Atlas Cables has introduced a limited edition of its reference Mavros analogue interconnect – the Mavros Ultra SE. Only 50 sets of this Special Edition interconnect have been produced. Featuring unique gold- plated Ultra RCA plugs, each Mavros Ultra SE pair features a unique sequential serial number, a hand-signed limited edition authenticity certificate and comes packaged in a specially-created Atlas presentation box. More »
David Robson continues his Chord Company “Cable Doctor” series of reviews, where specific cable combinations are recommended for his system by Nigel Finn of Chord. Previously he has focused on the entry level C Line and Clearway cables but now moves up to the new Shawline series interconnects and digital cable, along with the Epic Twin speaker cable. More »
The Chord Company is launching ShawCan — its first ever headphone cable at October’s headroom show, part of The Indulgence Show (14-16th October, Novotel London West).
Studio Connections are based in the UK and produce a wide range of cables for home audio use. In this review Dan Worth and Dominic Marsh take a look at the company’s Carbon Power cables retailing at £190 for 1m. More »
The Chord Company, has introduced a new ARAY-technology analogue interconnect to its Clearway range. The Clearway Analogue, which is hand-built at Chord’s Wiltshire headquarters, has been designed to show music lovers just how good the new wave of entry-level DACs, turntables and streamers really are.
Priced at £100 for a 1m pair, the new Clearway Analogue features the ARAY conductor configuration used on the Chord C-line, with a raft of critical upgrades. Chord’s technicians have improved the conductors by using high-purity oxygen-free copper, upgraded the insulation to FEP and used a higher density foil to improve the shielding.
Clearway Analogue is fitted with the high-performance Chord VEE 3 direct-silver-plated RCA plug and is also available terminated with DIN and XLR connectors.
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 cable apart is its use of FEP, a derivative of PTFE with very similar performance characteristics. Compared to polyethylene, the FEP-insulated Clearway carries both detail and dynamic information markedly more accurately. The tonal properties of the cable are also considerably more neutral.
The Clearway Analogue is priced at £100p/m and is available now fitted with silver-plated RCAs, DINs and XLRs. Custom lengths are available to order.
Atlas Cables has added to its range of Zeno replacement headphone cables with the launch of the Zeno IEM – a light and compliant yet durable upgrade cable for those who use in-ear monitors. Zeno IEM combines Atlas Cables’ unique cable technology with its latest range of dedicated solder-free connectivity options called Metik.
Hand-built in Scotland and available now, prices range from £280.00. Compatible IEMs from launch include Sure, Beyer Dynamic, Fit Ear and Ultrazone, with many more available upon request.
Zeno IEM features Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) copper conductors, which 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 and ideal for any level of usage.
Developed specifically for Zeno and covering a wealth of connection options, Atlas’ Metik non-solder crimp plugs provide signal consistency from socket to socket. Available in 3.5mm, 6.3mm and 4-pin XLR for the source end, Metik plugs provide a direct, airtight metal to metal contact.
Commenting on the launch of the Zeno IEM, Kevin Kelly, Managing Director at Atlas Cables, said, “With the launch of the original Zeno, we realised just how passionate users were as they sought to gain the best possible performance when using headphones. IEM users are no different. The development of this new cable comes about from demand as they set out to further refine the quality of their personal audio systems. The increase in sound quality and durability makes the Zeno IEM the perfect upgrade for those looking to retrieve the very best from their music – both at home and when on the move.”
Atlas Zeno IEM UK SRP with Metik 3.5mm source connection plug:
1.00m £ 280.00
1.50m £ 290.00
* Custom lengths available upon request
For 30 years Russ Andrews has been supplying accessories for hifi and AV systems. To celebrate this occasion the company is releasing an updated version of one of its most successful products from the past three decades, and is making it available to the mass market with a special anniversary price.
The Russ Andrews YellOPower™ mains cable shares its name with a cable that sold in its thousands when first introduced in the 1990s. Setting it apart from the original cable is over 20 years’ of additional research and development by the leader in this field, chairman and technical director, Russ Andrews, into the effects of ‘dirty’ mains on the performance of hifi systems.
Marking the 30th Anniversary, Russ Andrews is making the YelloPower available at its old price of £30 for a 1m cable for a period of 30 days starting 1st September 2016
The YellOPower is manufactured using eight individually insulated pure copper Kimber Kable conductors, arranged in the famous Kimber weave configuration. The 13 awg (2.62mm2) cores for live and neutral ensure excellent current handling and pure PVC insulation is employed. The UK built cable is finished off with a 13A Russ Andrews fuse, black Tecflex sleeving and robust IEC and UK three pin plugs. International plugs are available at no extra cost. The YellOPower branded heat shrinks, in yellow, add a reference to the original all yellow cable.
