Here at Cymbiosis we provide a range of loudspeaker cables from a variety of companies including Chord Company, Naim, Kudos, Linn and QED. Finding the perfect loudspeaker cable to match your system is critical to its overall performance, turning a good system into a truly great one.
Due to each individual’s needs, most of our loudspeaker cables are custom-made, taking into account length, termination and single, bi-wire or even tri-wire configuration. For the Chord Sarum Reference range please visit the Chord Sarum page.
Kudos KS-1 loudspeaker cable was developed by Kudos around a year ago for use for internally wiring their range of loudspeakers and is another element in ensuring absolute consistency of product quality over time.
Kudos KS-1 is the result of the KISS principle of design: the right materials, well executed win over fancy marketing related engineering every time.
KS-1’s conductors are 19 strands of silver-plated Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) insulated with Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) run with a slow twist and all surround by a hard PVC outer for protection. physical damping and simplicity of use.
FEP shares PTFE’s ideal low dielectric constant but is a little softer for improved mechanical damping. The choice of 19 strands is not random: there were multiple listening tests carried out to identify sonic differences from the number of strands changing while keeping the overall conductor diameter the same. Nineteen proved to be the ideal.
Kudos KS-1 loudspeaker cable is available now and can be ordered in your chosen length and termination.
Chord Company’s Epic loudspeaker cable is the result of a successful marriage of two award-winning loudspeaker cables: Odyssey and Signature. The silver-plated, oxygen-free copper conductors, PTFE insulation and silicone surround are borrowed from the Odyssey cable and the shielding system is taken from the Signature. The development and success of Signature loudspeaker cable proved conclusively that shielding loudspeaker cables could bring some serious improvements to sound quality. The lessons learned during its development mean that the Chord Company can now apply the same principles to other models within their loudspeaker cable range.
Fitting shielding systems to loudspeaker cables can bring the same sort of benefits to the sound of a system as improving the shielding on interconnects. The reduction in the level of perceived noise means that very fine dynamic and tonal information is easily heard and this brings improvements not only to the high frequency performance of a system, but also the bass and mid frequencies.
The lower noise floor also makes micro dynamic information easier to hear and it is simpler to follow, understand and become more involved with even the most complex pieces of music.
The Chord Company Epic loudspeaker cable is available in two varieties: Chord Company Epic Twin and the more advanced Chord Company Epic Reference, which moves performance quite a bit closer to Chord Company Signature.
Chord Company Odyssey loudspeaker cable shares its principal design features with Chord Company Rumour. Like Rumour, each conductor is made up of 19 strands of silver-plated, oxygen-free copper surrounded by PTFE insulation. However, the strands are of a heavier gauge and whereas Rumour uses 1.5mm overall diameter conductors, Odyssey uses 2mm overall diameter conductors.
The larger diameter conductors help Odyssey to carry dynamic information extremely well and this produces real improvements to the weight, attack and dynamics of notes across the entire frequency range. Cymbals are noticeably more realistic and acoustic guitars and pianos more lifelike. This ability to carry dynamic information so well means that Odyssey produces a remarkably musical and coherent sound.
When Chord Company Rumour was launched in 1996, it was one of the smallest loudspeaker cables available (16 AWG). It sounded a lot bigger than it looked, it carried detail and dynamics really well and it was more coherent than just about any other cable around. As people got over the size and listened, rather than looked, it became a very popular cable. Apart from cosmetic changes it remained unchanged for many years. The size, the colour and the performance mean it’s still a popular cable. Chord Company Shawline shielded loudspeaker cable shares the same conductors.
Previous versions of Rumour loudspeaker cables used PTFE insulation (often referred to as Teflon™) and until the arrival of Taylon®, this was the “go to” material. Although expensive, PTFE offered the best performance.
Material technology is constantly developing and improving and alternatives to PTFE are now available. While the high cost of Taylon® prevents Chord Company from using this in all of their ranges, they were able to find a suitable family of insulation materials known as XLPE (Cross-linked Polyethylene). One version of this material looked particularly interesting and following listening tests, proved to be clearly better than the PTFE in Rumour loudspeaker cable – now known as Chord Company Rumour X.
NAC A5 is Naim Audio’s multi-strand loudspeaker cable, consisting of two separated 4mm conductors. Its design is optimised for use with Naim amplifiers and any loudspeakers by ensuring that its capacitance, inductance and resistance are entirely compatible.
We recommend its use along with Naim’s right-angled, twin loudspeaker plugs, which provide a safe, convenient and very effective connection for your Naim amplifier.
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