The Chord Company ChordMusic Tonearm Cable
ChordMusic is the most transparent cable we’ve heard. So clear that we could hear each change we made. First we tried a material designed to minimise mechanical noise. The original prototype RCA was astonishing just as it was, but we were curious. The noise reduction material bought extra clarity and silence, which improved further when we fitted a lightweight, external silver-plated braid over the cable assembly.
ChordMusic also features a unique insulation material we call Taylon® – designed as an improvement to the widely used PTFE. Taylon® is phase stable and that stability, combined with our unique Super ARAY geometry, means we can take cable performance to a completely new level.
The lessons we’ve learned over the past few years have been both glorious and somewhat sobering. Glorious because the Tuned ARAY and the Super ARAY conductor designs can transform the sound from turntables, CD players and streaming devices into music that sounds real, believable and emotionally involving. Sobering because the Tuned ARAY and Super ARAY conductor designs explicitly show just how much more conventional cables designs can blunt the potential performance of pretty much any audio system.
ChordMusic tone arm cables are available with straight or right-angle connectors and are hand-built to whatever specification you need – including slim or reference varieties.
The reference version uses a pseudo-balanced design and contains twice the amount of cable. It is more rigid, but has better performance. It won’t be suitable for all turntables, however. If the turntable has a suspended chassis (eg. Linn LP12) the slimline cable may be the better option. The reference version might be too inflexible or heavy for the tone arm.