Utilizing the equivalent of 4x25awg Litz OCC modified Type 4 (8-wire, 8-cores total) the Vorpal brings out the absolute best of your CIEM / IEM sonically while keeping flexibility and comfort on a higher level. With our ultra flexible proprietary central core the Vorpal has an advantage over typical non-cored IEM / CIEM replacement cables. Not only does the core help keep the OCC metal in a tube shape (strictly where the current prefers to flow), but it deadens any internal mechanical vibration of the strands without affecting flexibility. Further with our unqiue core material we neutralize any triboelectric issues. Half OCC Litz cu and half OCC Litz spc the Vorpal has the cu strands with special red tinted enamel and the silver coated cu strands in clear enamel to reveal an aggressive aesthetic. Available with our newest topline heatshrink and metallic red/silver logos for right/left and split. Also available with our very small and lightweight Wenge exotic wood splitter.
For those seeking the highest possible comfort possible today for CIEM / IEM the Vorpal 4-wire model is available at a lower price point with an option for sleeved (cotton or rayon).
Makassar Ebony & Caribbean Rosewood mini splitter now available. Choosing preorder engraved versions, cables will start
shipping on or after 07/07.
NOTE: All heatshrink will now be our brand new red metallic logo on black or clear glossy, not gold as pictured.
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.