Vanquish Description / Summary:
Entering new territory in headphone cable design and squeezing the absolute best out of the combination of OCC and Litz
is our Vanqusih Series (7-core) Hi-Fi headphone cable. A completely new evolution showcasing what OCC and Litz is truly capable of in headphone cables.
Developed for the first time ever by Norne Audio in conjunction with the number one OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) wire manufacturer on the planet. The Vanquish Series is the first OCC Litz headphone cable ever to use 7 cores of highly flexible proprietary material in each individual conductor (multi-core, modified type 6). The Norne Vanquish headphone cable conductors have one core at the center and one smaller core in each of the surrounding 6 litz bundles to improve electrical performance and resulting sonic refinement. Our conductors are uniquely designed from the ground up with their roots in a heavily modified Type 6 design. The new Norne Vanquish OCC Litz wire, unlike any Litz OCC (or other) wire currently in the market, eliminates mechanical vibration within each bundle and overall conductor on a maximum level. The outer OCC Litz bundles are wrapped around the central core to form a tube keeping all OCC metal only where the current naturally prefers to flow. By utilizing our own proprietary ultra flexible cores that are triboelectrically neutral combined with the litz strands ultra thin enamel coat, we also eliminate the formation of electrical charge on the wire's surface. Combining these improvements with the inherent beneficial abilities of Fine Stranded Litz, we deliver the current ultimate possible conductor design and maximize the benefits of OCC & Litz design. Using a fine strand gauge purely for ultimately flexibility.
You see it here first, and with our custom made core material and unique design factors there will never be a cable that can truly duplicate the Vanquish Series conductors in design or sound.
Our dampened complex 7-core OCC Litz design results in a headphone cable that brings ultimate sonic refinement and will usher in a new era in both OCC+Litz and Hi-Fi headphone cables overall.
Shown above is the Dark Red / Black herring bone sleeve option (dark red splitter fill request) and Eidolic 1/4" rhodium plug.
How its terminated:
Unlike a typical litz conductor the Vanquish conductors require specific labor intensive methods to terminate. Every single conductor end (once stripped) must have each of the seven cores at the tip removed and then the occ litz strands perfectly twisted together before being tinned in a solder pot (specific duration and temperature). As such each cable actually requires 56 cores in total (at the stripped tips) to be removed prior to tinning and soldering to the high end connectors with premium silver solder.
4x24awg, 7-core per conductor, 28 total cores, hybrid cu and ag coated cu fine stranded occ litz.
NEW - Now available with our new premium metal (aluminum) splitter options in various finishes. Shown below is our stealth black matte with
deep engraved recess and cnc engraved logo. The ultimate metal splitters produced with exacting precision by one of the best CNC machining companies, our metal splitters add a finishing touch like no other high end headphone cable today.
Red Gloss heatshrink now available on the Vanquish series, specify in checkout notes "Red Gloss Heatshrink".
Shown above is the brown (slim sleeve) with caribbean rosewood splitter (engraved) and red metallic logo (audeze standard).
|Add a unique touch to your cable with our finely hand crafted signature exotic wood splitter. Available in five different exotic wood types, engraved or not engraved, our splitters make every single cable completely unique. Each splitter is hand cut, drilled, beveled, hand sanded and coated in protective semi-gloss or gloss finish. Once our splitters are cut they are sent out to the absolute top C02 laser engraver in Northern California. With their clients primarily in aerospace and the medical industry, they have the absolute best laser equipment available today. Looking to request a custom logo fill color via email to make your cable absolutely unique? Makassar Ebony with red logo? Sure! Just leave us a comment at checkout and we will get back to you on the possibility of your desired color fill.|
[Oyaide P3.5G 1/8"] - [Oyaide P3.5SR 1/8"] - [Oyaide P3.5GL Right Angle 1/8"] - [Oyaide P3.5SR Right Angle 1/8"] - [Oyaide P285T 1/4"]
[Viablue T6S 1/4" (6.3mm)] - [Viablue T6S 1/8" (3.5mm, large barrel)] - [Viablue T6S 1/8" (3.5mm, small barrel)] - [Cardas GRQ SS 1/4" (Rhodium)]
[Furutech FT-763 1/4" (6.3mm. Rhodium) - [Furutech FP-704G 1/4" (6.3mm, Gold)] - [Valab 1/8" (3.5mm, Rhodium slim]
[Valab 1/8" (3.5mm, Gold, slim] - [Valab 1/8" (3.5mm, Rhodium, Large Barrel)]
[Eidolic Astell & Kern AK240 2.5mm balanced 4-pole TRRS] - [ALO/SR71B/Kobicon IRIS 4-pin balanced]
[Valab 4-pin XLR (silver pin, carbon fiber housing)] - [Valab Dual 3-pin XLR (rhodium pin, carbon fiber housing)] - [Neutrik HD-Series 4-pin XLR]
[Neutrik HD-Series Dual 3-pin XLR] - [Neutrik XX-Series 4-pin XLR] - [Neutrik XX-Series Dual 3-pin XLR]
[Abbatron Dual 3-pin XLR (gold plated, cu pin)]
Norne Vanquish Series matching Adapters available with headphone cable purchase,
or for those that have purchased Norne Vanquish headphone cables in past. Please contact us after purchase.
Headphone Cable is available for: Audeze LCD-2/3/X/XC - Hifiman HE-300/400/500/560/4/6 - AKG K702 / K812 / K480
Sennheiser HD800, HD700, HD580/HD600/HD650 - Mr. Speakers Alpha Dog / Mad Dog - Shure SRH1440 / SRH1840
Denon AH-D600 / AH-D7100 - Ultrasone Edition 5/8(romeo/juliet) - & More
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 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.
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.