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Einvaldi Reference Headphone Cable - 8-wire - 19awg (with 20awg of the highest purity Silver occ litz per polarity) + Cu - TPU - Multi-core - cotton core - infused center core

Einvaldi Reference Headphone Cable - 8-wire - 19awg (with 20awg of the highest purity Silver occ litz per polarity) + Cu - TPU - Multi-core - cotton core - infused center core
Brand: Norne
Product Code: EinvaldiReference
Availability: In Stock
$639.99

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PLEASE NOTE:  This cable series does not start shipping again until approximately August 15th.

 

Einvaldi Reference Series
Ein-val-di; translates to "sole ruler" or "sovereign" in old norse language

 

Design overview:  

8-wire - 19awg total per polarity (with a large 20awg worth of the highest purity Silver occ litz per polarity) + Cu - TPU clear jacket - Multi-core - cotton core - infused conductive polymer center core 

Sound overview:  End-game transparency (topmost detail and micro-detail) from the best possible wire for headphone cables (large gauge silver occ litz) with the smoothness of a touch of our specially processed copper occ litz.  

Click the image below for full resulution image:  

Click the Above image to enlarge.  All Einvaldi cables will be clear showing the stranding, currently there is not any textile sleeving available on this series.  If you are after a textile sleeved large gauge pure silver headphone cable please see the SIlvergarde S3 here:  http://www.norneaudio.com/litzheim/SilvergardeS3HeadphoneCable

Overview

The Einvaldi Reference series was born out of a hunt for the perfect cable that combines ultimate possible transparency with smooth, engaging, dynamic and toe-tapping balanced sound.  We achieved our goal by bringing this maximum possible detail and micro-detail with a large 20awg worth of silver occ litz per polarity combined with as much smoothness as possible (without coloration).  After a long and laborious testing and design phase, we achieved our goal.  When listening with the Einvaldi you get all of the fantastic clarity and detail of any of our top large gauge silver occ litz cables along with an incredible smooth engaging sound.  We feel this cable brings a perfect balance, and delivers performance on the higest level.  Whether it is for the Focal Utopia, Meze Empyrean, Sennheiser HD800/HD820, Ether 2 or even LCD-2, Focal Clear, Elegia and beyond.  All headphones will be taken to their maximum capability in the most engaging way. 

Why Silver?

Quite simply because it is the best there is.  It is the best from both a science based view (maximum conductivity of any metal) and from a perspective of sonic refinement achieved.  In our 8+ years of designing headphone cables we have found nothing better than pure silver occ litz large gauge to deliver the top levels of detail, micro-detail and refinement.  If you are after an end-game cable for your top tier system, look no further.  If you think silver is too bright, odds are you have not heard our silver occ litz headphone cables yet.  

Why Litz (Litzendraht)?

With "Litz" based design you also have the cable that helps to mitigate any of the negative effects that can happen to wire (and over time).  All of our cables use a razor thin enamel coat on each individual fine strand.  This allows each strand to act independently until being soldered at the termination point.  With this razor thin enamel coat on each strand you also eliminate the issues that can arrise from non-litz cables, such as oxidiation.  With Litz based design you no longer have to worry about that factor, and you have the best possible base design type for your wire.  

Why OCC?

Used throughout the high end audio industry in most flagship cable products, occ provides the superior quality copper or silver possible today.

OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) is the name given to the casting process developed to help eliminate 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. In contrast to OCC, there are other lower grade coppers such as OFC, ETP with a multitude of grain boundaries and other impurities.

Summary:

Combining the best metal (Silver) with the best purity (OCC) and the best design type (Litz, enameled strand), you have the ultimate base to tweak your design further and squeeze the absolute maximum refinement from your upgraded headphone cables.  If you are after the best we have to offer look no further than our silver occ litz containing designs.  

 

Quick Termination Notes:

If you have selected a Titanium barrel for your Eidolic 2.5mm TRRS, 3.5mm TRS or 4.4mm TRRRS you can choose between the below rings.  Simply let us know in the checkout notes or in email which ring you desire.  

1)  Silver Carbon fiber -  2)  Black Carbon Fiber -  3)  Silver AL & Brass Polished ring - 4) Silver AL Ring - 5) Polished Brass ring

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.  

 

The Ultimate in Silver OCC Litz

Not all silver is the same.  After our many years of designing cables we have tried every reputed source of silver out there until we finally found the one that cannot be bested (from our testing) on sound.  With the best silver you are able to get the absolute best end-game detail and micro-detail of silver with an engaging, dynamic and smooth nature.  

 

Is this cable right for you?

Shoot us an email via contact form here:  http://www.norneaudio.com/litzheim/index.php?route=information/contact

Email us with the list of your current headphone, amp, dac, sound and music preferences.  We will get back to you in order to find the exact right cable for your needs.  Any information you can provide us will help us guide you to the right choice.  

 

Packaging:

Every Einvaldi headphone cable ships with the new exclusive Eidolic Blue Filament carbon fiber bag and in our black gloss retail boxes.  

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Why OCC?

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. 

Why Litz?

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, Silver and Silver coated Copper are the absolute best

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.

example:  
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.  


Alloys

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.  

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