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Miles Ahead of Other Cables
World-class Hexlink 5C interconnects are a tough act to follow. But Cardas Cross bests them with an advanced design that offers more detail, cleaner image focus, and greater transparency. As one of our customers put it, Cross is miles ahead of any cable that has come before it. This is an interconnect that simply demands to be heard, and it's one of our bestsellers.
The light and flexible feel of Cardas Cross gives little indication of the complexity that lies beneath its turquoise jacket. The cable is constructed using a symmetrical quad-axial 17.5 awg "Golden Section" constant "Q" Crossfield litz conductor of Pure Copper. The 136 discrete conductors ensure maximum signal transfer, while the double shielding screens out EMI and RFI noise. Insulation is pure teflon combined with air dielectric to keep energy accumulation to the barest minimum. The urethane outer jacket flexes easily.
The Constant "Q" design of Cardas Cross arranges different diameter conductors in ascending order of strand cross-section from the center toward the cable outer circumference. Conductors are sized according to Cardas' proprietary Golden Section Stranding, which earned the company an award for "The Most Significant Contribution of the Advancement of High End Audio in Cable and Accessory Design" from the Academy for the Advancement of High End Audio. In real world terms, the ground-breaking design reduces cable resonance produced by fluctuating current flow for a clearer, more in-focus sonic signature.
An exceptional cable deserves exceptional termination. Cardas Cross is terminated with premium Cardas Gold/Rhodium RCA connectors. Rhodium is a precious metal that won't oxidize over time like connectors that are plated with gold alone. It is also far more durable than gold, offering a significant upgrade from other materials. The superior metallurgy used in this connector along with the fantastic build quality make the Cardas Gold/Rhodium RCA one of the best RCAs on the planet.
How do I know if Cardas Cables are right for my system?
Cardas cables sound very smooth with excellent bass extension. Higher frequencies are more relaxed and flow smoothly, - never hard or edgy. Sound staging and imaging are first-rate.
What types of systems benefit from Cardas Cables?
Virtually any system will sound better with Cardas: especially ones that sound "bright" or "forward," or are lacking in bass extension.
What improvements are there from the bottom of the Cardas line to the top?
Just about every aspect of performance is improved. More expensive Cardas cables are more linear, more efficient, and just plain sound better. Bass extension is deeper and more powerful. The midrange becomes more three dimensional, and upper frequencies are better defined, with more "air" surrounding each performer.
"My system is just not good enough for Cardas cables - especially the really high-end stuff."
We hear this comment all the time, and it's just not true. While high-end systems certainly require high-performance cables, entry-level systems can also be significantly improved with better cables. The differences are not subtle, and can even be heard on "boom-box" type portable systems. Never think your system is not good enough for premium cables. You can hear the difference - or your money back!
Cardas cables required extended break-in periods. Please allow at least 100 hours of play for proper burn-in of the cable. Many customers report that Cardas cables continue to improve even after 500 hours of lay.
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|Very nice midrange for headphone amplifier|
I use a Cross XLR pair to connect my Bryston BDA-1 to BHA-1 headphone amp. This cable is thick but reasonably flexible over a very short 0.5m distance. It gave my headphone listening a richer, fuller midrange, deep bass, and overall an improved sound profile, not lacking in detail with less brightness. Highly recommended. Not sure how this performs on full speakers in a main system, but it is fabulous for headphone audio.
|- Pete M, AB|