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* Audeze EL-8 - Solv X Series headphone cable

* Audeze EL-8 - Solv X Series headphone cable
Brand: Norne
Product Code: SolvSeriesXel8
Availability: In Stock

Available Options

* Length:

* Termination:

* Solv Breakout Sleeve Options:

* Solv Main Cable Sleeve Options:

* Right / Left channel logo color selection:

Exotic Wood Splitter Type (optional):

   - OR -   

The Solv X terminated for the Audeze EL-8 headphone with custom 3D printed black housing for strain relief.  


Introducing the Solv Series X configuration headphone cable

Truly an end-game cable that stands alone.  

(Solv X 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)


The Solv Series headphone cable combines 5 bundles of highest purity OCC litz silver with 5 bundles of OCC litz copper in each 22awg  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 maximum possible dampening in a headphone cable conductor today. Each 22awg Solv conductor has 11 total cores, another first for headphone cables, and the most currently available in the market.

Each Solv 22awg 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.  The infused semi-conductive core further inhibits charge buildup inside of the overall 22awg conductor (see Triboelectric Series).      

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.


In summary

What the Solv Does that no other cable does: 

- The highest level of strand dampening possible due to our unique litz layout (every single fine strand dampened)

- The most cores per conductor on the market with 11 total using a semi-conductive stable center core to fully eliminate any triboelectric issues
  and draining any excess static buildup.  

- Multiple level "tube" design, on both the bundle level and the larger conductor level fully eliminating dead spots and keeping
  the material in the area where the current naturally wants to flow.  

- The ultimate sound resulting from a conductor that combines the best design with pure occ litz silver
  and pure occ litz cu (ultra fine strand enameled litz)

- Highest IACS% conductivity utilizing highest purity silver occ litz & occ cu litz in the perfect combination to bring the best of both
  worlds. (no IACS reducing alloys in our cables, only the purist forms of occ).  

- The best textile sleeves available for headphone cables, manufactured to our exacting specifications by a 60+ year old company in the USA that does it right.  


Solv X Options (details):  

New as an option for our Solv X is the ability to replace the normal sized engraved splitter with a more simple and much smaller exotic wood splitter as below.  

Our Hotstamped Metallic prited gloss black heatshrink is truly the best heatshrink and labeling for hi-fi cables.  Each individual
Logo has a custom metal die produced and the high quality gloss black heatshrink is stamped with the heated die / metallic ink.
The logos will never rub off under normal use for the lifetime of the cable, unlike the very common thermal transfer method that
nearly all cables out there utilize.  Choose your desired combination shown below for our Solv Series.  

Now Also available for the Solv X is the Dark Grey with Red Tracer (as shown below).

Truly a one of a kind splitter.  Add our fully hand crafted exotic wood splitter of your choosing to your cable.  Now also
available exclusively for the Solv is Gaboon Ebony (think piano key black) and Bloodwood (a reddish tone wood).  







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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.

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.  

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