So, the million-dollar question - what elements make a high-performance power cable?
Well, despite what some companies may tell you in their marketing, a power cord only conducts electricity. And when it comes to conducting electricity, there are two simple and steadfast rules:
1. Larger Gauge = Lower Resistance and Voltage Drop
(more/better current flow – the garden hose vs. fire hose analogy)
2. More Insulation/Shielding = Less Interference
(a cleaner signal)
I take these two rules to heart when designing and building my cables, and all but ignore the "fluff" that's out there. I am often asked about my choice of materials and construction techniques, and/or why I don't use “exotic” stuff. To that I say, I build cables to provide great performance and value, not marketing opportunities.
Handcrafted with only high-quality materials
I make high-performance cables, so "good enough" doesn't cut it for me
Price-to-performance ratio turned on its head
I evaluate my cables against others costing up to 10 times as much
No marketing B.S., and no wild performance claims
When I read phrases like "for the true audiophile", it drives me a little nuts
Reference-level performance at a reasonable price
That's likely the boldest statement I'll make, but I don't think it's a wild one
Alright, so the power cables are selling a pretty decent clip, and after hearing my cables in their respective systems, multiple clients start asking me questions about speaker cables.
"What do I look for in a good set/what makes them good?"
"What have you used/made for yourself?"
"Can you make me some?"
I have quite a few thoughts about that first question, and I'm not shy about "tweaking" my stuff (after lengthy R&D, of course), so the second question has an equally long-winded answer. I'll spare you the details and just answer the third one - "Yes, I'd be happy to!"
All of my speaker cables are made with stranded 4N Oxygen-Free Copper wires wrapped with a Teflon dielectric.
Each leg (polarity) is 6 AWG, and they are separately constructed with 10 insulated stranded 16 AWG wires, then twisted together in the final assembly, so the polarities are completely isolated.
The twist makes the bodies incredibly flexible, so despite their large AWG, they are very easy to maneuver.
I use 97% - 98% Copper Content plugs (industry average is 65%), and I have a variety of termination options to choose from.
Accessories & Specialty
A page showcasing the audio-grade wall outlets, power plugs, and speaker plugs I work with, which I am proud to now offer for sale on their own.
Most of these items share some common features, including 4N Copper construction, and very high Copper content percentages (specified with each plug listing).
A quick caveat though - they are all subject to availability. It's just not feasible for me to keep a lot of extra supplies around, but please get in touch and I'll do my best to accommodate your needs.
You can also check out the power distribution boxes I'm offering in limited runs, and some other goodies I have cooked up in "the lab" by special request (I'm always up for a challenge).