Cable Round-Up!

PlusSound Audio — Exo Series

We first covered plusSound Audio’s Exo series of cables about a year ago (review here); since then, plusSound has continued to develop its products quietly out of the limelight. The Los Angeles outfit, run by Christian Oliver, seems to naturally attract attention from those looking for well-made cables, but without the public pomp and circumstance. Oliver is a gentleman and a scholar, providing not only consummate service but also continuous development of plusSound’s cables. In addition to new, custom-made accessories such as aluminum Y-splits and 3.5 mm mini-plugs, they’ve also begun to branch out to portable amplifiers with their upcoming Cloud Nine.

Since our review, plusSound has released Litz cables in Type 2 and now Type 6 configuration (see here for a visual explanation of the different types of Litz wire). There are cables on the market with Type 4 Litz configurations, but none with Type 6, so plusSound is really pushing the boundaries of the complexity of wiring within a portable cable.

The original, non-Litz, ten-strand, 28 AWG OCC copper cable reviewed previously began our roundup tour, but it was actually changed out mid-way through the tour, replaced by their newer Type 2 Litz, 5×15 strand, 26 AWG OCC silver (plus 1% gold injection) cable.

shotgunshane’s Thoughts

Very similar look and feel to the Forza but with a thinner 28 gauge, lighter in color copper wire.  Surprisingly, it’s not really any more flexible even though it’s thinner.  Pretty much on par with the Forza here.

I did not care for the straight, UE branded ear pins used.  Once connected to my JH13, they extended way past the bend of my ear, causing the cable to continue to flop around, coming off my ear.  If I were to choose this cable, I’d certainly want different pin connectors.

Y-split and neck cinch were both small and black- very practical, simple and classy looking.  Supplied connector was a mini Viablue but many choices are available.  Overall a very good looking cable.

Sound was in line with the Forza cable; perhaps a bit less warmth.

Evaluation Categories

  • Cable Flexibility – Good
  • Cable Texture (smooth, matte, rough) – Smooth
  • Y-split durability – Very Good
  • Neck Cinch – Very Good
  • Pin Connectors – Average
  • Plug Options – Excellent
  • Braid Style – Round
The newer Type 2 Litz wire from plusSound. Note the additional bundling and spiraling pattern of the wires within the cable.
The newer Type 2 Litz wire from plusSound. Note the additional bundling and spiraling pattern of the wires within the cable.

DigitalFreak’s Thoughts

While handling if felt as though I were handling the Forza Audioworks cable. Although thinner then the Forza Audioworks cable, it wasn’t any more flexible — guess the round braid is to blame.

The UE-“branded” ear pins used plugged in nicely to my UERM and I found fit was quite good behind the ears. I would recommend this cable to UERM owners because of the comfortable fit behind the ears.

Both Y-split and neck cinch were small and black and had a low profile look. From my understanding, plusSound provides other connectors for the buyer to pick from, so that’s rather nice, in my opinion.

If it were not for the stiffness I would have given this cable an overall grade of excellent. As is, I would rate it as very good.

Evaluation Categories

  • Cable Flexibility – average
  • Cable Texture (smooth, matte, rough) – Smooth
  • Y-split durability – Very Good
  • Neck Cinch – Very Good
  • Pin Connectors – Very Good
  • Plug Options – Very Good
  • Braid Style – Round

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