Transparent Audio has manufactured the world’s finest music system and home theater cables and power conditioning products for nearly 4 decades. Based in Maine, Transparent designs and manufactures interconnects, speaker cables, digital audio cables, HDMI cables, power conditioning, and power cords for music lovers, audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, and music and film studio professionals.
A Voyage Of Discovery
Advancing audio cable technology is uncharted territory so the Transparent design process is more like scientific discovery than it is like pure engineering. Transparent’s product development can’t be based upon existing formulas and equations because such models do not yet exist in audio cable design like they do in amplifier and speaker design. Transparent has created their own unique design model based upon filter theory. The Transparent model is supported by thousands of hours over the past 15 years of observation through listening under controlled circumstances, quantification of these observations through measurements and description, and finally the consistent replication of results through precise manufacturing techniques that insure that every cable product performs as intended.
Every Transparent audio cable design begins in a well-equipped test laboratory. Transparent measures the electrical characteristics of each length and type of raw cable that will serve as the platform for each design. Each type and performance level of raw cable is manufactured to Transparent’s precise specifications of conductor materials and size, geometry, and insulating materials. The Transparent filter network built into each audio cable optimizes the inherent electrical characteristics of the cable so that it becomes a more ideal conduit for music frequencies. During the filter design process, making frequent measurements helps quantify each sonic development. When a cable and its network are ready for production, measurements define the required electrical characteristics of the finished product for it to achieve its intended performance characteristics.
During the observation phases of development, Transparent meticulously correlates each measurement taken during the design process with very specific listening criteria. This quantification is the most time-consuming part of designing. Two very important design tools insure that the listening and design team’s observations of performance are accurate: the Transparent Music and Film Studios in Saco and Falmouth, Maine. The studios allow the Transparent listening and design team to perform listening evaluations of cable designs on a wide variety of different equipment in an environment that has been specifically designed to have neutral sonic characteristics.
Why Audio Cables Need Networks
The network is a low-order, phase-correct low-pass filter that effectively rolls off the ultra high frequency bandwidth of the cable and controls the capacitive and inductive reactance of the cable at lower frequencies. We believe that this approach has provided us with cables that are better suited for transferring audio frequencies — at least this is what our ears have told us. All cables are filters; i.e., they have inherent LCR (inductance, capacitance, and resistance) characteristics, and their filter characteristics change according to the cable’s length and the connecting components’ impedances. At audio frequencies, uncontrolled filters affect tonal balance and group delay. Transparent’s aim is to make audio cable filter behavior more predictable by controlling the cable’s filter characteristics with an optimizing filter network.
The Link and The Wave
The Link and The Wave pair well with good integrated components. Superior construction, large copper conductors, and noise reduction networks help basic components deliver more bass with greater control and reveal more musical details and spatial information than a system can deliver with typical audio cables. The Link and The Wave are upgradeable to PLUS Audio Cables and above.
MusicLink and MusicWave
MusicLink and MusicWave Audio Cables are upgradeable to PLUS Audio Cables and above. MusicLink and MusicWave Cables pair well with good to better integrated components. MusicLink and MusicWave Cables are heftier with more refined network technology than Transparent’s basic The Link and The Wave Cables. They deliver more bass with greater control and possess superior imaging.
PLUS Audio Cables are upgradeable to SUPER Audio Cables and above. PLUS Cables pair well with better integrated components or good separates and better speakers, delivering more bass with greater control and superior imaging. PLUS Cables feature larger signal conductors, better connectors, and more refined network technology than MusicLink and MusicWave.