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Mains Cables


Most products nowadays have detachable mains leads, If yours do then a worthwhile improvement in sound quality can be heard from plugging in an Audiophile grade mains cable.


If you’re unsure of the type of mains connector you need please look at the list here


Mains cable sound quality is a complex issue, so I’ve tried to avoid giving too many subjective impressions here, as  it is ultimately very dependent upon the equipment but also the quality of the mains where it is used. For this reason we recommend trying cables at home before purchasing wherever possible. The following cables are normally available for demo and we have selected them for the sound quality they offer.


Chord C-Power Mains cable

The C-Power must be the most stealthy mains cable on the market. Don’t let the plain appearance put you off though, it may have moulded plugs (to keep the cost down), but under the skin there is Chords floating shielding and 14AWG copper conductors. It’s available in one length only and with a UK mains plug to 10A IEC.


Chord C-Power 1.5 mains cable: £55.00


Rega Reference Series Power Lead

The Rega Reference Series Power Lead uses a fully earth tinned copper braid surrounding 1.5 mm square copper conductors for both huge current capability and low noise. This is a very consistent sounding cable, working well with every item we’ve tried it with, and is a very good value for money cable. It is terminated with an IEC connector and is 1.5 metres long.


Rega Reference Series Power Lead: £109.00


Atlas Eos

This is a very wll priced high performance cable from Atlas. It uses 2sq mm high purity copper conductors contained within PTFE insulation and an RF screen. It is available in set lengths as priced below, or can be made to any length to order. Standard UK connection is UK mains plug to 10A IEC, but it can also be supplied with a variety of alternatives, including 16A IEC and figure of 8 connectors at the same price.


Atlas Eos mains cable 1m: £192.50

Atlas Eos mains cable 1.5m: £205.25

Atlas Eos mains cable 2m: £218.00

Atlas Eos mains cable 3m: £243.50

Extra metre: +£25.50


Audio Note Isis mains cable

Following the success of the Sogon mains cable, Audio Note have introduced a much more affordable design which uses high purity copper conductors rather than silver. It’s a much chunkier cable than Sogon too, with each of the three cores having 150 strands and resulting in a diameter of approximately 11mm, but like Sogon it’s a remarkably flexible cable.


At the time of writing it’s very early days as we’ve only just started experimenting with this cable, but initial thoughts are extremely positive, as it sounds a lot more expensive than it has any right to. There’s a great sense of rightness to this cable, it sounds smooth (or perhaps grain free is a better description) and refined without losing any of the edge or excitement in the music. What’s more there’s great separation between musicians . The low frequencies are also really nicely extended and powerful.


More thoughts will follow when we’ve had the time to try it in a wider number of systems, but at this moment we would highly recommend an audition of this excellent cable.


The cable is available either as an unterminated length for DIY termination, alternatively we can fit what ever connectors you like from our wide range of connectors (please contact us with the desired spec for costings) or the Audio Note factory can fit their own silver plated connectors (as priced below).


Audio Note Isis mains cable, per unterminated metre: £132.00

Audio Note mains termination charge including a silver plated IEC and UK mains plug: £115.00


Chord Shawline Purple Power Chord

The Shawline Purple Power Chord is a dual layer shielded cable with high density vibration damping outer jacket. It is available with either IEC or 16A IEC connectors (the latter for an extra £15 cost). The cable can be made to any length to order, I’ve priced the most popular ones below:


Chord Shawline Purple ‘Power Chord’ 1M IEC mains cable: £200.00

Chord Shawline Purple ‘Power Chord’ 1.5M IEC mains cable: £250.00

Chord Shawline Purple ‘Power Chord’ 2M IEC mains cable: £300.00

Extra metre: +£50.00



Atlas Eos 2.0

The Eos 2 mk2 mains cable is made with high purity 2sq mm OFC copper strands that are insulated with extruded PTFE (Teflon), twisted to reject EMI, damped by the use of cotton filler stands, wrapped in an aluminium foil (with drain wire) and covered with PVC sheath beneath a fabric outer sleeve.


Rhodium plated connectors are included, as standard in the UK the connectors are UK mains plug to 10A IEC, but the larger 16A IEC and even the C7 figure of 8 connector can be fitted at nio extra cost,. The cables can be made to order to almost any length, but I have priced the most common lengths below with UK mains plugs to IEC’s. Other connectors including Schuko and Nema connectors are also available for other countries (please enquire for pricing).


Atlas Eos 2.0with Atlas Rhodium plugs, 1 metre length: £245.00

Atlas Eos 2.0 with Atlas Rhodium plugs, 1.5 metre length: £257.00

Atlas Eos 2.0 with Atlas Rhodium plugs, 2 metre length: £269.00

Additional cable: +£24.00 per metre


Atlas Eos 4DD

The new EOS 4DD is an evolution of the EOS2.0 featured above. It features the same grade of copper and PTFE insulators with a 4mm cross section for an even lower impedance and high current capability. The DD part of the name stands for Dual Drain - the technology that has filtered from their Mavros and Asimi cables which reduces RF noise to an even greater extent than the standard cable, for even quieter backgrounds and improved resolution of low level detail.


