An Overview of Our Interconnect Cables
Interconnect Cables are the "connecting" links to the audio components in sound systems. They are used in both analog and digital applications. As with speaker cables, they are the highways that transfer information received from the sound system’s components to an amplifier and then from the amplifier to your speakers through the speaker cables. As balanced interconnects, they are used extensively in recording studios and live concerts to connect microphones to recording consoles, amplifiers and other types of sound recording equipment. As with speaker and power supply cables, there is a wide variety of interconnect cables available for sale, ranging from very expensive high performance exotic models to inexpensive generic types that work, but do not have the critical performance characteristics suited for use in good quality, high performance audio systems and recording studios.
Analog interconnects transfer analog waveforms in the audio band of frequencies. They deliver a delicate signal with relatively low voltage. RF interference (RFI) will have a negative affect on the delivery of the signals being transmitted through cables. When necessary, properly designed shielded and single ended interconnect cables can negate the effects of RFI. Balanced interconnects and microphone cables with XLR plugs are only available with a shield.
Digital applications are highly dependent upon interconnect cable designs with low dielectric loss, low capacitance and low inductance. The higher frequencies involved in digital transfer applications make these specifications critically important! Digital signals have encoded information, including high frequency timing signals, which must always be communicated between system components to ensure proper decoding of the signals before they are converted back to analog.
Soundstring™ manufactures three types of interconnect cables. All of them have specially engineered design and performance attributes necessary to greatly enhance the performance of DACS, CD/DVD/SACD players, high performance turntables, magnetic cartridges, etc.
There are three choices in the construction and design of our interconnects, all providing very excellent results in enhanced system performance. With the original Octaphase™ Cables the circular mil area of the four Progressive Geometric Multi-conductor/Multi-gauge™ conductors for each leg of these cables is a composite #22 AWG. The Omega Pro-Line Series has a 95% braided OFBC (oxygen free finely stranded bare electrolytic copper) to insure crisp, clean signal transfer and maximum accuracy. The GEN II and GEN II “SE” interconnects have very finely stranded 6 nines OFHCBC (Oxygen free high conductivity Bare Copper) with 168 individual strands per conductor providing a larger circular mil surface area for the signals and frequencies to travel over. The GEN II and GEN II “SE” shielded interconnects have a 98% spiral shielded 6 nines OFHCBC shield.
All of our single ended interconnects are terminated with our patented “low mass” 24 Kt. Gold plated RCA plugs with our exclusive Coca-bola wood housings. The shielded and balanced interconnects are terminated with Neutrik male and female plugs that have 24 Kt. Gold plated contacts for maximum conductivity.
The original Octaphase™ interconnect cables are covered with our premium grade Static Guard™ tightly woven Harvest Gold Nylon Multi-filament, the trademark for all of our original cables. The GEN II and GEN II “SE” interconnects are covered with our premium grade Static Guard™ tightly woven Platinum Silver Nylon Multi-filament, the trademark for all of the GEN II type cables. Each type and style of interconnect cable has shrink tubing on both ends with our name and directional arrows embossed on their red or black color coded surface.