FIGARO
 AUDIO CABLES

Analog evolution

In the process of creating our FIGARO 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.

 Conductors

In our line of audio cables we use two types of the  highest purity conductors available – bare fine silver and bare Ohno continuous casting OCC* copper. 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. This polishing process is absolutely essential to allow the properties of the conductors to be purely expressed.   

Using only two types of conductors, we offer three types of cables:

  1. FIGARO COPPER LINE - 100% OCC* copper conductors.
  2. FIGARO SILVER LINE -100% fine silver conductors.
  3. FIGARO HYBRID LINE - combination of OCC copper and pure fine silver conductors.

Each type of cable has distinctive sonic qualities. As a general rule, copper cables are “warmer” than silver, but not as fast. Copper cables provide deeper bass, but not as tight as silver. Copper cables provide more natural highs, but imaging and projection is not as focused.

Generally, systems with solid state components will benefit more from using copper cables. Systems with tube components will benefit more from silver cables. Hybrid cables can be used with excellent results in any system, because they provide the best sonic qualities of both conductors - copper and silver, in one cable

*In 1986 the OCC Process was developed by Professor Ohno of the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. The wire made by this process is claimed by our manufacturer to be 99.99% pure and in thinnest wire size (50 microns) that it has one crystal boundary per 6.5 kilometers on average. Normal wire has a number of contaminants, particularly oxygen, sulphur, lead, antimony and aluminum, and is typically 99.97% pure and has a crystal boundary every 10 millimeters.

Dielectrics

All our FIGARO CABLES use only one type of dielectric - pure unbleached cotton rope. 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, especially copper cables, is determined by an oxidation process which occurs naturally in metals over time, with exposure to air. This usually has a detrimental effect on the sound quality over time as the performance of cable diminishes as the oxidation process continues. Oxidation of silver is not as critical because silver oxide remains conductive, but oxidation can affect the sonic qualities of silver conductors as well.

Cotton rope 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

 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 our FIGARO CABLE conductors are surrounded by a specially formulated low density polyurethane foam - one of the best known protectors of macro and micro vibration. To protect input and output connectors from vibration generated inside the active components, we use specially designed O- rings.

The combination of multi-layers of foam surrounding the conductors and O-rings strategically placed at the input and output, make all our FIGARO AUDIO CABLES virtually vibration-free.     

 Geometry

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. On each level of cable, the conductors are constantly intercrossed in a non-parallel configuration, according to our proprietary geometry.

The number of levels in each type of our FIGARO AUDIO CABLES differs depending on the cable type.

Our phono stage, line stage and digital single ended interconnect FIGARO CABLES have two levels, balanced FIGARO interconnects have four levels and FIGARO speaker cables have three levels.

The manufacturing of our FIGARO CABLES can be executed only by the manual placement of the conductors, surrounded by cotton rope, between two layers of air-proofed foam belts.

This complex and labor intensive process used in the fabrication of  all our  FIGARO 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 within the vast soundstage without any fatigue over many hours of listening.

Connectors

In the process of optimizing the sonic qualities of FIGARO CABLES, we tested most of the best known RCA, XLR, spades, banana, BNC and DIN connectors available. As a result, we selected the very best of them to be used with our products – Eichmann male RCA copper and silver bullet connectors and, for the rest, - Furutech Hi – End Performance connectors. 

 “Break-in” process  

 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. Even after hundreds of hours in an active working system, cables will not provide the optimal properties yet, to transmit the full range of the audio signal.   

Prior to shipping to our customers, all of our 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 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 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.

Each channel of all our products has very distinctive and visible colour codes - red for right channel and black for left. Because of the thickness of all FIGARO CABLES it is necessary to ensure approximately 2 inches of space in the back of the audio components for cable placement.

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