High End 2017 TABlog
he Chord Company demonstrated the impact of the new Sarum T and ChordMusic cabling. As reported by Roy Gregory, the new Sarum T cable is an update of the Sarum line using a new material, trade named Taylon. The new insulating material replaces Teflon (PFTE), which is widely used in the audio industry. Taylon was developed for precision weapons-guidance systems, which have critical parameters for phase shift. One-meter Sarum T interconnects are available with RCA terminations for $4895 per meter pair, or with XLRs for $5695. ChordMusic interconnects with RCA terminations are $5320 per meter pair and $7700 for XLRs.
Chord Companys Alan Gibb played several tracks, substituting a single three-meter cable that delivered the signal from the DAC to the integrated amplifier.
First up was the now-discontinued standard Sarum with PTFE insulation. Then came the new Sarum T cable, followed by the companys highest-level cabling, ChordMusic with Taylon. The cabling was used in a system that featured Computer Audio Design source electronics and amplification and Boenicke Audio speakers.
The sonic improvement after the first cable switch was immediately and dramatically obvious -- the music found its groove, with more air and a greater sense of ease and pace. The new insulation seemed to turn the switch from two- to three-dimensionality. The second cable switch, up to the more expensive ChordMusic cable line, was, if perhaps not quite so dramatic, a move in the right direction, adding more body and an improved sense of dimensionality.
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