Russ Andrews, chairman, reflecting on 30 years in business says, “I started the company, then called RATA, to provide accessories for turntables, the mainstay of hi-fi systems at the time. As the years progressed and I developed our relationship with Kimber Kable, the leading cable brand from the USA, I quickly became aware of the benefits of its woven cables on the sound of the hi-fi system. Researching this and discovering its RFI rejection properties led me to make the UK’s first audiophile mains cable.” He adds, “Now, 30 years later, I am very pleased that we are able to reintroduce the YellO and bring the benefits of my research into mains to the mass market. And in a funny twist of irony that takes us full circle, no doubt many of them will end up being used with turntables again.”
David Robson takes a look at Indonesian company Vermouth Audio’s Rhapsody loudspeaker and mains cables costing £200 for a six foot pair for the former and £150 for a four foot cable for the latter. More »
The Chord Company has announced the launch of its new Shawline cable range, a cable we’ve been playing with here at Hifi Pig for a few months now.
The Wiltshire company commented it “can now make cables that do nothing. That’s nothing as in no colouration: colour comes from the music not the cables; no signal loss”.
What The Chord Company’s new Shawline cables can do they say is: “carry a musical signal with an extraordinary degree of detail and accuracy; transform the performance of almost every system they are used in and let music lovers even further into their favourite music”.
The Shawline range is a hand-built-in-the-UK cable line-up that comprises digital, analogue and loudspeaker cables, and features the company’s proprietary Tuned ARAY technology at a price of £200. The same unique conductor geometry as seen in Chord’s Sarum Tuned ARAY cables is now available with Shawline. The line-up sits neatly above the entry-level C-series and the affordable Clearway range.
The new Shawline analogue interconnect – available in DIN, RCA and XLR versions – uses the same Tuned ARAY technology as Sarum Tuned ARAY. They are fitted with silver-plated Chord VEE 3 RCA plugs with PTFE insulation. Shawline’s conductors are built from silver-plated multi-strand oxygen-free copper, insulated with PTFE. The conductors are contained within a specifically chosen outer jacket for flexibility and reduce mechanical noise.
The all-new Shawline Digital uses proprietary ARAY conductor geometry developed for digital cables. Also fitted with silver-plated Chord VEE 3 RCA plugs with PTFE insulation (or high-performance silver-plated BNC connectors), the new design features a tri-conductor configuration, optimised for digital signal transmission.
Further features include silver-plated, PTFE-insulated conductors with an internal PVC jacket that reduces mechanical noise and correctly spaces the high-frequency-effective high- density braid and foil combination shield.
Shawline loudspeaker cable
Completing the range is a shielded loudspeaker cable — Chord’s most discreet and flexible shielded speaker cable to date. The Shawline loudspeaker cable is a new design featuring silver-plated conductors and high-frequency-effective shielding. 16 AWG multi-strand silver-plated conductors with PTFE insulation are employed in a twisted-pair configuration, with a PVC internal jacket to minimise mechanical noise.
Shawline loudspeaker cable is available off-the-reel and in factory-terminated lengths, the latter fitted with Chord Company gold-plated banana plugs.
Hand-building is crucial to the complexity of the design of Tuned ARAY cables say the company.
Pricing and availability
Shawline is available now
Analogue RCA 1m: £200; additional metres £80
Digital: RCA 1m: £200; additional metres £80
Speaker: £30p/m unterminated; factory Banana/Spade terminations 8 plugs one pair £100
Submitted for review to Hifi Pig we have this MS HD Power MS-EO2 SS, Star Wired mains block with surge protection and external earth point unit costing £369. Dominic Marsh takes a listen. More »
Hifi Pig’s coverage of the Munich High End show is now available for FREE download. There’s over 140 pages of comment, photographs, inerviews and reports in this bumper edition that has been sponsored by Tellurium Q.
As well as all the great content one lucky reader will have the chance to win a Hifi Pig Special Edition pair of loudspeakers kindly given by Kralk Audio and a pair of Tellurium Q speaker cables to connect the speakers to your rig.
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“The audio cable that enjoys a little teasing” is how this new British cable manufacturer opens their press release. The company in question is Wire On Wire and they hand build their cables in the UK.
With its REDpurl™ variable geometry (UK patent pending), the company’s Experience 680 interconnect permits the user to alter its wire spacing, allowing the sound character of the interconnect to be tuned to the user’s preference.
“The REDpurl™ geometry allows the user to vary the relationship between conductors”, says Wire on Wire’s founder and designer Chris Bell, “so altering the cable’s physics and helping it adapt to their system and musical taste. I was looking for something that could adapt to the individual and the result many years later is a cable full of potential tweaks.”
The Experience680 uses carefully chosen silver-plated copper conductors of different diameter, insulated with PTFE. Capacitance is kept low thanks to the REDpurl™ variable geometry.
Wire on Wire will be exhibiting at the North West Audio Show later this month.
