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.
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).
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.