Dominic Marsh takes this €840 package of amp, speakers and speaker cables from TAGA Harmony for a spin. More »
Janine Elliot plumbs in these £1750 interconnects from Polish company KBL into her system to see what she will find. More »
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Russ Andrews is introducing the brand new Kimber Kable Axios headphone cable to the UK.
Created using a new development of the Kimber woven cable design, Axios features 16 individually insulated 24-gauge strands of OFHC (oxygen-free high thermal conductivity) copper. The new hand braiding process, which was perfected for production after more than 100 trials, creates a precise and uniform braid that divides from the 16 strands into eight at the point where it splits into right and left channels. This ensures that there are no soldered joints or twisted wires and maintains the Kimber weave throughout the length of the cable.
Kimber worked closely with the manufacturers of high-end headphones to develop the connectors, which all feature hand-polished wooden accents to maintain an aesthetic relationship with the particular model of ‘phones. For example, the Audeze LCD3 cable features a Zebrawood connector, the Sennheiser HD800 is Gaboon Ebony and the HiFi Man is fitted with Mahogany. As such, each Axios cable is made to order for the individual customer based on his or her own set of headphones. The length of the cable can be specified, in addition to the connection at the amplifier end – 3.5mm or 6.3mm jack or 3 pin/4 pin XLR. The connectors also feature matching wooden accents of the same finish as the headphone end of the cable, which can be configured in a variety of formats. Most cables will be specified in a single Y format to connect an unbalanced headphone amplifier to a pair of headphones, but can also be manufactured with a double Y format for connecting balanced headphone amps to headphones. A single stereo connector to stereo jack (or XLR) configuration may also be specified.
Simon Dalton, of Russ Andrews comments on the performance of Axios, “Trying the new cable on a variety of different headphones, including the Sony MDR-Z7 and Sennheiser HD800, was simply a revelation. What Kimber has done with this new cable takes the performance of these already stunning headphones up a significant level.” He continues, “I am sure that our customers, and users of these ‘phones who are not yet our customers, will be equally delighted with the results in musical performance that they bring and we look forward to hearing their reaction.”
The Kimber Axios headphone cables are hand made at the company’s Ogden, Utah, USA facility and each set takes approximately four weeks to deliver to customers in the UK from placing an order. So confident is Russ Andrews in the benefits of switching to the new cable that, even though they are made to order, the company is offering its 60-day money back guarantee on any cable purchased. Customers can try it at home and if for any reason the results are not as expected, the company will refund the purchase price.
In keeping with the quality of the cables, all Axios models are presented in a custom made protective case with a hinged lid.
Sennheiser HD580, HD600, HD650, HD800
HiFi Man HE-6, HE400, HE560, HE1000
Audeze LCD range, EL-8
Dominic Marsh takes a look at the £180, silver plated power block from MCRU. More »
The Chord Company
When we were initially discussing this review by Dave Robson with The Chord Company we wanted to see what the company’s ‘loom’ would bring to the table ‘off the shelf’ and “untailored” to the specific system being used. Chord offer a service they call The Cable Doctor in which they tailor a combination of cables specifically to what they feel your system would benefit the most from. However, we wanted this first of two reviews to set a benchmark and in the coming weeks we will be conducting a second review using cables supplied by Chord after us using the Cable Doctor service. This will allow us to compare and contrast the bog standard, ‘of the shelf’ cables with a more bespoke set up. More »
Atlas Cables has launched its totally new range of high-performance replacement headphone cables – Zeno. Designed to be light, compliant yet durable, Zeno combines Atlas Cables’ cable technology with a new range of dedicated solder-free connectivity options called Metik. The result is a replacement cable that can work across a broad range of headphones. Hand-built in Scotland and available now, prices range from £145.00.
With the Zeno headphone cable, Atlas Cables set out to bring its own engineered vision of cable design to the fastest growing category of audio products. Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) copper conductors are covered in FEP (Fluorinated ethylene propylene) low temperature deposition dielectric to protect the integrity of the OCC material. Wrapped within a protective soft PVC inner liner and finished with a tangle-free fabric outer jacket, Zeno is extremely durable.
