"So that’s why you use silver-plated conductors, all the extra detail is amazing.”
Silver-plated conductors and FEP insulation means that the Cobra VEE 3 will carry more information, more accurately. It’s a brilliant way to discover that there’s more to your favourite music than you thought. Carrying layers of detail and very fine dynamic information, bringing music to life and revealing subtle differences in timbre. Opening a window on the complex and wonderful sound that is the result of a beautifully played cello.
Twin silver-plated oxygen free copper conductors are insulated with FEP and protected from signal destroying interference with a high density, high frequency shield.
The VEE 3 RCA plug is silver-plated to match the signal conductors and all the connections are made by hand with a special silver solder. Why? Because every part and every operation is an important part of the whole.
Listen to the Cobra VEE 3 with: Nick Drake “Cello Song” from the album “Five Leaves Left”.
Hear: Nick Drakes strange and beautiful guitar playing and Clare Lowther’s cello.
Listen for: The way Danny Thompson’s double bass weaves it’s sinuous rhythm around the melody of the song.
Cobra VEE 3 is similar in construction and configuration to Crimson VEE 3 but with a crucial and performance-improving difference. Cobra VEE 3 conductors are constructed from multi-stranded silver-plated oxygen free copper conductors and the conductors are insulated with FEP, a material with very similar performance characteristics to PTFE. This combination of materials is used extensively in Chord cable designs. We find that it improves signal transfer across a wide bandwidth, particularly noticeable at frequency extremes. The pseudo-balanced conductors are held in place with cotton spacers to reduce mechanical noise and protected with a dual layer high frequency effective foil and braid combination shield. The shielding is surrounded with a soft PVC to provide further mechanical damping and this is protected with a hard PVC outer jacket.
The Chord Cobra VEE 3 is fitted with Chord’s custom VEE 3 RCA plug. The ABS outer shell and the unique silver-plating process applied to the contact areas of the plug improve signal transfer across a wide frequency range. The signal return surround provides a secure high pressure contact with all types of RCA sockets. The centre pin is insulated with PTFE and the design of the plug and ABS outer shell provides good strain relief without compressing the cable and compromising performance.
Use it with
Cobra VEE 3’s silver-plated, FEP insulated conductors and high frequency effective dual layer shield, combine to carry a signal with a high degree of accuracy. There are a lot of digital to analogue converters that offer a surprising level of performance in relation to their cost. Cobra VEE 3 would be an excellent cable to use both with these and some of the entry level CD players that are available. It will go some way to allowing you to hear the performance that these products are capable of, particularly in terms of detail and dynamics.