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Review - IsoTek Ascension

IsoTek Ascension

IsoTek launch the Ascension Power Cable
I soTek has launched a new high-end flagship power cable called Ascension. The Ascension represents the ultimate in conductor purity and power cable construction. Unlike other traditional 3-core power cables Ascension features three, 4sqmm Ohno Continuous Cast copper (OCC copper) high purity conductions, these are then silver plated before being encased in extruded FEP with an air dielectric barrier. This assembly is then individually wrapped in Mylar and shielded with an Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) braid before being deep cryogenically treated down to -196 degrees Centigrade. This complex construction delivers extended openness, a sound with more perceived micro dynamic detail, and inner space and air between instruments within the sound stage. Ascension brings you closer to the music, with unprecedented tonal accuracy, as well as an open yet dynamic delivery of your favourite recordings.



Review - Noble Audio Lightning-to-2-pin IEM cable

Noble Audio Lightning-to-2-pin IEM cable

Noble Audio‘s Lightning cable instantly connects iOS devices
N oble Audio, the world’s leading high-performance in-ear monitor (IEM) specialist, has launched a new Lightning-to-2-pin IEM cable designed to instantly connect the latest Apple iOS devices with all current and legacy Noble products.



Review - Naim Powerline Lite

Naim Powerline Lite

Naim launch Powerline Lite
N aim’s new Power-Line Lite mains cable is a Naim designed mains plug and an existing Naim mains cable. The Power-Line Lite, plug has now replaced the standard mains plug in all Naim Classic, integrated separates and Uniti ranges, and the complete cable will also be available to purchase separately as an accessory at £95. The original high-end Power-Line mains cable continues and still ships with all 500 Series products and Statement.



Review - Chord Sarum T

Chord Sarum T

Chord launch the Sarum T cable range
T he Chord Company has launched Sarum T, a new cable range that builds on the success of the acclaimed Sarum Super ARAY range but improved through the use of Chord’s breakthrough proprietary insulation material, Taylon, found in Chord’s top of the range ChordMusic cables.



Review - Chord ShawCan

Chord ShawCan

Chord Company Launches ShawCan - Their First Headphone Cable
T he Chord Company is launching ShawCan — its first ever headphone cable at October’s headroom show, part of The Indulgence Show (14-16th October, Novotel London West).For the first time in over 30 years, The Chord Company has applied its cable-building expertise to a headphone cable. The new ShawCan, which will make its debut at October’s headroom show is a thoroughbred Chord cable and features the company’s unique Tuned ARAY conductor technology.



Review - Chord Clearway Analogue

Chord Clearway Analogue

The Chord Company launches £100 Clearway Analogue ARAY interconnect
T he Chord Company has expanded the award-winning Clearway range with the new Clearway Analogue interconnect (£100). Featuring the unique ARAY conductor technology used on the award-winning C-line, the materials used to produce the Clearway Analogue improves upon every aspect of the C–line’s performance



Review - Furutech NanoFlux Cables

Furutech NanoFlux Cables

Furutech Launch The NanoFlux NCF Power And NanoFlux Speaker Cables
J apanese cable experts Furutech’s recently-developed ‘Alpha Nano-Au-Ag’ OCC conductor is among the best that the brand’s engineers have ever conceived for sound reproduction. Not surprising, then, that it underpins the brand’s new top-of-line power and speaker cables. Au-Ag is a mixture of gold and silver and OCC stands for Ohno Continuous Cast (a casting process developed to help defeat annealing issues and virtually eliminate all grain boundaries in copper or silver)



Review - Nordost Purple Flare - Power Cord

Nordost Purple Flare - Power Cord

Nordost Launch The Purple Flare - Power Cord
N ordost have launched the Nordost - Purple Flare - Power Cord which you can buy for around £115 currently. The Nordost - Purple Flare - Power Cord sits below both Blue Heaven and Red Dawn in the Nordost power cord catalogue.



Review - ChordMusic

ChordMusic

Chord Launch ChordMusic Their New Flagship Cable Range
C hord demoed ChordMusic at the 2015 Bristol HiFi Show and ChordMusic, their flagship cable range, is now launched. Not cheap though so look away now those who don't like expensive cables or feel that cables make no difference to the sound quality of a HiFi system !



Review - Chord Epic Analogue

Chord Epic Analogue

Chord Announce - Shawline And Major Cable Range Changes
C hord Company have announced a major cable range restructuring and new cable ranges such as Shawline. All the old ranges below Epic, that do not use Chord's tuned array technology, such as Chameleon are being discontinued and replaced by new cable ranges. Also all the cable ranges will now employ the tuned array technology. The tuned array technology has already been seen in C-Line where the tuned array technology, previously only available in the very expensive Sarum cables, had been trickled down to a £50 cable. The new ranges are structured around price points and the cables in the range represent the very best cable that Chord can manufacture at that price point. The price points and cable range names are:-



Review - Nordost Blue Heaven Headphone Cable

Nordost Blue Heaven Headphone Cable

Nordost Launch The Blue Heaven Headphone Cable
N ordost have launch the Blue Heaven Headphone Cable. The idea behind the launch was that the Heimdall 2 Headphone Cable has been met with much critical acclaim, apart from the price. The Nordost Blue Heaven Headphone Cable is a less costly alternative.



