Since you’ll see the same smiling faces in two successive cable-company blogs, let’s start by saying that cables from Crystal Cable and Siltech are made in the same factory, but have very different sounds. It gets even more confusing when I say that Crystal Cable is run by Gabi Rijnveld, while Siltech is run by her husband, designer Edwin Rijnveld (not shown).

Here, Gabi and product/industrial designer Lennart Thissen hold Crystal Cable’s Ultimate Dream power cable ($12,622.70/1.5m). Constructed of 6-strand coaxial monocrystal, with a 7th strand in the middle for stability, the power cable uses Oyaide connectors. Rijnveld described it as “fast, neutral, and transparent.”