Chord Epic Analog Reviewed in Hi-Fi Choice
Posted by The Sound Organisation on May 12th 2021
Sitting between the Shawline and Signature series, smack dab in the middle of The Chord Company's multiple product lines is the Epic series. The Epic series of cables combines the heavy gauge silver-plated oxygen-free copper Tuned ARAY conductor cable with an increased volume of PTFE insulation around each conductor. This is then encased in a PVC jacket that minimizes the mechanical noise in the cable and protected by a sturdy nylon braid. Finally, each end of the Epic Analog RCA is terminated in Chord's silver-plated VEE 3 RCA plugs. What this combination results in is an extremely detailed cable that carries far more information from the source.
In a recent issue of Hi-Fi Choice, the Epic Analog RCA cable was reviewed. The author used the Epic RCA to connect their valve preamp to the monoblock amplifiers. Testing out the ability to play orchestral music, the reviewer found that the Epic brought clarity without any harshness, and "didn't cramp the abilities of [the] monoblocks." Moving on to jazz a la Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, the Epic cables really show what they can do:
There is no excessive harshness or over brightness with the trumpet and it really does sound like it’s being played live in my listening room. This is a real tribute to the silver plating on the conductors of the cable, confirming the Epic as a high-end interconnect that fully justifies its price tag.
The reviewer gives Chord's Epic Analog RCA 5 Stars out of 5 and awards the cable with the Hi-Fi Choice Recommended badge.