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Galibier Design - Fall River & Spring CreekAll of our cables are named after rivers in the US West. 

Our interconnects are minimalist designs which follow Western Electric design principles:  ultra low capacitance and minimal use of plastic (only small bits of heat shrink).  We use cotton sleeving in place of Teflon. 

For some background on our design philosophy, check this blog post.

Garden hose designs are the antithesis of good design.  This isn’t about audio jewelry and quality isn’t measured by the mass of the cable but by musical engagement. 

Note that for photographic staging, the interconnects shown here were reinforced in order to hold their shape.  They are in fact, extremely pliable.

30 Minute Break-in

By the time your system is warmed up, your signal cables are broken in!  This is just one of the benefits of our minimalist design.

We have a word for components with long break-in periods:  unstable.  You’ll never hear us telling you to wait for 400 hours to break in your interconnects or speaker cables.

For compliance and safety reasons, your power cables are fully jacketed.  They are burned in at the factory for 72 hours and require no further break-in by you to reach full performance.

A word about capacitance …

The professional audio world knows the importance of low capacitance cables, but it’s generally glossed over in most manufacturers’ specifications.

Of course, capacitance is only part of the story.  Low capacitance doesn’t guarantee good sound, but high capacitance is most certainly its enemy.

Out with Teflon

In our experiments with Teflon sleeving (very low capacitance), comments from our listening panel included words like:  “sanitized”, “threadbare”, and “uninvolving”.  One individual commented that the presentation reminded them of an over-damped listening room. 

They made similar comments during development of the NiWatt amplifier.  Teflon coupling capacitors compressed the dynamics and killed the magic.

This is why we use cotton sleeving in place of Teflon in our interconnects. 

Trust your ears

At the end of the day, leave the worrying to us and enjoy the music.  No one can tell you what’s right, and the proof is in the listening.

Contact us to arrange a no-risk demo.

Clear Creek – Tonearm Interconnect

Galibier Design - Tonearm InterconnectA 5-pin DIN connector at one end with either RCA  (unbalanced) or XLR (balanced) connectors to link your tonearm to your step-up transformer, phono stage, or preamp.

The Clear Creek takes the same minimalist approach as our Spring Creek interconnects.

Construction:

  • Copper litz wire
  • KLE/Eichman Bullet Connectors (RCA) or Neutrik (XLR/balanced)
  • Cardas 5-pin DIN connector
  • Internal cotton sleeving for ideal capacitive behavior
  • Braided copper shield

Specifications:

  • Capacitance:  17pf per foot
  • Effective Wire Gauge:  24
  • Maximum (standard) length:  4 feet / 1.2m

Demos:

Contact us for details.

Pricing:

  • RCA termination: $795
  • XLR (balanced) termination: $995

Spring Creek – Line Level Interconnect

In most cases, we recommend the unshielded version (lower capacitance).  Refer to special applications (below) where shielding is recommended. 

Galibier Design - Spring Creek Interconnect

Construction

  • Copper litz wire
  • KLE/Eichman Bullet Connectors (RCA) or Neutrik (XLR/balanced)
  • Internal cotton sleeving for ideal capacitive behavior
  • Shielded cables have a braided copper shield

Specifications:

  • Capacitance:  17pf per foot
  • Effective Wire Gauge: 24
  • Maximum length: 5 feet / 1.5m

 Demos:

Contact us for details.

Pricing (all lengths up to 5 feet / 1.5m):

  • Unshielded RCA (unbalanced):  $695
  • Shielded RCA (unbalanced):  $795
  • Shielded & Balanced (XLR):  $895

 

 

Colors:

Galibier Design - Braid Color Options

Navigating behind a busy equipment rack can be confusing. 

We offer the braiding colors shown, which can simplify identifying the cable you’re working with.

 

Safety Note:

This applies to power (mains) cables and interconnects from all manufacturers!!  Never remove or otherwise disable the safety/earth ground on the power (mains) cable of any of your electronics! 

Many audiophiles will remove the safety/earth ground (the third prong) from their power (mains) cables.  They will leave only one mains cable with an active 3rd, ground prong – typically, their line stage. 

They do this in an attempt to eliminate ground loops. 

This is a violation of safety code and should be avoided at all costs.  You do not want to die for your hobby!

