"the Audio Doctor"
by Maarten van Druten


When we don't feel well we go to the doctor, but what do we do when our high-end audio system is not sounding good anymore?
Than it's time to call the "Audio Doctor", his name is Wim Rodenburg from the Netherlands.
Wim is very experienced audio and music enthousiast and he calls him self "the Audio Doctor"
My friends told me about this remarkable man that really can tune your audioset just how you want to have it.
I became curious about this man, so I made a appointment to meet "the audio doctor" to listen to my audio-set.

Personal thoughts...

Personally I'm very skeptical when it concerns to cables.
I always believed that 80% of the final sound quality was determinated by the loudspeakers, 15% by the amplifier
4% by the source (SACD player) and 1% by the cables.
So during my Audiophile "career" I always spend very little money on cables.

I did a blind test once in a shop, when I wanted to buy a new interlink for my CD player.
The sales man was very honest and friendly, and like me he was also very skeptical about those so called expensive
"high end" interlinks.
He changed two interlinks three times during a listening session, I couldn't see the cables, and he didn't tell me
which cable was connected.
One cable was a expensive "Van den Hul cable" of 200 euro and the other one was a cheap basic quality cable from the far east with gold plated connectors of 30 euro.

After three listening sessions the salesman asked me which session I liked the most.
I said the last one.
He smiled and told me that I was very lucky and saved 170 euro's, because in the last session the cheap asian interlink was used.

After this experience my thoughts about so called "high-end" cables was confirmed: "good cables doesn't have to
expensive and basic cables are good enough"

The door bell rang, the "Audio Doctor" was standing in front of my door...

"The Audio Doctor"

Wim Rodenburg gave me hand, and placed three big heavy bags on the floor full of cables, powercords and other
interesting items.
After making acquaintance, Wim quickly inspected my audio set, and told me that
he already saw that something was very wrong.

I had placed my power cords wrong!
In Europe we have 230, 240 volt power connectors with fase, with two pins, which can be placed in two different ways in the wall outlet.
In the USA the pin lay out is made on such a way that you only can connect the connector in one way.

What a lot of people don't know is that there is only one good way to place the power connector in the wall outlet.
He used a volt screwdriver to dettermine which side has the voltage, and then he placed the powercord upside down in the wall outlet.
After this adjustment we played some music, and the quality was already improved! and the "Audio Doctor" was just 5 minutes in my appartment

Wim told me that he uses "cables" in such way to achieve the desired result.
With cables you can fine tune a high-end set to the desired sound quality that you want.
He also gives advice to improve the sound quality of your high-end set, he has gained a lot of valuable knowledge
during his career.
This kind of knowledge is very important to give a good advice. I was very curious what Wim would think about my system!

"the doctors bag"

Wim told me that he made his own cables, based on his experience.
His brand is called "M-Way" and there are three different lines.

"First way"

"First way" are the standard basic cables of "M-Way"
they are a good choice if you want better then stock cables, and they will definitely improve the sound
of your current system.
The cables of the First Way have the following characteristics:

- transparent open and clear.
- spatially. The ability to display the recording space again
- homogeneous. Tonal balance
- imaging between and behind the speakers
- standard brass ( some goldplated ) connectors, stranded
- copperwire, no shielding
- reference interconnects have solid gold plated copper rca
- connectors. (Twisted Pair Design or WBT NextGen copper)

"NaTuRaL WaY"

Then there is the "NaTuRaL WaY" line, which is more expensive and uses different materials and connectors.

"NaTuRaL WaY" cables have the same characteristics of the "First Way" cables plus...

- more tonal density
- more spatial density
- more colour density and less colouration
- more contrast & cleaner
- more expensive.

the Top of the line series is called:

"Double Dutch"

characteristics; see "FiRST" and "NaTuRaL WaY" plus:

- more solid presentation
- more richness and definition

"Double-Dutch" concept:

"Double-Dutch" cables seperates the "voltage" and "signal" from each other.
The "voltage" and the "signal" have their own cable and connector.
Because of this seperation you will hear a more balanced sound and it also will be more resolving.
Because of this also the soundstage will improve in a more solid 3D soundscape.

This "Double Dutch" concept is also used in other "M-Way - Double Dutch" products like power cords, signal, digital, and even speaker and intercords.

