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.
SpecificationsThe cable Chord Signature Tuned ARAY analogue interconnects all use the same unique conductor formation, developed for our flagship Sarum Tuned ARAY interconnects.Each Signature conductor is built using high quality silver-plated conductors. Insulation is PTFE and the shielding consists of two layers of high-density silver-plated braid that is effective over a very wide frequency range. The shielding is covered with a white PTFE precision applied outer extrusion. Like Sarum, Signature Tuned ARAY cable is produced to extremely tight tolerances. The plugs The Signature Tuned ARAY RCA cable is fitted with Chord’s ultra low mass RCA plugs. The silver-plated centre pin is set into a PTFE insulation block. The low mass silver-plated shield/return connector is fitted and a PTFE layer applied, before the precision machined, vibration damping acrylic plug casing is fitted. Our beautiful acrylic plug surrounds are individually machined for us by a British company that specialises in high precision acrylic parts for use in the medical industry. Use it with Do not underestimate the profound improvements to performance that Tuned ARAY technology brings. The Signature Tuned ARAY is exceptionally transparent, both dynamically and particularly in terms of detail, timbre and pitch. This is an interconnect that can be used with almost any level of equipment and will deliver music with high levels of detail and an extraordinary level of cohesiveness.