Our mid-range cables for Home Audio & multimedia have recently undergone a thorough and considered redesign. First, the entire Special series philosophy and designation has been rethought. We acknowledged that the new products should meet the connectivity requirements of the modern AV industry - a world of multiple functionality, enhanced usability and competitive pricing. Meeting these requirements demanded distinctive approaches to complex insulation and construction damping techniques that truly set these outstanding products above any similarly priced competitors.
The new Special series is an evolutionary development of both former Original and Special product ranges. The new cables not only inherit all their best attributes but offer considerable technical and sonic improvements as well. The ground-breaking design innovation introduced here is the Cord Insulating & Damping System (CIDAS). CIDAS provides efficient conductor damping and drastically reduces electro-dynamic noise, caused by the conductor movement in the Earth’s magnetic field. The symmetrical spatial conductor straddling decreases the cable’s distributed capacitance and ensures highly efficient power and signal transmission with a clearly audible dynamic range extension, and perceptible gains in definition and transparency.
The sophisticated jacketing with thermoplastic polyurethane Elastollan® until now has been something we have used solely in the flagship Reference & Ultimate cables. Now it's another key distinctive feature of the redesigned mid-range Special products. Developed exclusively by BASF, Elastollan® exemplifies elasticity, long-term dielectric stability and exceptional vibration absorption, which we consider a critical influence on performance. Excellent resistance to abrasions, tears, temperature fluctuations, and aggressive chemicals diversify the field of cable application.
Special cables have always had to cede a little ground to their technically and sonically more advanced Classic counterparts, but now, with their designs carefully tuned and revised they get very close to our all-time favourites in terms of musical fidelity but do so at almost half of their price. In every aspect of performance, the new Special cables are superior to all their predecessors.