“Runs like a Swiss clock” a phrase commonly used to describe a well-built, time tested machine. That is what Vovox set out to do when building the Vovox Sonorus cables and well, like the Swiss clock all Voxvox Sonorus cables are built in Switzerland.
Why a high end cable? All cables sound the same, right? That is the exact question that intrigued the engineer, founder and CEO of the company Jurg Vogt. Don’t think I’m going to let the guy off easy just because he’s also a bass player and his last name is spelled so close to mine! But seriously, you can hear his story for yourself here:
While the company makes dozens of varieties of pro audio, home audio, power and other assorted hifi cables, I stuck to what I know; instrument, patch and speaker cables. I tried out the Protect A instrument cable with matching patch cable and a Drive series speaker cable.
The Protect A instrument is what I used most during this trial run. It comes with a velcro gig bag, which well isn’t a reason to run out instantly and buy the cable, it’s nice because it forces you to nicely coil your cable vs. the spaghetti “I’ll get to it later” cable bag setup.
The cable comes in many different lengths and is available with either right angle or straight ends, but I chose the basic 11.5 foot or 3.5 meter length with straight ends. The cable is coated in a thick braided fabric. My only concern was the cable was sort of slick on hardwood floor and I almost took one for the team at a show, but alas the rock gods above were looking out for me!
The Protect A patch cable is basically the same as the instrument cable, just in a shorter 1ft/0.03m variety. It is also available in the right angle or straight end variety. Here I will explain a little more about the design of both the instrument and patch cables.
Your average cable’s conductor is most likely made out of many thin wires wrapped together. This is not the case with Vovox, you’re looking at one thick single conductor made out of high grade copper coated in silver. The hot and the ground conductors are isolated from each other, where on your current cable may be in close quarters. The capacitance is a super low 75pf/m.
As far as performance of the patch cable, my only suggestion is if your pedalboard is tight for space, I’d go with right angled connectors to allow a little more flex.
Last, but not least I tried out the 3.3 ft./1m. Drive series speaker cable. It also features the same silver plated copper core conductor as the Protect series cables. Now speaker cables often get neglected, but you spent all that $ into the front end of your gear, why mess it up now with a cheap speaker cable? If you’re playing a gig in the Swiss Alps, I have no doubt in my mind you could climb a mountain with this speaker cable, then play the gig with it…just look at those ends! It was a nice tight fit when plugging the cable into my bass cab, which hey, you’re sending a couple hundred watts of thunder to a speaker cab, you want a solid connection.
Is a high end cable for you? I’m not the judge. The cables are marketed as high end durable cables, which I feel is completely accurate. I a/b’d the cables back and forth with a variety of other cables, while the Vovox will not save you money on your car insurance or make you breakfast in the morning, I am certain I can hear a difference. The difference was tough in a quiet in home side by side, but out and about when you can really move some air, you’ll hear it, it’s there!
Street Price: $140 for the Protect A instrument cable, $65 for the Protect Patch cable, $65 for the Drive Speaker cable.