Wireworld Cable Technology has announced the release of its second generation Ethernet patch cables. The patented flat design was developed through listening tests that compared network cables to a local USB stick. The company claims the new “Series 8” cables use higher density triple-layer shields and “quieter” insulation to “maximize audible and visible performance.”

Prices range from $15 per meter + termination  or Chroma 8 Ethernet, $60 per meter for Starlight 8 Ethernet, and $600 per meter for OCC-7N solid silver conductors.

“People don’t realize how much musical detail is being lost by their Ethernet connections until they compare their network sound to an internal drive or USB stick,” states Wireworld designer David Salz. “These cables isolate network noise to minimize that loss and provide sound quality that approaches the clarity of a local solid-state drive.”

Official network cable categories only include twisted pair cables, so the non-twisted twinax cables found here cannot be rated by those test specifications, according to the Florida-based company. 100Gb/s (QSFP+) Ethernet cables used in internet server installations are also twinax designs. The patented “Tite-Shield” design used in the Wireworld Series 8 cables place the conductors in parallel, with each of the four pairs isolated from the others by dense triple-layer shields. This flat design is deemed to be so effective at isolating noise that replacing only the final cable in the network can substantially improve sound quality.

The Series 8 upgrades involved two areas of performance. The density of the triple-layer shields was increased, which Wireworld says reduces both cross-talk and external interference. Controlled listening tests by the company also revealed that internally generated ‘triboelectric noise’ was still masking too much quiet musical information. Upgrading from Wireworld’s proprietary Composilex 2 composite insulation, used in the original versions, to the newly developed and much quieter Composilex 3, has enabled even “finer musical details” to be preserved.

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Martin Dew