Epic Reference combines elements of our Epic and Signature Reference/XL speaker cables. A specially chosen soft PVC internal jacket is added to correctly space the shielding and minimise mechanical noise. A high density braid and foil shield is applied to each set of conductors and this is in turn protected by a translucent outer jacket, again chosen to reduce unwanted mechanical noise. Each set of Epic Reference is built to order at The Chord Company. The conductors are twisted together and clamped in place before being terminated with either banana or spade connectors. By separately shielding the positive and negative conductors of each speaker cable run, we can produce a version of Epic that sounds markedly more refined and musically coherent. It’s particularly good at carrying micro-dynamics and detail and brings great separation and definition to instruments and voices.
Source components and loudspeakers are evolving. The level of resolution that used to be the preserve of high-end audio has trickled down to some surprisingly affordable designs. The downside is that they may well show you things you don’t want to hear – like your cables! Epic Reference takes a crucial step forwards in performance by using separate shields for each conductor. That means neutrality, less noise, a bigger and more immersive soundstage and most of all, it means getting new joy from your existing music collection.
Your usual Chord Company retailer may have demo cables available, so you can listen to a set in your own system. It’s a cable that can transform a good system into something quite spectacular.
This speaker cable is built to order and sold in terminated sets from £450 for a 1.5m pair.
£150 per extra (mono) metre (UK RRP).
Epic Reference makes a huge jump in dynamics, detail and musical coherence by combining the separately shielded conductor design from Chord Signature Reference and the silver-plated, XLPE insulated 12AWG conductors of Chord Epic.