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Signature Reference Speaker Cables From Chord - The Audiophile Man
Looking for a high-end speaker cable upgrade? Paul Rigby tries the Chord Signature Reference Often hi-fi ancillary attention can be focused in and around the boxes, the amplifiers, the CD players and the turntables with even enlightened hi-fi users sometimes relegating the speakers to add-on necessities in terms of quality cabling. Yet the speaker cables are an essential and necessary ingredient. Suffice to say, get this bit right, you’ll certainly notice and your music will thank you for it. Chord’s Signature speaker cables have actually been around for some time. In fact, they’ve been selling nicely for around ten years and it was only when Chord took a second look at the model and realised that it could upgrade them that the Signatures were hauled back into the workshop for a wash and a brush up. Well, actually, it’s a bit more than that because Chord has added more “efficient” shielding, silver-plated conductors and PTFE insulation. You’ll notice from the accompanying images that the cables are also twisted to improve sound quality while that shielding features high density foil and 95% coverage of a metallic braid. The thrust of these upgrades was (hopefully) to produce a neutral tone. So I’ll …