Cable Round-Up!

LEAR C2

LEAR (Website) is a Cantonese company, based solely in Hong Kong, and led by Tatco Ma. Their CIEMs, such as the LCM-5 and the BD 4.2, are known in enthusiasts circles for their unique sound design philosophy. Originally, their custom IEMs used handmade, DIY-style cables, but they switched their product over to the C2 cable, which looks decidedly more like an OEM cable — but with a Tinsel twist.

Once again, we need to make an apology to LEAR for accidentally losing the C2 cable in transit. Luckily, we were still able to write out impressions before the faux-pas.

The LEAR C2 cable.

shotgunshane’s Thoughts

The Lear C2 is a very thin and flexible SPC cable.  On the manufacturer’s website, they claim use of ‘tinsel’ wire- to give it maximum flexibility and durability.  It is certainly the thinnest cable in the roundup and one of the most flexible- rivaling the Westone EPIC stock style cables that CIEM manufacturers so commonly use.

Flexibility is enhanced due to the twisting method used below the Y-split.  It is not braided. The sleeving is clear and smooth, displaying a very bright white SPC wire. Clear heat shrink was used for the Y-split and there is no neck cinch.  A generous dose of memory wire is included, connected to Westone Epic style pin connectors.  The plug is a very small/thin Lear-branded connector, typical of universal IEM stock cables. Sound was softer in note than the Forza and PlusSound cables, with perhaps a slightly brighter, harder edge.

Evaluation Categories

  • Cable Flexibility – Excellent
  • Cable Texture (smooth, matte, rough) – Smooth
  • Y-split durability – Poor
  • Neck Cinch – None
  • Pin Connectors – Average
  • Plug Options – Average
  • Braid Style – Twisted (no braid)

DigitalFreak’s Thoughts

By far the most flexible and thinnest cable out of all the cables reviewed. When I first saw this cable my first thoughts were it wouldn’t stand up very well to everyday abuse. I used this cable for a good two weeks and am happy to report that although frail looking it seems to be quite durable. The lack of a neck cinch was a turn off for me; I’m a neck cinch lover and think all cables should have them. Clear heat shrink was used for the neck cinch and as such I couldn’t help but think it cheapened the overall look of the cable.

Evaluation Categories

  • Cable Flexibility – Excellent
  • Cable Texture (smooth, matte, rough) – Smooth
  • Y-split durability – Poor
  • Neck Cinch – Terrible (None)
  • Pin Connectors – Average
  • Plug Options – Average
  • Braid Style – Twisted with no braid

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