Line Level – Spring Creek
Development of the NiWatt amplifiers exposed the flaws in our current cabling. This theme runs through all of our cable products.
The NiWatts showed us how unsuitable many materials are for audio, not the least of which is Teflon.
The near ubiquitous use of Teflon in mainstream audio, combined with our experience with ETI connectors mandated that we develop our own interconnects, and the result is the Spring Creek.
We think you’ll find these cables to be a breath of fresh air. Contact us for details on our satisfaction guarantee.
- Copper litz wire
- ETI Kryo Low Mass Connectors (RCA or XLR/balanced)
- Cotton sleeving for ideal dielectric behavior
- Shielded cables have a braided, tinned copper shield
- Click the “Technical” link (thumbnail, below) for more details
- Effective Wire Gauge: 24.5
- Maximum length: 2m
- Capacitance – RCA (shielded & unshielded): 17pF / foot
- Capacitance – XLR: 17pF / foot (positive to negative)
- Capacitance – XLR: 26pF / foot (positive to shield & negative to shield)
Introductory Pricing (all lengths up to 2m):
- RCA (shielded & unshielded): $895
- XLR (Balanced and Shielded): $995
In most cases, we recommend the unshielded version (lower capacitance). Step-up transformer to phono stage is one possible exception (see below).
Conversion Cables Available
Balanced to unbalanced conversions: applications where a balanced device is connected to an unbalanced device.
Step-up Transformer to Phono Stage
For this application, we recommend starting with unshielded, and only shielding if you experience RFI problems. We’ll be happy to exchange your unshielded cable for a shielded one. Take note that Kuzma’s standard wiring for their 4Point Tonearm is unshielded (a loose twist of the 4 signal wires with no outer shield).
We recommend unshielded cables in order to keep the capacitance as low as possible.
Also for reasons of low capacitance, we recommend as short a length as is practical. Our unshielded cables have a capacitance of 17pF/foot. We typically build this cable in an 19 inch (50cm) length, but can adjust it to your requirements.
The reason length is important in this position is because a step-up transformer multiplies the cable’s effective capacitance by 100 (this is for a 1:10 step-up transformer). In other words, a one foot interconnect in this position has the effective capacitance of a 100 foot interconnect!