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SS800 MK2

Speaker Cables

Close in Performance to Our Top of the Line SS-1000 MK II
We have developed a new speaker cable that is a significant improvement over the SS-800. Named the SS-800 MK II, this 12 gauge cable represents a ambitious effort to make this improvement and still stay in an affordable price bracket. We believe we have achieved our goal.We know that we will get a lot of e-mail from people asking in what way it is superior to the standard 800 version. (We expect to hear the same from our new SS-1000 MK II cable).

While the performance is improved virtually overall, the most prevalent are in dynamics, focus, inner detail, and harmonic accuracy – and most important, it is enjoyably musical! These improvements are attributable to design/construction changes. The improvements are in two specific areas: The weaving geometry for the Mark IIs is done with a planetary cabler. This weaving machine, which allows engineers more freedom in designing more complex and more effective weaving geometries This process also produces a much more accurate and consistent weaving geometry. Accuracy and consistency from foot to foot is essential to replicate and realize the benefits of the theoretical “on paper” design. The process is much more labor intensive, primarily in the set up for the production run, and in monitoring during the run. Consequently, it is more expensive to produce.
Although the weaving geometry is not as sophisticated as in the top of the line SS-1000 MK II, it is sufficiently sophisticated in that it aids in providing performance close to that to the SS-1000 MK II.

Additionally, we use PTFE Teflon in most all of our cables; however, the insulation we are using for our four new cables, while it is purchased as PTFE Teflon, we are modifying it during the wire manufacturing process. Again, a little more costly. Our modification to the PTFE Teflon insulation allows for substantial reduction of the signal discharge back into the metal conductor. Explanation: All insulations covering a metal wire will absorb a portion of the signal as it flows through the metal wire. That signal will discharge back into the metal wire, although it is delayed by a small fraction of time. This discharge back smears the real time signal that is passing through resulting in small but discernable distortion.

We are pleased that we have achieved our development goals and are providing additional increments of performance improvement to enthusiasts and hope they will take advantage of our 45 day trial period. See further details below or call us at 800 321 2108.

We continue to use an effective shielding system as we do in all our cables. We know of no other speaker cable manufacturer that includes a shielding system. Noise that you never realized was there disappears yielding a dead quiet background. The SS-1000 MK II also takes advantage of silver in its design through use of our proprietary Silverfuse conductors. The conductors are 12 gauge,insulated with a version of Teflon (modified to our specifications); resulting in the best insulation available.

We have also included a heavy-duty outer jacket to protect the interior and to also prevent against sharp bending of the cable. We have found that cables that do not have this additional protection, if bent too sharply, can be susceptible to sustaining small fissures (cracks) in the conductor which, over a period of time; degrade the performance of the cable. This is one of the reasons that used cable gets into the used cable market. Performance has deteriorated and usually the former owner does not realize why. This is especially true of cables that use a mesh cloth as their only outer protection. (Mesh cloth outer coverings are a sign of a hand made cable. See our Cable Hype page concerning the problems with hand made cables).

The cabling (weaving) pattern is proprietary and optimal to match the other parameters of design of the cable. It is polypropylene-filled, and in conjunction with the polypropylene, contains an anti-static, anti-vibration barrier. Our prices include preparation with top quality gold-plated connectors of your choice. How does this cable perform? A significant step above the prior version – perfectly neutral without emphasizing any portion of the frequency range. It has a wide and deep sound stage and excels in transparency and fidelity of timbre. We are confident that our customers will adopt this cable as the new standard of excellence.

We continue to use our proprietary Silverfuse alloy conductor material.

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