Pure OFC stranded wiring
& Increasing soundstage
Designed for the eye
Engineered for your music
It's all in the name, very Essential Audio Tools for your hi-fi. Better reproduction means more involvement, that is why our products are focused on the power supplied to your equipment. Only when good care is taken for the power supply, you will benefit from all details in your music. For example stray-fields and spikes coming from external (non-audio) equipment can be noticeable. Also having no earth, or having a low quality earth, can be very harmful.
The use of good quality power cords (with well designed screening), multiple sockets (with star-wiring), checking out the phase of your mains supply and equipment and a good filtering gives the music a neutral sound and opens up many details.
Our 'tools' are very well designed and manufactured. Have a look at our products and visit one of our dealers to arrange a listening session. You will be surprised!
Transmitting power through cables
At the core, a cable is a bunch of braided strands of metal - usually copper - that's capable of conducting an electrical signal. The cable is coated with an outer jacket of plastic insulation and - in the case of state-of-the-art cables - additional layers of shielding, which is designed to keep the electricity in and prevent radio waves or other electromagnetic sources from interfering with the signal.
In a perfect world, a cable would transmit current perfectly, but in reality the metal in power supply wires generally creates a certain amount of resistance, which means that not all the electricity gets through. Consequently, the sound that comes out of your speakers isn't as true to the recording as it could be. The longer the wire has to stretch, the more resistance you get. One way to cope with this problem is to use a thicker gauge of wire, which increases the wire's ability to transmit electrical current. For the Current Conductor S we use 3x 0,75mm2 multistranded OFC (Oxygen Free Copper). The L, -HC and Current Conductor Spyder 3x 2,5mm2 multistranded OFC and the Current Conductor 8 2x 1mm2 multistranded OFC.
Implemented specialized characteristics
To achieve the perfect audio listening world we've focussed on improving the following aspects of the power supply cord:
Conductivity: You want a cable that transmits electrical current with as little resistance, or degradation, as possible. For the best results, use oxygen-free, multi-stranded copper cable (OFC). Generally the rule is: the thicker the cable, the better, especially if you're going to stretch the cables over a distance of more than a few feet.
Shielding: You don't want other sources of electromagnetism to junk up the signals transmitted to your speakers. So we've implemented two shielding layers under the insulation, the first is an aluminium foil, the second a tinned copper braided shield.
Connectors: The part of the cable that plugs into wall sockets, Mains Multipliers and (audio) equipment. The connectors are choosen for their extremely low electrical resistance.
Where to use?
If it is up to us, everywhere! The upmost effect can be obtained when all power cords from consuming devices are replaced. The external fields will thus be much lower, reaching acceptable values and causing less interference.
Power cords close to interlinks are even more important. They should be replaced, especially when the signal transport is unbalanced (with RCA/phono plugs). When power cords are wired in parallel of signal cables or when a signal cable is coming from or going to a phono stage, then placing the Current Conductor is strongly recommended. Important to know is which connector is required for your equipment. We use three kinds of connector; IEC C13, IEC C19 and IEC C7 (figure 8).
Because the total resistance is linearly proportional to the cable length, the low resistance of our Current Conductor can also work in your advantage when using over large distances.
When in doubt: just contact us. We will be pleased to answer your questions.
What to expect?
The result of experimenting with our power cords can vary from small changes to big surprises. The most heard improvement is the quietness in silent parts of the music as well as more noticeable details and more holographic soundstage. A high quality recording with on average a low volume and high dynamics will benefit most from the lowered background noise. This background is most described by our users as "dark" and "deep".
For optimal results our power cords work best in combination with our Mains Multipliers.
The idea is simple: a power cord with at one end a single power plug and at the other end three cables with IEC connectors. These three cables have a length of 20, 30 and 40cm or 3x 40cm, so if you have a stacked set of equipment the Current Spyder L will hang down without taking a lot of space behind your set.
The primary cable is available in two lengths (75 and 150cm) and the secondary cables are available in lengths of 20, 30 and 40cm or 3x 40cm. So when ordering a Current Spyder L you can choose from four types.