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Offering a tricked out, hot-rod version of the Award Winning SC-5 speaker cable seemed like a natural progression, after the overwhelming success of our IC-3SE. While we had things on the drawing board, our intentions were not only to push the envelope of an already great cable to theoretical limits, but also to come up with a breakthrough product. To again offer cost no object performance, at an Audio Art Cable price.
A New Design is Born
Here’s the ugly truth: Any length of speaker cable degrades a system’s performance by affecting the amplifier’s efficiency. Like the effects of shunt capacitance in instrument cables and series inductance in microphone cables, signal degradation caused by speaker cabling is always present to some degree. The most obvious negative effect of speaker cabling is the amount of amplifier power wasted.
Although silver and copper are very good conductors, they’re not perfect. Both metals have a certain amount of resistance, and are “seen” by the amplifier as part of the load.
So, how to improve performance results associated with resistance? First, minimize the resistance of the cabling. This can be done by using larger gauge conductors, or in this case, using a double run of cable, which effectively increases a single 14 gauge SC-5 cable to a beefed up 11 gauge cable! Doubling up a run of cable improves the "damping factor" of the amplifier. In other words, it couples the amplifier to the speaker more efficiently by cutting the resistance (and inductance) of the cable in half. The huge improvement in performance this brings to an audio system must be experienced to be believed, as the difference in sound is greater than a small reductionin resistance might logically predict.
More than just a double run of SC-5 cable in a fancy jacket? You bet your [b]ass it is!
To expand on the technical ideas proposed above, and to further achieve the ultimate in fidelity that the SC-5SE design would allow, we needed to find connectors and create solder joints that would compliment it in the best possible ways. Since we became smitten with the quality and performance of Furutech products while designing our power 1, the decision to use the FP-201(G) Spades, and the FP-202(G) bananas, with their pure copper, and copper alloy α (Alpha) Conductors was an easy one to make. Not only are these parts machined to an extraordinarily high level of fit and finish, the quality of interface with your components and speakers, not to mention the cable, is absolutely second to none. They are also an amazingly good value in the high-end audio marketplace. If there are better spades and banana connectors out there, we have not seen (or heard) them!
Vocalists in the room, Stunning Resolution, Dynamics, & Slam, Bass to Die for, Huge 3-D Soundstage….it’s all here!
In theory, to maximize the quality and fidelity of a connector / cable interface, attention should be made more to contact pressure than to contact area. This being said, we use Cardas’ exceptional Quad Eutectic
solder to tin the cable ends. We then firmly screw the Furutech connector’s bolts into the hardened solder, causing the bolt to “bite” into the solder/wire. This creates what is known as a “gas-tight” connection or “cold weld” joint, considered to be the optimum cable / connector interface.
So what does it all really mean? Well, that’s where you, your system, and most importantly your music and movies come in. You’ll have to order a set to find out!!
The breathtaking, spellbinding, and amazingly musical SC-5SE is here. Experience a pair in your system today!
What's Being Said About SC-5SE:
- Conductors: Dual 14 Gauge Cables shot-gunned to form an 11 gauge array; Multi-Strand Ultra High Purity Silver plated OFC copper
- Dielectric: Foam Polyethylene
- Capacitance: 39.0 pf/foot
- Resistance: .00125 ohms/foot, each conductor
- Diameter : 20mm
- Jacket: Super Flexible PVC with Durable TechFlex® Jacket outer.
The sound had not only muscle but also ease….the Audio Art SC5-SE cable allows more information to pass through with far greater ease.Bass had massive authority not merely in depth but weight and detail….the soundstage was huge but not bloated and reproduced the proportions of the original venue with tremendous localization of instruments, focus and a cushion of acoustical air around each instrument…Separation on massed vocals was wide, deep, three-dimensional and solid. The overall impression was one of humanizing the recorded event. Real people were performing, real instruments were creating the sound. ‘Hi-fi’ was replaced by a more intimate experience of a real event. If I had to choose a single word to describe the Audio Art SC5-SE speaker cable, it would be unambiguous
. You know precisely the location and character of everything. Decisions by the recording engineer are obvious. Artistic decisions by the performers are equally obvious.
…among the most involving
cables I’ve had in my system. IC-3SE Interconnects? Involving, dynamic, lit up….more bass heft…SC-5SE Speaker cables? Ditto. Fast and involving with a spacious stage and a dynamic sound, with well-endowed nether regions. power 1SE? Punchy, more dynamic, more bass heft……every time I put the Audio Arts in the system(s), I felt subtly more involved than with a bevy of others [that] were to varying degrees less involving
….With many recordings…the Audio Art SE Series Cables had me by the heart…[other cables] tended to sound dynamically lackluster by comparison.
Great Rob, now what the [heck] do I do? ….listened to the SC-5SE’s and they blew me away. I didn't think they could improve things that much better than the SC-5 Classic, but wholly crap they certainly did! Had Eric Clapton in concert in my living room last night. Now that I've slipped back into Audio Nervosa, thinking I need another SE pair to bi-amp…….you've made a convert of me, and I will certainly spread the word. Forever converted,
Andre C., Appomattox, VA
The [SE cables] instantly improved the sonic relevance of everything.....I cannot believe what I am hearing…phenomenal realism and clarity....I thought my system sounded good before, but my goodness gracious! I am stunned by the sonic presence and accuracy… Your cables are a stone cold bargain and people need to know! I am full of joy at the moment and needed to let you know your cable design has touched upon the holy grail of sonic pleasure….a revelation. I have demo tested at least 10 different cables from price points up to $1500.00 a pair and yours by far put them all to shame. I am going to put on my favorite Allison Krauss CD and share a glass of wine with my wife while listening to these awe inspiring cables. By the way, a listening session we had at [my friend’s] house tonight was great. I brought over the SE’s, and did a side by side comparison…..bass was tighter, and the highs just shimmered. The grin on his face was priceless….Great cables, Nicely Done!
Tony T., Bloomington, IL
I am constantly finding new sounds as I go through my CD’s. The most obvious improvement, compared to my former ICs, is tighter, more defined bass, with….more extension. Highs are smoother and more "musical". Something totally absent [before] to the point where I had come to believe my speakers were simply too bright, almost shrill, whereas now violins are a pleasure to hear. There is also much more micro-information, clarity in the "snap" of bass strings, and even the "whoosh" of Astor Piazzola's "Bandoneon" (a small accordion-like instrument used in tango ensembles), blowing air. In all, a definite, even unexpected improvement in my system. Congratulations from a very satisfied customer.
Luis C., Santiago, Chile