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 x 21awg Silver OCC Litz - clear - TPU dielectric - cotton core - near zero microphonics (mechanical noise) - ultimate flexibility and comfort
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.
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.
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.
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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.