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.