Drawing on all the strengths - in terms of construction and conductor materials - of there multi-award winning 'Conductor' Interconnect but upping the 'anti' to ensure a cable with an even greater degree of transparency, detail and three-dimensionality, the NuDiva redefines sub-£150 interconnects and may well be the very best interconnect in the world under £140!
Here they use silver plated Ultra Hi Purity-OFC™ 'going' and 'return' conductors, there multi award-winning twisted pair topology rope-lay construction, air-foamed polyethylene dielectric and a dual screen consisting of a conductive polymer tube surrounded by a close-lapped silver plated braid. In general terms what you can expect from silver is a very relaxed sound, with much atmosphere and spatial detail. The treble in particular should be at the very least very good, but more probably excellent in both detail and extension.
In addition, modulation effects due to microphony are all but eliminated by cotton fibre filler and the soft PVC outer jacket- and then, to ensure an extremely uniform, refined and dense microstructure with vastly improved mechanical properties, the cable is then deep- cryogenically treated (DCT). more...
DCT treatment is the process of cryogenically cooling a material over a measured period of time. The process is described in these terms since typically temperatures approaching - 200C are achieved, and this occurs over a period extending to days rather than minutes or hours. All stages of the process, from the initial slow cooling to the prolonged soak at minimum temperature, through to a carefully staged return to ambient temperature are achieved with precision measurement, and computer control. Specifically, for non-ferrous metals (such as Monocrystal™ copper and silver)- 'Sub zero treatment of the material at these temperatures results in reduced residual stresses in both conductor and dielectric. Deep cryogenic treatment at temperatures of -185'C further enhances the materials properties. By slowing down atomic movement, the internal molecular bonding energy is increased which promotes a pure structural balance throughout the mass of the material. The end result being a material with an extremely uniform, refined and dense microstructure with vastly improved properties.
The NuDiva comes pre-terminated with our patented MACH1Ag non-compressing, conjugate bracket hard silver-plated all-Cu RCA plugs.
A word aboutthere unique terminations: The terminations at the ends of cables are part of the transmission path and therefore vital to it. They must not impede the delicate audio signal as inappropriate termination on a cable changes the so called characteristic impedence (and other electrical attributes) of the cable.
To maintain the quality of the all-important interface between interconnect and component and compatibility between wire material and plug, Ecosse has developed there unique non-compressing constant impedance MACH1Ag deep silver plated RCA plug.
This high quality RCA plug consists of a centre pin and conjugate bracket shield* which together offer going and return paths for the audio signal. To maintain continuity and optimum conductivity, these contact points are made from silver plated copper - same as the conductor wire itself.(others use 'flash-gold'plating plating which is a very thin coating that wears away very quickly and soon looks tarnished-you have been warned!). The plug casing is precision machined from highest quality copper alloy and is deep-plated. This thick casing offers further shielding - effectively a second 'Faraday Cage' - and reduces the ingress and radiation of EMI, ESI and RFI 'noise' even further, to virtually zero.
The interface of shield* and casing is one of high mechanical impedance, dissipating energy and rendering microphonic effects negligible. The full assembly represents Ecosse's Audiophile Grade RCA termination for smaller diameter cables and we believe the Ecosse MACH1Ag RCA to be the best available price wise, electrically, mechanically and aesthetically - anywhere!
*These shells/ shields are designed to perform a 5-fold function:
They provide a terminal to which the return/screen conductors can be firmly crimped and Super-soldered.
They incorporate tiny teeth that grip the cable firmly and evenly around its circumference without compressing the cable and thereby maintain the cable's characteristic impedance right up to the solder joint.
When assembled, they form a Faraday cage, screening the signal right up to and including the RCA socket.
They form a union of high mechanical impedance with the outer casing, dissipating energy and therefore rendering the plug immune to the effects of microphony.
They firmly locate and clamp the centre pin's polypropylene dielectric, which, in conjunction with the outer casing, results in a strong, stable and extremely durable structure.
Lead-free Supersolder™ and passive organic flux are used for the joint resulting in an ultra low impedance termination with very high strength and durability.
The NuDiva exhibits vanishingly low noise and while eminently suitable for all line-level equipment, its low noise performance makes it positively shine between turntable and phono stage. We sincerely recommend you match this cable with one from our Premier+ Range.
"Your soundstage is expanded and surgically split open-everything sounds clear and you're treated to a fantastic level of detail." WHAT HIFI SOUND & VISION SEPT 2005
"Of particular note is the very tuneful nature of this cable's bass, which seems to be a relatively rare asset in cables...sound was among the best in the group, with nicely extended low frequencies and some very clear treble, and no discernible tonal signature." HI-Fi CHOICE MAGAZINE FEB 2006
"How do the NuDivas sound-freaking awesome! The NuDivas offers superb clarity and detail across the audible frequency spectrum... there is not much wrong about the NuDiva-all in all, its a beautiful interconnect." ON CABLES.COM 'BEST OF CABLES AWARD 2007' DEC 2007
FREE CABLE BURN-IN SERVICE OPTION USING THE NORDOST VIDAR MACHINE WHEN YOU PURCHASE THIS CABLE FROM FUTURESHOP.CO.UK
- Ecosse NuDiva, 2 RCA to 2 RCA Audio Cable
- Length 1m
- Silver Plated Ultra Hi-Purity OFC rope-lay woven conductors
- Dual Conductive Polymer and SPUHP-OFC close-lapped braid screens
- RCA direct silver-plated all-copper contact pins
- Polyethylene and ultra low loss LDFPE dielectrics
- Supersolder™ is our new ultra high purity silver and tin alloy solid wire - used in conjunction with our unique, passive organic flux Together these ensure a joint with ultra low chemical contaminants and very high strength
- Vibration-absorbing low density 9mm circular o/d LDPVC jacket
- 10 Year Warranty
- SAME DAY DISPATCH BY FIRST CLASS POST (If ordered before 4.30pm Mon to Fri)
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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About Ecosse Cable
Ecosse is the name on the worlds finest cables. In terms of price versus performance, musicality and fidelity, Ecosse Cables are without peer.
All Ecosse Cables are painstakingly researched and developed - then hyper evaluated to destruction on the very best 2-channel music system used by ANY cable company in the UK.
Ecosse are proud to have introduced single crystal grain free Monocrystal™ copper (and silver) to the mainstream UK audiophile market back in 1997 and we continued this tradition with our unique Super Monocrystal™ loudspeaker cables in the mid 2000s.
Ecosse Cables are handcrafted in our factory in Scotland by the finest technicians who between them have decades of experience in cable termination. It should come as no surprise then that since the year 2000 Ecosse Cables are the most celebrated cable company in terms of awards, reviews and reputation in the UK.