US audio cable manufacturer, DH Labs has announced the latest in their range of loudspeaker cables, the Deity Speaker Cable. The cable has been designed to be used in high-end audio systems and the company claims it delivers “the most accurate and uncoloured signal transmission possible, along with extraordinary harmonics and tonal balance”.
The Deity loudspeaker cable is said to be built to “exact tolerances and is hand terminated by skilled craftsmen”.
The cable is made up of 12 individually insulated pure silver conductors (20 awg) in an interleaved helical array encompassing two silver-coated Continuous Crystal conductors (14 awg).
DH Labs proprietary Air-PTFE dielectric is tape wrapped around each conductor and the company say this offers the lowest dielectric loss of any commercially available cable.
Made in the USA the Deity cable is available with either silver spades or bananas.
6ft lengths are $4900, 8ft lengths are $5900, 10ft lengths $6900 and 12ft lengths $7900. Available now.
Rod Alexander gets sceptical about ‘The Tellurium Q effect’
A Mexican stand-off
Securing items for review is usually a straightforward affair. One of the parties (reviewer or manufacturer) approaches the other, they agree upon a review of a particular product, manufacturer supplies product and info (price, specs, etc) said review takes place, review item returned/review published, manufacturer basks in glory of the review/accuses reviewer of having ears made of cloth . You get the idea. It’s a method that has survived generations.
Unfortunately, Tellurium Q’s Geoff Merrigan didn’t get the memo. He refuses to provide the specifications of Tellurium Q cables, notwithstanding the fact that they are easily uncovered by any fool armed with appropriate equipment, cutting through any attempts at marketing mysticism.
With the cables safely delivered, I had another nibble at him, making it clear that I could uncover the cables measurements in minutes. He still refused to buckle, bullishly stating that the specs are only half the story. What could the ‘other half of the story’ be? Each set of cables is placed in a room where Tellurium Q staff chant in ancient Sanskrit before the cables are packaged and dispatched? The cable termination is carried out by extra-terrestrial beings? The ‘other half of the story’ was obvious to me. Hype.
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British Cable manufacturer Black Rhodium has announced the launch of their ‘Salsa 1.2 mm’ loudspeaker cable. The new loudspeaker cable is based very closely on their popular Salsa cable with one difference – the insulation of the individual conductors has been increased from a thickness of 0.8mm to 1.2mm.
The press release from Black Rhodium has the following to say: “The reason behind this change is that when two electrical conductors carry an electrical current, the magnetic field produced by the current in one conductor affects the resistance of the other conductor. This is known as the ‘Proximity Effect’. Because the loudspeaker load is reactive, the current and voltage in the speaker cable are not in phase and the modulation effect produces a ‘Transient Phase Distortion’ signal that distorts sound quality. By moving the conductors of Salsa 1.2mm further away from each other, the magnetic field (which reduces inversely proportionally to the distance) on the other cable is lowered and the ‘Transient Phase Distortion’ is less audible”
Conductors: 19 x 0.3mm diameter (13 gauge) silver plated copper
Insulation: Silicone rubber type GPC
Outside diameter of cores: 4.5mm
Prices: Un-terminated £40.00 per metre, 3m pair terminated with gold plated 4mm plugs £330.00 and 3m pair terminated with rhodium plated 4mm plugs. £380.00
DC Gold Audio has announced that they have acquired DynaStrand, the company that manufactures the Dynasty Challenge Interconnects and Emperor Challenge Speaker Cables.
DynaStrand was founded by Jed Hacker, the designer of the speaker cables and interconnects. With a background in broadcasting, Jed also has over fifteen years in the audio cable design industry. He was the primary designer for well-known speaker wire and cable companies before branching out on his own and forming DynaStrand.
DynaStrand speaker cables and interconnects are made with high purity oxygen-free copper and foam dielectric as the primary insulation and currently DynaStrand cables are being sold directly to the public.
British Cable manufacturer Black Rhodium, which exports to 22 countries, has announced the launch of their new OPUS cable which can be used as both an interconnect and loudspeaker cable. Opus has been developed from the highly successful Harmony stereo interconnect cable and has the basic design of Harmony, but manufacturing costs have been cut by simplifying its design.
OPUS cable is made from 2 cores of tinned copper wire insulated in low loss silicone rubber, twisted to reject radio frequency interference, and sheathed in white silicone rubber.
Specifications of the OPUS cable are: Conductors: 16 x 0.2mm diameter (20 gauge) tinned copper, Insulation: Silicone rubber type GPC, Outside diameter: 6mm
The interconnects will retail at £49 for a stereo metre and the loudspeaker cable will retail at £7/metre unterminated, although terminated pairs are available.
Black Rhodium is a long-established UK cable company, headed up by industry veteran, Graham Nalty. A wide range of prices allow an equally diverse choice of cable construction technology as well as component materials and quality. The upper echelons of the Black Rhodium cable range feature “deep cryogenically treated” (DCT) conductors and unusual conductor materials including silver (OK, that’s not so unusual) and palladium (which is not often encountered). Rhodium plating on the connectors is also used in the higher price bracket.
The subject of this review, though, is rather more humble in its aspirations. The “Twist” speaker cable is a new introduction and trickles down some of the benefits claimed for its more exalted (and costly) siblings, specifically the top of the range Ninja. So DCT and heavy gauge wire are sacrificed for economy, and the conductor wire is tinned copper. More »
Reference Fidelity Components (RFC), the UK based hi-fi cable manufacturer, has announced that it will soon be stocking Talk Electronic’s widely regarded Talk 3 loudspeaker cable. The loudspeaker cable has been very favourably received by customers since its launch and has reviewed well in the Hifi press.
This is what Talk Cables have to say about the Talk 3:
“… our all new TALK 3 speaker cable, a spaced pair of 2.5sq mm OFC copper cores which have been insulated with a thin layer of our own proprietary material we call ‘TALK Flex’. These are then placed into a dark green PCV jacket for protection from pulling and scraping during installation.” More »