The Ecosse research and development team, realising the need for an interconnect offering conductor materials with even faster transmission speeds than grain-free Monocrystal™ Copper – whilst absolutely maintaining its purity, clarity and sheer brilliance – introduce...
The Legend SE Mk II’ Ultra-Pure Monocrystal™ Silver Interconnect. ‘The Legend’ is there ‘statement interconnect, yet imposes no statement of its own. Its a HIFI News Magazine, Best of the Best, Interconnect of the year!
Monocrystal™ Pure Silver is Ecosse's pioneering commitment to conductor material development ensuring, uniquely, a complete lack of 'grain-boundaries' in the signal transmission direction - impurities which would normally impede the delicate audio or video signals and result in attenuation and distortion.
Here, a unique casting process (extrusion and annealing in an inert gas environment) is employed to produce a 'mono' or single crystal ultra-pure wire with significant advantages over other cables currently available. These other cables use ordinary silver, which, no matter how few grains the manufacturer claims, have a grain barrier of oxygen and hydrogen and in some cases, a high level of metallic impurities.
Monocrystal™ patented silver cables are technically unsurpassed for their quality and their ability to transmit audio and video of the highest quality with minimal distortion and attenuation from grain boundaries - because there are virtually no boundaries! Utilising Monocrystal™ silver solidcore conductors of 7N purity, probably the best conductor available at room temperature, this interconnect undoubtedly defines the ‘state-of-the-art’ at its price.
The performance of the latest, Mk II version of ‘The Legend Interconnect’ has been even further improved by the use of high grade Teflon™ (PTFE) as the dielectric. This precision extrusion over the pure Monocrystal™ Silver conductors affords even less energy storage/loss compared to our already stunning Mk 1 version.
The really clever bit is the incorporation of the layer of Vibrakill™ Neoprene™ jacket sandwiched between the outer screen and the soft PVC jacket. This is a constrained layer that effectively absorbs vibration rendering any microphonic effects insignificant. This results in a perfectly clean signal transmission devoid of any ‘smearing.’
Together with improved internal damping, revised termination methodology and quality control, this cable’s performance sets new standards in analog signal transmission.
This interconnect, due to its construction, is directional and an arrow on the sheath indicates appropriate direction. ‘The Legend’ is equally suited to both single-ended and balanced equipment. When wired ‘pseudo-balanced’ or single-ended, we use Ecosse’s patented Mach 3 Ultima, non-compressing, constant impedance RCA plugs. The screen is connected at source end only to drain unwanted noise (RFI). This state-of-the-art RCA plug has direct silver-plated Monocrystal™ copper contacts, where both the signal centre pin and the return terminals (shells) are, uniquely, deep silver-plated Monocrystal™ Copper. The massive, tarnish-resistant silver-plated copper alloy body, with twin gold-plated high tensile fixing screws, clamps this – now double shielded – assembly uniformly and without stress.
Where there is a requirement for balanced equipment, ‘The Legend’ is fitted with our state-of-the-art Mach3 Ultima Monocrystal™ XLR plugs. These aluminium alloy bodied plugs, with silver-plated Monocrystal™ copper pins and solder pads, are quite simply the finest XLR plugs on the world market and make a significant contribution to sound quality.
Our Manufacturing Process
The rigorous reworking of quality control at assembly, including the exclusive use of tooling to avoid cross contamination plus the use of an obscenely expensive solder has resulted in The Legend SE Mk II.
Suffice to say ‘The Legend Mk II’ easily exceeds the requirements of ‘super audio’ formats, with their wide dynamic range and extended frequency response. Indeed, conventional descriptions and terminology cannot do justice to the performance of this cable.
With commensurate true reference quality hardware, experience all of the intentions and commitment of the original performance. Be astounded by your presence at the recording studio/venue!
You must match this interconnect with either of our SMS or US2 Ultima Monocrystal™ Silver loudSpeaker Cables for sensory-enhancing aural delight!
The Ultimate Termination Technology
A word about there 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 digital cable changes the so called characteristic impudence (and other electrical attributes) of the cable. The can be severely compromised by poor, compressing RCA plugs that grip the cable with a grub screw or a collett action. The cable loses its 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 and ULTIMATE non-compressing constant impedance MACH3Ag ULTIMA 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- which are then direct hard silver plated. (others use 'flash-gold' OFC plating which is a very thin coating that wears away very quickly and soon looks tarnished!).
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 MACH3Ag ULTIMA RCA to be the best available price wise, electrically, mechanically and aesthetically - anywhere!
They provide a terminal to which the return/screen conductors can be firmly crimped and 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 Legend follows the paradigm with its translucent hear-through qualities...after settling in it revealed fine detail and ambience but never ignored the musical fundamentals. Against high-end interconnects at twice the price it stood out as perversely good value for money...definitely worth recommending." Hi-Fi News Magazine
"The Legend is a top-notch cable which is particularly good at revealing another layer of fine detail in some recordings tonally this cable is particularly well balanced...actually I’ll stop there and say that the greatest compliment I can pay this cable is that I forgot I was testing it because I got so engrossed in the music." Hi-Fi and Home Cinema Magazine
"As a combination, Legend and US2 show whats happening in the system...I found the marriage highly agreeable and definitely worth recommending." Hi-Fi and Record Review Magazine
FREE CABLE BURN-IN SERVICE OPTION USING THE NORDOST VIDAR MACHINE WHEN YOU PURCHASE THIS CABLE FROM FUTURESHOP.CO.UK
- Ecosse The Legend SE MKII, 2 RCA to 2 RCA Audio Cable
- Length: 1m
- Monocrystal™ Silver Solidcore conductors
- Triple Al foil + close-lapped SP-UHP-OFC™ braid + Teflon screen
- Superlative low-loss Teflon dielectric +
- ‘Airspace matrix’ helical construction
- Vibrakil™ jacket technology
- Virtually zero microphony
- Ecosse Mach3 Ultima silver-plated Monocrystal™ copper RCA and XLR plugs – the finest available
- 11.5mm o/d circular silk braid and LDPVC translucent-black damper and jacket
- A more rigorous cleaning cycle ensures contaminant-free surfaces and our pre-heat treatment offers the perfect surfaces to apply our new solder
- The join is sealed to protect from the elements and prevent degradation
- Plugs are further treated with contact enhancer prior to packing
- Supersolder™ is our new ultra high purity lead-free 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
- 10 Year Warranty
- This item is excluded from our 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
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.