Developed specifically for Zeno and covering a wealth of headphone connection options, Atlas’ Metik non-solder crimp plugs provide signal consistency from socket to socket. Available in 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 6.3mm and 4-pin XLR mini for the headphone end and 3.5mm, 6.3mm and 4-pin XLR for the amplifier end, Metik plugs provide a direct, airtight metal to metal contact. For brand-specific headphone connections, a wealth of options are available – Sennheiser, OPPO, Sure, AKG, Audeze, AudioQuest, HiFiMan, Ultrasone are all catered for and Atlas is able to source the correct connections for the majority of headphones available.
Commenting on the launch of Zeno, Kevin Kelly, Managing Director at Atlas Cables, said, “With the popularity of high-end headphones set to increase and the owners looking to further refine the quality of their purchase, we felt we could add real benefits in increased sound quality and durability. By applying our trusted scientific and engineering process to this new product category, we firmly believe that Zeno gives listeners the opportunity to gain even more from their headphones with the results speaking for themselves.”
Atlas Zeno 1:1 (standard termination – stereo cable 3.5mm )
1.50m £ 145.00
2.00m £ 155.00
2.50m £ 165.00
3.00m £ 175.00
3.50m £ 185.00
4.00m £ 195.00
Atlas Zeno 1:2 (standard termination)
1.50m £ 215.00
2.00m £ 225.00
2.50 m £ 235.00
3.00m £ 245.00
3.50m £ 255.00
4.00m £ 265.00
Atlas Zeno 1:2 (custom termination) = Atlas Zeno 1:2 (standard termination) + £50 (available on request)
* Custom lengths available upon request
The Zodiac line from KBL Sound is a direct replacement for the company’s previous Hologram range. The company says they are better cables, coming to the market at a similar price level.
These cables are manufactured with ultra-pure copper wire with each single crystal length reaching a few hundred meters (the result of the Ohno Continuous Casting process). Then, the copper is cryogenically treated to obtain a better molecular order within each wire.
“These advanced conductors achieve such a high level of homogeneity that signal flow is practically lossless. It is characterized by a smooth and detailed transmission signal in a wide frequency spectrum” says the company’s recent press release.
Zodiac interconnects are well shielded against EM and RF interferences using pure copper screen with a special multi-layered jacket protects the cables from external vibrations.
Standard termination comes with WBT-0114 Cu nextgen connectors.
Balanced option is available with XLR Neutrik connectors.
Zodiac signal cables are also available as 75 Ohm SPDiF /RCA (WBT) and 110 Ohm AES/EBU (Neutrik) digital cables. They are offered as phono cables too, coming with RCA to RCA (WBT) or RCA (WBT) to 5 DIN connector (Cardas) to wire up any tonearm.
Standard length: 1.5m, 2m. Other length available upon request.
After the assembly process cables are tested and professionally conditioned. Thus they are already burned-in for immediate use without waiting many weeks or even months for the ultimate level of performance. After a short time in a new audio system they sound the best they can and their performance does not change.
Last month Ansuz Acoustics announced their new ultra high-end series, d·tc. Now, Ansuz Acoustics is ready with their new addition to the d·tc series: the d·tc cables.
The Ansuz Acoustics d·tc series will cover a full cable loom containing mains and loudspeaker cables and a complete selection of interconnect cables. Ansuz Acoustics will be introducing the new d·tc series at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas.
“Ansuz Acoustics has incorporated all their unique technologies in the de- velopment of the d·tc cables: DGC (Direct Ground Connector technology), DIHC (Double Inverted Helix Coil technology) and NSC (Noise Suppressing Coil technology) together with new groundbreaking technologies such as dynamically charged dielectric material and active tesla coil” says the Danish company’s latest press release.
C-screen is a brand new shielded speaker cable aimed at both audio and home cinema systems. It joins the line up of Chord Company shielded speaker cables, including the Clearway and the Signature Reference.
