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SilverStreak interconnect with phonos

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Silver Streak

Silver Streak offers a major step up in performance via the addition of high purity silver conductors. This copper / silver hybrid cable builds on the performance of all the preceding models. Two strands of TCSS copper and one strand of AGSS silver (two each in the balanced version) provide a smooth, rich, wide open sound with dynamic range and pacing way beyond the asking price. A true audiophile bargain that can satisfy even the most demanding music lover.






Specifications

  • 2 Hyper-pure copper conductors
  • 1 Hyper-pure silver conductor
  • Fluorocarbon insulation
  • KIMBER UltraPlate™ phonos
  • Attenuated version
  • Balanced version with XLRs (uses 2 silver and 1 copper conductors)


  • Optional Upgrades

    We offer a number of additions and treatments to take the performance of your Interconnect to the next level. To find out more, click on the 'What's this?' link next to each icon above right.




    Basic Electrical Measurements

    Single-Ended (RCA):
    (Cp) parallel capacitance: 53.0 pF / meter
    (Ls) series inductance: 0.750 µH / meter
    (Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.061 ? / meter

    Balanced (XLR)
    (Cp) parallel capacitance: 37.10 pF / meter
    (Ls) series inductance: 1.07 µH / meter
    (Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.105 ? / meter





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    Is CD overload restricting the sound of your system?

    Today, it is all too common for an amplifier's performance to be restricted because the output voltage of the CD player is too high. This can introduce distortion to the sound and restricts the amount of volume control you have. The problem can also occur with other components too, such as DVD/Blu-ray players, tuners, SACD players, MiniDisc players and even, on occasion, turntables!


    The solution is to use an interconnect which 'attenuates' the signal from the CD player allowing a much more controlled and better sound from your system. Find out more about attenuation here
    Attenuation Guide
    The Problem

    Do you find that you have very little control over your volume? Do things start to get too loud when you are only using a small part of the range on your volume dial?  If so, it's likely that you will benefit from an attenuated interconnect. Read on to find out...

    The best input sensitivity for an amplifier (to allow for full dynamic range, differences in recording level etc) is 500mV (half a volt). This sensitivity works very well with no input overload and has a good range of control on the volume control. In practical terms this means that, for normal listening levels, the volume control should be in the centre region of its range (12 o’clock on a clock face). This allows you the flexibility to play your music very quietly up to very loud depending on your mood. The trouble is that most people’s volume control is only a fraction of the way through its range for normal listening levels (see diagram below).

    The standard CD/DVD output voltage is 2 volts. Most people find that they can only use the volume control up to 8 or 9 on the clock face scale because many amps are now designed with 300mV or even 150mV input sensitivity. This produces what I call ‘dynamic overload’.

    The Effect

    The effect of dynamic overload is to reduce dynamic range, mask differences in the music, cables, mains, support etc, flatten the soundstage from 3 to 2 dimensions, add bright hardness (or sometimes dullness) and reduce bass extension. Worst of all, it takes the musicality out of the music.

    The volume control is just like a water tap, the number of turns varies the amount of water you get. The pressure of water controls how many turns of the tap are required (the water pressure is equivalent to voltage in electronics.) We have all probably experienced the effects of too high a water pressure in a wash basin! To cure it, all you need do is fit a pressure control valve (an attenuator) on the pipe to turn the pressure down. 

    On a preamp or integrated amp the volume control just acts as a tap for the volume. The last thing you want is overload, so you must reduce the voltage (pressure) to the volume control (tap) with a resistor attenuation network.


    The Solution
    The solution to the overload problem is to reduce the voltage level of the source output by the using our attenuators.  These are available on all KIMBER interconnect types with, the exception of the shielded KC1 and the Select range, or as stand-alone in-line versions.
    Once the overload problem is cured you will hear increased dynamic range, increased dimensionality, smoother sweeter treble, deeper bass and, above all, much more musicality. You will also find that you can now use much more of the range of the volume control. 

    What level do you need?

    To work out what level of attenuation you need, find out what the input sensitivity of your amplifier is (often printed in the specs as a mV figure.) Then find out what the output level of your CD player is - usually 2 volts. 

    Now consulting the chart below read across to find out what attenuation you need. So, for example, a CD player with a 2V output and an amplifier with 300mV input would need an attenuation level of -11dB.




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    Customer Reviews
    Overall product rating 5 / 5
    5 / 5

    reviewed by Graham Coleman
    18 Jan 2018
    Yes, I recommend this product.
    "Silver Streak Din To Din Type D Naim To Naim"
    Contacted John Armer with regards to purchasing this cable great service the cable was to replace a chord interconnect to my 9 month old Avid Ingenium and I am glad i did. Better all round, great Sound stage more depth and height of which i was very surprised. I have had the same interconnect for my CD player for a few years and wish i had upgraded to this interconnect sooner .