Review - Chord C-SCREEN

Chord C-SCREEN

Chord Launch C-SCREEN - An Affordable speaker cable
C hord's C-screen (at £5 per metre) is a brand new shielded speaker cable aimed at both audio and home cinema systems. It joins the award-winning line up of Chord Company shielded speaker cables, including the acclaimed Chord Clearway and the high-performance Chord Signature Reference.



Review - Chord Clearway Digital Tuned Array

Chord Clearway Digital Tuned Array

Chord Launch The Clearway Digital Tuned Array Coax Cable
C hord’s new Clearway Digital costs £100 and is a high-performance digital coaxial audio cable designed and built to deliver the full potential of today’s high-quality digital music. As with the Clearway analogue interconnect the Clearway Digital offers Chord’s Tuned ARAY technology (previously only seen in Chord’s top of the range (and very expensive cables such as the Sarum Super ARAY Digital)) but now at a much more affordable price point.



Review - Chord Clearway

Chord Clearway

Chord Launch Clearway Speaker Cable
T he Chord Company, has launched Clearway (£10 per metre) a high-performance, low-cost speaker cable that replaces the critically acclaimed Carnival SilverScreen and introduces a host of advanced features.



Review - Chord Sarum Super Array Interconnect

Chord Sarum Super Array Interconnect

Chord Launch The Chord Sarum Super ARAY Interconnect
T he Chord Company has launched its most advanced analogue interconnect to date: Sarum Super ARAY (prices start from £1,900). The best part though is that existing Sarum owners can upgrade to Sarum Super ARAY (Upgrade prices at the end of this article).



Review - Chord Sarum Super ARAY power cable

Chord Sarum Super ARAY power cable

Chord Launch The Chord Sarum Super ARAY power cable
T he Chord Company has launched its most advanced mains product to date the Chord Sarum Super ARAY power cable. The new super-high-performance Chord Sarum Super ARAY is the Wiltshire Company’s flagship power cable and forms part of a new reference-level range first unveiled at The Bristol HiFi Show 2015, back in February.



Review - Nordost Odin 2

Nordost Odin 2

Nordost Launch The Odin 2 Cable Range
N ordost's Odin 2 is their most advanced cable range to date surpassing Odin and Valhalla. Odin 2 features dual mono filament construction and Nordost's own Holo Plug cable termination. The Odin 2 range consists of a Power cord, Analog Interconnects, Tonearm cable, Digital interconnects, speaker cables and bi-wire jumpers.



Review - IsoTek EVO3 Sequel

IsoTek EVO3 Sequel

IsoTek Launch The EVO3 Sequel - Mains Cable
T he Isotek EVO3 Sequel power cable comes in a 2 metre length for £199.95. The EVO3 Sequel offers improved performance over the IsoTek entry level EVO3 Premier power cable. The improved performance is achieved through optimised conductor strand geometry and active shielding. In terms of performance and product ranges, the EVO3 Sequel fits in above the EVO3 Premier but below Isotek’s mid-level EVO3 Elite mains cable.



Review - Chord C-Stream - Ethernet cable

Chord C-Stream - Ethernet cable

Chord Launch The Signature Ethernet Cable
T he Chord Company has expanded its dedicated high-performance streaming cable range with the addition of the Chord Signature Tuned ARAY streaming cables (or Ethernet cable). The new Chord Signature Ethernet cable benefits from trickle down technology originally developed for the flagship Sarum range.



Review - Nordost 14-2 Speaker Cable

Nordost 14-2 Speaker Cable

Nordost Launch The 14-2 Speaker Cable
T he Nordost 14-2 Speaker Cable is billed as an installation cable. What's an installation cable you may ask, well Nordost see the 14-2 as an audiophile speaker cable that's thin and flexible enough to be pinned to skirting boards or even hidden in walls / ceilings.



Review - Naim Super Lumina Cables

Naim Super Lumina Cables

Naim reveal the Super Lumina Cable Loom
A t the Bristol 2014 HiFi Show Naim, as part of their Naim Statement demo were using a new prototype interconnect / speaker cable or cable loom which has now taken shape as the Naim Super Lumina Cable Loom. The Super Lumina Cable Loom consists of the Super Lumina interconnects and the Super Lumina speaker cables.



Review - Chord C-Line

Chord C-Line

Chord Company launch the C-Line interconnect
T he new Chord C-Line analogue interconnect uses the companies tuned array technology, found in the company’s top of the range Sarum cables, but costs just £45 for a 1 metre length (£35 for 0.5 metres).



