The primary problem of audio cables was discovered and addressed over 100 years
ago, when telephone companies struggled with problems of intelligibility over very
long phone lines. British physicist/engineer Oliver Heaviside theorized that this
problem was caused by inductive (electromagnetic) loss, and in 1893 he proposed
the solution of increasing the inductive coupling between the two conductors to
reduce the inductive loss of the telephone circuit. This solution was implemented
in 1900 with telephone loading coils, which are still in use today. These coils
are connected at intervals along phone lines to preserve the fidelity and strength
of the signal.
The most audible differences among interconnect and speaker cables are also the
result of inductive loss. While some listeners may actually like certain sonic colorations
caused by cable inductance, these effects are always accompanied by dynamic compression
and masking of the finer sonic details. For example, speaker cables with widely
separated positive and negative conductors exhibit so much inductive loss that they
distinctly thin out and compress the sound. WireWorld’s DNA™ cables have optimally
engineered, closely-spaced conductors, which provide dramatic improvements in the
preservation of harmonic structure, three-dimensionality and dynamics.
The materials used to insulate the conductors in audio and video cables can be a
significant factor in their ultimate performance. Fortunately, some inexpensive
materials, such as polyethylene and polypropylene, introduce minimal signal loss
in cables. Many audio cables and some video cables are insulated with lesser materials,
such as PVC, a lossy insulator that can degrade audio and video fidelity. All WireWorld
cables are insulated with superior materials, including some specialized composites
(Composite Dielectric Technology™) with unique benefits, which enable them to preserve
as much of the signal as possible for their price.
Directionallity & Shielding
The microstructure of copper and silver conductors is actually made up of individual
grains of the metal. Unavoidable angular patterns in this grain structure can cause
cables to perform differently in both directions. WireWorld cables are manufactured
utilizing a proprietary Grain Optimization™ process that specifically controls the
grain structure of the metal to produce the highest fidelity when the signal flows
in the direction of the arrows printed on the cable. Some other brands of audio
interconnects are directional because their shields are only connected at one end
of the cable. The shields in WireWorld cables are connected at both ends to provide
superior isolation from noise.
Of the various impurities commonly found in copper, oxygen is especially problematic
because copper oxide can restrict conduction between the individual grains of copper.
Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) contains less oxygen than the common ETP (Electrolytic
Tough Pitch) copper, making it a better conductor for audio and video cables. OFC
is also known as 4-nines (4N) purity because it is specified as 99.99% oxygen-free.
OCC is the trademark for Ohno Continuous Casting, the most advanced process for
refining and casting copper and silver conductors. OCC copper and silver conductors
are guaranteed to be 99.99997% (6N) pure. Superior conductors can improve the Performance
of audio and video cables, but they cannot correct cable design problems. For example,
silver is 6% more conductive than copper, and silver oxide is a much better conductor
than copper oxide. These advantages improve resolution, which tends to magnify the
colorations caused by the design flaws of most silver audio cables. WireWorld’s
silver cables are carefully engineered to maximize the advantages of silver conductors
for even cleaner and more lifelike sound and imaging than the same designs with
The most incredibly "natural" sound ever achieved by a headphone cable.
Details are crisp and never smeared. Bass response is precise and never bloated.
are typically hook-up or chassis wire designed for high temperature environments
inside components, these conductors are designed specifically for pure audio signal
transmission between components.)
Enjoy the same listening levels at lower volume settings.
(Resulting from decreased
resistance of the DNA Helix design & proprietary materials used for conductor
Black TechFlex Nylon Multifilament Sleeve is the standard finish for Zeus Headphone
Zeus Quad24 cables are just as light and flexible as stock cables, occasionally
even more so.
Standard cable diameter is approximately 5-6mm.
Mono-Chrome Cable finish is available for Y cable leads)
Balanced cables are available in standard Y configuration. Or, as the T1 pictured,
with separate Left/Right cables from ear cup to XLR connector.
(By separating left/right
channels you greatly reduce crosstalk & increase stereo imaging)
ViaBlue T6s 24K Gold 6.3mm is standard TRS.
(ViaBlue uses a Gold-Clad
over pure Oxygen-Free Copper. No nickel sub-plating.)
WireWorld Silver XLRs are standard for balanced configuration.
(WireWorld uses a
Silver-Clad over pure Oxygen-Free Copper. No nickel sub-plating.)
Conductors are soldered with Cardas Silver Quad Eutectic Premium Solder.
(After testing various
solders on the market, Cardas Quad Eutectic solder sonically outperforms them all
(including Tri Eutectic). It's actually quite surprising just how much sonic
impact solder has on a finished cable.)
Solder joints are treated and protected with DeoxIt Gold.
(This prevents any
oxidation and ensures sonic purity for the lifetime of the cable.)
Selection & Pricing
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OCC Ag - WireWorld DNA Helix Conductors
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