As with all our cable series developments, the speaker cable is the cable we start with. The Silver Diamond cables were something of a surprise to those that heard them and we were even surprised at exactly what they could do. So deciding to try to better them was no small undertaking. While reviewer’s were incredibly impressed with the Silver Diamonds we wondered if there was anything else we could bring to the performance to improve them. What we ended up doing is starting from the ground up again looking at each step in more minute detail and tweaking each and every iteration to optimise performance and optimise we did. The Statement speaker cable not only surpassed the Silver Diamond but did so spectacularly, once again blowing our expectations clean out of the water.
Designed and built to match the performance of the Statement speaker cable we had to completely re-think the way we approached the RCA in terms of its micro-geometry, production process, isolation etc but the time and R&D spent on developing these cables has been worth it, having the same performance profile as the speaker cable. Or as one listener described their experience connecting the RCAs into a system with the Statement speaker cables:
“Just when I thought this is it, there’s no room for additional improvement, the RCAs were plugged in and…voila, another big step forward towards even more realistic reproduction.”
In terms of interconnects, in a fully balanced system a good XLR audibly out performs a good RCA. We will just say that this is the best XLR that we have ever produced and you will hear why. All the superlatives applied to the Statement cables apply to these XLRs and some!
It was no easy task to develop a power cable with a similar sonic signature and performance as the other Statement cables because each cable has its own challenges to optimise performance but without doubt this has been accomplished. They are very large cables and not the most flexible you will find but when they are in your system there is no doubt which range they were developed for.
Tellurium Q® is often asked what do we do that makes our cables perform so well? The simple and unsatisfying answer is that we do a lot of little things together that mount up to be very important in preserving the relative phase of a signal. People assume that to get the best performance the “fastest” conductor – pure silver of something even better has to be used. Which is also one of the reasons for the pointless chasing of nines as I call it i.e. copper to 99.9999999% purity as if that is the single most important factor for a cable! Surprisingly, to get the most natural sound, it is not just about merely conduction. This is the reason, any conductor from any cable manufacturer on this planet will act as an electronic filter and by that I mean that the various frequencies relative to one another get shifted with each material they pass through and are also affected by insulators, geometries, shielding etc.. The interesting thing is that materials affect ranges of frequencies in dissimilar amounts. It really is a finely tuned balancing act to make sure that you get a natural, transparent transmission. This takes a LOT more research than people would imagine. Even down to the solder that we use. Not standard by any means for the audio industry and we have tried numerous mixes and diverse percentages of silver in the solder but at the end of our testing and development we find we have a solder with no silver whatsoever (no lead either).Even the process by which we solder and the temperature/time, “envelope” to complete the process is tightly controlled and specified and it is not the same for each cable either! The connectors may look relatively ordinary but have multiple layers of plating and not always the material you would expect. There is even more detail and precision within the plating process itself, because we specify the thickness of the plating and what has to be in the plating bath and what should not be. These are just a couple of tiny details that make up just one small part of one cable. The detail, precision and care is the same for the rest of the products. And each little step needs a controlled listening and testing against other options which is immensely time consuming but hopefully the results speak for themselves. From what we have learnt, especially in the last few years, we have been able to bring you the Statement cables. They are the Tellurium Q® Statement of the performance that we think is currently possible. We hope that you enjoy your system more with your Statement cables.