Kimber Kable is 40 years old this year. To mark the occasion, Russ Andrews are introducing a one-off, limited edition version of Kimber’s PBJ analogue interconnect.

Limited Edition Cable

The strictly limited-edition cable has all the features of the original, plus is being offered with upgraded WBT 0114 RCA phono connectors in place of the standard Kimber UltraPlate connectors. The original tri-wire braid, which was to become such a familiar symbol of Kimber Kable, is retained in its authentic colours of red, blue and black.

The heritage of the name PBJ can be traced back to the Second World War, when American GIs posted to Europe were given peanut butter sandwiches as a low-cost nutritious protein rich snack. They often added jelly (that’s jam to UK folks) to provide a little bit of sweetness and thus the PBJ name was born. Post war it soon became a firm favourite with families across America. The term PBJ became ubiquitous with anything that was seen as a staple and so Ray Kimber thought it the ideal name for a cable he hoped would, and indeed has, become a staple interconnect with audiophiles.

VariStrand Copper

PBJ hasn’t changed over the years, as Kimber’s first design was so ground-breaking. The tri-wire braid is made up of three VariStrand copper conductors, each is individually insulated with high quality fluorocarbon dielectric and then braided together, with the red wire used for the signal, the blue for the ground and the black as an additional ‘drain’ wire. The PBJ’s construction and the familiar weave reduces both airborne and conducted RFI for better sound, as a result of its natural filtering characteristics.

The VariStrand conductors, made from Hyper-pure copper, are second only to pure silver in terms of efficient signal transfer. Each conductor is made up of seven different gauges of wire, each of which favours a different frequency range, allowing the cable to pass the entire frequency spectrum of the music with increased accuracy. The fluorocarbon insulation is applied at lower temperatures than many other insulations, thus reducing any potential for heat damage on the copper.

Kimber’s 40th Anniversary

Simon Dalton from Russ Andrews comments, “40 years ago Ray Kimber launched his company with 4PR, a speaker cable that has taken the audio world by storm. His first interconnect, PBJ, was launched shortly afterwards and is a seminal cable that has attracted outstanding reviews and user reactions from the four corners of the globe. It is fitting therefore to kick-start the celebrations of Kimber’s 40 years in business with the re-introduction of his first and perhaps most well-known cable – but now with the added benefits of WBT.”

PBJ is available direct from Russ Andrews for a limited period at a cost of £170 for a 1m pair.

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