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Chord Company Signature AES/EBU Tuned ARAY Digital Audio Interconnect
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Chord Company Signature AES/EBU Tuned ARAY Digital Audio Interconnect

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Chord Company Signature AES/EBU Tuned ARAY Digital Audio Interconnect

“The search for an AES/EBU that outperforms the coax cable I have been using has just ended.”

If one type of interconnect has always challenged the Chord design team, it would be the AES/EBU connection.  The problem has always been that whilst we can develop AES/EBU cables in isolation, when it comes to listening tests, we almost always find that the coaxial connection produces the more musically involving sound.

The Signature AES/EBU changes that.  So if your equipment is fitted with AES EBU outputs and inputs, the Signature AES/ EBU is well worth listening to.

The unique wiring geometry is a result of extensive experimentation with signal paths that remain shielded from each other along the length of the cable.  The conductors are built from the same ultra cast copper that Chord use exclusively for digital connections. The insulation is a specially developed low-density gas foamed polyethylene.
There is a proviso however.  If your components have both AES/EBU and coaxial connections, we recommend that you try to listen to both types of connection for yourself.  In our experience it will be easy to decide which one better suits your system.

The Signature AES/EBU is built from three conductors, each separately shielded with a composite twin layer shield. Single crystal Continuous Cast Copper carries the signals, insulation is a gas foamed polyethylene and the composite dual layer shield functions both as an effective shield and a very resistive conductive layer, which makes it perfect for use with digital cables.   The tri-coaxial configuration is unusual but extremely effective.  We use the same construction method with many of our XLR terminated analogue interconnects as well, including the mighty Sarum Tuned ARAY balanced interconnects.

The Signature AES/EBU is heavily influenced by our Sarum Tuned ARAY cables.  The tri conductor configuration means that we can produce a balanced digital cable that closely follows the wiring geometry we use in so many of our other high performance cables. The Signature AES/EBU is fitted with our favourite Neutrik XLR connectors, and crucial to the performance, great care is taken with strain relief in order to avoid an impedance changing compression on the cables.

The Cable

The Chord Anthem Digital Tuned ARAY is built from a clever cable design using solid core silver-plated signal conductors, insulation is PTFE and shielding is a combination of foil and high-density braid.  This provides a high degree of interference protection across a very wide frequency range.  The shields are protected with a PTFE outer jacket.  The cable is built to an extremely high standard to minimise mechanical noise. 

The Plugs

The Anthem Digital Tuned ARAY is fitted with Chord’s custom VEE 3 RCA plugs.  The new design of the ABS outer shell and the unique silver-plating process applied to the contact areas improves signal transfer across a wide frequency range.  The signal return surround provides a secure high pressure contact with all types of RCA sockets.  The centre pin is insulated with PTFE and the design of the plug and ABS outer shell provides good strain relief, without compressing the cable and compromising performance.  The Anthem Digital Tuned ARAY is also available fitted with military grade silver-plated 75 Ohm BNC plugs.

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