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(NEW) - Silvergarde S3-C - Clear Edition - 4-wire (4 x 21awg) - Pure silver occ litz headphone cable (New Release on Black Friday 2018)

(NEW) - Silvergarde S3-C - Clear Edition - 4-wire (4 x 21awg) - Pure silver occ litz headphone cable (New Release on Black Friday 2018)
Brand: Norne
Product Code: SilvergardeS3Clear
Availability: In Stock
$439.99

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Silvergarde S3-C Clear Edition

For those that prefer their Silvergarde without the textile design and sleeving we have developed a counterpart to the series.  Utilizing the ever flexible TPU clear jacket with 21awg pure silver occ litz (cotton core) per conductor the S3-C delivers the same end-game transparency and detail with a clear and streamlined profile.  Delivering the ultimate level of refinement for both the best home and more portable based systems.  

 4-wire model:

4 x 20awg Silver OCC Litz - 11-core (44 total cores) - Cotton multi-core - infused polymer center core - pure textile - layered design (tri-layer)

Quick Termination Notes:

If you have selected a Titanium barrel for your Eidolic 2.5mm TRRS, 3.5mm TRS or 4.4mm TRRRS you can choose between the below rings.  Simply let us know in the checkout notes or in email which ring you desire.  

1)  Silver Carbon fiber -  2)  Black Carbon Fiber -  3)  Silver AL & Brass Polished ring - 4) Silver AL Ring - 5) Polished Brass ring

If there is a particular amplifier or headphone end termination you do not see, odds are we can make it without a problem.  Please just email us via contact form to confirm.  

 

Why Silver?

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 8+ 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.  

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.  

Why OCC?

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.

New exclusive splitter inlays:

For those that purchase any of our large gauge silver occ litz full-size headphcables (Silergarde S3, S3-C, Draug Silver, Einvaldi Reference) the exclusive "flush" inlay option becomes available for your selection.  This inlay is precisely formed via CNC process and merged with any desired deep recess splitter currently available (black,gunmetal,silver,dark gold, dark copper, orange or slate grey).  Currently available is the silver anodized flush inlay with cutout logo (shown below), stay tuned for more colors and options of this inlay in the near future.  The next scheduled inlay to release is the "red" anodized model, you can request to wait for this option. 

Packaging:

Every Silvergarde S3-C Clear Edition full-size headphone cable ships with the new exclusive Eidolic Blue Filament carbon fiber bag and in our black gloss retail boxes.  

Please note:  Page description under construction, check back soon for more details.  See bottom for specs.

 

Shown below:  Traditional 4-wire braid, Black with Red Tracer / Black with Red Stripe sleeve mix, Black electroplated splitter with red fill logo. 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer feedback

October 2018 - Nick - Canada 

"Just got back from Vancouver a couple days ago. I'm really impressed by it. Incredibly revealing and excellent speed, perfect for my use in the studio.
 
 A funny tidbit you should know, the Silvergarde unexpectedly fixed a long standing issue with a plugin called Sonarworks. If you don't know Sonarworks is plugin that basically corrects the frequency response of your headphones so it's a perfectly flat ( very useful for mixing ) . I had actually sent my headphones in all the way over to their office in Latvia to have my headphones individually calibrated.  When I got my headphones back, I did not like the sound at all. Big increase in the bass, at the cost of sounds not being able resolve in time, and reduction of resolution, it just felt off. Right up until now I had the plugin deactivated because it was unusable.
 
The combination of the Silvergarde and Sonarworks sound unreal. It's taken my monitoring system to the next level and I don't mean that lightly. I suspect its the Silver, that focused that bass, delivered that speed and kept the resolution intact. When switching back to my Copper cables it doesn't mesh well with the plugin. It was a pleasant suprise, I wasn't  expecting that."
 

cable ordered:  Silvergarde S3 - 4-wire 

 

 

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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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