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Timbre interconnect with phonos

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Timbre ...
‘the character or quality of a musical sound’

The word ‘timbre’ means the natural distinguishing sound of a musical instrument. We think it’s the perfect name for a cable that will let you hear the true sound of your recordings! It uses the legendary woven geometry and benefits from their highest purity VariStrand™ copper and fluorocarbon dielectric insulation. This all adds up to a level of performance that can compete with other far more expensive offerings on the market –it won’t disgrace itself even in higher end systems.

Arguably, Timbre is one of the best value interconnects in the whole Kimber range. Timbre single-ended cable uses custom UltraPlate™ RCA type connectors and Timbre balanced features "studio grade" XLR connectors with silver plated contacts.

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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.

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 by clicking on the 'Attenuation Guide' tab.

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  • 3 Hyper-pure copper conductors
  • Fluorocarbon insulation
  • KIMBER UltraPlate™ phonos
  • Attenuated option
  • Balanced version with XLRs (no extra cost)
    Basic Electrical Measurements

    Single-Ended (RCA):
    (Cp) parallel capacitance: 62.10 pF / meter
    (Ls) series inductance: 0.493 µH / meter
    (Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.057 ? / meter

    Balanced (XLR)
    (Cp) parallel capacitance: 45.80 pF / meter
    (Ls) series inductance: 1.00 µH / meter
    (Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.0822 ? / meter
  • Reviews

    Jason Kennedy

    "...very good at defining the musicians in a specific space; in other words, imaging is first class for such a reasonably priced cable."

    Read Jason Kennedy's thoughts on Kimber Timbre 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.

    Customer Reviews
    Overall product rating 4.8 / 5
    5 / 5

    reviewed by James
    04 Aug 2019
    Yes, I recommend this product.
    I came on to Russ's website to purchase a 1.5 metre Timbre Interconnect with Minizaps fitted in the cable. WOW!!! Even without burning in, I knew this was the cable for me. As soon as I plugged it in, I had found the sound I wanted and my system has never sounded better.
    I am soon buying a pair of Active speakers and selling my passive ones and I am very tempted to buy a pair of 8TC Phono to XLR cables to use with them. With the 60 day trial I know I cannot go wrong with Russ's company.

    Thank you, I am a very happy customer.

    5 / 5

    reviewed by Gordon Cameron
    24 Mar 2019
    Yes, I recommend this product.
    "Attenuation Really Works"
    My Cyrus CDi sounded OK, but perhaps a bit forward with my very old Celestions, but when I upgraded my speakers it seemed harsh at times and I only used it when through in the next room working. Sitting and listening meant the turntable. I had exactly the problem described in the attenuation guide and it was cured with one of these cables attenuated at 16db. The CD is now performing as it ought and gets used for pleasure and not just background. Still doesn't sound as exciting as the LP12 though. Wonder how many people out there are upgrading CD players without knowing how to get the best out of what they've got?
    5 / 5

    reviewed by Peter Dilworth
    17 Jan 2019
    Yes, I recommend this product.
    "Timbre Interconnect With Phonos"
    I have been using these cables for about 8 months now. I had the DCT treatment done on them when ordered.
    The are fantastic cables, really musical, fast and carry weighty tuneful bass. Great Value!
    5 / 5

    reviewed by A. Fothergill
    04 Mar 2017
    Yes, I recommend this product.
    "Top Notch Cables"
    I'll let you into a secret: in my view these are probably the best value cables in the Kimber range, the performance is excellent.

    I would also especially recommend the MiniZaps and Super Burn-in, these are worth the extra money, lifting the cables to another level, giving you a wonderfully musical, sweet and natural sound without a hint of edge.

    Keep up the good work, Russ and the team!
    4 / 5

    reviewed by G.Evans
    03 Jan 2017
    Yes, I recommend this product.
    "Good Cables ... But Beware"
    Clear open articulate for sure but ...

    can suffer from bad RFI and hum pickup depending on system even when interconnecting to a Power Amp. keep away from HDMI , power transformers and mains cables.

    Recommended but you have been wared.
    Customer Service Reply Thank you for your review. One of the reasons Kimber's interconnects sound so clear and neutral is they lack a conventional screen which can have a negative affect on the sound quality. We recommend, where possible, keeping interconnects apart from power cables and power supplies.
    5 / 5

    reviewed by g gouldsbrough
    18 Nov 2016
    Yes, I recommend this product.
    "Timber Interconect"
    it opened another world, tight bass, music
    seemed to come alive, with more control
    absolute magic.