Chord Company Sarum Digital Tuned ARAY

Chord Co’s Tuned ARAY interconnects are intriguing cables, they have the ability to turn a dense, messy recording into musical performance. This is not something I have encountered with any other cable and proves that this part of the system is equally as important as the source, amp and speakers, possibly more so. At £1,600 for a metre Sarum Digital TA is the most expensive but also the most dramatic in its effect. It means that the system can no longer be used for background listening, it becomes an attention grabber for all the right reasons with material old and new. Regardless of whether played loud or soft the way people are playing, what they are playing is that much more interesting.

It can do remarkable things for prosaic CD players when they are used as a transport. I use a Rotel RCD06 for music reviewing and was gobsmacked when I replaced the coax between it and a Naim SuperUniti amp. In musical terms and makes me wonder if I am becoming a Naimer! This wasn’t an A/B comparison nor was it very scientific, the difference encountered is so big you don’t need to go that far. Everything sounds superb in this system now, it really makes the SuperUniti shine – Bugge Wesseltoft's Moving has so much variety and juice it's hard to believe that it’s the same system. It always did work well on the Living Voice OBX but they hadn't sounded this good before TA arrived.

Tuned ARAY is a genuine game changer that brings a degree of coherence to systems that few other approaches can match, it’s expensive for cable but it’s cheap for what it does.