E-SX4: Gunmetal aluminum with black carbon fiber
The most compact y-split design for portable audio cables, with an extremely compact, ultra light splitter designed to fit a large cross section of 4-wire and 8-wire cables, with superior finish, style, and utility. Certain very compact 6 and 8 wire cables will fit, with a little ingenuity.
The smallest, lightest splitter in its class. Weighing just a few grams, the SX4 is the tiniest carbon-trimmed split ever marketed in the audio world. Eidolic has pared its dimensions and internals down to ensure no excesses. It is hardly heavier than the usual piece of shrink tubing found on cable y-splits.
CNC machined T6061 aluminum. The solid aluminum body is lathed from rod stock and fused to a recessed carbon fiber ring in the center, with a machined groove near the top. All openings are radiused for perfectly smooth edges. The splitter is 10mm in diameter and 20mm long, with 3mm holes in the top, fitting the vast majority of compact headphone and other cables. Included is a 7mm gray silicone Eidolic grommet to seal the rear opening.
Ultra fine surface treatment. This piece of audio jewelry is finely sandblasted for a silky yet tough finish.
Smooth chamfered edges. The edges on the top and bottom of the splitter are flat cut & polished, similar to your favorite high-end smartphone. The ring, front/back chamfers, and the chamfers around the carbon fiber ring are machined after anodizing for a contrasting silver color.
Seamless pressfit assembly. No screws or visible seams – a hydraulic process permanently compacts the machined aluminum segments together into a single unit that cannot fall apart.
Tinted carbon fiber and more. The classic gunmetal/black aluminum scheme is an Eidolic mainstay. Using automotive grade carbon and fiberglass finishes protected by an outer resin that is resistant to scratches or damage. Eidolic brings the most exotic color combinations and never-before-seen applications of platings, textures, tints, and fibers.
E-SX1 (12mm scale): Silver Carbon Fiber with clear anodized silver - good for fullsize and 8-wire ciem cables
E-SX2 (12mm scale): Champagne gold anodized with black carbon fiber - good for fullsize and 8-wire ciem cables
E-SX4: (10mm scale): Silver aluminum with blue-tinted black carbon fiber: 10mm scale - best for ciem cables or small fullsize cables
E-SXT: (10mm scale): Hand machined titanium splitter: 10mm scale - best for ciem cables or small fullsize cables
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.