SHUNYATA ALPHA INTERCONNECT – XLR (trade-in) (1.5m pair – excellent condition) 1 PAIR ONLY!
Analog Interconnects carry a system’s lowest-level signal. Unlike the high-speed signals in digital cables, or the mass-current traveling through power cords or speaker cables, analog Interconnects must be designed to perform a refined, yet simple purpose, which is primarily to preserve and protect the source’s original signal. With high levels of RFI, EMI and component radiated noise ever-present, interconnects require careful consideration be given to isolation from their external environment. Less well known, but equally important factors affecting performance are internally generated micro-distortions such as skin-effect and dielectric absorption, inherent within all signal-carrying conductors.
Shunyata Research scientist Caelin Gabriel, a recognized expert in area of signal-transmission and low-level signal resolution, has developed specialized metal treatments, conductor geometries and patented technologies that addresses both the external and internally generated distortions that interfere with the superior resolution of the original signal. These technologies start with the finest raw material in Ohno Continuous Cast Single Crystal Copper, which is used in all Shunyata Research interconnect models. The Ohno Copper is then wound into hollow core conductors which Shunyata terms VTX(tm) (Virtual Tube Conductor). VTX(tm) conductors dramatically minimize conductor distortions known as skin-effect.
In the Delta model interconnects, the conductors are made larger and include the finest fluorocarbon dielectrics for improved resolution and for the first time, KPIP(tm) (Kinetic Phase Inversion Process) is used to pre-condition conductors well beyond what normal break-in accomplishes. From Alpha through Sigma
interconnects, Shunyata’s most advanced patents and technologies, such as ΞTRON® and the Transverse Axial Polarizer (TAP) are deployed, further minimizing distortion and dramatically improving resolution.
Alpha interconnects feature Shunyata Research’s exclusive patented ΞTRON® technology that reduces dielectric distortion. Ohno Continuous Cast Copper, VTX(tm) (hollow core) conductors with expensive fluorocarbon dielectrics make for a true reference quality interconnect. KPIP(tm) eliminates burn-in issues.
WIRE: Ohno 16 gauge twisted pair, VTX(tm) geometry, FEP dielectric, braided shielding
TERMINATION: Shunyata XLR, tubular gold pins.
PLEASE NOTE: For lengths longer than what is listed, contact us directly for a quote.
Technologies used in this cable
Shunyata Research uses only the highest purity of copper available for the production of its wire products. OFE Alloy 101 or C10100 is the highest grade of copper with a minimum 99.99% purity and a conductivity rating of 101% IACS. OFE stands for oxygen-free electrolytic and supersedes the term OFHC (oxygen-free high conductivity). C10100 is the only grade of copper that comes with a written certification of purity. Certified by ASTM F68 C10100.
Ohno wire, also called PCOCC was invented in 1986 by professor Atsumi Ohno of the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan.
Copper wire is created by an extrusion process that pulls a rod of cold copper through a small orifice which creates multiple crystalline boundaries. By contrast, Ohno wire is made by a process using heated molds that cast a wire to form a single crystalline structure. Ohno wire is well known for its exceptionally pure, grain-free sonic qualities.
Shunyata Research’s exclusive VTX(tm) conductors are made in the shape of hollow tubes. Since current can ‘only’ travel through the outer rim on the wire, there are no skin effects or random eddy currents. VTX(tm) conductors are made from pure OFE C10100 or Ohno (single crystal) copper.
KPIPTM (Kinetic Phase Inversion Process) was developed by Caelin Gabriel after years of research into the underlying causes of various effects such as burn-in, wire directionality and the effects of cryogentic treatment. He discovered that there
was an underlying core principle that burn-in and cryogenics only “partially” addressed. Once the governing principle was understood it became possible to create a processing technique and machine that could virtually eliminate the need for burn-in and cryogenic treatment.
ArNi® is a type of wire created by Shunyata Research designed to be the finest quality wire available for audio purposes. It begins with the highest purity of copper available – OFE C0100 or Ohno (single crystal). Then it is formed in virtual hollow tubes eliminating skin effects and eddy current distortions. In addition, the wire undergoes our proprietary KPIP(tm) process.
ΞTRON® is a technology developed by Shunyata Research that prevents dielectric absorption and re-radiation in signal transmission. It requires a special type of conductor that has two signal paths and an electric field compensation circuit
that creates a cancellation signal that prevents the insulation from developing a charge. ΞTRON® cables preserve the integrity of the source signal even when using very long runs of cable. Patent US 8,912,436, Patent Ch ZL201180047344.2.