Chord’s design objective was to produce a cable discreet enough for easy installation, with all the performance benefits that shielding can bring. C-screen is just 8mm in diameter and flexible enough to route around corners with ease. It’s finished with a white outer jacket which protects the shielding and makes it virtually invisible against white skirting boards.
C-screen features multi-stranded oxygen-free copper conductors, insulated with low-density polyethylene and arranged in a twisted-pair configuration to reduce interference. The cable is then enclosed in a PVC casing that aims to reduce mechanical noise and spaces the conductors correctly, relative to the twin-foil shielding.
C-screen has the same characteristics as Chord’s other shielded speaker cables the company say: “the ability to carry a musical signal with a genuine sense of musical coherence and involvement; shielded speaker cables bring real performance benefits to both hi-fi and home cinema systems, where interference can seriously affect sound quality”.
At £5 per metre C-screen is said to be an ideal product for home cinema systems, where often complex cable-run requirements are the norm.
C-screen is priced at £5p/m unterminated (off the reel). Factory and dealer terminations are available for a supplement.
Black Cat cables are the brainchild of Chris Sommovigo and are handmade in Japan. Dave Robson takes a listen to the company’s Redlevel Tube speaker cable ($450 for a 1.5m pair) and RCA interconnects ($350 for 1m). More »
Mad Scientist Audio Ltd has released a range of what their recent press release is calling “innovative” audio cables that use carbon fibers in the signal path. The New Zealand based company say this technology brings benefits like “immunity from skin effect, much smaller Eddy currents, which are quickly dissipated, and in the digital cable, absorption of jitter-causing
The Heretical Digital Cable
The Heretical Digital Cable (HDC), so-named because it makes no claim to
have 75-ohm impedance, takes a different approach. Mad Scientist say that in regular cables it’s possible for internal reflections to bounce up and down the cable many times, causing cable jitter but by using a resistive carbon fiber signal conductor, the HDC prevents this by turning these to heat.
Costs $99 for one meter (introductory price until end 2015).
Range of Interconnects
The RCA, single-ended interconnect range also use a carbon fibre signal
conductor, but differ in construction and ground wire materials. Another
innovation is the “Audio Block”, made from New Zealand native Rimu wood, it holds a pair of Mad Scientist Magic Tubes and a laser etched directional
arrow. Magic Tubes “are an enhancement device that uses subatomic phenomena to improve the sound quality” say the company. The tubes can be easily removed if the effect is not desired.
The entry level ATOH uses Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) single crystal copper ground wire, and starts at $269 for 0.7 meter pair.
YANAM (mid level) and TORFORB (high end) use the same construction – multi element ground system using foil plus copper and silver OCC wires.
The YANAM uses copper foil and Neotech OCC wires.
Starts at $499 for 0.7 meter pair.
TORFORB takes this one step further, using silver (or optionally silver and
gold) foil, plus low volume specially-produced copper and silver OCC wires
for the ground system. Prices start at $1099.
ATOH, YANAM and TORFORB are available with a selection of RCA plugs
including Sonarquest Carbon/Rhodium, KLE Innovations Copper Harmony and Silver Harmony. Others available on request.
Clearway Digital is an all-new Tuned ARAY digital audio cable at a price point of £100. Available in a wide range of terminations, including a 3.5mm mono jack for today’s high-performance portable devices, Clearway Digital was conceived to deliver no-compromise digital audio, to and from a wide range of audio products.
Standard terminations include Chord’s high-performance direct silver-plated VEE 3 RCA plugs as well as silver-plated BNC plugs. The Chord Company has also recognised the increasing importance of high-performance portable DACs and is offering Clearway Digital terminated with a 3.5mm mono jack.
Clearway Digital takes design cues from the company’s flagship Sarum Super ARAY Digital.
Clearway Digital uses an oxygen-free copper conductor combined with gas-foamed polyethylene insulation and woven copper shield and it replaces the company’s popular Prodac VEE3 digital cable.
DACs are making enormous strides in performance and affordability. “Chord is thrilled to introduce its ARAY technology, first developed for the Sarum Digital cable, to the Clearway Digital. Clearway Digital is an extremely affordable way to experience the exceptional coherence with which digital ARAY cables carry a musical signal” says the company.
