Crystal Cable White Paper
Article By Crystal Cable
Crystal Cable is a newly developed specialized
line of audio and video cables. We are the first derivative from a new cable
generation, designed and tested for critical use in the aeronautic and space
industries. The very thin cables have a transparent outer jacket of Teflon,
making them aesthetically attractive regardless of their surroundings, as well
as being fully functional in the technical sense.
Ultra low distortions
Crystal Cable conductors are optimized to minimize audio signal errors
to nearly zero distortion over the entire audio spectrum and beyond. This is
achieved by using a proprietary, annealed silver-gold metallurgy which minimizes
crystal boundary induced distortions. [Very close to truly amorphous
Although much debated if this is detectable, the common error made by
skeptics is that they tend to analyze voltage distortions, since that is what
most measuring equipment is designed to do. Not many people realize the
importance of current induced distortions. Compared to voltage distortions,
these current distortions are several orders of magnitude higher, and are for
the large part responsible for the deformation of sound from an audio cable.
Crystal Cable subsequently sets new standards for audio performance by reducing
current induced distortion to vanishingly low levels.
Near Zero Cross Talk — To Or From —
The shielding quality of both the individual conductors, as well as the cable
as a whole, is many times better than the thick and inefficiently shielded
products of most high-end competitors. This reduction of noise induced by other
components and even picked-up by the cable itself results in a measurably lower
noise-floor and therefore in a much cleaner and clearer sound, regardless of the
connected system. Noise in cables is a much neglected and misunderstood subject.
Manufacturers of larger cables fail to come up with good methods for testing and
rejecting various electronic "noise." Current belief is that any thick shield
keeps out most noise. In reality this is perhaps enough to keep out about 10
percent of the surrounding energy fields. Too many manufacturers using heavy,
multiple shields, end up with impractically stiff cables... while not even
achieving a satisfactory field rejection rate, even though they may be using
triple or quadruple thick shields. By using ultra thin, yet well designed,
engineered and tested multiple shields in combination with superior internal
geometry, the audio signal passing through Crystal Cable is almost entirely
free from external noise, subsequently increasing the sonic fidelity by a
considerable margin. With the signal to noise ratio so greatly increased, the
silent passages in the music become truly silent, just as originally recorded.
Also, all formerly buried micro details now enhance the realism and true life
sense of the music.
Micro Movement Distortions
Crystal Cable uses a proprietary modeling of the co-axial concept, where the
distances between the central core and outer-skin shields is fixed by high
precision dense foils, preventing any possible deformation. Tolerances of this
insulation are maintained precisely, resulting is a cable with equally
spectacular performance across the entire bandwidth.
Since the main construction principal is based co-axially, with new high
density materials as both dielectric and primary shield, there is no room for
movement of any conductors between the core and the shield. In stranded cables,
even those of high quality manufacture, the tiniest of geometric motion (even
resonances between strands) will generate non symmetrical behavior, causing
reflections at the higher frequency range due to movement induced distortions.
(MID) These distortions are most easily noticeable in the higher frequencies,
due to the skin effect of electrical conductors passing a broad bandwidth of
This is a general problem faced by manufacturers of audio cables. When using
Teflon, Polypropylene, PVC, nylon, and cotton for their cables dielectric
insulation, the softer mechanical properties of these materials causes a
subjective effect that is easy to detect, the most common being a sponginess and
subsequent lack of dynamics in music. Soft details tend to loose precision and
air. Combination cables with air filled tubes tend to make this effect even
worse. Eventually the wires can move very easily towards each other and after
bending or other force put to cables built like this, their electrical
properties will deteriorate markedly.
The whole objective of these manufacturers is to obtain lower capacitance,
resistance and inductance. Unfortunately, this traditionally comes with the
expense of higher distortions and a dynamic-range reduction due to a higher
noise floor. In most properly designed audio cables, capacitance is not an issue
as long as the total value does not exceed the driving capabilities of the
electronics. In real-world practice, Crystal Cable interconnects can be used to
about 20m (65 feet) without sacrificing even the slightest transparency of
sound. Also, even after forces which would deform lesser cables, Crystal Cables
will maintain its structural and electrical integrity, as well as their superb
By nature, Crystal Cables are immune to inductances (generated by all cables)
throughout the entire audio bandwidth. This is of great importance to achieve an
undistorted and correct impulse response regardless of frequency and in part,
accounts for Crystal Cables superb linearity in frequency-dependant response.
When connecting high-power amplifiers to low-efficiency loudspeakers, these
effects are multiplied. The Crystal Cable loudspeaker cables are therefore as
ideally suited for power-hungry systems as they are for highly efficient
designs. Both systems strongly benefit from the Crystal Cable principle of low
inductance, low capacitance, low resistance, virtually immeasurable induced or
generated noise, and grand, sweeping dynamics with even the tiniest of nuances
proudly presented. Even with the smallest and hardly noticeable model called
CrystalSpeak Micro, many kilowatts can be handled. The very low inductance,
capacitance and resistance guarantees superb response with no compromises
Highest Quality Material
Crystal Cable uses the best possible conductors and isolators.
A proprietary, annealed gold and silver alloy for the central, positive
conductor. This alloy's inherent properties allows a near-zero state of
crystalline-boundary and other spurious induced distortions.
Kapton foils as dielectric and electrical/mechanical shield. Kapton is very
hard and has a high 400ºC melting point. It is a superb insulator and
exceptionally strong, especially when configured in a triple layer such as in
Braided silver mesh, which has dual purpose functions of both carrying the
negative signal and acting as an additional layer of shielding for the central
Clear Teflon outer coating which is not only a good insulator but also
reduces any pickup of stray electrical fields generated outside the cable. (even
things as seemingly innocuous as static charges from rugs or carpets!)
Because of their high price and difficulty to machine thinly, these exclusive
conductive and isolation materials are normally not used all at the same time
for consumer products. When combined together, these cables come as close as
theoretically possible to a purely "amorphous conductor" without the
astronomically high price tag such a product would otherwise command.
Another of their other special properties is the fact that they are
mechanically extremely strong and very durable. As previously stated, this
attention to detail maintains the purity of signal, without any losses from MID.
It is clear that Crystal Cables uses only the very best available materials to
build a compact yet strong cable. The incredible strength, reliability and the
high voltage breakdown ratings also ensures that it is an extremely safe product
in practical use despite its small size. (none of the: "Dog eats AC-cord"!!)
Crystal Cable made sure these cable will fulfill a long lasting wish among
audiophiles: To purchase an audio cable that is truly advanced, giving top-notch
results in virtually every system, and which will serve for a lifetime.
The additional advantages of being very small and eye pleasing make these
cables highly desirable in systems where neat and tidy is preferred to large and
bulky. This is especially important in today's larger and more complex systems
when cutting holes in walls or floors in order to route unsightly large cables
is not a preferred option. Crystal Cables allow both audiophiles, videophiles
and their significant others to have the best of both possible worlds... eye
pleasing but with the best possible audio and video reproductions.
The amazing small diameter adds to the illusion that these cables perform
wonders. However the designs of Crystal Cable result from genuine scientific
calculations, together with advanced metallurgy. The development and testing for
lightweight, small diameter, high noise rejection, high power capabilities, and
safe cables for advanced aerospace applications, has helped the development of
Crystal Cable very much. The additional need for excellent audio properties came
partly from the use of extreme low distortion proprietary core wire. The
combination of proven but advanced materials, constructed in a new formation, is
the creative formula of this new brand.
These cables are optimized to be truly system independent.
subjective listening results are achieved over the entire audio range. The
richness and purity of the music will quickly result in Crystal Cables become
your new reference.