So, the million-dollar question - what elements make a high-performance power cable?
Well, despite some of the wild marketing claims floating around, a power cord simply conducts electricity. And when it comes to conducting electricity, I take two simple and steadfast rules to heart:
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 & Lower Capacitance and Inductance
(cleaner and more efficient current/signal transfer)
These rules encompass my core design and build philosophies, and I basically ignore the other fluff. I am often asked about my material choices and construction techniques, and/or why I don't use “exotic” stuff. To that I simply say, I design and build my cables to provide outstanding performance and value, not slick ad copy.
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
I'm quick to call out B.S., and I would hate to be a hypocrite
Reference-level performance at a reasonable price
Yes, it's definitely a bold performance claim, but it's not a wild one
Back when I was only making power cables, my clients posed a few million-dollar questions of their own regarding 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 designs, 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!"
I use stranded 4N OFC wire wrapped with a Teflon dielectric, and my plugs are 97% - 98% Copper Content (industry average is 65%).
Each leg (polarity) is 6 AWG, and constructed with 10 separately insulated 16 AWG wires. The legs are then twisted together, so despite its large AWG, the finished cable is very easy to maneuver.
If you believe that large AWG speaker cables are not beneficial, then my cables are not for you, and I wish you well in your search.
If, however, you believe that it is beneficial to maximize signal transfer whenever possible, then my cables may be perfect for you.
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).