ShawCan is the first ever headphone product in the UK cable manufacturer’s 32-year history and is unique in featuring the company’s proprietary Super ARAY conductor technology.
The new upgrade cables have been designed to deliver the true potential of today’s high-quality headphones by implementing a miniaturised version of The Chord Company’s unique Super ARAY mechanical tuning. Attendees can try the ShawCan upgrade cables with their own headphones (where interchangeable), or use Audeze LCD-3 headphones fed via Chord Electronics’ Hugo TT DAC/head amp. The demo provides the opportunity to compare Chord’s proprietary Super ARAY ShawCan cable with standard manufacturer-issued cable.
A variety of ShawCan cable terminations will be available to try for consumers bringing their own headphones: 6.3mm stereo to 3.5mm stereo; 6.3mm to Lemo (Focal Utopia); 6.3mm to Sennheiser HD800/HD800s); 6.3mm to MrSpeaker connector (Ether range and AEON Range); 6.3mm to 2-pin (for IEMs) and 6.3mm to 2x 3.5mm mono.
The Chord Company will also have a second system, demonstrating the benefits of high-quality USB cables and moving from basic stock cables to Chord’s C-USB, Shawline, Signature, new Sarum T (world debut at headroom) and the flagship ChordMusic.
The Chord Company will be exhibiting in Studio B, Artist Side.
ShawCan features high-quality silver-plated conductors with PTFE insulation. The shield is a composite design that doesn’t just shield but helps to minimise unwanted mechanical noise, an inherent problem with headphone cables. The conductors are enclosed in a black outer jacket that is more than just a braid to tidy the conductors: the jacket is actually designed to further reduce mechanical noise. The Chord Company has been able to adapt its unique Super ARAY conductor geometry to work with a headphone cable.
ShawCan is available in a range of terminations to suit most leading headphones:
Jack 3.5mm (Focal Elear; Oppo PM series; Sony MDR-Z1)
Jack mini XLR (Audeze LCD range)
Jack Sennheiser connector (HD800/HD800s)
Jack Lemo (Focal Utopia)
Jack MrSpeakers (Ether Range; AEON Range)
2-pin (for Sennheiser)
Pricing and availability:
ShawCan is available now in 1.5m lengths as standard, custom lengths available to order.
3.5mm or ¼” Jack to 3.5mm (mono pair or stereo) £275
3.5mm or ¼” Jack to any other connector £350
Additional metre cost: £80