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(new) Drausk Series - 17.7awg (per polarity) - Copper occ litz - 16-wire - TPU - enlarged cotton cores - premium headphone cable

(new) Drausk Series - 17.7awg (per polarity) - Copper occ litz - 16-wire - TPU - enlarged cotton cores - premium headphone cable
Brand: Norne
Product Code: DrauskSeries
Availability: In Stock
$319.99

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Introducing the Norne Drausk Series.    A new 16-wire highest purity copper occ litz headphone cable with a giant 17.7awg per each polarity (equiv. 4 x 17.7awg).  Released for the first time this Black Friday 2020, allowing 20% off for the launch of the series.  

 

Please note:  If you do not see your headphone in the drop down, simply contact us at NorneAudio@gmail.com.  

Shown above (click to enlarge):  Copper with Black Carbon Fiber inlay, Sennheiser HD800 / HD800S / HD820 (Eidolic, gunmetal barrel)

Shown above:  Eidolic 1/4" TRS rhodium with gunmetal silver carbon barrel.  

Overview

Introducing our largest gauge copper occ litz headphone cable that we have ever released, the Drausk.  This new series has its evolution and roots derived from our well known "Draug" Series, but implemented with new knowledge.   

With 17.7awg per polarity and enlarged pure cotton cores in each of the TPU jacketed 16-wires, we have precisely refined the stranding and design to truly bring a new immersive experience.  With this new gauge and design, the Drausk brings what we call "presence factor", or a greater immersive experience with your system and music.   Taking our long experience in design (nearly 11 years) from a multi-stage evoltution that brought the Draug 3 cable, we improved things even further.  With the Drausk, a drum solo comes alive with a true full bodied impact and weight, converying such a quality that you feel you are in the venue or in the room with the drummer.  This is just one example, but quite simply you get lost in the emotion of the music, creating a very addictive quality.  At the same time you are also getting the fantastic detail and transparency with this combined "presence factor" of the Drausk.   

How it's made

The Drausk, like many of our cables, has a complex and fully hand produced process in manufacturing.  We pride ourselves on braiding all of the thicker 16 wires precisely and painstakenly by hand (no machine braiding here).  The end result is a quality and precision to the cable not achieved by other means.  After each of the 16-wires are meticulously paired, they are then final braided with a square 8-braid for the full length by hand.  After this is completed we utilize a temperature controlled thermal stripper to carefully strip a total of 32 individual wire ends.  We then proceed to protect each of the polymer ends with a specialized material before tinning the litz wire in our molten solder pot (silver solder).  After all 32 ends are tinned we then move to the primary soldering process, utilizing the well reputed Eidolic connectors along with silver solder as our default and standard.  The final steps are finishing work and hotstamped labels if chosen, finally testing the cable in many systems before it is approved to be packaged.  Our primary goal was not only to achieve a cable that reveals the clearest possible window to the music and performance, but also the ultimate range and emotion contained within your favorite performances.  

Add the trimmings

Taking the labor a step further we also have a unique hand crafted (in-house) exotic wood splitter option in addition to our premium CNC machined metal splitters.  Each of our exotic wood triangle splitters starts out as part of a block of wood (Zebrano, Caribbean Rosewood, M.Ebony, etc.).  We precisely cut out our equilateral triangles to first be sent to our C02 laser engraver.  Once they come back from our laser engraver we proceed to drill the holes, dremel, sand and polish.  Finally we add our protective clear coat for a beautiful touch.  Another great option, with the quickest ship time, are the premium metal splitters that we have done precisely via CNC to strict tolerances.  There is a vast number of choices to fit your exact aesthetic preference. 

Color choices

Currently the Drausk is only available in the color shown on this page, but look out for more color options in the near future.  

Our policy

You have a 30-day money back policy with your cable, giving a safety net  to try the Drekis in your system and experience the improvement for yourself.  You also have a lifetime transferable warranty.  We stand behind every cable that is shipped out. 

 

All Headphone cables ship in our custom box and magnetic bags.  Please note our current bags are black in color with logo.  

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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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