*New Release - Black Friday 2020*
note: By default the new Vykari comes in clear form, however if you prefer to add our custom sleeves please simply look at the list on this page and mention the sleeve choices in your checkout notes. You may select a single sleeve for the full cable, or you may select two different sleeves for the cable. Also note that in clear form this cable gives you the ultimate possible ergonomics and comfort factor for the very large gauge.
Introductory promotion: Any splitter is free to add to your build. If you want a wood splitter please reference the list at the end of this page and mention in checkout notes.
Vykari 17.3awg Reference (w/18.9awg silver occ litz per polarity)
Image above shows our Silver triangle splitter with raised CNC silver inlay (black fill logo)
After our 10+ years dedicated to the ultimate headphone cable design, we now introduce the Vykari. An ultra large 17.3 gauge flagship headphone cable. The Vykari was born out of a desire for the perfect headphone cable that combines ultimate possible transparency with tonally perfect, smooth, engaging, dynamic and toe-tapping balanced sound. Our goal was truly the most immersive experience and to get lost in the emotion of the music. Combining all of our learned design techniques over the many years with the new ultra large gauge, you get an experience that other smaller gauge cables are unable to deliver. We achieved our desired sonic goals by first bringing the maximum possible detail and micro-detail with a very large 18.9awg of our highest purity silver occ litz per polarity combined with 22.0awg of our highest purity copper occ litz. Further we have utilized our well known Tri-Conductor geometry, a custom blend TPU clear jacket and our enlarged 100% pure cotton cores. We feel this cable brings the perfect tonality and perfect balance while delivering performance on the absolute higest levels. Whether it is for the Focal Utopia, Hifiman Susvara, Meze Empyrean, Sennheiser HD800S/HD820, Stellia, Audeze LCD-4 and beyond, alll headphones will be taken to their maximum capability in the most engaging and immersive way.
17.3awg ohno continuous cast litz per polarity
This 17.3awg is comprised of: 18.9awg of our highest purity silver occ litz per polarity + 22.0awg of our highest purity cu occ litz per polarity
Ultimate flexibility for the large gauge with our custom TPU clear jacket, further enhanced with our Tri-conductor geometry and larger internal cotton cores.
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 10+ 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. This goes for our 100% pure silver like our well known Silvergarde Series and our top Fusion.
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.
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.
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.
Early Vykari Series feedback from the first to receive it:
I clearly hear the extra body and fullness you talk about - it's kind of a huge sound, where instruments have a wonderful, visceral weight to them. Considerably more detail and micro detail, and I also feel the imaging and sound stage are better. Percussion, cymbals sound very real, also quite a dramatic effect on bass guitars and lower frequencies. Overall it's like the proverbial veil has been lifted - one that I didn't know was even there. There is that feeling that you're in the same space as the performers. Before getting this cable, I would have said that all these aspects were already excellent by the way, but a dramatic improvement.
I've had the Hifiman HE1000se headphones for some time (now used with an RME dac and Icon Audio tube amp) so it's surprising to discover that I've limited their potential with inferior cables. Also there can be a slightly exuberant treble with these headphones, but your cable sweetens that while enhancing air, detail and naturalness - quite a trick. Forgive me, but I was probably expecting a smaller effect on the sound quality, and just something that would look and feel the part, and would have been perfectly happy with that. Actually it's as big an improvement as getting a new dac or amp - not surprising news to you I'm sure, but it is to me.
--Graham C., Grimsby, U.K.
It’s hard to believe a cable can make this much difference, but this one does! The soundstage is incredible and everything has it place with lots of space in between… it’s wide and deep. And, the music is ALIVE!!
I thank you much for bringing this one to me!
--Hugh W., Athens, GA.
1) Black + Copper Metallic Tracers (multi-tracer)
2) Black + Silver Metallic Tracers (multi-tracer)
3) Black + Gold Metallic Tracers (multi-tracer)
4) Brown + Copper Metallic Tracer (single tracer)
5) Silver + Copper & Silver dual metallic tracers (multi-tracer)
6) Black + Copper & Silver dual metallic tracers (multi-tracer)
7) Black + Silver & Red dual metallic tracers (multi-tracer)
Normal Sleeves (no metallic)
4) Black + Dark Grey (herringbone)
5) Black + Merlot (herringbone)
6) Dark Grey + Merlot (herringbone)
7) Silver + Tan (herringbone)
8) Black + Silver (herringbone)
9) Black + Red (herringbone)
10) Blue + Dark Grey (herring bone)
11) Black + Brown (herring bone)
12) Silver + White (herring bone)
13) Black + Brown (stripe)
14) Black + Red (stripe)
15) Black + Merlot (stripe)
Exotic Wood Splitters:
Quick Termination Notes:
We now have both the new Black barrels in addition to the gunmetal color barrels for Eidolic connectors (4.4mm, 2.5mm and 3.5mm). Using the new specially finished laser engraved logo and channel indicator anodized aluminum end caps.
If there is a particular amplifier or headphone end termination you do not see, odds are we can do it. 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.
Please note: Page description under construction, check back soon for more details. See bottom for specs.
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.