SignatureXL speaker cable

£1,050.00£3,500.00

The Chord Company SignatureXL speaker cable is the latest version of one of their longest running (and universally loved) products.

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SignatureXL speaker cable

SignatureXL is the latest version of one of their longest running (and universally loved) products.

SignatureXL speaker cable

The original Signature was their first high-frequency shielded speaker cable (2004) and marked a massive leap in speaker cable performance.

It was also the biggest, stiffest, brightest cable they ever made.

The conductors were oxygen free copper, the insulation was gas foamed Polyethylene, Shielding was a three layer braid and foil combination, effective to high frequencies and the outer jacket a flexible polyethylene.

It was just flexible enough to fit into a system. It didn’t need a press release or a review, it took off so fast by word of mouth, that for a while there was almost a permanent waiting list.

It remained unchanged for about ten years, until Chord could apply improved building techniques and materials such as more efficient shielding, silver-plated conductors and PTFE insulation that would produce a more neutral tonal characteristic and a cable better able to carry detail, dynamics and timbre.

This became Signature Reference.

Signature Reference, like most of their cables, used PTFE insulation (often referred to as Teflon™) and until the arrival of Taylon®, was their “go to” material. Although expensive, it offered the best performance.

Material technology is constantly developing and improving and alternatives to PTFE are now available.

While the high cost of Taylon® prevents them from using this in their Signature range, they were able to find a suitable family of insulation materials known as XLPE (Cross-linked Polyethylene).

One version of this material looked particularly interesting and following listening tests, proved to be clearly better than the PTFE in Signature Reference.

Every set of SignatureXL speaker cable is built to order and terminated at their UK factory with ChordOhmic 4mm banana plugs or ChordOhmic spade connectors.

Available in red/black or all black colour combos.

All of these changes combine to produce a major step forward in musical reproduction at this price point – but don’t take their word for it.

Borrow our demonstration cables to try at home.

SignatureXL speaker cable Specifications

SignatureXL speaker cable

Signature bi-wire speaker links

Conductor Silver-plated, high purity OFC
Insulation XLPE
Configuration Twisted pair
Shielding Individually shielded positive and minus conductors. High density foil and 95% coverage metal braid. Translucent PVC outer jacket
AWG 10
mm2 5.26
Diameter 2 x 8.5mm

Brand

Chord Company

Chord Company

THE CHORD COMPANY BEGAN

The Chord Company was formed in 1984.

It all started over dinner one night in Salisbury, when a group of visiting Naim Audio USA retailers asked Naim Audio UK for a good-quality DIN-to-RCA interconnect.

At the table, was one Sally Gibb, then married to a Naim Audio executive, who made the (historic) suggestion that she make the cables and start a business.

With the blessing of Naim Audio, the journey to make cables for America began.

With USA referring to cables as ‘cords’, the name The Chord Company, with its obvious musical connotations, seemed perfect and it quickly stuck. Sally drew a logo, designed the packaging and started testing prototypes. Completely British design and construction, although difficult to source at the time, was paramount and days of searching eventually led to suppliers of sufficient quality.

Friends at Naim Audio provided expertise and advice, with many of them helping to build the cables.

The first prototype was named “Chrysalis Cable” and the Americans swiftly returned with an initial order of 250! Cables were built, tested, packed and taken along to the Post Office.  Invoices were typed on a typewriter! After two steady years,

The Chord Company got its first press review (by Malcolm Steward) and then the phone started to ring…

Additional information

Colour

Black & Black Sleeve, Red & Black Sleeve, Red & Red Sleeve

Length

1.5 Mtr pair, 3m pair, 5m pair

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