FIGARO and FIGARO BASIS AUDIO CABLES
In the process of creating our FIGARO and FIGARO BASIS line of audio cables we took into consideration the most important elements of cable design. As a result of extensive research and development, we selected the best possible materials and developed the most sophisticated handcrafting techniques that allow us to continuously deliver superior products with the highest customer satisfaction.
In our line of audio cables we use only purest bare fine silver. All our cables are made using single strand conductors in combination with multiples of single strands.
Before becoming a “cable component”, each single strand of conductor undergoes a labor intensive hand polishing operation. This operation removes microscopic debris and foreign objects from the conductors, which are introduced during the extrusion process, (the wire manufacturing), in an uncontrolled air contaminated environment.
All our FIGARO and FIGARO BASIS CABLES use only one type of dielectric - pure unbleached cotton. By using cotton as the dielectric, we achieve one of the most important sonic qualities of audio cables – neutrality. None of the best known dielectrics are as neutral as cotton.
The lifetime expectancy of cables is determined by an oxidation process which occurs naturally in metals over time, with exposure to air. Oxidation of silver is not critical because silver oxide remains conductive.
Cotton cannot protect conductors from exposure to oxidation therefore conductors, together with the dielectric, go through a process of air sealing. Conductors, previously placed in cotton rope, are hand positioned between specially air-proofed foam belts according to a pattern of proprietary geometry. As a result, conductors and cotton dielectric stay in an air sealed environment corrosion free for a very long period of time.
Vibration on a macro and micro level accompanies and affect all components of any audio system. Audio cables are not immune to the deleterious affects of vibration. Because of lengths, positioning and physical contact with the components on both ends, they are actually affected by vibration the most. That is why the vibration-proofing of all audio cables is so important.
All FIGARO cable conductors are surrounded by a specially formulated low density polyurethane foam - one of the best known protectors of macro and micro vibration. The multi-layers of foam surrounding the conductors make all FIGARO audio cables virtually vibration-free.
One of the most important aspects of cable design is geometry – the method by which conductors are arranged together within the cables. In the process of transmitting audio signals, conductors themselves have the tendency to become capacitors and inductors: unwanted properties in a high end audio cable. Values of capacitance and inductance generated are the direct result of geometry. Good geometry will minimize both values.
The proprietary geometry used in our cables is based on the meticulous positioning of the positive and the ground conductors in a constantly controlled distance between each other and between each level of the multi-level cable structure.
This complex and labor intensive manual process used in the fabrication of all our FIGARO and FIGARO BASIS cables, results in extreme neutrality, uncanny transparency, an extremely low noise floor, a very natural instrumental and voice timbre, an enormous dynamic range and an unprecedented wide and deep sound stage that truly, must be heard to be believed! This virtually holographic performance guarantees deep emotional involvement and connection to the music without any fatigue over many hours of listening.
In the process of optimizing the sonic qualities of FIGARO and FIGARO BASIS cables, we tested most of the best known RCA, XLR, spades and banana connectors available. As a result, we selected the very best of them to be used with our products – Eichmann male RCA bullet connectors and, for the rest, - Furutech Hi – End Performance connectors.
The terms “break-in” or “burn-in” or “conditioning” refers to the period of time required by an audio component to achieve its sonic merits. There are several theories on why audio components sound better after working for a long period of time. Whether or not they can be proven scientifically should not concern audiophiles. The fact is – all audio components sound better after “break-in”. Audio cables are no exception. An audio signal to some degree will suffice as a “break-in” tool for cables or any other components, but it may take an unknown number of hours, and in some occasions many hundreds of hours. In some instances, this process will not be accomplished at all because of the very low level of audio signal transmitted through audio components. The best example is phono cables.
The degree and efficiency of “breaking-in” audio cables performed by simply running an audio system for countless hours is very questionable.
Prior to shipping to our customers, all of FIGARO CABLES go through the process of “breaking in” by use of a “Cable Cooker” www.audioexcellenceaz.com
We use the latest upgraded professional version of this device, which we believe is the most efficient instrument to perform the “break-in” process in audio cables today.
After installation, our FIGARO and FIGARO BASIS cables need only 10 – 15 hours to warm up before sounding their best in any audio system.
User friendly qualities
The design of our FIGARO and FIGARO BASIS cables incorporates the attention to details for user friendly installation. All FIGARO CABLES are very light and extremely flexible allowing for easy placement between audio components. Because of the thickness of FIGARO CABLES( approximately 3/4" ) it is necessary to ensure approximately 2 - 3 inches of space in the back of the audio components for cable placement.