I tested the "FiRST usb reference Double Dutch" cable, which is a digital signal cable to connect a music server (computer)
This USB cable splits into two cables: one cable for the "power" and another cable for the "signal"
this cable seperates the "USB 5V" from the "signal"

"Double Dutch" USB cable - the power and data signal are splitted and each have their own cable.

I am a IT system administrator for my profession, and I have never seen such a USB cable before,
I was sceptical about if this cable would work!
Wim reassured me that no driver were needed, and that it would work without any problems.
So I connected the cable to my Audio-GD NFB-1 DAC, and I placed the two other USB cables in my HTPC.

And it worked! my skepticism was gone when I heard a very clean, solid and balanced music coming out my speakers.
Remarkable that a digital signal cable can have so much effect on the total system.

I said to Wim: "now I'm going to place the standard stock USB cable again on my system."
He laughed, and I quickly placed my standard USB cable that came with the DAC.
The sound was more nervous and the balanced, relaxed sound that I heard with the "Double Dutch" was gone...

So to reproduce the situation again, I placed the "Double Dutch USB" cable again between my HTPC and DAC.
And yes, the sound was more relaxed, balanced and had more definition.

I never expected that this was possible, how can a cable have so much influence?
I always thought that the chain is so strong as the weakest link, and the weakest link is mostly the small cheap standard signalcable that is offten used in your dac, or cd player.

No, Wim said, the quality of final soundstage is the sum of all parts together!
I never have looked it like this before, but after this test on my own set, I aggreed with Wim, cables are more important
then we in the first place maybe realize.

So for the people that connect their music server, SACD player with a DAC with a USB cable,
I think this "Double Dutch" cable is a must buy.
It's much better than the standard so called "high-end" USB cables that only uses one cable for the "power" and "data" signals.
The cheapest Double Dutch costs 150 euro (180 dollars) and Double Dutch Reference costs 250 euro (300 dollars)
This is not cheap but the result is remarkable and definitely improves your sound of your set.
So now you know what to ask for when you are having a birthday or when it's Christmas :-)

Powercords test

My big and power full Master-10 amplifier has a standard powercord. the "Audio Doctor" adviced me to place a different power cord, a simple one with hollow brass connector pins from the "First Way" line.
After having the changed the powercord, I could not believe what I heard.
I was doubting of it was a psychological trick? because I couldn't believe my own ears!
The sound was much quieter and was more balanced and warmer.
Wim explained me that some expensiver materials like Rhodium doens't guarantees that the sound will sound much better.
This "First Way" powercord was already a big improvement over my standard cable.

During the listening test we changed a lot of other cables and I could really hear differences!
Something these differences were more perceptible than others, but I was convinced

Cables can realy change the final sound quality of a high-end set!
After having determined which amplifier, loudspeakers and dac you want to use, with cables you can "fine tune" you high-end set.

The "Audio Doctor" was still not finished yet...
He also changed my speaker setup, and placed them a little bit more wider, so that the sweet spot was a little bit more in front of me and not on the place were I normaly sit.

Later he checked also the "fase" of my other equipment,
Then we changed the power cord of my DAC, and did some listening tests
The time flew by, and the chances were remarkable.



After being a stubborn and skeptical person for many years, I have to admit that I can realy hear differences in cables.
These differences can be small, or they can be remarkable.
Wim Rodenburg knowledge about cables, materials, and how a high-end set should be set up is very valuable.

Wim says:
"There are many ways to connect devices and speakers together but only few will connect you to the music.
My Way of connecting is just one of many but proved it self over the years."

I agree with Wim, that cables are important instruments to fine-tune your setup, don't underestimate them!
I want to thank Wim for the very interesting and instructive afternoon testing different cable and speaker set-ups.
His advise was very valuable for me, and the quality of my high-end set has improved greatly after his visit.

I can only recommend to call the "Audio Doctor" when you are not satisfied with the sound quality of your current set
Fine tuning takes some time, and a lot of listening hours, but want you want perfection make sure to call the doctor!

Many thanks to Wim, for his patience and for sharing his knowledge with me.
His advices have resulted in a better and more musical listening experience in my livingroom.



You can contact the "Audio Doctor" (The Netherlands) here:

Website: http://www.audiomaat.nl/


Wim Rodenburg

Vredeman de Vriesstraat 52

5041GS  Tilburg

The Netherlands

Telephone : +31 135 441 667

Mobile telephone : +31 640 683 467




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