Chord Signature speaker cable was the first shielded speaker cable that we produced and itís been part of their range of speaker cables for the past ten years. The original Signature speaker cable is still as impressive as it ever was, but with the development of their flagship Sarum speaker cable they learnt so much that they're been able to completely re-design Signature speaker cable to produce Signature Reference speaker cable.
They're improved the shielding, they're made changes to the spacing between the conductors and the shield and they're changed all the materials. The new Signature Reference features silver-plated conductors in combination with PTFE insulation and the new shield is of a higher density.
The changes have brought all the improvements they were hoping for and more. It isnít as though the original Signature was exactly lacking when it came to levels of detail with its ability to carry dynamic information and the coherence and involvement it brought to any system it was put into. The new Signature Reference though takes everything to another level and thereís more than a hint of the outstanding capabilities of Sarum speaker cable.
Extremely neutral, musically transparent and capable of producing profound improvements in all the systems they're tried it in.
Signature Reference is built in the same way as the original Signature. Each set is made to order and the two conductors are held in place with a precision machined aluminium clamp and twisted along their length to improve flexibility (Signature Reference is markedly more flexible than the original Signature). The aluminium clamp is designed to hold the cable securely but avoid any compression on the cable itself. Like Signature, Signature Reference is available in red and black and also in all black as well. They loved the look of the original Signature but they think that Signature Reference looks wonderful in all black.
Chord 24 karat gold-plated banana plugs, direct gold-plated copper spade connectors and BFA Camcon connectors. Because of the complexity of construction, Signature Reference speaker cable is only available in factory-terminated lengths. Shortest available length is 1.5 metres.
Every set of Signature Reference speaker cable is produced to order and although the conductors are separately shielded, the cable is arranged in twisted pair configuration to improve flexibility and ease of installation. Each end of the cable is secured with a precision machined aluminium clamp. This is designed to hold the cable securely but not to compress the conductors. Experiments showed that compression of the shield and insulation on either speaker or interconnect cables altered the performance characteristics of the cable.
Use it with
Given its cost, the original Signature speaker cable found its way into some surprisingly reasonably priced systems. The combination of really effective shielding and heavy gauge conductors made it a cable that could bring drive and dynamics and coherence and detail to just about any system it was put into. Signature Reference has all those characteristics and more. They've used Signature Reference with all levels of systems, but the improvements it brings are just as easy to hear with any decent set of speakers. There is so much control and definition and this really helps to bring music to life.
The Chord Signature Speaker Cable connects your Amplifier to your speakers.
FREE CABLE BURN-IN SERVICE OPTION USING THE NORDOST VIDAR MACHINE WHEN YOU PURCHASE THIS CABLE FROM FUTURESHOP.CO.UK
- Chord Signature Reference Speaker Cable
- Please note, you need to enter a quantity of 2 for a pair
- Conductors: 2x 10 AWG multi-strand silver-plated oxygen free copper
- Configuration: Individually shielded twisted pair configuration
- Conductor Insulation: PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene)
- Shielding: Dual layer, high density, high frequency effective braid and overlapped foil
- Jacket: Translucent PVC used to minimise mechanically induced noise
- Diameter: 2 x 9mm
- Colour: Red/black or all black
- Ten Year Warranty
- Please Note: We are unable to ship this item for International orders if a local Chord cable distributor is available
We are pleased to offer a free cable burn-in service for this cable when purchased through us. The Nordost VIDAR cable burn-in machine combines three different functions all in one operation:
- It neutralises charges that build up around the cables and the insulation
- It provides a very wide band and deep conditioning into the conductor core, which produces changes in the way signals pass through the metal.
- It ultrasonically conditions the surface of the conductors.
The VIDAR uses a proprietary combination of composite and complex signals to condition the cables. Parts of the signal oscillate at ultra-low frequencies, while other parts are in ultra-high ranges which extend beyond the range of video frequencies. The signal bounces in a ping-ping ball-like fashion from one end of the cable to the other. During the burn-in process, ultra-low frequencies penetrate deep into the core of the cable. The ultra-high frequencies zip along the surface. This method of signal transmission a set up beat harmonics, or heterodynes, between the two complex waveforms. In the digital domain, this would be referred to as aliasing products. These beat frequencies penetrate all layers of the cable.
The design of the circuitry also has a unique feature which drives electrons above the conductor into the dielectric (or insulation) area. The VIDAR not only sends ping pong signals along the cable, it also sends a similar signal from the centre core to the outer shield in the case of interconnect cables. This function neutralises the electrical charges discussed above.
So what does that all mean to me?
The end result of conditioning cables with the Nordost VIDAR is improved sound staging, increased detail, and an overall more musical presentation.
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HOW TO ORDER
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About The Chord Company
The Chord Company is dedicated to offering excellence in audio and audio visual cable design. Chord products have earned numerous accolades in the audio and recording industries over the past two decades. Based in Salisbury UK, The Chord Company continues to drive cable design and technology to its limits with the majority of its spectacular array of performance products designed and made in the UK.