Chord Company Clearway
Factory Terminated Speaker Cable

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Chord Company Clearway Factory Terminated Speaker Cable

Terminated in the UK by The Chord Company, with ChordOhmic 4mm banana plugs.

Chord Company Clearway speaker cable

Delivering superb performance at a great price! Chord Company Clearway speaker cable has won WHAT HIFI? Best Speaker Cable award 2015, 2016 and 2017.  It uses a clever combination of materials to produce a speaker cable with a performance level that usually costs a lot more!

The Chord Clearway uses 14 AWG multi-strand oxygen free copper conductors – big enough to bring control and definition to both book shelf and floorstanding loud speakers. The insulation is FEP which has a very similar performance to PTFE. The choice of insulation has a profound effect on the ultimate performance of a speaker cable and FEP contributes to the neutrality of the Clearway speaker cable. Other types of insulation will often produce unwanted tonal colourations and while your music should be full of colour your cables shouldn’t. The conductors are arranged in a twisted pair configuration before a soft PVC internal jacket is applied, this helps to minimise mechanical noise and also spaces the twin contra-wound foil shields in relation to the conductors.

Shielding a speaker cable brings subtle nuances that make music come alive. Clearway can transform the performance of your system particularly when it comes to coherence and timing.  It will let you further into your favourite music.

ChordOhmic silver-plated loudspeaker plugs

ChordOhmic silver-plated loudspeaker plugs are designed to bring both the electrical and sonic benefits of silver to speaker cables everywhere. For many years Chord have been using silver-plated copper conductors in theirdesigns. Their silver-plated designs are paired with silver-plated connectors. Using silver in cables can be misunderstood, as many people still associate the use of silver with a bright, overbearing sound characteristic. However Chord believe this brightness is actually caused by a poor choice of insulation material rather than the silver!

Why not gold?

Although gold is generally perceived to be the best plating material for high-quality connectors, its only major advantage is its total resistance to corrosion (not normally a domestic issue!). In Chord's experience the customer also associates it with performance and quality due to gold’s high commercial value. Matters are further complicated by the various other plating materials on offer in the hi-fi industry (e.g. rhodium, copper, brass and nickel) with each having wildly differing prices and claimed performance levels.

Science, statistics and misinformation as Chord see it!

Gold is, in fact, the third most conductive metal available. It is outperformed by both copper (+140% better) and silver (+148% better). Better conductivity means lower resistance and therefore, less signal loss. Less signal loss means increased performance – as expressed by Ohm’s law! Hence the name of theirnew speaker plugs.

Although pure copper is a good conductor, at room temperature it is susceptible to oxidisation and drastically drops in conductivity when oxidised. Plating the copper can protect it from this process. Plating materials include tin (25% as good as gold), nickel (33% as good as gold) and rhodium (50% as good as gold).

Crucially, silver-plating not only makes sense from an electrical point of view, it gives an audibly superior result during listening tests, when compared with gold plated connectors.

What about tarnish?

It’s a common mistake to think that because silver oxidises it is a poor conductor. The reality is that silver does not oxidise until it reaches 170 C. It does, however, tarnish at room temperature, reacting with sulphur in the air. Although tarnished silver is not the nicest thing to look at (on ornaments or cutlery), electrically, it is less troublesome.

Tarnish (normally silver sulphide) is a soft and malleable material and can be easily moved aside with very little force. Chord ensure these forces are present in their speaker plugs and spade connectors. By simply moving a connector in and out of the socket, it is possible to effectively clean the contact points. Ensure all equipment is switched off before doing this simple maintenance procedure. Plugs will also benefit from a major clean, using a good contact cleaner or enhancer.

What Hi-Fi 5 Star Review
"The Clearway helps your system better stitch instruments together"
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