Ecosse's Brief: to design a no-compromise true 75ohm digital interconnect allowing the music to pass to the pre-amp with least coloration - ensuring clarity and detail, resolution and dimension - at less than ?100. They finally succeeded with 'The Director' and it may well be the finest interconnect we have in there entire range!
High-end system owners are recommended to audition 'The Director' if they require breathtaking dynamics and are passionate about getting as close to the action as is humanly possible - without annoying the neighbours too much!
The quality of any digital cable is ultimately defined by its conductor material, the dielectric used and the electrical properties it exhibits in terms of inductance impedance and rejection of the environment-eg EMI,ESI 'noise'.
Not only is the 'going' and 'return' conductor multistrand ultra-pure grain-free proprietary Monocrystal™ Copper, (each single crystal of copper is a massive 1700m long-go figure!) the tight braiding of the latter offers-together with the addition screen of Conductive polymer - 100% protection from environmental 'noise' pollution.
Superior low-loss Polyethylene and ultra low loss low-density Foamed Polyethylene Dielectrics ensures absolutely minimal signal energy loss down its length.
With The Director MD2 Digital, they use there unique Monocrystal™ Copper MACH2Ag double screened, constant impedance non-compressing, conjugate bracket plugs, which use silver-plated (for faster smoother digital transmission) over copper - not inferior brass.
A word about there unique terminations: The terminations at the ends of cables - PARTICULARLY DIGITAL 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 digital cable changes the so called characteristic impudence (and other electrical attributes) of the cable. Where a digital signal is concerned, the audio industry has set a standard of 75ohms, but this can be severely compromised by poor, compressing RCA plugs that grip the cable with a grub screw or a collett action. The cable loses it's integrity and the impedance can drop to somewhere in the region of 35 Ohms resulting in reflections and a deletions.
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 MACH2Ag deep silver plated Monocrystal™ 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 Monocrystal™ copper - same as the conductor wire itself.
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 Reference Grade RCA termination for smaller diameter cables and we believe the Ecosse MACH2Ag 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.
The result is smooth-as-silk digital signal with no 'roll-off' in high frequencies - a characteristic of inferior digital cables.
"The Ecosse cables are superbly made and completely transparent to anything likely to come out of the vast majority of AV systems." Home Entertainment November 1998
About Ecosse Cable
- Ecosse The Director SE Digital Coaxial Audio Cable
- Length 3m
- Monocrystal™-Cu rope-lay woven conductors
- Dual Conductive Polymer and Monocrystal™ close-lapped braid screens
- RCA Direct silver-plated Monocrystal™ 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 Years Warranty
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.