Clearway Digital: 1 metre RCA to RCA £100; 1 metre RCA to 3.5mm mini-jack £100; 1 metre RCA to BNC £105; 1 metre BNC to BNC £110. Custom lengths are available in all terminations.
Dominic Marsh plugs in the Purple Rain series of speaker cables from Polish manufacturer Melodika (€71.00 for 2.5m pair).
Cable wars must surely be the biggest single cause of conflict and injury between audiophiles and the reason I’ve not got involved in one in a good old while…better just to keep quiet, watch from a distant hilltop and let the troops on the virtual front line battle it out ad-infinitum, though casualties will inevitably be high. Here’s my guide to the elements taking part in this ongoing conflict. More »
Tellurium Q, the UK based cable manufacturer got in touch with Hifi Pig to tell us all about their latest Ultra Silver Power cables.
In their press release they say that the new power cables have “Even cleaner, more focused and more agile sound than the multi award wining Black power cable, with more precise bass definition and top end. Equipment sounds like there is more headroom and energy in the music”.
As ever Tellurium Q are keeping absolute details about the design of the cables very close to their chests but say “New cable architecture, including enhanced double layered screening, have allowed a leap forward in performance”.
The cable will get its first public outing will be at the Windsor show on the UK 23rd October, Wessex room 5 in a system with the complementary new Silver Diamond cables.
The Californian company’s Atmosphere Series AC Cords Feature:
Active / UEF Shielding with built in power supplies so no MPC’s and no additional wires
UEF AC Conditioner in Level 2 and Level 3 variants
World’s First use of Graphene in an AC Cord. Graphine is a room temperature super conductor with 8 million times the conductive density of copper
Custom UEF Calibration- Gold
New Active Shield Filter- Red
Plug and Play like standard non-Active AC cords
Level 3 Analogue, Digital, and High Current variants
All the company’s Atmosphere Series Power Cords are hand Made in the company’s California Factory
“Would you like to hear the human voice reproduced as clear and as present as when it was recorded, and delivered with the same emotion and intimacy with which it was sung? Well now you can” or so says the latest press release from Studio Connections about their newly launched Platinum Digital interconnects.
Award-winning, top mastering engineer, Matt Colton of Alchemy Mastering, London, said, “Studio Connections cable provides a clear step forward in both the analogue and digital domain from anything else I have heard. The degree of realism and connection to the music that is achieved by using these cables is incredible.”
He went on to say, “On one recording, just by changing the cable runs, all of a sudden it sounded like the drummer was in the room with us.”
Studio Connections Platinum Digital cable is said to deliver audio data virtually free of timing distortion, to allow full stereo image projection and a more natural character in voice and instruments.
Platinum Interconnects are hand-made in the UK and available as AES with balance XLR connectors, SPDIF with RCA connectors with both versions using high purity, oxygen free copper (99.999) and Studio Connections Triple dielectric system. They have a capacitance of (Hot to cold) 12.5pF/m and an oval cross section, 18mm maximum width, 8mm breadth.
They cost £1,350 per metre (XLR or RCA)
WAY cables hail from Serbia. Dominic Marsh checks out two of their offerings in the form of their Silver 2 and Silver 4 Interconnects. More »
So then, the basic minimum criteria for a mains cable’s performance is that it must get the old juice from the wall socket to the input of my hi-fi component without spilling any of it on the carpet.
Hifi Pig does not advocate anyone making ANY unauthorized or unsafe changes to their mains supply or equipment in ANY way! Always consult a professional and qualified electrician.
Polish cable manufacturer have announced a new version of their best selling Monolith speaker cables. They are called Monolith Reference.
The main difference on the aesthetic/functional side is that both wires are now no longer connected by the badge clamp and they come completely separated.
KBL Sound from Poland got in touch to tell us all about their new flagship Signature series, Himalaya, which they say is the culmination of their long-term efforts to create such cables allowing the highest standard of audio equipment to reveal their full potential.