Review - Audioquest Carbon USB Cable

Audioquest Carbon USB Cable

Audioquest launch four USB cables with an Apple lightning connector
A udioquest have added four new USB cables to their lineup. These are the Audioquest -- Forest, Cinnamon, Carbon, and Diamond USB cables -- now available with Apple’s® Lightning™ connector (as used on all recent iOS devices) on one end and the standard USB A connector on the other end.



Review - OPPO OCC XLR Balanced Headphone Cable

OPPO OCC XLR Balanced Headphone Cable

Oppo launch the Oppo OCC XLR Balanced Headphone Cable
T he £169 for a 5 metre length ( just one length available) OPPO XLR balanced headphone cable has been designed specifically to connect the Oppo PM-1 or Oppo PM-2 planar magnetic headphones to a balanced headphone amplifier such as the Oppo HA-1.



Review - Audioquest Elements Range

Audioquest Elements Range

Audioquest reveal the Audioquest Elements Range of analogue interconnects
T he Audioquest Elements series of analogue audio interconnects offers four models. Based on the mythical four constituent elements, these are Audioquest Water, Audioquest Earth, Audioquest Wind and Audioquest Fire interconnects.



Review - McIntosh Cables

McIntosh Cables

McIntosh launch a HiFi cable range - McIntosh Cables
D idn't realise that McIntosh also make speaker cables and interconnects. What next Headphones ?!



Review - Nordost Heimdall 2

Nordost Heimdall 2

Nordost Heimdall 2 - Headphone cable - more info from Nordost
W hen I first saw the pictures of the Nordost Heimdall 2 - Headphone cable, at the Munich High End HiFi Show 2014, terminated with a 4 pin XLR plug, the immediate question was :- "How can I use this with my headphone amp and its 3.5 mm headphone output socket ?". Should have guessed that Nordost would supply adaptors.



Review - CAD USB Cable

CAD USB Cable

CAD launches proprietary-technology USB cable
C omputer Audio Design or CAD, the award-winning British high-end DAC specialist, has launched an advanced new patent-pending USB cable with a 30-day money-back guarantee!



Review - Russ Andrews GQ24

Russ Andrews GQ24

Russ Andrews launches a New IPOD Cable
T his interconnect allows you to connect your iPod directly to your amp and enjoy the music stored on your portable player through your Hi-Fi system!



Review - Nordost LS Blue Heaven

Nordost LS Blue Heaven

Nordost releases new 3.5mm "portable" cables
T he LS Blue Heaven and Heimdall 2 iKables are constructed from 4 silver plated solid-core 24 AWG OFC conductors and employ Nordost’s innovative precision FEP extrusion technology. This process greatly reduces the dielectric properties in the cables in order to increase signal speed and accuracy in signal transfer. This on its own makes a significant improvement upon the standard interconnects used with portable audio devices.



Review - Atlas Cables Hyper Integra

Atlas Cables Hyper Integra

Atlas Cables launches the Hyper Integra
T he new Atlas Hyper Asymmetrical RCA to RCA employs an OFC screen with copper mylar to give a 100% RFI rejection of RFI. The signal carrying conductors are their high purity, grain free OCC laid in a concentric fashion and contained in a PEF dielectric. The outer PVC sheath is in a gloss black finish.



Review - Nordost Tyr 2 Power Cord

Nordost Tyr 2 Power Cord

Nordost launch the Nordost Tyr 2 Power Cord
L ast week, at the Munich High End HiFi Show 2014, Nordost released the latest addition to their AC mains cords, the Tyr 2 Power Cord (Price T.B.A.). Though still a part of the Nordost Norse 2 family, the Nordost Tyr 2 Power Cord benefits from the extensive research made in creating Valhalla 2, which also made its debut at Munich (in 2013).



Review - Furutech - GT2 Pro USB Cable

Furutech - GT2 Pro USB Cable

Furutech reveal the top of the range GT2 Pro USB Cable
F ollowing on from the success of the Furutech GT2 USB cable Furutech have revealed the higher specified top of the range Furutech GT2Pro 2.0 USB cable.



Review - iFi Audio Mercury USB Cable

iFi Audio Mercury USB Cable

iFi Audio reveal the Mercury USB Cable
T he iFi Audio Mercury USB cable features three custom-made metal oxide ceramic RG noise filters for the ultimate in clarity and quietness. While these triple RF silencers provide the widest possible filter range without affecting the USB signal, the cable's FINAL USB connectors provide stellar end-to-end shielding. Solidly built and smartly crafted, iFi audio Mercury is also a price-to-performance overachiever.



Review - QED Signature Audio 40

QED Signature Audio 40

QED Launch the Signature Audio 40 Interconnect
T he £199 per metre pair QED Signature Audio 40 analogue audio interconnect ( 40 ) celebrates QED's 40 years at the forefront of British designed audio cables.




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