the price is not expensive, and its sound is delicate, natural and balanced. We believe that the Black Cat 3200 series deserves to be in Hi-Fi, High-End audio systems and after you put the 3200 wires into the system to listen, you will fall in love with them. Read the full review here.
When I held the cables of Black Cat, I understood why Chris Sommovigo used the name Black Cat as a brand. All of his wires are small in diameter, light in weight and extremely flexible. It "acts" like a cat. Using Black Cat's cable, we do not have to worry about the external forces to twist the speaker or rotate electronic devices like some other hard wires. Black Cat's cover is made from cotton. That is why the cable becomes light and flexible. In addition, one of the reasons for using cotton as a wire is the excellent resistance to noise and vibration of this natural material. Read the full review here.
During his free time, Chris Sommovigo experimented with unusual cord designs and he came upon a unique cord structure, which was immediately applied to create a new product line. Black Cat 3200 Series was born at the end of 2017 with two products: 3232 speaker cable and 3202 interconnect, which are oriented at the price for the popular segment but they do not lack the good qualities of high-end conductors. The level, as well as the subtle sound value, make Chris Sommovigo's name. Read the full review here.