'Perkune Matrix power cables'

(€ 397 for a 1.5 metre pair)










MARK: 87/100




 
Mr Paul Goodwyn, the owner of Perkune Audiophile Cables, has a past as a competent musician, music recording engineer and Oil field consultant. When he moved from England to Lithuania, Paul wanted to help people get high-quality cables at reasonable prices. And so he started his own cable company - And yes, the magic had begun!


Matrix power


After recent developments in audio cables' construction, I've been lucky to receive from Paul (along with tips for speaker and system placement) a couple of his Matrix power cables. The first, one and a half metres long and the second two metres. And, with the cables came an attached certificate with identification numbers.
These babies present themselves as relatively rigid, thick, black, and considered as the entry-level. Also, there is a Matrix S line that I haven’t tested yet but seems to guarantee some further improvement thanks to better construction and materials.
The Matrix provides a sturdy, safe, uninterrupted connection with the rear amp slot, and the wall sockets thanks to industrial rhodium plugs. And, the power plug positive side is marked with a red tag to connect it with the correct phase after using a tester screwdriver.


Perkune Audiophile


Another aspect to note is that all Perkune cables are hand made out to a strict pattern, so there will be no sonic differences between cables of the same length and type. In my case the longer cable delivered better highs and mids and the shorter cable just a bit better basses; it might be strange but it's true and probably that's why the owner and engineer's company chief said that the longer the power cable, the better.
Also, there appears to be reduced choking in comparison with other power cables. And, a slightly louder volume  with more definition, and greater transparent presentation of the mid frequencies; in other words, the vocals – and to a lesser extent - the guitars. They are in the sweet spot, which is a difference that even a non-trained listener can perceive effortlessly.


Background


With a blacker background and an increased dynamic range, the Matrix power cable immediately leaves its mark. But, in the specific, where the cable wins is how it allows the reproduction of small details recorded at low volumes, which always sounded blurry with other cables. And that is not an easy task to accomplish! Moreover, I finally noticed clear-cut definitions in the attacks and cymbal sounds that were previously a bit buried in the guitar mixing and more distinct channel separation, making music passages easier to comprehend and more ear-pleasing. Add to these ingredients minor sibilance, which makes highs a bit less pronounced but more realistic and silkier, if you will.









Power station

Many people will tell you that the last metre of cable doesn’t matter when you have hundreds of wires in the house of low quality and km of lines to the power station. I’ll tell you that it’s partially true, in that you can improve the quality of your in-wall cabling by having it replaced with one of a decent gauge, by having it distanced as far as possible and finally by having dedicated mains installed by an electrician (he will look at you as a Martian even if he's a friend, warning!), while you’re at the mercy of the power company for the rest of the distance. But the point is that cables often generate interferences themselves. Therefore you have to obtain a suitable shielded cable to reduce this issue as much as possible and replace the free cable that amp companies give you as a freebie. Such is the case of the Perkune Matrix cables which don't interfere with themselves too much because of the advanced shielding engineered for their production.


Pricing

The Matrix cable is superior to many other companies’ lines thanks to the isolation techniques and the quality of its components, and it’s fit for all kinds of amplifiers.

I have given a mark of 87/100 to the Matrix 1.5 meter power cable, which is priced at 397 euros and is thoroughly recommended.

Specifications:

  • Cable size: 16.0 – 17 mm
  • Length: 1 – 3 Meters
  • Multi-stranded, ultra-high purity 99.9999% OFC
  • Conductors size: 3 x 3.0 mm2 (10 AWG)
  • HDPE dialectics for each conductor x 3
  • Protective conductor – Pure copper (class 1)
  • 2-level shielding: pure braided copper 
  • Cable weight: 1.25 – 1,50 Kg
  • Voltage: 300-500 volts
  • Test voltage: 2000 volts
  • Temperature: -40 to +70 C
  • Resistance: 0.005 Ohms/meter
  • Secondary shield: PTFE/PVC/Tape
  • Outer sheath:  Antistatic Isolation material

  • AirGap isolation (AGI) – Air is used to insulate and achieved by isolating the line from external interference.
  • Aluminium foil shielding (AFS) – is 85% effective as a noise insulator. And unwanted noise is picked up directly at the source. Aluminium foil absorbs sound, preventing further propagation.
  • Anti-static pads (ASP) The slow build-up of static charges undermines all audio and AV systems’ performance—flattening perspectives, dull colours, and inhibiting dynamics. And, we know it’s there. But ignore its impact.
  • Teflon/PTFE Insulation (TVI) has excellent dielectric properties. And suitable for connector and cable assemblies.
  • Thermaflex protection (TFP) eliminating micro-vibrations from the floor and surrounding components.



My thoughts:

The ‘AirGap isolation’ and the ‘AirTube suspension’ represent the progress made concerning the previous versions of the same cable, allowing a reduction in vibrations, reflections and unwanted noises generated by electrical interference. The aluminium foil sheathing and the vinyl tape insulation proceed in the same direction. 

The Matrix’s diminished capacitance and inductivity result in almost complete neutrality. And it is permitting you to have a cable that doesn’t add either subtracts anything from the original recording. This ultimate achievement is nothing but a shining trademark from this small company destined to become known in specialized circles and successively among customers and shops. What more would you want from a power cable?




Author:
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH

Date: July 23rd, 2021





























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Vilnius - Lithuania
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