Atlas Cables has updated its Ascent Ultra interconnect cable; which is available in a variety of sizes.
Hand-built at its factory in Kilmarnock, Scotland, the Atlas Ascent Ultra interconnect cable is available in the UK at prices starting at £574 for a meter pair.
So what has improved? Well, Atlas says that is has ‘significantly’ reduced the plug mass and eliminated potential negative eddy currents that reside in all metallic plugs and connectors. The cable is also said to be more efficient and ‘faster’ in its performance
The speed characteristic of analogue cables is determined primarily by the dielectric performance of the insulator applied around the conductor.
Depending on the design and purity of the conductor, which in the Ascent Ultra is made of a single solid core surrounded by 64 interwoven strands of Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) grain-free copper, getting the design of the dielectric right is critical in achieving the desired product fidelity.
For the Ascent Ultra, Atlas uses a Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP), which is extruded around the bare OCC copper conductors in a thermally stable manner.
This process is said to allow the required geometry of the conductor within the dielectric to be maintained and should offer greater manufacturing consistency and wider bandwidth.
This new plug employs a novel approach to the problems associated with mass reduction, residual conductivity (eddy currents) and dielectric discontinuities, all of which can affect the mechanical and electrical properties of a finished cable assembly.
The new Ascent Ultra plug claims to provide a 57% reduction in mass over its predecessor and employs an internal non-conductive sleeve closely matched to the dielectric properties of the cable.
As with all Atlas plugs, the Ultra plug maintains a solder free construction, self-cleaning insertion and material consistency.
Atlas says that the integration of new cable and plug technology delivers the company’s finest copper-conductor cable to date.
Kevin Kelly, managing director at Atlas, says, “We are in a state of constant research and development here at Atlas.
“The new Ascent Ultra cable employs many of the advancements made in the Asimi and Mavros Ultra launched over the last year.
“Our advancements in dielectrics and RFI management along with our unique Ultra connector ensure that the new Ascent Ultra is a significant leap forward in sound quality over its predecessor.”
The Atlas Ascent Ultra is available in the following lengths:
• 5 meter £505.00
• 75 meter £540.00
• 0 meter £575.00
• 5 meter £645.00
• 2 meter £715.00
All prices include UK VAT at £20%