Atlas Mavros XLR Interconnects is a superb interconnect designed to complement the performance of ‘high-end’ audio systems by achieving maximum signal transfer. It uses the very highest quality ‘6N’ (99.99997% purity) copper manufactured using the OCC ‘Ohno Continuous Cast’ technique.
Cables manufactured with lower grade materials and poor manufacture typically have a coarse, grainy structure which compromises sound quality. In Mavros, the copper’s conductivity was maximised by ensuring there was typically one grain in approximately 125 metres of conductor giving the signal a continuous unbroken path for a faster, cleaner and more direct path to follow.
The cable consists of a pair of conductors, each made up of six bundles of 12 multi-conductor wires, plus a thicker centre wire. This, in turn, is covered by a continuous copper/Mylar electrostatic screen with copper shielding braid, ensuring minimal susceptibility to RF interference and noise. Theoretically, the best dielectric (insulation layer) is air. Conventional dielectric (insulation) materials impose their own signature distortion and loss on the signal.
Atlas’ technique uses a microporous PTFE (Teflon) tape, which is wound around the core conductors, then covered again and stabilised using a protective FPE (Flexible PolyEthylene) dielectric. This process maintains the required conductor geometry and bestows greater manufacturing consistency. Cold-weld terminations are used wherever possible including the current generation ‘dark Chrome’ XLR connectors. By reducing the number of materials and break points in the signal path, discontinuity is minimised and loss in the signal path, resulting in more consistent construction and improved audio performance.