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Solv X3 Series - TPU - silver occ litz & copper occ litz - fusion - 11-core - multi-core - enhanced processing - headphone cable

Solv X3 Series - TPU - silver occ litz & copper occ litz - fusion - 11-core - multi-core - enhanced processing - headphone cable
Brand: Norne
Product Code: solvX3series
Availability: In Stock
$299.99

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Now on an introductory discount for a limited time (09/14-10/01).  

Introducing the new Solv Series X3 configuration headphone cable.  

Solv X3 config:  22awg per R/L channel, Pure Silver occ Litz & Cu occ Litz, 11-core, semi-conductive infused polymer center core, bi-level tube ultra dampened, pure silver occ litz / cu occ litz, enhanced strand processing (new), TPU ultra flexible jacket (new)


Description:  

Whats new in the Solv X3?  Now with TPU jacket for ultimate flexibility and our new specialized and enhanced strand processing.  The result is detail and micro-detail of silver occ litz combined with the smooth nature of our new strand processing.  

The Solv X3 Series headphone cable combines 5 bundles of highest purity OCC litz silver with 5 bundles of OCC litz copper in each conductor.  Each individual litz strand bundle (out of the 10 total bundles) has a custom designed textile core (triboelectrically equalized) which dampens each indivudal fine strand for the best possible dampening in a headphone cable conductor. Each Solv X3 conductor has 11 total cores, another first for headphone cables, and the most currently available in the market.

Each Solv X3 conductor utilizes a larger very flexible semi-conductive (infused) polymer material. This allows the strand bundles to be wrapped around the larger stable center core with ultimate stabilizing support in a "tube" form, which also acts to propel refinement to a whole new level.  

While each Solv 22awg conductor has the bundles forming a tube shape around our newly developed semi-conductive core, each individual strand bundle is also in a perfect tube shape around each individual textile core with maximum dampening. This multiple level "tube" design on both the bundle level and overall larger conductor level removes any possible "dead spots" in all levels and boosts the sonic refinement to its absolute peak.  We simply refer to this design factor as dual-level tube.  Because of the Solv X wires unique 11-core design it requires much more labor in the litz tinning process, something we are willing to absolutely do for the ultimate possible sound.

New in 2018:  The Eidolic 4.4mm rhodium connector, now available in drop down.  Select with silver AL ring, brass ring, black carbon fiber or silver carbon fiber.  Further you are able to select any of the three new modular barrels.  The Titanium, Brush Black or Standard gunmetal beadblast AL.  

Shown below is the Eidolic E-SXR black carbon fiber splitter, also available with silver carbon fiber.  The Sleeve shown is the silver/white herring bone using a breakout sleeve of silver for left channel and silver with metallic copper tracer to denote right channel.  

 

Shown below is the Eidolic E-SX4 gunmetal with black carbon micro barrel splitter.  The sleeve is dark grey with metallic fiber tracers using the standard mini-xlr for Audeze / ZMF.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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