Cable purchased from Element Acoustics is entitled to FREE cable cooking service (Optional). Please kindly inform us if you like your cable cooked at the point of purchase.
Being a Nordost Reference dealer, we've purchased a Nordost VIDAR cable burn-in system, which is a very esoteric, effective (and expensive) piece of equipment. You'll love what it does for your system, and you'll love the fact that we will run your cables through this revolutionary conditioning system at no charge when you purchase cable from us.
When you purchase Nordost cable from us, you can also send your Nordost cable back to us once a year to have it re-conditioned for as long as you own the cable.
So how does it work?
The Nordost VIDAR is a professional grade tool designed to condition audio and video cables for optimum performance. The concept of cable burn-in is well known, as cables sound better when used in a system for a period of time. This is due to changes which occur in the conductor and the insulation material. New cables often have very high levels of electrical charge caused by the production process. This can often result in new cables sounding brittle, bright, and lacking in detail. These charges must be neutralized if a cable is to ever perform optimally.
The VIDAR combines three different functions all in one operation:
- It neutralizes charges that build up around the cables and the insulation
- It provides a very wide band and deep conditioning into the conductor core, which produces changes in the way signals pass through the metal.
- It ultrasonically conditions the surface of the conductors.
The VIDAR is constructed using the highest quality parts. Each conductor is fed by a bridge mode amplifier. It uses a total of 44 amplifiers in its circuitry. Each amplifier is held at a very precise voltage. The circuit is designed so that there is no difference in voltages between any of the amplifiers.
The VIDAR uses a proprietary combination of composite and complex signals to condition the cables. Parts of the signal oscillate at ultra-low frequencies, while other parts are in ultra-high ranges which extend beyond the range of video frequencies. The signal bounces in a ping-ping ball-like fashion from one end of the cable to the other. During the burn-in process, ultra-low frequencies penetrate deep into the core of the cable. The ultra-high frequencies zip along the surface. This method of signal transmission sets up beat harmonics, or heterodynes, between the two complex waveforms. In the digital domain, this would be referred to as aliasing products. These beat frequencies penetrate all layers of the cable.
The design of the circuitry also has a unique feature which drives electrons above the conductor into the dielectric (or insulation) area. The VIDAR not only sends ping pong signals along the cable, it also sends a similar signal from the center core to the outer shield in the case of interconnect cables. This function neutralizes the electrical charges discussed above.
So... What does that all mean to me?
The end result of conditioning cables with the Nordost VIDAR is improved soundstaging, increased detail, and an overall more musical presentation. The VIDAR can burn in any digital audio, analog audio, or video interconnect with an RCA, XLR, or BNC connector, speaker cable, and tonearm cable.
Vidar Cable Cooking take 5-7 days to cook.
Cable varies by different weight and length; we may have to charge extra for return shipping postage. Please insure your cable when you ship to us. Element Acoustics is not responsible for any damage or lost during shipping.