We have now added a solid silver tonearm wiring kit to our store. This features our 0.2mm 99.99% pure solid silver wire, which is double wrapped in pure silk. Also included in the kit are our gold plated cartridge tags, high silver content solder, and coloured heat-shrink tubing to give your rewiring job a professional finish.
This is an excellent upgrade for your tonearm. The solid core silver wire provides exceptional conductivity, resulting in a low impedance, and capacitance, allowing for better control of critical cartridge loading.
Originally introduced as a limited ´one-off´ run, the ´El Cid´ interconnect has proven to be much more popular than expected. Problems with sourcing some of the necessary materials, and requests for a more aesthetically appealing appearance led to a rethink of the cables design. After a bit of effort a new sheathing material has been found, and more importantly, a higher quality cable.
The new cable has improved specifications and build quality over the original. In particular, the capacitance has dropped from 65pf/m to 63pf/m. I know, this isn´t a massive change, but an improvement none the less. Along with the new sheathing material and cable there are also new phono plugs. The original Neutrik Rean plugs will still be available, but the default phono plugs will now be Amphenol Audio. The Amphenol plugs don´t differ dramatically from the Neutrik´s in materials, or build quality, but having the plug bodies in different colours makes the right and left channels easier to identify. Lastly, a new higher silver content solder is being used on these ´El Cid MkII´ cables.
The first couple of pairs of the new interconnect are now in the main audio system for testing, and first impressions are very good. The setup is using a 0.5m pair from CineMag SUT to Bottlehead Reduction phono stage, and a 1.0m pair from the phono stage to the preamplifier. The differences between the MkII, and the original ´El Cid´ cables is subtle, but there is certainly a bit more refinement in the upper end. From a practical point of view the cable is easier to handle, and a little more aesthetically pleasing.
The Mk II cable is more expensive to build due of the new parts, and this is reflected in the new prices.
After much searching and trialing I have finally found a cable which is both affordable and offers the audio characteristics I am looking for. I have now replaced all the interconnects in my system using this cable and the sound is now very clean and neutral. The cable also offers good shielding, and this has lowered the noise floor of the whole system.
The interconnect uses a coaxial type cable with a 7-strand silver plated copper internal core in PTFE dialectic. The cable is low capacitance at 64 pF/m and is ideally suited for phono interconnects, and systems using passive pre-amplifiers. However, it also sounds excellent when used with active pre-amps and other system components as well.
I am making a limited run of these interconnects sheathed in white mesh and terminated with Neutrik Rean phono plugs, as per the following photo. Interconnects are available in 1m and 0.5m lengths.
Prices are listed in the ´price list’ section of the site.
Cables can be made to order for any length, and terminated with a range of phono plugs. Pricing for custom cables will depend on cable length and termination hardware.