THE debate over the benefits of costly interconnects, speaker cables and power cords will never abate. But when a company bases its work off feedback from studio engineers and musicians, you want to pay attention, no matter the camp in which you’re entrenched.
Missouri-based EnKlein offers a range of wire accessories for audiophiles and musicians who have a discerning ear for tone and texture, and want to milk their equipment for maximum performance. While the line-up is not extensive, some of the products – like the Amphora phono cable, Zephyr interconnect and Taurus power cord – have already garnered attention.
EnKlein’s trademarks are its proprietary shielding methods and connectors, used with high-grade copper and silver conductors. The latest in the line is the company’s first digital interconnect, the Digital AG.
This one is constructed from high-purity silver conductors, with silver RCA terminations. XLR connectors are an option and these use thickly silver-plated pins over high-purity oxygen free copper.
According the the EnKlein literature, “the body of the Digital AG cable is based on our proprietary sealed air tubes, constructed with a unique longitudinal symmetric winding. The cable assembly is specially designed to dampen harmonics created by fundamental digital frequencies, reducing pulse deformation and preserving energy.”
The Digital AG uses solid silver conductors, which is rare for a digital cable. This ensures “congruent resistance across the length of the cable to reduce jitter.”
EnKlein claims the Digital AG interconnect “preserves the liveliness, rhythm, pace, soundstage and expressive character EnKlein is renowned for, revealing minute detail, timbre and harmonic shades previously obscured within your digital playback system.”
Mere hyperbole or the audiophile truth? Well, you can find out for yourself, at the price of US$3,800 a metre.