Furutech’s new power cables are designed for the demanding listener, whether in a professional studio setting or simply enjoying your music at home. Hi-Fi Choice magazine put the Roxy and the Empire cables to the test in its March and April issues, with five-star verdicts all round.
Furutech’s Roxy power cable features a 37-strand silver-plated OFC conductor for each of live and neutral plus a 37-strand OFC earth core. The whole assembly is then surrounded with five distinct layers of insulation and protection. All metal parts are treated with Furutech’s trademark two-stage ‘Alpha’ cryogenic and demagnetization process, designed to render all metals stress-free, stable and highly electrically conductive.
“Sonically the Furutech Roxy is impressive,” writes Hi-Fi Choice. “You can hear into the music better, and things seem more three-dimensional. There’s a lot more detail than a cheap cable, yet it doesn’t throw it in your face either… It’s also able to track microdynamics better than most, giving a lithe and expressive feel to proceedings.”
“A worthwhile step into serious mains cables… and fine value for money.”
The Empire strikes back
The more expensive of the two, the Empire power cable features Furutech’s innovative ‘PC-Triple C’ power conductor which is crafted using a proprietary forging process involving repeated rounds of metal folding – not unlike the method used to create the katana, the famous Japanese Samurai sword. This process ensures that the crystal grain boundaries deep inside the copper are rearranged so that the electrical current travels through the signal path more smoothly than ever before.
“Sonically, the Empire retains the Roxy’s dark and velvety tonality, but adds an extra later of detail and insight,” says Hi-Fi Choice. “It drills right down to the heart of the matter and leaves the listener enthralled, with great dynamics and shuffling rhythms.”
“Excellent at the price, providing seriously stiff competition to rivals – almost all of which sound less organic.”
Read both reviews in full in the March (Roxy) & April (Empire) issues of Hi-Fi Choice.