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Chord Shawline X speaker cable
Shawline X speaker cable is based around Chord Rumour (now known as Rumour X) – a favourite for 20+ years. The conductors are silver-plated, insulated with XLPE and arranged in a twisted pair configuration. To produce Chord Shawline X, we’ve taken the existing conductor layout, added a specially chosen PVC internal jacket to reduce mechanical noise, before applying the same high density, dual-layer foil and braid shield that we use on Chord Epic.
Previous versions of Shawline/Rumour speaker cables used PTFE insulation (often referred to as Teflon™) and until the arrival of Taylon®, this was our “go to” material. Although expensive, PTFE offered the best performance.
Material technology is constantly developing and improving and alternatives to PTFE are now available. While the high cost of Taylon® prevents us from using this in all of our ranges, we found a suitable replacement among the family of insulation materials known as XLPE (Cross-linked Polyethylene). One particular version stood out and following listening tests, proved to be clearly (sonically) better than the PTFE in Shawline/Rumour speaker cables.
Rumour/Rumour X has been part of our range for so long because of its performance. It’s neutral (ie. not biased towards one particular sound) and capable of carrying high levels of detail and dynamic information. Because of this, it will carry music in an extremely coherent manner. In other words, your music sounds more like it should.
Shawline X takes this as a starting point and refines it. The whole reason for using high frequency effective shielding is that by reducing interference, the cable is better able to carry the micro-dynamics and timing slurs that musicians use so much to define rhythm and expression. The Shawline also carries the very fine details that reveal more of the timbre of individual instruments. This allows you to look further into and get more involved in music, with the added benefit of enhancing the image and depth of the system it’s being used in.
Shawline X speaker cable is available off the reel or terminated at our UK factory with ChordOhmic 4mm banana plugs or ChordOhmic spade connectors.(0 reviews)
Chord Shawline Streaming cable
Shawline Streaming interconnects are designed to offer the very best musical performance from streaming audio systems. They are part of the acclaimed Shawline range which includes digital and analogue interconnects, loudspeaker and power cables. The cables are built to our exacting standards, then rigorously tested at our UK facility. Custom lengths (over 5m) are built and tested by our UK team.(0 reviews)
Chord Shawline Digital RCA and BNC
Digital cables are not all the same and it doesn’t take much listening to hear that. Detail is great, but it is pointless hearing everything the bass and drums are doing if they’re not doing it together. The Shawline Digital brings coherence and detail together.
The Shawline Digital uses an ARAY conductor configuration that immediately makes it very different to most other digital cables. Just for a start – and like our other digital cables it uses identical conductors for the signal and the return, and there’s an ARAY conductor as well. The Shawline Digital uses silver-plated PTFE insulated conductors and they’re surrounded by a dual layer high density braid and foil shield to minimise high frequency interference. The design is influenced by the high end digital cables that we developed, particularly by the degree of musical coherence they bought to systems. Most of our dealers have demonstration stock – so go have a listen. When an improvement is a musical one it’s very easy to hear.
The Shawline is available in 0.5m and 1m standard lengths. Custom lengths are available to order. As well as direct silver-plated Chord VEE 3 RCA plugs we can also supply the Shawline Digital terminated with high quality silver-plated BNC plugs.(0 reviews)
Chord Shawline Analogue RCA
The first Tuned ARAY cables were developed using our then flagship Sarum cable range. The Shawline analogue cables use the same Tuned ARAY conductor geometry to produce a ground breaking cable. All Tuned ARAY cables have an extraordinary degree of musical transparency and the Shawline Analogue transforms the performance of the new breed of DACs, CD players and Streamers that deliver so much performance at very affordable prices.
The challenge with producing the Shawline Analogue is that all Tuned ARAY cables require a high degree of precision that can only be achieved with painstaking hand assembly. The Shawline is built from FEP insulated silver-plated conductors and use a composite shielding material that works over a wide bandwidth and also reduces mechanical noise. The cable is assembled within a flexible plastic tube chosen to further reduce mechanical noise and a protective outer braid is fitted.
Shawline Analogue RCA cables are turntable-ready as standard.
RCA plugs are Chord VEE3 and are direct silver-plated to improve signal transfer. We can also terminate the Shawline Analogue with Din plugs and by adding extra conductors we can produce an outstandingly good Shawline XLR cable. The standard length is 1m and custom lengths are available to order.(0 reviews)