New for 2023 - Now available in 18awg edition, sleeved or unsleeved
Check our cable gallery for inspiration here: Cable Gallery
Check our sleeve lists here: Sleeves & Splitters
New splitter options coming soon: Gold plated with deep recess logo, Gold plated raised inlay and Purple flush inlay (cutout logo).
New 2023 Eidolic 4-pin XLR connectors now in stock - in silver and black housing color - precious metal plated rings
Cable above shows Metallic sleeves #10 and #11 combined.
Drausk v2 Lite (new) - 2023 boosted 18awg now available
Copper OCC Litz (enamel strand)
Litz (enamel strand) means negating any issues of oxidizing / skin effect
New bigger 18 awg per polarity, 8-wire design
Ability now available for "unsleeved" in square braid transparent black aesthetic
New improved finer internal stranding (with a higher overall ultrafine strand count)
New conductor design, varied strand size (two different ultrafine strand sizes).
Two different carefully designed occ litz copper conductors per each polarity
Flexible custom jacket on each conductor keeping comfort high for a larger 18awg size per polarity
Many textile sleeve options available (including our exclusive metallic tracers)
A design we feel remaings light weight and comfortable for the given gauge
Design goal of Drausk v2 Lite:
Balancing top comfort and ergonomics while delivering the greatest benefits of the best occ litz copper (enamel strands) in our carefully selected unique strand count and new finer stranding design.
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Shown above are various sleeve options available for the Drausk v2 Lite. Specify your second sleeve in the text field for this product page.
You may combine any sleeves from the list or just select a single sleeve color for the full cable.
If there is a particular amplifier or headphone end termination you do not see, odds are we can make it without a problem. Please just email us via contact form to confirm.
Thanks to the more streamlined design and a textile sleeve slightly larger than the internal conductor, the comfort and feel of the Drausk v2 Lite is fantastic. Request "no textile sleeve" in the checkout notes
for an ever more streamlined cable.
Exclusive splitter inlays:
The inlays for our splitters are precisely machined via CNC process and merged with any desired deep recess triangle splitter currently available. If you want the simplest splitter possible just select "no inlay - deep recess"
We are proud to say that our outer textile sleeves are 100% made in the USA to the highest quality and standard. Our sleeves are not simply something you can find off the shelf and they have their own extremly nice quality and feel. The factory we are using in the USA only adhere to the highest standard of quality given their long list of other prestigious clientelle. Not only possessing a top feel, our sleeves are very durable with a lower level of mechanical noise (microphonics).
Every Drausk v2 Lite Series headphone cable ships with our custom Black metal zipper bag and retail box.
Questions on how to order and select your Sleeve?
The below selections would result in gunmetal barrels for the headphone end and amp end. The sleeving choice for Drausk v2 Sleeve one would be "Black" (#3 on the non-metallic list) + the choice for Drausk v2 Sleeve two would be "Black with metallic copper tracers" (#11 on the metallic list)
Please note: Page description under construction, check back soon for more details. See bottom for specs.
Please note: All cables are hand made on a per order basis and have a wait time, we cannot rush shipments on request currently. We have a vast amount of customization options meaning they must
all be built by hand from scratch on a per order basis (not premade). If you need to know a wait time, please contact us with your specifications for an ETA on your specific build before ordering.
Used throughout the high end audio industry in most flagship cable products, occ provides the superior quality copper and silver possible today.OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) is the name given to the casting process developed to help defeat annealing issues and virtually eliminate all grain boundaries in copper or silver with a unique patented process. The OCC casting method uses specialized heated moulds in order to draw a single crystal up to 125 meters in length. With only a single crystal in very long lengths, there is an unimpeded free path for the best possible signal transfer. Along with this superior single long crystal structure, OCC provides copper and silver with the least possible oxides and other impurities.
With each strand utilizing a razor thin enamel coating, Litz based wire provides a cable that will last a lifetime (will not oxidize). Further with each strand acting independently until joining at the termination point, the design negates any bad effects typically associated with normal stranded wire (skin effect, proximity effect, etc.). As another side benefit durability and flexibility are both increased.
Combining OCC (purest metal) with Litz design you really have an end result that is the ultimate cable possible today.
Why Pure OCC Copper, OCC Silver and True Fusion OCC Silver + OCC Copper
We go by the numbers using science as the guideline. All metals have a conductivity rating as describe by the International Annealed Copper Standard (IACS). All metals are compared against Copper at the 100% IACS rating mark. OCC Copper is rated at 103% IACS and Silver 106% IACS. Gold is rated at 73% IACS or 27% lower conductivity as compared to standard OFC/ETP copper (given the exact same amount of each metal). Therefore it would take a significant amount more Gold to achievethe higher conductivity rating of copper.
We will never release anything less than OCC copper and will never release any alloys. So what is an alloy? An alloy is defined as a mixture of two or more different metals, making the original metal less pure with worsened electrical performance than the original pure metal. An alloy of 1% gold with 99% silver would yield around 89% IACS rating or 11% less conductivity than standard OFC/ETP copper. While cables made of metals/alloys that are inferior to copper may alter the sound in a specific way, that is not our goal. Norne Audio will always seek to utilize the absolute best materials (going by the numbers) in our pursuit of the absolute best cables possible today. We believe that the cables with the best specifications yield the best possible sound of ones system.
Please watch the above animation if you prefer a quick visual overview.
IACS (International Annealed Copper Standard)
The IACS rating is the metric used to describe a metals conductivity as compared to the standard of copper.
First take a look below at pure metals conductivity ratings.
(1) OCC Pure Silver - 107%
(2) OCC Copper - 103%
(3) Copper (common grade) - 100%
(4) Gold - 73%
Silver is the best there is, in pure form, period.
If you take a 1"x 1"x 1" cube of pure silver and compare its conductivity to an identical 1"x 1"x 1" cube of gold, the gold is considered 32-35% less conductive than the pure silver.
An alloy, by definition, is less pure than the original pure metals it is comprised of. Alloys are in existence largely for strength / hardness properties and are not meant for high end audio cables. When you alloy a metal, say gold with silver, you quickly decrease its purity and IACS rating. Even at just 1% gold alloyed with silver the IACS rating drops down well below plumbing grade copper. Alloys in the audio world came about purely as competition increased and there was desperation for new ways to try and market a cable to the uneducated masses.
Norne Audio will always utilize the purest form of a metal and will always use pure silver occ litz, pure copper occ litz, spc occ litz or mixes thereof. Our goal is the design that possesses the absolute top specifications of the highest possible quality.