Van den Hul CS122 review

Van den Hul delivers the LSC touch

We suspect this cable will have very system-specific success

TechRadar Verdict

A refined and detailed cable that handles frequency extremes well, while offering a laid-back tonal balance


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    Well extended, tuneful treble

    Rhythmically confident


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    Slightly constricted imaging

    Bass lacks weight and tunefulness

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Van den Hul offers one of the most diverse and intriguing ranges of cable on the planet, featuring among other things conductors of linear structured carbon (LSC) instead of metal. LSC is expensive and bulky when used alone, but this cable adds just a little of it to a more conventional complement of stranded silver-plated copper.

This allegedly makes up for some of the deficiencies of metals and "transforms the radiated magnetic field into an audio-signal again". There is little, if any, scientific evidence for the low-level distortions that vdH attributes to metal conductors, but the detailed behaviour of a cable using LSC will be different from metal alone, and we like to keep an open mind.

Insulation is 'Hulliflex', a low-loss, halogen-free soft material unique to vdH. The wide conductor spacing makes for quite high inductance and this cable is well suited to 'twitchy' amplifiers like some older Naim and Exposure models.

We found the treble of this cable perplexing: it seems well-extended and also tuneful but just a little shut-in, resulting in slightly constricted imaging. Bass is also extended but lacking in weight and tunefulness. Despite that, it has good impact; this is a very rhythmically confident cable.

It is not entirely neutral in the midband and seems to favour male voice over female, cellos over violins and so on. Still, that rather mellow nature is certainly preferable to screech or harshness, of which there is happily no trace. We suspect this cable will have very system-specific success. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.