Bypassing the mains ground on any of your power cables presents two safety problems:

  • It puts the burden on the interconnects to carry the safety ground.  A safety ground running through an interconnect can fail when potentially lethal currents are present.
  • Some electronics “float” the signal.  This means that the “ground” on your RCA/XLR is not not connected to the chassis.  With these designs, if the mains cable ground is disabled, the chassis is no longer grounded. 

If you have a hum problem (ground loop), contact your component manufacturers for a solution, or alternatively, or implement isolation transformers between the offending components.

In the early days of radio, some chassis had a 50% chance of carrying high voltage!  Here’s an interesting read on the All American 5 radio.  Scroll to the section: “Potential Hazards of the Design”.

Special Applications:

Conversion cables:

Balanced to unbalanced conversions:  applications where a balanced device is connected to an unbalanced device.

Step-up transformer to phono stage.

This cable should be as short as is practical and as low capacitance as possible.  Our cables have a capacitance of 17pF/foot.  We typically build this cable in an 18 inch (or 50cm) length.

Shielding is generally required.

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!

Wind River – Speaker Cable

These speaker cables are an effective 9 gauge and are very flexible and easy to route around your equipment.Galibier Design - Wind River Speaker Cable

Construction:

  • 9 gauge, tinned copper
  • Spade lug or banana plug termination available
  • Optional braid colors available (red, blue, black)

Demos:

Contact us for details.

Pricing for single run, spade lug termination:

  • 4 feet: $795
  • 6 feet: $895
  • 8 feet: $995
  • 12 feet: $1,295
  • 16 feet: $1,595
  • 20 feet: $1,895
  • 24 feet: $2,195

Bi-wire pairs also available (single termination at amplifier end).

Colors:

Galibier Design - Braid Color OptionsWe build them the way you want. 

Choose any of the colors shown, or (for example), choose two reds and two blacks for easy polarity identification. 

In all cases, the heat shrink at both  ends is always color coded for quick polarity identification.

Fall River – Power Cable

Galibier Design - Fall River Power Cord

During development of the NiWatt amplifiers, we auditioned numerous power cables and none of them seemed right. 

It once again became obvious that we could more quickly develop our own, rather than endure endless auditions of other manufacturers’ products. 

In the Summer of 2018, we went through some two dozen iterations, and settled on a formula.  We sourced a manufacturer in the Fall of 2018, and we now have a cable deserving of the Galibier name.

Every pair of NiWatt amplifiers sold will be delivered with a pair of these cables.  The NiWatts deserve nothing less. 

We encourage you to compare these against cost no object cables.  These cables are honestly priced with a money-back guarantee.  We could easily charge 5 times their selling price, but that’s not how we roll here at Galibier. 

Talk to us about a no-risk demo.

Construction:

  • 12 gauge, UL 62 and 1581 certified, PVC jacketed cable
  • Schurter IEC connector with soldered termination
  • Pass & Seymour wall plug

About the connectors:

We’ve auditioned all of the popular audiophile connectors and settled on the ones above.

If you insist on Furtech (or any other brand) connectors we’ll build them for you for a surcharge, but we will not guarantee the results.  Change the specification and this becomes your design (with no money-back guarantee).  See below for pricing. 

We encourage you to audition the cables as specified by us.  You won’t be disappointed.

Colors:

Galibier Design - Power Cord Braid CoveringIt may seem trivial, but we’ve found that when working around complex rigs, color coding your cables can help you navigate the “rat’s nest” behind your rack.  The four colors shown are available.

Demos:

Contact us for details.

Pricing:

  • 4 feet: $475
  • 6 feet: $575
  • 8 feet: $675
  • 10 feet: $775

Optional connectors:

  • Furtech FI-28 / FI-28M Gold (wall & IEC):  add $225 to above prices.
  • Furtech FI-28 / FI-28M Rhodium (wall & IEC):  add $275 to above prices.
  • Other connectors (e.g. Wattgate) – inquire.

Safety Note:

This applies to power (mains) cables from all manufacturers!!  Never disable the safety/earth ground on the power (mains) cable on any of your electronics!

Many audiophiles do this to address ground loops (hum).  Click on the “Interconnect” tab on this page for additional information.  You do not want to die for your hobby!