It is said, wire is just wire. In reality, a high-end audio cable must balance resistance, capacitance, inductance, conductance, velocity of propagation, RF radiation and absorption, mechanical resonance, strand interaction, high filtering, reflections, electrical resonance, dissipation factors, envelope delay, phase distortion, harmonic distortion, structural return loss, corrosion, cross-talk, bridge-tap and the interaction of these and a hundred other things. As a high-end cable manufacturer, Cardas Audio strives to address every detail of cable and conductor construction, no matter how small.
An elegant solution deals with quality, not quantity. Cable geometry problems are resolved in the cable’s design, not after the fact with filters. George introduced the concept of Golden Section Constant "Q" Stranding to high-end audio, but Golden Ratio, 1.6180339887... : 1 is as old as nature itself. Golden Ratio is the mathematical proportion of life itself, the heart of musical scales and chords. "Discovered" by the Greeks, but used by the Egyptians in the Great Pyramid centuries before, man has employed Golden Ratio to create his most beautiful and naturally pleasing works of art and architecture.
Both the Clear and Cross lines feature Golden Ratio scaled, ultra-pure copper multi-stranded Litz conductors, carefully chosen dielectric materials, and innovative manufacturing techniques.The Clear line refines the design principles found in Cross, with new discoveries in metallurgy and termination techniques. Clear cables have Matched Propagation conductors, in which the propagation rate of the conductor is matched to that of the dielectric, as described in George's latest US Patent, #7,674,973.All cables are made and hand-terminated in the US.
Choosing a cable:
Cables are system dependent - what works well on one system may not necessarily be right for another. Much like how a speaker that works well in one room may not be right in another.
Cables from our Cross line are known for their warmth and musicality. TheClear line of cables offer unprecendented clarity and depth, and spectacular imaging.
As with any manufacturer's products, both of our cable lines are arranged in an entry-level to flagship heirarchy.
In simple terms, a person looking to add warmth, and tame the digital harshness in their system would do well to choose a cable from the Cross line. Somebody looking for added depth & clarity should consider a cable from the Clear line.
The Clear & Cross lines
Cardas Audio produces two distinct lines of cables, Clear and Cross. There are various interconnect, speaker, power and digital cables in each.
The Cross line has been in production the longest, with designs that evolved from the original Cardas cables.
The Clear line represents the latest developments and insights into audio cable design. All of the Clear cables feature Matched Propagation conductors, as described in US Patent 7,674,973.