It is vital that 'reference' quality digital cable closely matches the 'characteristic impedance' (75ohm) of the digital signal- this being the most important concern of digital signal transmission. Of near-equal importance is 'capacitance'-which must be kept as low as possible. The topology of ''The Soundman" digital interconnect is carefully controlled to precisely match these required specifications-it is a precision 75 ohm cable designed to provide the highest quality single-ended digital interface and of especially low capacitance. The signal conductor is made from a perfectly circular solid wire of 6N's silver.
Ultra low-loss Foamed Polyethylene forms the dielectric insulator and the former for the first two of three screens. A pure copper foil is surrounded by a close-lapped braid screen of silver-plated Ultra-Hi Purity OFC. A layer of PTFE (Teflon) separates this screen from an outer screen of the same close-tapped silver plated UHP-OFC. Such a screen fully protects the digital bit stream from the distortions introduced by RFI, EMI and ESI 'noise'. It is necessary and appropriate to ground this type screen at 'source' only- for maximum noise reduction. A layer of Neoprene™, acting as a damper and vibration absorber is sandwiched between the outer screen and the soft PVC outer jacket.
The plugs we use to terminate this cable are the latest development of Ecosse's awesome MACH3ULTIMAAg RCA plug, a frighteningly expensive, constant-impedance non-compressing, conjugate bracket deep silver-plated all-Monocrystal™ Cu RCA plug.
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 cable changes the so called characteristic impedance (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 MACH3ULTIMAAg deep silver plated RCA plug.
This refernce 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 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 MACH3ULTIMAAg 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.
A world first here is there optional MACH3 FURUTECH™/FURAKAWA BNC jitter-free plug termination-BNC being the truest 75ohm device and the preferred termination of audiophiles. Ecosse are proud to offer this unique option with but a small premium in price.
Tighter tolerances have improved the fit, offering a lower impedance, gas-tight connection, a greater level of RFI/EMI/ESI noise rejection and a more linear and extended frequency transfer characteristic with negligible-no jitter contribution. All these factors contribute to a performance, which basically means that the signal at one end as near as dammit equals the signal at the other end.
Developed with the best transports, DAC's and digital amplifiers in mind, "THE SOUNDMAN" propagates a full bandwidth signal within an ultra low noise environment that ensures the most accurate signal transfer possible and represents Ecosse's 'statement' digital transmission product.
In the interests of the most accurate signal transfer with lowest noise ingress and since capacitance increases with length, Ecosse recommend that "The SOUNDMAN" be kept as short as possible.
About Ecosse Cable
- Ecosse The Soundman Digital Coaxial Audio Cable EX DEMO
- Length 0.5m
- Pure Silver Solidcore signal conductor
- Dual Ultra Hi Purity-OFC™ close-lapped braid and Cu foil triple screen
- Vibrakil™ jacket technology ensuring virtually zero microphony
- MACH2 deep-silver plated version of our RCA plugs
- Ultimate MACH3 version of our RCA plug termination-for Soundman-Pro Digital
- Superior ultra low loss FPE dielectric
- Vibration-absorbing low density 8mm o/d PVC sheath
- 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.