The Chord C-Series are a cost effective, high performance range of cables. Too good to be labelled “entry level”, these cables prove the point that cables make a difference. This is the spark of musical life you are hearing.
The Chord C-stream cable perfectly illustrates the process used to develop and build every product that Chord produce. Chord's first step was to establish that streaming / Ethernet cables have an influence on sound quality. That was the easy bit. Chord collected several different types of streaming cables, Cat 5, 6, and 7 variants, took them into the Demo Room and listened. They used different streamers, from entry level to high end and music at all available sample rates. What Chord learned from this was that different cables did influence sound quality and that those differences could be heard on both entry level and high end equipment. They could also be heard on music at all sample rates. They also learned that the direction in which the cable was connected had an influence on overall sound quality. As a result of this Chord designed the Chord C-stream streaming cable. The C-stream is a very high quality Cat 7 specification cable; the contacts are gold-plated and the plug body is over-moulded, which provides excellent reliability and secure strain relief without deforming the cable and affecting performance. Obviously any conventional streaming/Ethernet cable is going to work regardless of the direction it’s connected. However the C-stream streaming cable is designed to be used as part of a music system and is directional, in that it will sound better when connected in a particular direction. When installing a C-stream, look for a small black dot at one end of the cable; this is the end of the cable that should be connected to the source component. For example, when used between a router and streamer, the plug with the black dot should be connected to the router. The C-stream has been designed for use with audio streaming systems that require cables with RJ45 connectors. The C-stream uses high quality oxygen free copper conductors with and low density polyethylene insulation, each conductor pair is separately shielded and an overall high density foil shield is applied prior to a vibration damping outer jacket. The RJ45 plug has gold plated contacts and is an over-moulded design that improves reliability. Audio streaming systems are the dawn of the digital revolution and if you’re serious about the quality of the music you listen to, pay good attention to the cables you use. Shielding is important – and you will hear the benefits.
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