Rhodium plated connectors are included, as standard in the UK the connectors are UK mains plug to 10A IEC, but the larger 16A IEC and even the C7 figure of 8 connector can be fitted at nio extra cost,. The cables can be made to order to almost any length, but I have priced the most common lengths below with UK mains plugs to IEC’s. Other connectors including Schuko and Nema connectors are also available for other countries (please enquire for pricing).


Atlas Eos 4DD with Atlas Rhodium plugs, 1 metre length: £324.50

Atlas Eos 4DD with Atlas Rhodium plugs, 1.5 metre length: £345.75

Atlas Eos 4DD with Atlas Rhodium plugs, 2 metre length: £367.00

Additional cable: +£42.50 per metre


Nordost Leif series Mains Cables

            

Above left: Purple Flare figure of 8 cable                                            Above Right: Blue Heaven mains cable


The Leif series of mains cables includes three models, the Purple Flare (intended solely for figure of 8 connector equipment), Blue Heaven and Red Dawn. The Purple Flare and Blue Heaven cables use 65 strands of fine 99.9999% oxygen free copper for each conductor, which has their spiral wrapped mono filament construction to provide a mainly air dialectic - please see the photo of the inside of the mains plug on a Purple Flare below. The only difference between these two models is the addition of the earth wire on the Blue Heaven (and the fact that the latter is naturally a bit thicker and fractionally less flexible). The sound is fast and well resolved, tonally they are nicely balanced too and there’s a very decent level of resolution for the price.

Above: Purple Flare close up


The Red Dawn (pictured below) is the top mains model in this series of cables and uses thicker conductors than the other two. This adds greater scale and solidity to the sound, whilst retaining all the other strengths.  


All of these cables are available in any length required, however please note that Nordost recommend the ideal minimum length of each cable should be 2 metres for the best performance, so I have priced them accordingly below.


Nordost Purple Flare 2 Metre Figure of 8 mains cable: £164.99 (+ or - £20 for a 0.5 metre increase/decrease)

Nordost Blue Heaven 2 metre IEC mains cable: £239.99 (+ or - £35 for a 0.5 metre increase/decrease)

Nordost Red Dawn 2 metre IEC mains cable: £399.99 (+ or - £35 for a 0.5 metre increase/decrease)


Chord Signature ARAY Power Cable

  

As you’d expect from Chord, the Signature Aray mains cable shows tremendous attention to detail, with every element considered carefully. The silver plated connectors were chosen following extensive auditioning, as was the fuse, plug damping and naturally the design and layout of the cable itself. The Chord Aray technology is used for the first time outside their range topping cable mains cables. As standard it is supplied with a UK mains plug and 10A IEC. To special order 16A IEC versions are also available.


Chord Signature Aray Power Cable 1m: £550.00

Additional half metre: +£50.00 each


Nordost Norse series Mains Cables

Above: Nordost Heimdall 2 mains cable


The Norse series is the second range up within the Nordost family of mains cables, and consists of two models. They both feature their micro mono filament design which uses silver plated very high purity copper strands. No strand is allowed to touch one another and are given a predominantly air dielectric insulation thanks to the spiral wound cores surrounding each wire (please see close up pictures below for a better idea of how they’re made). The main change between these two cables is the number of conductors used, with the Heimdall 2 there are three and on the Frey 2 there are 5 in total.

As you’d expect from their apparent constructional similarities with the Valhalla (featured below), these cables offer a real taste of what that remarkable cable achieves at a more affordable price. They might not quite reach the giddy heights of bandwidth, resolution and dynamics of the Valhalla, but they offer a remarkable chunk of performance considering the price differential and are still superior in these areas to all the other cables we’ve tried. Very highly recommended!


Nordost Heimdall 2 two metre IEC mains cable: £749.99 (+£150 per extra metre)

Nordost Frey 2 two metre IEC mains cable: £1,599.99 (+£250 per extra metre)

  


Chord Sarum Super Aray Mains cable

The Sarum Tuned Aray is the most sophisticated mains cable that Chord have produced. It features their Tuned Aray principle as well as having individually insulated live, neutral and earth conductors with the aim to reduce noise transference as far as realistically possible. Foamed PTFE insulators are used around the micro polished silver-plated copper conductors, and high quality silver plated connectors are fitted as standard.


As befits a cable that is this heavily screened, it has an impressively calm presentation, with great low level resolution and black backgrounds. There is great space and smoothness evident too.


Chord Sarum Mains cable 1 metre: £1,700.00

For every extra half metre add +£450.00



Audio Note Sogon mains cable

The Sogon mains cable is, like all the top Audio Note cables, made with pure silver conductors. It is remarkably flexible by the standards of most audiophile mains cables. A full write up will follow, but initial listening to this shows a new level of subtlety and expansiveness is possible and it works exceptionally well with source components and pre amplifiers. For exceptionally high current applications I may suggest trying multiple runs for the optimum performance. It is sold in half metre lengths and can be factory terminated, alternatively we can supply and fit a variety of suitable connectors for  individual applications, please contact us for details.


Audio Note Sogon Mains Cable: POA at request of manufacturer

Audio Note mains termination charge including a silver plated IEC and UK mains plug: £100.00


Audio Note Sootto mains cable

The Sootto scales up the Sogon recipe, featuring 150 strands this cable has much higher current capability.



Audio Note Sootto Mains Cable: POA at request of manufacturer

Audio Note mains termination charge including a silver plated IEC and UK mains plug: £100.00


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