“We have used costly and time-consuming solutions, as no other way exists to get exceptional results. Mass production has one undeniable drawback: it can not create the best possible. Making cables by hand has its own specific advantages, which mainly deal with aspects of the mechanical design, related to the damping of vibrations and stresses. With industrial mass production these aspects cannot be treated uncompromisingly. Handcrafting cables in the Himalaya series, where the spatial topology of conductors plays a key role, is quite backbreaking and laborious, but it’s finally possible – as conquering the most difficult mountain peaks. However, we hope that these products will provide for music lovers the opportunity to experience the breathless delight, compared to the thrill on the highest mountain; our special, limited edition bears such a name. We believe that The Signature Series, Himalaya, now joins the world’s premier league” commented Robert Szczerbowski of KBL Sound.
- Conductors: highest purity mono crystal OCC silver
- Shielding: multi-shield
- Termination RCA: WBT 0152 Ag nextgen Signature, WBT 0152 Cu nextgen Topline
- Termination XLR: Oyaide Focus
- Available as 75 Ohm SPDiF /RCA (WBT) and 110 Ohm AES/EBU (Oyaide) digital cables
- Avaiable as phono cables with RCA to RCA (WBT) or RCA to 5 DIN (Cardas) connector to wire up any tonearm
- Standard length available: 1 m, 1.5m, 2m
Himalaya digital cables are offered in two versions: 75 ohm RCA and AES / EBU XLR 110 Ohm. Their construction is quite similar to the interconnects in this series. The conductor is pure silver monocrystalline obtained through OCC technology.Cables have a spatial topology and special damping system and quadrupleshielding.
- Conductors: highest purity mono crystal OCCsilver
- Shielding: multi-shield
- Enhanced anti-vibration system
- TerminationRCA: 75 Ohm version WBT-0152 Ag nextge n Signature or Cu Topline plugs
- TerminationXLR: AES / EBU 110 Ohm version Oyaide Focus plugs
- Standard length available: 1 m, 1.5 m, 2 m
Himalaya speaker cables have been designed completely from scratch.
- Conductors: highest purity multistranded mono crystal OCC copper
- Tuned vibrations damping system
- Antivibration ring of selected wood
- Termination: spades WBT 0661 Ag nextgen WBT 0661 Signature and nextgen Topline
- Other optional connectors available upon request
- Standard length available: 2×2 meters, 2×2.5 m, 2×3
Himalaya power cable
- Conductors: high purity multi-stranded mono crystalcopper, anti-oxidation protected
- The multi-layer insulation system, vibration damping for the whole cable and the individual wires
- Antivibration ring of selected wood
- Termination: highest qualityplugs AC schuko and IEC company’s custom-made of brass with rhodium over copper plating on all conductive parts, massive brass body with carbon fiber film for better damping and RFI rejection
- 20A IEC connector option for high current devices
- Standard length: 1.5 m, 2m
The Chord Company, has launched Clearway — a high-performance, low-cost speaker cable that replaces Carnival SilverScreen and introduces a raft of advanced features. During the development of Clearway, valuable research was carried out in relation to the behaviour of conductors and different dielectrics (insulation). For a long time, Chord has understood the importance of the relationship between conductor materials and insulation, and its silver-plated speaker cables make extensive use of PTFE as an insulation material. Typically, cables that use oxygen-free copper as a conductor material will use either polyethylene or PVC as an insulating material. What sets The Chord Company’s Clearway speaker cable apart is its use of FEP: a derivative of PTFE with very similar performance characteristics. The FEP-insulated conductors are built from multi-strand oxygen-free copper and are arranged in a twisted-pair configuration to reduce interference. The two conductors are then protected with a layer of soft PVC (which was chosen over polyethylene because of its flexibility), in order to correctly space the shielding in relation to the conductors and to minimise any mechanically induced noise. High-performance shielding is specified and just like the award-winning Carnival SilverScreen, Chord Clearway speaker cable features two contra-wound high-density foil shields. Like many Chord speaker cables, the twin foils, combined with the twisted-pairconfiguration, make for a level of shielding that is effective to high frequencies. Finally, a clear protective PVC jacket is applied, which again serves to further reduce any mechanically induced noise; the reflective foil finish also assumes the colour of the immediate décor.
