Chord Shawline, nothing doing

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Chord Shawline, nothing doing
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Chord Company has launched the Shawline cable range, which has been carefully designed to do, what it describes as nothing. Its 30 years of design and manufacturing experience means that the company can now make cables that it says do nothing but carry the signal.  They claim that it adds no colouration, has no signal loss and uses wide bandwidth, high-frequency-effective shielding. The Shawline range is hand-built in the UK and comprises digital, analogue and loudspeaker cables, featuring the company’s proprietary Tuned ARAY technology at a new low price of £200.  The same conductor geometry as seen in Chord’s Sarum Tuned ARAY cables is now available with Shawline.

Shawline analogue
The new Shawline analogue interconnect – available in DIN, RCA and XLR versions – uses Tuned ARAY technology and comes fitted with silver-plated Chord VEE 3 RCA plugs with PTFE insulation, Shawline’s conductors are built from silver-plated multi-strand oxygen-free copper, insulated with PTFE.  Its unique shielding is designed to work across a wide frequency range and reduce mechanical noise. The conductors are contained within a specifically chosen outer jacket to ensure flexibility and to further reduce mechanical noise. Analogue RCA 1m: £200; additional metres £80

Shawline Digital
Shawline Digital uses proprietary ARAY conductor geometry developed for digital cables. Also fitted with silver-plated Chord VEE 3 RCA plugs with PTFE insulation (or high-performance silver-plated BNC connectors), the new design features a tri-conductor configuration, optimised for digital signal transmission.  Features include silver-plated, PTFE-insulated conductors with an internal PVC jacket that reduces mechanical noise and correctly spaces the high-frequency-effective high- density braid and foil combination shield. Digital: RCA 1m: £200; additional metres £80

Shawline loudspeaker cable
Chord’s most discreet and flexible shielded speaker cable to date, the Shawline loudspeaker cable is a new design featuring silver-plated conductors and high-frequency-effective shielding. 16 AWG multi-strand silver-plated conductors with PTFE insulation are employed in a twisted-pair configuration, with a PVC internal jacket to minimise mechanical noise. Shawline loudspeaker cable is available off-the-reel and in factory-terminated lengths, the latter fitted with Chord Company gold-plated banana plugs. Speaker: £30/m unterminated; factory banana/spade terminations 8 plugs one pair £100