The real surprise of our visit of course was Roald Mikkelsen whose cables I'd not encountered before. With earlier models now in MkII guise and two new statement models above, all Renaissance Audio cables use mirror-polished Norwegian silver drawn to Roald's specifications in Norway which then is configured as solid-core conductor braids encased in oil—tinted blue to mimic glacier ice— and terminated with Furutech or WBT connectors at the customer's discretion.
Exceptionally attractive and seriously labor-intensive—Roald does all the crafting himself which includes the obvious braiding but also crimp terminations to avoid solder —our informal auditions suggested very good performance which a formal review will detail out in the new year. The oil acts as a physical damper for the Teflon-encased silver conductors and shielding is deliberately omitted for sonic reasons. At present the line includes interconnects and speaker cables while power cord design approaches finalization to go into anticipated production by 2010. These cables enjoyed a fantastic reception during 'Phase One' prior to Roald's accident and given refinements since, one should suspect superior results of the 'Phase Two' versions.