Chord Company Chameleon VEE 3 XLR Interconnects
“The new conductor layout makes a surprising difference. This performs like it should cost quite a lot more.”
The new conductor configuration in the Chameleon VEE 3 works as well on the XLR version as it does on the RCA cable. It has a profound effect on just about every aspect of performance that is important to a properly immersive musical experience.
The multiple sets of silver-plated conductors gives us the opportunity to start applying a little bit of ARAY magic to the Neutrik XLR terminated Chameleon. The conductors are connected using a special silver solder and highly effective braid and foil shield works effectively to high frequencies.
XLR connections used to be exclusive to high-end components. Increasingly a lot of far less costly equipment has balanced outputs and the Chameleon will show you how much performance you really are getting.
The Chord Chameleon VEE 3 uses Chord’s established Chameleon SilverPlus cable. The conductors though have been re-configured into a single signal and dual return configuration to improve definition and timing. The multi-stranded silver-plated oxygen free copper conductors are insulated with FEP, a combination of materials that improves signal transfer at frequency extremes. A cotton fibre conductor wrap reduces mechanical noise and a fully floating high frequency effective, high-density braid and foil shielding combination minimises signal loss through interference. The shields are surrounded by soft PVC to further reduce mechanical noise and this is protected by a hard PVC outer casing.
The Chameleon VEE 3 cable gives us a chance to experiment with conductor configurations. There are four sets of silver-plated conductors within the Chameleon’s outer jacket, plus an extremely effective dual-layer shield. This gives us a chance to terminate the Chameleon XLR in an unconventional way but one that produces particularly good results. The Chameleon VEE 3 RCA is often described as a giant killer cable and the same is true of the Chameleon VEE 3 XLR cable.