Modular Workshop is a company based in Singapore, that is involved both in head-fi with their Element Series aftermarket cables and Hi-Fi with very interesting products ( last release is “Swing” that is quite useful when ripping CDs).
This is a young company and so I would like to start from their philosophy: “Modular Workshop (MW) is a Singapore brand which is created by a Hong Kong audiophile who had been migrated to Singapore for many years. Our aim is to provide the best audio experience to our customer with dedicated design product and competitive pricing.
With the support of our working partners and factories in Taiwan, each product is constructed from high grade material and professionally designed modules. Hopefully, we would make a difference to the current head-fi trend.”
Today I am going to review Wood Cable with 2pin and MMCX connectors, also you can find other two aftermarket cables in their Element Series: Fire and Water.
I would like to thank Gawin for sending me the samples in exchange of this review and for his kindness. I loved to talk with him and I was really happy and surprised to find out his sincere interest in reviewer’s opinions. I am not affiliated with the company and all observations and opinions will be only my own.
PRICE: 380 USD
OFFCIAL FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ModularWorkshop/
Purity: 6N (99.9999%)
No. of cores: 4 Cores
PACKAGING, BUILD QUALITY:
Wood Cable comes in a simple, yet elegant wooden box that from what I read, can be customized for special events. They can do name stamping, special packing to suit your theme. But it all subject to additional charges.
If packaging is quite simple, the cable will give you a premium feeling since the first unboxing.
I will review cables with 2-pin/MMCX connectors with 3.5jack, but you can choose 2.5 balanced jack too.
I tested it for 2 weeks, with different IEMs and can easily tell you that not only sounds very good, but has really a great build quality.
Each connector has high quality silver housing with blue and red stripe(for two pin connector) on the left and right side, plus there is a memory area that will help you to wear the IEMs in a really comfortable way. From my experience Wood cable hasn’t microphonic issues and has a very good craftsmanship.
Ergonomic is quite good, but I found the under y-slit area a bit heavy and, sometimes, can create some problems particularly on the go.
I tested Wood Cable with many IEMs and I have to admit, never imagined that a cable could give such a big improvement in sound quality terms. I am not expert and I am not interested in specs, materials and other things, so will give you only my audio opinions. Since the first moment, I noticed a big improvement that slightly improved after 48 hours( maybe brain burn-in).
Overall Wood Cable has a natural sound signature, with a good clarity and definition. Thanks to its natural tune, I found a good synergy with a lot of IEMs.
Bass slightly improves: this cable will not give you more bass quantity, but better quality with a more refined and tighter response. Bass gains a better control and definition with a slightly fast and impact response. Wood Cable has a very natural and high quality bass.
What really surprised me, is how vocals improved with this cable: voices are very natural with a great resolution and details. I found a perfect combination of organic and clean sound, so you will have great response both for female and male voices.
Highs slightly improves, with a good clarity and resolution. Eventhough highs gain more clarity, will never found any harshness or sibilants.
The natural tone with a touch of clarity will give you a good instrumental separation and definition. Positioning of instruments gain a better accuracy.
Soundstage improves a lot, in particular in width with a good holographic sense of space.
Wood Cable with Aroma Audio Yao: Wood Cable has a great synergy with this IEM: mid-bass is tighter and gains more body. Vocals are fantastic. Yao just with its stock cable has great vocals very organic and realistic; with this cable voices are a bit less organic but gains more clarity and resolution, this thing help to have a more refined female vocals. Wood Cable gives a cleaner high response, with the stock cable highs are a bit behind. This thing helps to have a more open feel. Soundstage improves a lot, with a greater holographic space.
Wood Cable with Rhapsodio Infinity: bass doesn’t improve a lot, but you will have a better clarity and more air between voices and instruments. Overall you will get a more refined sound, but not upsetting improvements.
Wood Cable with Unique Melody ME.1: bass gains more impact and definition. Vocal improves a lot with more texture and resolution. Highs doesn’t change too much, but has better clarity and extension. Soundstage improves a bit in particular in width.
Wood Cable with Custom Art Fibae 2: overall sound doesn’t change too much, but voices have more details and clarity. You will notice a better instrument separation. But I think Fibae 2 will improve a lot with a colder cable.
Wood Cable with Rhapsodio Saturn: overall this cable has a great synergy with this IEM. Giving better control and a more natural sound, in particular bass response is more accurate and articulate. Voices improves a lot gaining more body and presence. With the stock cable Saturn has voices a bit behind lacking fullness and definition.
Wood Cable with iBasso ITO1: in a certain way Wood Cable gives a more natural sound to the V-shaped IT01. Bass are more controlled with a better resolution. Voices are more forward and have more body and presence. Highs gain a more natural presence with a more natural response.
CONCLUSION: Wood Cable really impressed me: it really improves sound quality of IEMs giving a natural sound signature with a good clarity and resolution. I want to be honest, you will easily notice the improvements, but just want to suggest you to think about a cable upgrade only if you already have a good source and your favorite IEM. I write this, since cables can give you better sound, but they are part of a chain, so don’t disregard sources, IEMs and file quality(FLAC).