Analog cables carry a system’s lowest-level signal. Unlike the high-speed signals in digital cables, or the mass-current traveling through power cords or speaker cables, analog cables must be designed to perform a refined, yet simple purpose, which is primarily to preserve and protect the source’s original signal. With high levels of RFI, EMI and component-radiated noise ever-present, analog cables require careful consideration be given to isolation from their external environment. Less well known, but equally important factors affecting performance are internally generated micro-distortions such as skin-effect and dielectric absorption, inherent within all signal-carrying conductors.
Shunyata Research scientist Caelin Gabriel, a recognized expert in area of signal-transmission and low-level signal resolution, has developed specialized metal treatments, conductor geometries and patented technologies that addresses both the external and internally generated distortions that interfere with the superior resolution of the original signal. These technologies start with the finest raw material in Ohno Continuous Cast Single Crystal Copper, which is used in all Shunyata Research analog cable models. The Ohno Copper is then wound into hollow core conductors which Shunyata terms VTX™ (Virtual Tube Conductor). VTX™ conductors dramatically minimize conductor distortions known as skin-effect. In the Delta model cables, the conductors are made larger and include the finest fluorocarbon dielectrics for improved resolution and for the first time, KPIP™ (Kinetic Phase Inversion Process) is used to pre-condition conductors well beyond what normal break-in accomplishes. From Alpha through Sigma cables, Shunyata’s most advanced patents and technologies, such as ΞTRON® and the Transverse Axial Polarizer (TAP) are deployed, further minimizing distortion and dramatically improving resolution.