BAV Cable — Design Notes

(This article consists primarily of a technical piece by Galen Gareis, supplemented by some paragraphs by Kurt Denke, as noted herein by the initials “KD”) BACKGROUND: The development of the ultra-low R, L and C ICONOCLAST™ home studio XLR cables exceeded design expectations and performance numbers reached. The patented use of true air tube dielectrics […]

Speaker Cable Design Brief

Speaker cables are a very different animal than high input impedance interconnecting cables. A speaker cable connects to an extremely inconsistent 2-32 ohm (or even lower and higher!) reactive load created by the speaker. RCA and XLR interconnect cables see a much more consistent and resistive high impedance load making their electrical measurements far easier […]

Iconoclast Gen2 interconnect update

NOTE: This paper was originally written prior to the introduction of Iconoclast Gen2 interconnects, so while some references are to the future, that future is now…. BACKGROUND:  To possibly improve the performance of the XLR, to maybe achieve even lower L and C,  we would need to revise the current design…and it will jump up […]

XLR Design Brief

1.0 Conductors 1.1 Copper Size2.0 Dielectric Materials3.0 Dielectric geometry4.0 Shield Material and design considerations5.0 Jacket design and material considerations 1.0 Conductors. Copper Size. BOTH of the copper conductor and size considerations were answered when we started the RCA cable. We don’t want to change the current coherence with a differing conductor diameter if we are […]

RCA Design Brief

In a previous paper I covered several issues that create signal distortion in audio cables. The most demanding variables involve the TIME related distortions that the ear is most sensitive to. Consideration must be made during cable design to mitigate the TIME based issues through the audio band. The following paper is the journey through […]

Shields and Noise Cable Dynamics

We tend to believe that SHIELDED cables are superior to UNSHIELDED cables but the opposite is true from a signal transmission evaluation. Why we feel SHIELDED is better is because we overestimate NOISE ingress (outside the cable into the cable) environmental issues. Cable electrical is determined by the primarily REACTIVE variables that change signal shape […]