Review of Tchernov Reference MKII IC XLR interconnect cables

Some time ago, I needed to select good interconnect cables in my own system. In this regard, I left a request to listen to Tchernov cables on the Soundex forum. Representatives of the company promptly contacted me, and after a while the cable was already at my home. The appearance of the cable, the accuracy of execution and the quality of the connectors - all this was done with taste, competently and solidly. I've tested a large number of fairly expensive interconnect cables, and sometimes it was very strange, you know, to see cheap blue-red heat-shrinking tubes or cheap XLR connectors which cost $5 mounted on cables more expensive than $1000. In this case, there was absolutely nothing to find fault with. The cable looked quite presentable, immediately hinting at its belonging to the "Luxury" class of Hi-End components of the highest and uncompromising level. Tactile, while bending, the cable was of medium rigidity, but not as rigid as, for example, Arkana or Acrolink 3 series.
As it warmed up, the sound changed a lot, especially at the edges of the range. More or less correct sound began to appear only 48 hours after installation into the system. Until that time, you should not even try to draw any conclusions about the sound, since they will all be premature. We are not talking here about a fully formed sound handwriting, but only about the fact that after this initial minimum warm-up time interval, the cable reaches an acceptable level of "resolution", according to which it is already possible to draw the first conclusions about the nature of the sound. To fully warm up, I put on one, indicative for me, composition - the 6th Symphony of P.I. Tchaikovsky, Allegro molto vivace (performed by Semyon Bychkov), in 24/7 mode, and "warmed" the cable in such a simple way for 4 days. This is a fairly dynamic and fast symphonic composition, in which the sound of the most diverse instruments in the timbral spectrum is fully realized, from string instruments, to percussion and bass in a wide dynamic and frequency ranges.
The sound is timbral smooth and clean throughout the range, air is present. The images are very large. The background is well separated from the front. Tchernov confidently destroys the long-established stereotype about copper, which allegedly makes many "copper" cables cloudy in the high-frequency range. In this case, the top is very transparent - you can hear any nuance, including an incorrectly selected "ringing" component, if one is present in your system. Whether it's good or bad is a moot point. Personally, when building an audio system, I always reject excessively "soft", "corrective" cables as means of correcting-masking the nature of certain "ringing" components of the audio system. Instead, I prefer maximum transparency, detail and neutrality, as well as careful selection of digital and digital-analog sources. It should be noted that despite the great transparency, the high frequencies are served very carefully, I would even say "thoroughbred", not dominating the entire frequency range at all. Traditionally, you can hear the branded long Tchernov "afterglows", which were already present even in the first version of Classic cables. In general, with this cable, the sound of my system has now become very close to the archetype of live sound that I regularly hear in the Great Hall of the Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Some other cables, for example, may seem more detailed in the upper middle, but this excessive detail, it seems to me, unnecessarily loads the brain, forcing it to involuntarily process a huge amount of unnecessary information. Here, while maintaining a very large airiness, scale, naturalness and unity, the detail does not bother at all, in exact analogy with direct listening to a live concert in the hall. Another point that I would like to note is a certain special feeling of darkness, a sense of space even in complete silence. In Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, performed by Petrenko, quiet lyrical moments are conveyed very softly and tenderly - the culminating ones are expressive, with all the polyphony and tragedy, but without excessive brightness. In the 5th symphony (performed by Nelsons), in its first part, a very textured and powerful bass is felt, French horns, double basses and percussion are heard proportionally.
Some time ago, I owned a Classic Mk2 IC interconnect cable. So, with the Reference MK2 IC, everything is much better - at times. Perhaps even more than the price difference (!).
It is impossible not to mention the technologies and innovations that are used in the development of the cable. In general, the company has its own approaches and views on the chemical composition of copper, the degree of purification and the content of impurities, which differ somewhat from the generally accepted ones used by other companies. The same can be said about the methods of insulation, shielding and other factors affecting the sound. All these technologies are patented, which confirms their uniqueness. Close attention is paid to every detail - the company uses connectors and even solder of its own design.
As a result of this review, I can state one important fact: in our country, finally, we have learned how to make good and high-quality Hi-End cables for quite adequate money. Just 2-3 years ago, the situation seemed to me somewhat different. I had to look for "good copper" at foreign auctions, secondary markets and other places: Akrolinks, Ortophones, Transparencies and Cardasses of the highest models, exposing themselves to multiple risks of getting a fake or simply running into an unscrupulous seller. And at the moment, you can easily buy Tchernov Reference Mk2 cables, while getting a sound level that is in no way inferior to the listed brands, and for a long time close the issue of finding interconnect cables for your system.