CLEARVIEW BALANCED EXCALIBUR RIBBON INTERCONNECTS
Clearview's Balanced Excalibur Ribbon Interconnects are some of the fastest, most transparent, most detailed and least colored balanced interconnects available at any price. These new super-minimalist Balanced Excaliburs beat balanced interconnects up to $19,000, including top of the line models from Nordost, Audioquest, Acoustic Zen, DH Labs, Goertz, Audio Note, Kimber, MIT, Cardas, Transparent, Harmonic Technology, Straightwire, TARA, XLO, and Synergistic.
The basic design principles that make the Balanced Excaliburs sound much more unsmeared and revealing are:
Our conductors are high purity, proprietary metallurgy copper ribbon, custom rolled and heat treated to our specification. They are far thinner than the conductors of any other high end interconnects (including competing flat-wire designs); thus, they have far less of the skin effect that causes such disastrous bass and treble smearing in standard garden hose interconnects.
We have eliminated the remarkably bad-sounding standard XLR connector, a connector whose relatively huge mass of high dielectric absorption plastic (that is, the central pin-anchoring slug of insulation inside the XLR's outer shell) cripples the sound of every conventional balanced interconnect. Instead of the sound-degrading three pin XLR plug, we simply provide three separate male pins (at the downstream end) and three separate female jacks (at the upstream or music source end). These are of extremely thin wall brass construction (to greatly reduce skin effect) and unplated, since gold, rhodium and silver termination plating invariably degrade sound.
The insulation is a handmade polymer sheath, super thin for lowest possible dielectric absorption (twice as much insulation means twice as much dielectric absorption). Our polymer formulation is a major sonic upgrade over Teflon.
Each interconnect is given three separate treatments: chemical, thermal and electromagnetic.