The design of ChordMusic is very similar to Sarum – this time though the insulation is called Taylon, a unique insulating material with a lower dielectric value than PTFE and critically it’s an insulation material that remains phase stable. ChordMusic is also the first Chord speaker cable to feature a Super ARAY conductor configuration. Each set is hand built to order and during the build process, a layer of noise reducing braid is added, along with a further external shield. ChordMusic is also fitted with silver-plated banana plugs. This is the most neutral, uncoloured cable yet produced. It carries signals with an extraordinary degree of accuracy right across the audio frequency. ChordMusic can take a music lover into an entirely new world. A quite extraordinary speaker cable that will transform the performance of any system.
Conductor: High purity heavily silver plated OFC
Configuration: Twisted pair
Shielding: Individually shielded positive and minus conductors. High density silver plated foil and dual silver plated 95% coverage copper braid.
Overall dia: 2x8mm
ChordMusic speaker cable is available in pre-terminated lengths, from 1.5m
Custom lengths and custom terminations are available to order
The relationship between conductor material and insulation material is critical to the performance of any cable, particularly if the aim is to design cables that are tonally neutral – music is full of colour, cables shouldn’t be.
For a long time we have used a combination of PTFE – in various forms – and silver-plated conductors; this combination is not uncommon and once burnt in, it is pretty neutral and has less tonal influence on the signal it carries than other types of insulation. Chord Sarum Tuned ARAYand Super ARAY cables take this combination to its ultimate end point. The conductors are micro-polished prior to silver-plating and gas-foamed PTFE is employed as a dielectric. We have also fitted a PTFE RCA plug surround which improves upon the acrylic version previously used.
ChordMusic benefits from all of these advances; it uses the same Super ARAY technology and the same PTFE plugs. What sets it apart is Taylon® – a unique insulation material that has never been used to produce audio cables before. Taylon® is exclusive to The Chord Company and is the best-performing dielectric we have ever used. Although its dielectric constant is very slightly lower than PTFE, crucially, Taylon® is phase-stable at typical room temperatures. Dielectric choice plays a critical part in the performance of any audio cable and Taylon® insulated conductors, combined with the Super ARAY conductor configuration, produce the most natural, musically coherent cables.
Super ARAY conductor technology
All ChordMusic cables use the new Super ARAY conductor configuration. Super ARAY technology is a development of our original Tuned ARAYdesign. The Super ARAY conductor technology keeps all the musical coherence of the Tuned ARAY design and brings big increases in the levels of musical detail the cable is able to carry.
The Super ARAY tuning process is very different for each cable type; the end result though is consistent. Super ARAY technology produces analogue and digital cables that can carry breathtaking levels of detail in an extremely coherent and musical way.
The new Super ARAY configuration used in ChordMusic requires the same exacting build as previous Tuned ARAY cables and again, a combination of precision machinery and meticulous hand assembly is used.
During the development of ChordMusic it became very obvious that we were dealing with a level of musical transparency we had not encountered before. This led to further experimentation. Seemingly insignificant changes in construction brought surprising improvements. Because of this, the ChordMusic cables have three external layers of noise reducing materials along their lengths. The first of these is designed to reduce levels of mechanical noise; the second was chosen to constrain the noise reducing layer in a very precise way; finally, beneath the white braided finish, there is a metallic external braid. Each one of these layers contributes to the overall performance.