Newest version (2018), now with TPU, Silvergarde SX and revised stranding
Introducing the Silvergarde SX CIEM / IEM replacement cable. Brandishing a very large 21awg of the highest quality and purity silver occ litz per polarity (21awg x 4 wires), this cable is for the true enthusist that wants to unleash the full capability of their ciem/iem. Now also using TPU clear jacket for ultimate possible comfort and flexibility with the given lareger gauge. Designed for the audiophile wanting the most quantity and quality of highest purity silver occ litz you can pack into a ciem cable while staying manageable.
For the audiophile that wants a break from the normal small 24awg/26awg/28awg ciem cables, and does not mind a little more size, the Silvergarde SX s definitely the choice. Posessing this large silver occ litz in our perfectly tweaked stranding and design, the Silvergarde ciem repalcement cable truly unleashes ultra rich, powerful and transparent sound. The Silvergarde's goal in design was to achieve a ciem replacement cable that is able to let everything flow without limitation, not only the best detail and micro-detail but also the best possible deep textured bass.
Why our Silver occ litz? We want the very best there is in purity and metal for our cables, as such we pay the highest costs for our pure silver occ litz sourced from the very best of proven occ manufacturers.
The design utilizes a large number of the purist occ litz strand bundles precisely wrapped around a carbon infused stable center core. This design allows for all strand bundles to be formed in an exacting tubular shape, keeping silver out of the center deadspace.
Finally we utilize a quad round braid for efficiency and flexibility.
Ultimately our combination of design, experience (industry first in occ+litz for headphone cables) and highest purity silver occ litz yields a cable that is unmatched. With our low risk 30-day money back policy and lifetime transferable warranty, compare it to your current ciem
cables and realize the difference.
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.