Epic is a Tuned ARAY cable and uses direct silver-plated VEE 3 RCA plugs. Epic is built from heavy gauge silver-plated, multi-strand, oxygen-free copper conductors with an increased volume of PTFE insulation around each conductor. These are encased in a specially chosen PVC jacket to minimise mechanical noise and this is protected by a nylon braid.
Then of course there’s the Tuned ARAY conductor geometry. The end result is a cable that will carry a lot more detail, dynamics and better portray the individual timbres of instruments. The Tuned ARAY conductor geometry means it carries this extra information with all the coherence it needs to make for a genuinely musical and involving sound.
The Epic XLR is built using the same materials as the Epic RCA and like the Shawline XLR, the design has been adapted to use an extra conductor in order to produce the optimum performance. This means that the performance is very similar to the Epic RCA cable – capable of carrying a very high level of detail with musical coherence.
There are growing numbers of mid-price components appearing with XLR outputs and inputs and many of these players are using the latest hi-resolution chip-sets.
The level of detail these players reveal is astonishing, compared to just a few years ago and the Epic Analogue will let your hear this. Its a good bet that as the cost of equipment rises, XLR outputs will become more relevant. Our advice is if you have RCA and XLR options available, you should try both. You may well find that the RCA outputs are the more musically involving choice. Pick a piece of music that’s special to you and listen. You’ll find it easy to hear whether it’s the XLR or the RCA connections that move you more.