Nigel Finn, Technical Director of The Chord Company on Clearway says: “I am particularly pleased with the new Clearway. The cable has qualities that would normally be associated with considerably more expensive cables. The use of high-quality oxygen-free copper, FEP insulation and high-density foil shielding means that at £10, it will be pretty hard to produce a better-performing speaker cable. Chord has tested the cable in all levels of systems and in every case, whether entry-level or high-end, the levels of clarity, detail, dynamics and critically, musical coherence, are really impressive.”
Pricing and availability
Clearway: £10 p/m unterminated; various factory termination options include Chord’s exclusive UK-made 24-karat gold-plated banana plugs, direct gold-plated-copper spade connections and BFA Camcon connectors. Available now.
“The new Ultra Silver Waveform II digital RCA from Tellurium Q steps beyond the technology of the original Waveform and significantly improves on the acclaimed performance of the first versions with an even cleaner signal path” says the company’s recent press release.
The company say the circuitry in the Waveform II has been refined, developed and radically reworked to give an even purer signal path than before, stressing that a digital signal in a cable is an analogue, electrical pulse not a 1 or 0 stream.
The press release continues “The overall improvements bring you differentiated transparency and incredible transient reproduction, giving the most natural sounding Digital RCA so far”.
The Ultra Silver Waveform II is a direct replacement and upgrade to the Graphite Waveform DRCA.
Available now the new cable will cost £740 for 1m.
Melodika, one of the biggest Polish manufacturers of hi-fi cables, is expanding its Purple Rain offer with new power cables with grounding, terminated with Schuko plug and IEC C13 socket.
The distinguishing feature of new Melodika product is shielding and this shielding in greatest extent is responsible for minimizing the impact of electromagnetic interference on other audio or video cables.
Key features of the new power cable Melodika MDP from Purple Rain series:
- conductor: Polish oxygen free copper OFC 99.99% (class 4N)
- dense OFC shielding with 80% coverage
- construction: 3×2.5mm2
- insulation: triple PVC
- Made in Poland
- CE marking
- maximum load: 10A
- cable thickness: 12mm
- cable felxibility: 60mm
- Lenghts 0.5m, 1m, 1.5m, 2m, 2.5m, 3m, 4m
0.5m – 67,50 EUR, 1m – 70 EUR, 1.5m- 75 EUR, 2m – 80 EUR, 2.5m – 85 EUR, 3m – 90 EUR, 4m – 100 EUR
These are approximate prices and may vary in different countries.
Atlas Cables announce that its new updated Ascent Ultra interconnect cable and Ascent XLR are available from today. Hand-built, the Atlas Ascent Ultra interconnect cable is available now with a UK SRP of £575 for a m pair. Other lengths are available upon request.
“Atlas wanted to apply new knowledge when updating the already successful Ascent Symmetrical interconnect. As well as building on the acknowledged success of the existing Integra plug, which uses a clever design that significantly reduces the plug mass and eliminates potential negative eddy currents that reside in all metallic plugs and connectors, Atlas also wanted to make the cable more efficient and ‘faster’ in its performance Velocity of Propagation” the Scottish manufacturer say in its latest press release.
And it continues “The speed characteristic of analogue cables is determined primarily by the dielectric performance of the insulator applied around the conductor. Depending on the design and purity of the conductor, which in the Ascent Ultra is made of a single solid core surrounded by 64 interwoven strands of superior Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) grain-free copper, getting the design of the dielectric right is critical in achieving the desired product fidelity. For the Ascent Ultra, Atlas uses a highly efficient Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), which is extruded around the bare OCC copper conductors in a thermally stable manner. This process allows the required geometry of the conductor within the dielectric to be maintained and offers greater manufacturing consistency and wider bandwidth”.
The all-new Ascent Ultra plug has a 57% reduction in mass over its predecessor and employs an internal non-conductive sleeve closely matched to the dielectric properties of the cable. As with all Atlas plugs, the Ultra plug maintains the solder free construction, self-cleaning insertion and material consistency.
