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Silvergarde S3 - 4-wire (4 x 20awg) - Pure silver occ litz - cotton multicore 11-core - infused polymer center core - multi-layer (cotton + teflon) - pure textile headphone cable

Silvergarde S3 - 4-wire (4 x 20awg) - Pure silver occ litz - cotton multicore 11-core - infused polymer center core - multi-layer (cotton + teflon) - pure textile headphone cable
Brand: Norne
Product Code: SilvergardeS3
Availability: In Stock
$689.99

Available Options


* Headphone Type:

* Cable Termination:

* Length:

* Silvergarde Sleeve #1:

Premium Splitter Options (optional):

Silvergarde Sleeve #2:

Exotic Wood Splitter Type (optional):

 
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Silvergarde S3

Introducing the next level
A fully unique and unparalleled "pure textile" multi-core layered design utilizing a culmination of all we have learned in our 8+ year history specifically focused on headphone cable design.  In this longer experience with dedication to only the best materials and design for Hi-Fi headphone cables, we have brought the next level in refinement.  Providing the top levels of detail, micro-detail and overall transparency, there is not a true equal in our testing.  If you are truly after the best that is possible for an upgraded headphone cable, look no further than large gauge pure silver occ litz in the Silvergarde S3.

 

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.  

note:  For those that are after the "bare" look for their silver occ litz headphone cable please see our Draug Silver or Silvergarde Clear occ litz silver headphone cables.  

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)

note:  For those that wish to configure their Silvergarde S3 into the 8-wire cable boasting a very large 17awg silver occ litz per polarity (equiv. 4x17awg) please email NorneAudio@gmail.com for details, options and quote.  The 8-wire model has an extra special custom sleeving option included, tailored to the customers unique tastes.  

8-wire model (email for custom quote):
8 x 20awg (equivalent 4 x 17awg) 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.  

Overview

The Silvergarde S3 4-wire or 8-wire is the cable for those that want the ultimate quality silver possible with true end-game detail and micro-detail (overall transparency).  

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 that end-game detail and micro-detail of silver without the harshness.  

What is a multi-core, layered and pure textile design?

The new Silvergarde S3 design is peerless, designed from the ground up and developed over the past two years.  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 conductor.  The center core is a semi-conductive infused soft polymer providing stability and negating of triboelectric issues.  Each individual 20awg 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 in sound but also provides a cable that brings top level comfort and durability.    

Physical Comfort

One of the great benefits of such of "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 pure cotton as the primary layer is the absolute best possible material to have compressed against the occ litz stranding given its very neutral value in the triboelectric series.  So we strip away 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 sound with silver occ litz but you get ultimate ergonomics as well.  The Silvergarde S3 is able to provide topmost flexibility, lightest weight for the given large 20awg silver, as well as an extremely low level of mechanical noise (microphonics). 

Assembly process

The Silvergarde S3 has a more painstaking assembly process compared to other cables.  The primary reason for this is due to the fact that each 4-wire S3 has 48 total cores and 8-wire has 96 cores.  With a 4-wire configured S3 each of these cores on every end must be carefully trimmed before dipping into our molten solder pots (note: using silver based solder).  This results in having to carefully trim a total of 96 cores (both ends) for every single Sivlergarde S3 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 cable must also be sleeved manually and as mentioned tinned in solder pot before starting the actual soldering process to the connectors.  Finally, if one desires, they can add one of our 100% in house crafted triangle wood splitters.  The Silvergarde S3 has a lot of precise hand labor and craftsmanship involved in the production of every single cable, we pride ourselves on this time consuming hand labor aspect. 

New exclusive splitter inlays:

For those that purchase any of our large gauge silver occ litz full-size headphcables (Draug Silver or Silvergarde S3) 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, 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 (~09/28/18).  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 S3.    

NEW:  Dark Copper Beadblast premium splitter, available with CNC raised or flush inlay.  

Custom Sleeves

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 S3 is designed as really the last cable upgrade one would need.  

If you have any questions on the cable and how it might be for your headphone and system please just send us an email to:  NorneAudio@gmail.com  or use our 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. 

 

Packaging:

Every Silvergarde S3 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. 

 

 

Shown Below:  Traditional Braid Configuration (Charcoal with silver metallic tracer, Stealth black matte splitter with deep recess logo)

Shown below:  Black/Dark Brown herring bone sleeve + Platinum plated splitter

 

Customer feedback

as seen in Currawong's Empyrean review:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRpElKxalfk

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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