July 2015, Wiltshire, UK: The Chord Company has launched its most advanced analogue interconnect to date: Sarum Super ARAY (from £1,900)
The UK’s leading high-performance A/V cable manufacturer, The Chord Company, has launched its most advanced analogue interconnect to date: Sarum Super ARAY. The new high-performance cable forms part of The Chord Company’s new flagship Sarum Super ARAY range, a reference-level line-up first unveiled at Sound and Vision 2015, in February.
Sarum Super ARAY technology distils 30 years of Chord know-how into a very special cable range. The Sarum Super ARAY interconnect builds on the musical coherence that made the award-winning Sarum Tuned ARAY cables (which Sarum Super ARAY replaces), so popular.
The new Sarum Super ARAY configuration reveals levels of detail, dynamics and naturalness of timbre that are quite extraordinary. Even better, it’s retro-fittable: owners of the original Sarum Tuned ARAY interconnects can upgrade to full Super ARAY specification!
The Sarum Super ARAY interconnect (like all other Sarum Super ARAY cables) takes all that made the Sarum Tuned ARAY cables so special and seemingly removes yet another layer of noise, revealing a startling level of musical detail. It delivers a coherence that makes all the extra detail not just easy to hear, but easy to listen to as well. It adds dramatically to the sense of performance with an ease and naturalness that makes music-listening a pleasure.
New PTFE RCA plugs
The Sarum Super ARAY RCA cable is fitted with a new precision-machined UK-made PTFE plug surround which introduces a number of sonic advantages over the acrylic plugs used on its predecessor; the benefits of PTFE are extremely easy to hear.
Sarum Super ARAY improvements
The Sarum Super ARAY uses the same high-quality conductors and cable as the previous Sarum, which have proven unbeatable: micro-polished silver-plated conductors, with a gas-foamed PTFE dielectric and the unusually high-density foil and braid combination shielding.
The key improvements, however, include the proprietary Super ARAY technology and the new PTFE plug surround. The move from Tuned ARAY to Super ARAY technology sees the introduction of a second ARAY to the existing Tuned ARAY design. The tuning process is very different and the end result is big step forward in performance.
Sarum Super ARAY’s design requires the same exacting build as the previous Tuned ARAY version, and a combination of precision machinery and meticulous hand assembly is used.
Customer upgrade programme
Existing owners of Sarum Tuned ARAY or Sarum cables, can return them to The Chord Company for an upgrade to the new Sarum Super ARAY specification for a modest fee. The cables are completely disassembled and then carefully re-built. Signal pins and earth shrouds are examined and replaced if necessary, and the new Super ARAY conductors are fitted. The cable is then re-built with the new precision-machined PTFE plug surrounds.
Owners should contact their nearest Chord Company Sarum retailer for more information in the first instance, but further details are available on The Chord Company’s website here
The Sarum Super ARAY RCA, XLR and DIN interconnects are available in standard 1 metre lengths. Custom lengths can be made to order.
Super ARAY technology brings remarkable gains in performance and combined with its new PTFE RCA plugs, the Sarum Super ARAY interconnect delivers the best performance that The Chord Company has ever achieved.
Pricing and availability
Sarum Super ARAY interconnect 1m RCA £1,900; additional metres £850. Upgrading a Tuned ARAY RCA to Super ARAY specification £550