The integration of new cable and plug technology delivers Atlas’ “finest copper-conductor cable to date”.
Commenting on the launch of the Ascent Ultra, Kevin Kelly, Managing Director at Atlas, said, “We are in a state of constant research and development here at Atlas. The new Ascent Ultra cable employs many of the advancements made in the Asimi and Mavros Ultra launched over the last year. Our advancements in dielectrics and RFI management along with our unique Ultra connector ensure that the new Ascent Ultra is a significant leap forward in sound quality over its predecessor.”
The Atlas Ascent Ultra is available in the following lengths:
Ascent Ultra RCA connector termination:
0.5 m £505.00
0.75 m £540.00
1.0 m £575.00
1.5 m £645.00
2.0 m £715.00
– adapter mini jack 3.5mm socket-socket: MDGMJ02
– adapter mini jack 3.5mm plug – jack 6.3mm socket: MDPMJGJ
– jack 6.3mm plug – mini jack 3.5mm socket extension cord (length: 0,2m, 1m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 8m, 10m) : MDPJGMJ
– mini jack 3.5mm plug-socket extension cord (length: 1m, 1.5m, 2m, 2.5m, 3m, 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 10m, 12m, 15m, 20m): MDPMJ
The Melodika Purple Rain mini-jack cables are made in Poland with Polish oxygen free copper, silver enriched tin solder and a high quality shielding. The cables are resistant to UV, sea water, ozone and alcohol. The Purple Rain MDRSUB subwoofer cable comes with three speaker spades and one Neutrik Speakon dedicated for REL subwoofers (lengths: 1m, 2m, 3m, 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m, 10m)
The Sarum Super ARAY RCA cable is fitted with a new precision-machined UK-made PTFE plug surround which, say The Chord Company, introduces a number of sonic advantages over the acrylic plugs used on its predecessor; the Sarum Tuned ARAY cables (which Sarum Super ARAY replaces.) The Sarum Super ARAY uses the same high-quality conductors and cable as the previous Sarum, micro-polished silver-plated conductors, with a gas-foamed PTFE dielectric and the unusually high-density foil and braid combination shielding.
Existing owners of Sarum Tuned ARAY or Sarum cables, can return them to The Chord Company for an upgrade to the new Sarum Super ARAY specification for a modest fee. The cables are completely disassembled and then carefully re-built. Signal pins and earth shrouds are examined and replaced if necessary, and the new Super ARAY conductors are fitted. The cable is then re-built with the new precision-machined PTFE plug surrounds. Owners should contact their nearest Chord Company Sarum retailer for more information in the first instance.
The Sarum Super ARAY RCA, XLR and DIN interconnects are available in standard 1 metre lengths. Custom lengths can be made to order.
Sarum Super ARAY interconnect 1m RCA £1,900; additional metres £850.
Upgrading a Tuned ARAY RCA to Super ARAY specification £550
New from IsoTek, the Sequel comes in a standard length of 2m, compared to the Premier’s 1.5m. Like the Premier, it uses silver-plated oxygen-free copper conductors twisted together to aid EMI/RFI rejection, but in the Sequel the conductor geometry is “improved with optimised thickness of the individual strands”. “The Sequel also incorporates more advanced ‘active’ shielding under its PVC outer sheath, similar to that used in IsoTek’s more costly cables”.
The EVO3 Sequel is IsoTek’s second-tier power cable, slotting in between the entry level EVO3 Premier and the mid-level EVO3 Elite.
Construction: Three 2.0mm2 optimised-strand conductors .
Conductors: Silver-plated 6n oxygen-free copper (OFC) copper
Dielectric (insulation): A Teflon FEP dielectric (insulation)
Wrap: A Mylar wrap is used to shield the cable
Copper shield: An active OFC copper shield drains RFI to earth
Jacket: A heat-resistant PVC outer jacket
24-carat gold termination: Termination of the EVO3 Sequel is done by hand using IsoTek’s bespoke audiophile grade 24-carat gold plated connectors.
