It is a detailed-sounding cable, but not in the hyper-analytical sense in which the term is often used for some true high-end cables.
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This is a modestly thick cable but it is very tractable and certainly less bulky. In terms of sound, interestingly, the cable is best summed up as being musical without being noticeably ‘hi-fi'. There is no sheen or edge to this cable, rather it has a relaxed quality, with a full and solid bass, but not so full it sounds anything less than well controlled.
One of the big problems as cable conductor size increases, is how to keep the inductance low. This is vital to reduce cable losses and prevent inaccuracies in the signal transfer process, i.e. distortion. The normal way to do this is to use a number of individually insulated conductors within the cable construction. This method is utilised to great effect in the design of our Genesis Silver Spiral loudspeaker cables. However, this results in a product that has a very high quality sound performance, but is expensive to manufacture and can be difficult to terminate.
To take advantage of this design ethos, but in a more conventional format, X-TUBE forms the conductor in the shape of a tube with an inner aircore. This has the same effect as using multiple insulated conductors and ensures that high frequencies are transmitted cleanly, with the added benefit of ease of termination. This unique tubular conductor geometry also provides lower flux density within the conductors, which gives improved transparency to the sound.
To perform as the designer intended, the cable needs to have the very best termination, as sound quality can be adversely affected by using inferior connectors.
A solder-free, airtight perfect fusion between the two metals of cable and plug. This 'cold weld' method allows the cable and plug to offer the optimum signal transfer and therefore, better sound quality. It also reduces contact resistance and ensures perfect long-term performance.
Even more, a heat shrink will be covered in between the cable and the plug to offer less oxidation.
"Detail resolution is terrific, while background sounds are crystal clear. The tonal balance is crisp without any hint of aggression, and dynamics are excellent. Even at $45/m this cable is a great buy."
Large 2 x 3.5mm2 conductor cross-sectional area
99.999% Hybrid 20% Silver Plated Oxygen Free Copper & 80% Oxygen Free Copper stranded braid conductors
Compressible Teflon Aircore™ for ease of termination