VDC Trading and Van Damme Cable Review. Van Damme cables offer exceptional performance capabilities and are designed to be placed within a system and forgotten about. The service offered by VDC Trading is brilliant, fast, and professional. Likewise, they cater for any number of configurations and the Van Damme brand has an extensive history in the professional audio world as they have supplied Abbey Road, The London 2012 Olympic Games, and countless other prestigious establishments.
Even though they are a key component in any system, it is often it is the case that interconnects are overlooked or forgotten about. When spending hundreds or thousands of pounds the equipment that is in your signal chain is only as good as its weakest link. All too often inferior cables can lead to an extensive and painstaking never ending battle where their mission is to increase fidelity by 5%. However, this could all be avoided.
With a reputation for producing resilient and sonically superior cables, Van Damme by VDC Trading is one pedigree brand that is highly sought after. However, after VDC recently approached The Pro Audio Web Blog by asking us to put their Van Damme cables through our tough review procedures we had free reign over their entire product range. Subsequently we requested a whole host of demanding configurations, and these are our findings…
VDC Tradings website is clearly presented and allows the user to select from predetermined ‘stock’ cable configurations. Additionally custom Van Damme configurations can be created via their online ‘YouSpec’ virtual cable utility and includes designs for audio, video, and data transmission. Via the ‘YouSpec’ utility you are easily able to select the desired cable and match it with the relevant terminations. Please note that if you are the end user then the custom cable configuration may not directly apply to you as purchasing a cable ‘in store’ has been predetermined for your convenience.
For the purposes of this review we ordered a number of balanced and unbalanced cables with various lengths, resistance's, shielding, terminations, and applications.
Straight away when we received the cables the design was the first thing that caught our attention. It is plain to see that the cable materials are machined with precision and high quality materials have ben utilised. We also noticed that all of the cables had clearly been built by a team of professionals with exceptional skills in soldering and craftsmanship. Across the range of cables that we ordered there were no faults along the lengths of cables, artefacts present in the solder, cold solders, misalignments, damage to the connectors, aesthetic artefacts, or misunderstood creations.
On the VDC Trading website there are many choices of connectors from renown brands such as, Neutrik, Rean (Neutrik cost effective brand), Switchcraft as well as Van Damme’s own brand of connectors. The combination of excellent craftsmanship twined with quality components makes Van Damme cables and there is no doubt that they will survive regular use within demanding environments.
Following extensive testing we came to the conclusion that the cables were well shielded and faithfully transmitted the signal from the source to the destination. In use there appeared to be no distortion or audible line noise over the transmission and they integrated without any cause for concern.
Sonically Van Damme cables clarified the signal and demonstrated exceptional value for money. Unless you are currently using budget cables, it goes without saying that a cable was going to dramatically effect the sonic characteristics (ie. 50% improvement), but you may notice an improvement in timing, accuracy, and the presentation of the subtle nuances. Certainly within our high end systems we noticed that the overall sound had a focused presentation where, more specifically, the high end was brighter without effecting any other frequencies.
With regards to their Van Damme branded cables, VDC Trading have delivered cables that exceeded our expectations and their overall service was excellent; a pleasure to deal with. The entire process has been flawless and we recommend the Van Damme cables that you may find in your local music store or online. VDC Trading and their Van Damme range most certainly deserves a 5 star review.