PWAudio Monile

Pair up.

Here is how I hear PWA Monile cable paired up with different IEMs in comparison to their stock cables.  In this test I was using LPGT as a neutral reference source, volume matched, and playing the selection of my usual test tracks, such as Agnes Obel “The curse”, Sandro Cavazza “So much better” (Avicii remix), C-Bool “Never go away”, Ed Sheeran “Shape of you”, Counting Crows “Big yellow taxi”, Galantis “Hunter”, Alan Walker “Darkside”, Iggy Azalea “Black widow”, Indila “Boite en argent”, Robin Schultz “Oh child”, Dua Lipa “Love again”, David Elias “Vision of her”, and Michael Jackson “Dirty Diana”.

Please keep in mind, I’m describing the sound of IEM paired with a specific cable, driven from LPGT source.  I don’t want to imply that cable will have a drastic EQ-like effect on the sound of IEM.  Based on what I’m hearing, cable can finetune the sound, but if you find the original signature of IEM to be not your cup of tea, no cable alone will change that.  Also, in all the examples below I was using a regular Monile 2wire/4conductor cable.

Noble K10UA

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Stock SPC vs Monile – this is an interesting pair up since the common changes I’m hearing were a little different from other IEMs.  The soundstage width perception did expand, and I also do hear more sub-bass rumble.  But instead of changes in mids/vocals as I have heard with other IEMs and Monile, here the mids remained the same while the treble actually became a little more natural and smoother in tonality.  Good combination for sure.

Empire Ears Legend X

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Stock Ares II vs Monile – as I expected, the sound sig became a little more balanced because mids/vocals have more focus, with more clarity, better retrieval of details, and just being more lifted to balance better with lows and treble.  Bass has a little more control in decay, and treble has a little more sparkle and airiness. I didn’t sense too much change in soundstage expansion.

64 Audio U12t

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Stock SPC vs Monile – here I hear a more revealing sound with additional sub-bass rumble and better controlled mid-bass decay, more revealing mids with additional clarity, more transparency, and slightly more forward presentation; a little more treble sparkle, and overall, a slightly wider soundstage perception.

64 Audio Trio

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Stock SPC vs Monile – here I hear a more balanced sound signature with additional sub-bass rumble and overall tighter bass, mids with more forward presentation, more clarity and better retrieval of natural details in mids/vocals, more crunch in treble (a bit borderline for my taste), and overall wider soundstage perception.  For me personally, treble was a bit hot in this pair up.

Sound Analysis and Comparison.

Consistent with my cable testing philosophy, I used the same IEM (64 Audio U12t) and the same source (LPGT), and only changed one variable at a time to note the baseline sound of original Monile (relative to stock cable) and the difference using other Monile versions while keeping volume matched.  Keep in mind, I’m describing how these cables sound with 64 Audio U12t IEM and toward the end how Monile ver 1960 compares to PWA own 1960 cable.

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Monile – baseline version has a more balanced sound with better controlled bass and extra sub-bass rumble, more revealing and forward mids, a little more treble sparkle, and a wider soundstage.

Monile 1950s ver – going from Monile, I hear a deeper bass with even more sub-bass, smoother more natural mids, more controlled treble sparkle, and a similar soundstage.

Monile 1960s ver – going from Monile, I hear more balanced sound with better controlled bass, more forward revealing mids, more treble sparkle and airiness, and a similar soundstage.

Monile Shielding ver – this cable sounds like a combination between 50s and 60s, the sound is more balanced, the bass has a little more sub-bass than 60s but not as much as 50s, mids are more forward and also smoother in tonality, and I hear more treble sparkle. Also, slightly wider soundstage perception.

Monile (1960s ver) vs PWA 1960 4wire – under the same test conditions I found a consistent difference of 1960 pure copper cable having deeper sub-bass and more pronounced mid-bass punch while mids being a little smoother, not as forward.  In comparison, Monile has more pronounced and more forward mids, and upper mids/lower treble are brighter and have more energy.  Based on this, I preferred a pair up of 1960 with more neutral or brighter tuned iems, and Monile with either neutral or warmer tuned iems.

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Conclusion.

While being a cable enthusiast, I still like to encourage in my conclusions to keep realistic expectations since cable shouldn’t drastically change your sound like an EQ.  Cable is about sound refinement, and Monile is quite good at this with improvements in sub-bass rumble and a more noticeable change in pushing mids/vocals more forward in presentation and slightly brighter in tonality.  To my ears, I found Monile to pair up well with neutral and warmer tuned IEMs as well as helping to nudge v-shaped IEMs toward a more balanced sig.

But what impressed me the most was not only the workmanship and the sound refinement, but also the engineering behind 4wire (8conductor) versions of Monile where Peter didn’t just double the wires but used different wire arrangements, shielding, and soldering methods in his cable design.  When it comes to cables, there is not too much room to reinvent the wheel besides trying different wire materials and different wire ratios.  Here, it was great to see a manufacturer thinking outside the box, trying something different.

3 thoughts on “PWAudio Monile

  1. Great review. I just got a PWAudio 1% gold/silver alloy, and it sounds amazing! Really opens up the low end and reveals the richness there… I demoed these cables at canjam and my favorite was the 1950s monile; it’s resolution was very deep and clear. the high end was clear, and the low end really extended deep…

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  2. Thanks for the review!
    The end of the year sales on cables are really tempting.
    I’m thinking in the PWA 1950s (century series) as upgrade for the Leonidas II cable in my A18t…
    Is this cable really an upgrade if i coming from the leonidas???

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