PLEASE NOTE: Currently sold out of gunmetal barrel, only silver barrel version available (gold plated)
This listing is for the silver barrel version.
Price is per Pair
Eidolic Premier MMCX Connector
Eidolic IEM connectors are the new industry standard for durable, functional, and beautiful IEM cables. Featuring a complete re-engineering of the popular IEM connection types. Solving the durability and fit issues that have plagued the hobbyist-grade connectors currently being sold, while allowing anyone to build enduring, truly custom cables for most in-ear monitors. Offering a true flagship MMCX plug, with the best possible insulators, platings, and contact material, plus an industry-best barrel locking method. Unique styling marks this plug as the completed evolution of the IEM connector.
With the Eidolic Premier MMCX connector, there is excellent compatibility with Shure, new Westone, Campfire Audio, and countless others with the round MMCX locking plug.
The connector barrel is made of media-blasted aluminum rod stock lathed to precise specifications, with a new pure white Eidolic logo and engraved ring on each barrel. The Eidolic Premier CIEM plug easily catches the eye with a silver-white motif. We provide colored elastic rings which nest in the barrel’s engraved ring as a left/right label.
Premier insulation: The Premier MMCX connector brings a gold-plated tellurium copper center pin to the MMCX connector. The connector features strong Teflon insulation for worry-free soldering.
ELS is the solution to a truly efficient barrel locking system. The original and standard Eidolic design is easy to assemble when secured with glue, but ELS offers an even easier and more secure method. First, a pair of notches ensures that the contact piece aligns with the barrel's logo perfectly, preventing the barrel from rotating after it is installed. An expanding, locking ring and groove lets you simply push the barrel on until it clicks, indicating the barrel is now permanently locked onto the connector, so it is no longer mandatory to use glue to attach the barrel to the contact piece. ELS is superior to a threaded connector, where the threads are so fine that it is easy to misalign the barrel & contact piece and strip the threads - this design is prone to failure. ELS avoids the use of tiny set-screws which require that the screw holes be aligned, as well as the orienting and turning of a screw with every installation. There is no easier solution to barrel retention than ELS.
Improved dimensions and ease of assembly. These connectors offer a little more space inside the barrel compared to other IEM connectors, allowing a variety of cables to fit and providing secure strain relief & protection of the solder joints inside. Just solder the worry-free heat-resistant contacts, push on the barrel until it clicks, then fill with hot glue for strain relief. The nonconductive, anodized aluminum barrel will not short the solder contacts in the event that it is in contact with wires or solder joints. There is no tapering on the 4.4mm rear hole to maximize the amount of glue (and wire) that can fit inside, for improved reliability. We guarantee these IEM plugs are faster and less tedious to assemble than any previous connector.
Superior conductivity. The materials we have chosen for the connectors’ center pin is both durable and highly conductive. The specific choice - tellurium copper - is 93% as conductive as pure copper, while being a strong and machinable metal suitable for audio connectors, far exceeding the 20-30% conductivity rating of brass, steel, or bronze. Years of titrating the exact right pin dimensions yields a pin that is neither too thick for brand new IEMs, nor too loose on older, more worn IEM sockets.
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.