Its about silence. Like looking in a hole that’s so deep it becomes impenetrably dark long before you can see the bottom. Musicians of a jazz or blues persuasion tend to make comments along the lines of “It ain’t what I play, it’s what I don’t play that’s special”. The Sarum Super ARAY power cable will let you hear exactly what they mean.
The Sarum Power cable was the first Sarum to get the Super ARAY conductor configuration. The concept and design arrived fully formed – right down to the critical measurements. The demo room system is always running, so it was ready to go. Simon (chief technician) was given the dimensions and build description and sat down and made one.
We took it to the demo room, picked a track (Carriage, a Counting Crows song from Hard Candy), played it with the Sarum Tuned ARAY in place. Took the Tuned ARAY cable out of the transport and replaced it with Super ARAY prototype. After about thirty seconds stopped the track and put the Tuned ARAY back in again – did that really just happen? Played the track again, put the Super ARAY prototype back in and played the track right through. There was so much more of everything. We thought it might be better, but that much?
By the end of the day we had fitted Super ARAY Power Cable fitted to transport, DAC, preamp and poweramp and every disc we play sounds so different and so much better.
The current Sarum Super ARAY cable is fitted with our own Chord UK mains and IEC plugs, both silver-plated and full of all the little improvements we’ve learned along the way, like silicone damping in the UK mains plug and heavy gauge silver-plated contacts in the IEC plug. The colour is white because black plugs have an amount of carbon in them and the white ones just work slightly better.
We get asked where to start? What’s the first Sarum Super ARAY cable I should put in? Some say start with the power cables – that way you’ll hear exactly what every other cable you add is doing. Changing the interconnect between the Source and the amplifier/preamp is another great way to begin. Sarum Super ARAY cables are so neutral they don’t clash with any of the other cables in the system and just that one connection is capable of transforming a system. Then if you need more, change the pre to power connection.
Chord Company Sarum retailers will let you take cables home and try them for yourself.
The Sarum Super ARAY Power Cable is available in 1m, 1.5m and 2m lengths. Custom lengths are available to order.
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