Chord announce more affordable C-line ARAY Hi-Fi interconnects
The Chord Company, as its name suggests, originally concentrated on building Hi-Fi interconnects and has maintained its focus on careful material selection and termination with all its cables still being hand terminated at their UK factory. They went on to develop higher performance versions which then extended into digital cables, resulting in ground-breaking Tuned ARAY technology. Now this tech has been applied to their analogue cables which is used in the Chord reference Sarum and Signature cable ranges. Now that same technology has been used in the latest, and more affordable, C-line.
The Chord Company’s Tuned ARAY technology was originally developed for the flagship Sarum cable range (£1600 for 1 metre tuned ARAY RCA pair), but Tuned ARAY’s reputation for producing new levels of transparency, detail, coherence and musical involvement, soon meant the technology was introduced across a wider cable range, most recently digital and streaming products.
The new C-line analogue RCA cable has become the most affordable interconnect to use elements of the ARAY construction technique in The Chord Company’s line-up.
The Chord Company has implemented its prestigious ARAY techniques to create an entry-level cable for the first time, thanks to a solid partnership with a trusted manufacturer which Chord has been working with on C-line for more than a year.
Even though these cables have been ‘outsourced’ they are still produced to the same exacting standards that The Chord Company has become famous for and every C-line will be carefully hand-tested and packaged in Wiltshire.
The C-line features pseudo-balanced (pseudo-balanced interconnects are always directional i.e. the screen and return path must be connected at the ‘source’ end for them to work best) oxygen-free copper conductors with fully floating high-performance shielding. The word is that the C-line has been optimised for maximum performance with CD players, DACs, phono-stages and streamers; it is also apparently the perfect choice for use with home-theatre systems.
In addition to being constructed using ARAY techniques, C-line also benefits from unique direct gold-plating technology, plus ultra-reliable over-moulded strain-relief for the cable’s plug terminations.
I am interested to see if I can hear the difference between these and my current interconnects.
A 1 metre C-line interconnect costs £45 from The Chord Company website.
Pseudo-balanced Oxygen free copper conductors ARAY technology Unique direct gold-plating technology fully floating high density shielding ultra reliable over-moulded strain relief available RCA to RCA in 0.5m and 1.0m lengths