04/20/21: Stock update
The Silvergarde S4 is coming back in stock the week of 04/26, order now to reserve your spot, supply limited on this next production batch.
For preordering the S4 8-wire (16.8awg silver occ litz) version please email us directly (note there is limited availability). Image below represents a custom 8-wire using black with dual metallic red+gold tracer for one sleeve and black with single copper metallic tracer for the second sleeve.
New splitter option now in stock (above): Copper flush cutout logo inlay
Now updated to 19awg silver occ litz per polarity, some new exclusive sleeve options.
This site listing is for the 4-wire model (as shown in below images), for matching adapters please email us for quote via contact form.
4 x 19awg Silver OCC Litz - 11-core (44 total cores) - Cotton multi-core - infused polymer center core - pure textile - layered design (tri-layer)
8-wire model (email for custom quote):
8 x 19awg (equivalent 4 x 16.8awg) Silver OCC Litz - 11-core (88 total cores) - Cotton multi-core - infused polymer center core - pure textile - layered design (tri-layer)
Shown above is the 4-wire model with bloodwood engraved splitter, merlot/black (Sleeve 1), merlot/dark grey (sleeve2), Eidolic HD800, Eidolic 4-pin XLR
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.
What is a multi-core, layered and pure textile design?
The new Silvergarde S4 design is peerless, designed from the ground up and developed over years (with S2 and S3 iterations before hand). After taking the purest silver occ litz available it is first formed into many occ litz strand bundles which are precisely positioned around enlarged flexible center core. Each of these many strand bundles have their own 100% pure cotton center core, for a total of 10 cotton cores per 19awg conductor. The center core is an infused soft polymer providing stability and negating of triboelectric issues. Each individual 19awg silver occ litz conductor has a grand total of 11 cores. Each 4-wire cable has 44 cores and each 8-wire cable has 88 cores.
There are multiple layers around the overall structure for triboelectric matching, damping and durability. The first layer is 100% cotton overbraid, providing ultimate in triboelectric series matching against the strand bundles as well as the best structure and stability. The second layer is an ultra-thin teflon based wrap further supporting the overall structure, and also helping to compact and streamline the design. Finally we have our third layer as a custom blend textile sleeve specifically produced for us by a 60+ year old factory in the USA.
The result of this design is not only a cable able to squeeze truly everything out of occ litz silver but also provides a cable that brings top level comfort as a great side bonus.
One of the great benefits of a "pure textile" layered design is of course an addictive comfort factor that cannot be replicated with cables that utilize polymer dielectrics (such as PE, Teflon, etc.). Not only that but utilizing pure cotton as the primary layer is the absolute best possible material to have compressed against the occ litz stranding given that cotton has effectively the top neutral value in triboelectric series. So we remove the polymer in this series and bring a new experience for a high end aftermarket headphone cable in comfort. Not only are you getting the ultimate benefit from large gauge silver occ litz but you get ultimate ergonomics as well. The Silvergarde S4 is able to provide topmost flexibility, lightest weight for the given large 19awg silver, as well as an extremely low level of mechanical noise (microphonics).
The Silvergarde S4 has a more painstaking assembly process compared to other cables. The primary reason for this is due to the fact that each 4-wire S4 has 44 total cores and 8-wire has 88 cores. With a 4-wire configured S4 each of these cores on every end must be carefully trimmed before submerging into our molten solder pots (note: using silver based solder). This results in having to carefully trim a total of 88 cores (both ends) for every single Sivlergarde S4 silver occ litz headphone cable produced. In regards to the 8-wire model it equates to having to manually and precisely trim double that amount, or a staggering 176 cores trimmed by hand. This represents just one aspect of the build. Each pure textile conductor must also be sleeved manually. Finally should you choose you can add one of our 100% made in house triangle exotic wood splitters. Note that wood splitters will add more time to a build compared to metal splitters. Our wood splitters are extremely labor intensive and produced per order. Overall the Silvergarde S4 has a large amount of precision hand labor and craftsmanship involved in the production of every single cable, we pride ourselves on this time consuming nature in the build to make sure it is 100% perfect.
New exclusive splitter inlays:
For those that purchase any of our large gauge silver occ litz full-size headphcable, 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. Currently available is the silver anodized flush inlay with cutout logo (shown below), as well as the copper flush inlay. Note that the drop down selection does not list all of the splitters below, for example if you want the Orange with flush silver inlay, simply tell us in the checkout notes. We would then confirm with you in email after your order has been placed, no additional costs. All splitters apart from exotic wood splitters are free to add on the Silvergarde S4. Latest triangle color releases are Red and Dark Bronze.
Dark Copper Beadblast premium splitter, available with CNC raised or flush inlay.
We do offer a very large number of options for sleeving (countless options in stock), including many with metallic tracers (reflects under lighting).
Another exclusive option available for this series is the ability to combine two different patterned sleeves together into one headphone cable. For example if a customer desires to have black/grey herring bone on two conductors combined with black/red herring bone on the other two conductors it can be selected. This is something only offered on the Silvergarde S3 currently.
We are proud to say that our sleeves are 100% made in the USA to the highest quality and standard. Our sleeves are not simply something you can find off the shelf, it has its own extremly nice quality and feel.
Please note you can choose any two of the above sleeve colors and specify in the checkout notes if you do not see them in the options drop down menu.
Is this cable right for you?
The Silvergarde S4 is designed as really the last cable upgrade one would need. There is no better metal to be used in our view than the largest gauges of silver occ litz.
If you have any questions on the cable and how it might be for your headphone and system please just send us an email (via contact form).
We are happy to let you know what might be the best fit for you whether it is this cable or a lower priced copper occ litz cable. Our goal is to find the exact right fit for every customer.
Please note: Page description under construction, check back soon for more details. See bottom for specs.
as seen in Currawong's Empyrean review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRpElKxalfk
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.