Available terminated with UK, EU, US and Australian mains plugs and with C7, C15 and C19 IEC connectors, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of audio and AV equipment.
The EVO3 Sequel is available now priced at £199.95 (including VAT) for a 2m terminated cable.
“Three decades of cable-building expertise have gone into the new Signature ARAY power cable which introduces the company’s proprietary ARAY conductor technology into a sub-£1,000 power cable for the first time” announces the latest press release from The Chord Company.
Signature ARAY features a very high-density braided shield in combination with a heavy-gauge foil shield, “but what separates it from ordinary mains cables is the use of The Chord Company’s proprietary ARAY conductor technology, which has given the company’s ARAY-based signal- carrying cable range an extraordinary sonic advantage”.
Signature ARAY power cable has been fitted with a new high-performance UK mains plug and IEC connector. Mains plugs are notoriously tricky to get right, but The Chord Company has worked closely with a specialist company to produce high-performance plugs made exactly to specification. The plugs’ contacts have been heavily silver-plated and the terminals are designed to be very secure. Even the 13-amp fuse has been carefully chosen. The plugs will be used on The Chord Company’s Sarum Super ARAY power cable.
The Chord Company’s Tuned ARAY technology was originally developed for the flagship Sarum cable range, but Tuned ARAY’s reputation for producing new levels of transparency, detail, coherence and musical involvement, soon meant the technology was introduced across a wider cable range, most recently digital and streaming products and, of course, mains cables.
The Signature ARAY power is available now priced at £500 (1m), plus a £100 supplement for each additional metre.
The Chord Company, will be revealing two new models from its streaming (Ethernet) range at the forthcoming headroom show. The new streaming cables, which introduce The Chord Company’s Tuned ARAY technology to an even wider range of products, will be shown in pre- production form to the public at The headroom Show ahead of their official release later in the year.
The headroom Show will take place at Metropolis Studios, London, and will be open on Friday 30th January between 1pm and 7:30pm, and Saturday 31st January from 10am to 5pm. Metropolis Studios has recorded numerous artists including Queen, Michael Jackson, U2, Lady GaGa, Amy Winehouse, will.i.am, The Stone Roses, Lauren Hill, The Verve, Adele, Rihanna and more.
To celebrate their latest award winning cable review of the Samba VS-1 loudspeaker cables, MCRU are offering them as a 3 metre stereo pair with a “free” set of MCRU special edition twist interconnects fitted with KLE Copper Harmony RCA plugs, a deal not to be missed.
The Samba VS-1 is £599 for a 3 metre stereo pair, the SE twist interconnects are a 1.5 metre stereo pair.
The latest review of the Samba VS-1 is here.
Quotes on the Samba VS-1……
“. . very open, clean and expansive image.”
“The cable comes across as very neutral with a hint of extra treble extension. .”
“Bass control is excellent and highly tuneful. . .”
“. .it’s the ‘see through’ quality of the stereo image that feels most special here.”
“Stevie’s lush organ notes, rich vocals, funky bass rifts and explosive rim shots are all beautifully layered in a highly transparent and very wide sound stage.”
“. . . the Samba easily makes sense of the pile driving bass riff, thunderous drums, searing electric buzz-sawing vocals, enabling previously unappreciated acoustic guitars and congas to come through cleanly.”
“. . it works brilliantly with stripped out material.”
“It almost seems to gently aid the contrast of your music, enabling midband detail and vocals in particular to press slightly forward out of the mix, while deeper bass and the gaps between the notes take a step backwards.”
“Silences subjectively seem a little darker but no detail is lost.”
“ . . .this added level of contrast enables fine details around the decay of notes to ebb away much more convincingly.”
“This cable performs even stronger with valve amplification.’
“The quality of the midband communication comes nto its own and the extended treble detail and bass control lend support where most needed with valves.”
“The Samba VS-1 is ideally suited to orchestral music and classical fans will appreciate its ability to tease out complex layers of rich instrumentation.”
“. . it is equally at home with more intimate music where the perceived low distortion enables subtle
voices and acoustic instruments to communicate their full emotional content.”
The cables come with our usual 30 day money back guarantee.