The GAIA 223.5Connect-Litz is the standard version of our Gaia Litz interconnect cables and it is suitable for both phono and line level applications in balanced or unbalance configuration. The cable is the product of extensive designing and experimentation and every single aspect of their construction is very carefully thought of and executed.
From our unique Gaia Litz conductors formed by ultra pure continuous casting silver (OCC) to the low dielectric involvement insulation and the high density, dual silver plated OFC copper shielding, these cables are so methodically built that one can hardly believe that they are entirely handmade. Their finish is one of the final touches to some of the best cables one can possibly have.
The 223.5Connect-Litz is a shielded twisted pair cable. It features 2x 23.5AWG litz, signal conductors.
As with all of our cables of the Gaia series, each conductor consists of individually Teflon insulated strands that act as independent transmission lines. The process of creating these Litz conductors is extremely time consuming and complex and should not be confused with the Litz braiding of solid silver cables.
Our exclusive Gaia Litz conductors are a significant improvement over solid, stranded or traditional Litz designs that are available in the industry. The OCC silver strands used for their construction are made of one of the purest silver and have practically no crystal boundaries. In order form these Litz type conductors, the solid PTFE (primary insulation) is manually extruded over each of the strands to reduce its thickness and produce a fine, airtight layer on the surface of the metal. Unlike any other Litz wire, no extreme temperatures are involved and no inferior, added substrates are applied on the bare surface. The entire process is mechanical. The insulated strands are then helically wound and encased in an outer secondary layer of lower density of PTFE insulation to form a single conductor. The tight primary insulation prevents any interaction and movement of the wires, maintains a fixed proximity among all the strands of the same conductor and create an outstanding level of dielectric with much lower involvement than any coated Litz wire currently produced. The result is a very neutral sound in all frequencies without colourization and footprints. In addition to the above, the Gaia conductors have outstanding mechanical characteristics both in terms of flexibility and strength. They eliminate any direct strand interaction and they prevent surface corrosion and mechanical wear. Their embodiments have excellent conductor resistance and inductance to cable capacitance ratios.
The twisted pair conductors are encased in two additional layers of low density PTFE bedding insulation before we apply the shielding. The 223.5Connect-Litz features two high density, overlapping silver plated OFC copper braided shields. This dual shielding layer is more than sufficient to prevent EMI and RFI to affect the signal. It offers and extremely high optical coverage (inner shield :98% and outer shield: 97%) which is very rarely achieved in consumer audio cables and adequate skin depth to deal effectively with lower frequencies.
The outer protection of the cable aims at a good electrical insulation with suitable mechanical properties (i.e. strength, flexibility, vibration absorbency etc). In order to achieve this, we use three protecting layers above the shielding: Between the shield and the cable jacket there is a tightly wrapped layer of Teflon insulation sealing the internal structure and offering a barrier of low dielectric involvement minimizing the environmental impact. The cable jacket is made by an flexible PVC compound and offers enhanced protection to the cable. Finally the cable is finished with a dense multi-filament braided sleeve (extremely flexible with a soft, fabric-like texture).
The sonic result is simply amazing. A fast and transparent cable. Open but not edgy with natural upper bass extension, rich midrange and detailed layering. It is a truly neutral cable and casts a beautiful three dimensionality to the soundstage. It will not increase bass or mask detail. Wide open and natural with a magnificent sense of space.
The cable has an overall diameter of approx. 8mm including the outer braided sleeve.