Paradox Audio hail from Oslo in Norway and headed by Tore Magnus Wilhelmsen, founded early in the year 2010. They produce a range of cables aimed squarely at the high end of the market and the company’s tagline is “Probably the world’s most honest cables”. Dominic Marsh plumbs them into his system. More »
“Furutech’s recently-developed ‘Alpha Nano-Au-Ag’ OCC conductor is among the best that the brand’s engineers have ever conceived for sound reproduction. Not surprising, then, that it underpins the brand’s new top-of-line power and speaker cables. “ says the Japanese company’s recent press release.
The specialized manufacturing process begins with Furutech’s Alpha-OCC conductor which, after undergoing a patented two-step cryogenic freeze and demagnetization process, is treated with Furutech’s “finely-tuned transmission enhancer, Nano Liquid”.
Nano Liquid features a precise ratio of tiny gold and silver particles (approximately 8 nano-meters or 8/1,000,000th of a millimetre in diameter) that finely coat the conductor, filling up and smoothing out any microscopic concave-convex areas left on the conductor’s surface during the production process, and thus providing a greater contact surface.
Furutech’s engineers found that the precise ratio of gold and silver particles and of the dispersing Squalene oil used in the Nano Liquid had a notable effect on sound reproduction, and undertook extensive tests before settling on their final, very specific ratio.
NanoFlux NCF power cable
A double-layer insulation combined with a complex outer shield, damping layer and EMI-absorbing modules reject external vibration and electromagnetic radiation.
The NanoFlux NCF power cable also includes Furutech’s new and unique NCF piezo ceramic series connectors. Furutech’s Alpha pure-copper rhodium-plated conductors are housed within a body that contains an active damping material, Nano Crystal² Formula (NCF). The latter incorporates a “special crystalline material with two active properties: first, it generates negative ions that eliminate static; second, it converts thermal energy into far-infrared. This remarkable material is combined with nano-sized ceramic particles and carbon powder for their additional ‘piezo effect’ damping properties”.
This is then enclosed within a multi-layered non-magnetic stainless steel and silver-plated carbon fibre outer shell, incorporating a special damping and insulating acetal copolymer, the EMI-absorbing GC-303.
New NanoFlux speaker cable
The new NanoFlux speaker cable, again built around the Alpha Nano-Au-Ag OCC conductor, sports Furutech’s CF-201(R) rhodium-plated nonmagnetic pure copper spades along with CF-202(R) non-magnetic rhodium-plated banana connectors.
Pricing & availability
Furutech NanoFlux power & speaker cables are available now, priced as follows (incl. VAT).
|NanoFlux-NCF power cable||Length 1.8m||£ 3,795|
|NanoFlux speaker cable||Length 2.5m||£ 4,995 (per pair)|
Note: Custom lengths are available to order.
“The new IsoTek EVO3 Initium marries high quality materials with intelligent construction to deliver a power cable of outstanding performance and mechanical integrity, which will neither degrade over time nor break your bank balance” says the company’s latest press release.
EVO3 Initium key features/
Three x 2 mm2 conductors are arranged in a parallel construction with a slight rotational twist. This established technique remains the first line of defence against RFI and EMI.
99.9999% oxygen-free copper (OFC) conductors offer an exceptional level of purity with enhanced conductivity, and are less likely to fracture or degrade over time.
Polyethylene (PE) dielectric is chemically inert and has a very low dielectric constant over a wide frequency range. It possesses a high degree of stress crack resistance and a low coefficient of friction, making it an exceptional dielectric. PE is also a top choice for safety in both temperature and electrical insulation.
Cotton filler gives the cable internal strength and reduces microphony, while also possessing the best dielectric properties of a solid material.
A paper wrap secures the construction prior to the application of the PVC outer jacket. Together with the cotton filler, the paper wrap forms a buffer with the PVC so as to maintain exceptional dielectric properties.
A PVC outer jacket gives a high degree of flexibility and mechanical strength.
Bespoke audiophile-grade IsoTek moulded connectors featuring solid OFC conductors with robust nickel plating.
Cable length 1.5 m
Outer diameter 10 mm
The IsoTek EVO3 Initium power cable is available now priced at £64.95 (including VAT) for a 1.5 metre terminated cable.
Suitable for CD players, preamps, tuners, power amps, Blu-ray players, music servers, TVs, soundbars and more.
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THE CHORD COMPANY LAUNCHES CHORDMUSIC, ITS MOST ADVANCED CABLE RANGE IN 30 YEARS
The Chord Company has launched ChordMusic, the company’s most advanced cable range in its 30-year history. The celebratory, flagship series distils 30 years of cable design and manufacturing knowhow into a ground-breaking line-up. ChordMusic is a revelatory product, developed using an exciting and entirely new insulation material which has never been used with audio cables before: Taylon®.