Chord Epic Reference speaker cable - from £500
“That’s got more than a hint of Sarum characteristic to it. It seems to disappear, you can use this with almost any system and it doesn’t get in the way of some serious high end equipment. We’re impressed.”
Chord Epic Reference speaker cable develops the shielded conductor design used on Epic by applying a separate high frequency effective shield to each conductor. The 12 AWG silver-plated conductors are insulated with PTFE, before a PVC jacket is applied to correctly space the dual layer foil and braid shield.
In terms of performance, Epic makes a very good case for the use of shielded speaker cables. Epic Reference moves the performance (and the design) quite a bit closer to Chord’s original award winning shielded speaker cable, Chord Signature.
Epic Reference carries dynamic information and detail in a very coherent manner. This makes for extremely realistic sounding music, acoustic and electric instruments sound really lifelike, and the complexity of tone that makes great instruments such a joy to listen to is easy to hear. More though, is the way that Epic Reference helps a system to sound coherent and musical, and that’s a compelling reason that makes Epic Reference a cable worth listening to in any decent system.
Conductors: 2 x 12 AWG 19 strand silver-plated oxygen free copper, each conductor set is shielded.
Conductor insulation: PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene). We believe that to obtain the most neutral tonal characteristic from silver-plated conductors it is vital to use PTFE insulation.
Internal conductor surround: A PVC spacer jacket is applied to correctly space the conductor in relation to the dual layer shielding.
Shielding: Dual layer, high density braid and overlapped foil.
External jacket: PVC.
Configuration: Twisted pair configuration. All sets of Epic Reference are factory produced and terminated to order. The conductors are twisted together and held in place, a precision engineered aluminum clamp designed to hold the conductors in place without any performance affecting cable compression.
Diameter: 2 x 7.3mm
Colour: Translucent brown.
Terminations: Chord 24 karat gold-plated banana plugs, direct gold-plated copper spade connectors and BFA Canon connectors.
Use it with: Chord Epic Reference produces an extremely accurate performance over a wide bandwidth, making it ideal for use with wide bandwidth floor standing loudspeakers. One of the major benefits of shielded speaker cable is the definition and control they bring to bass, which really helps produce properly coherent rhythm and illustrate just how close the relationship is between the drummer and the bass player.