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Table of Bench Test Results for Interconnects and Speaker Cables

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Below is a table of bench test results for interconnects and speaker cables. The cables are tested by using a high precision (within 0.05%) LCR meter (Instek LCR-819) connected to the ends of the cables (RCA unbalanced plugs for interconnects and banana plugs for speaker cables unless otherwise specified), and with the cables laid out full length on the floor, without any coiling. The tests are performed under the conditions of a Series Equivalent Circuit.

The instrument is Zeroed (this adjusts the offset for each test condition). Capacitance is measured with the opposite ends of the cable open, while inductance and resistance are measured with the opposite ends of the cable shorted together. Ten tests, each at three frequencies (1 kHz, 10 kHz, and 100 kHz), are averaged to give the resulting capacitance or inductance for each frequency. All tests are performed with a bias of 1 Volt.

The listed capacitance or inductance number is the total capacitance or inductance divided by the length of the cable. Resistance is measured at 12 Hz to minimize any AC effect, and the listed number is the total resistance divided by the length of the cable.

Product Category Length Tested Capacitance Inductance Resistance
Analysis Plus Oval 9 (7-8-04) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 6 Feet

172.8 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz

0.055 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 3.1 milli-Ohms/Foot
      153.5 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.057 micro- Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      138.7 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.055 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
River Cable FLEXYGY (7-8-04) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 25 Feet 38.9 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.17 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 2.8 milli-Ohms/Foot
      35.1 pico- Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.15 micro- Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      30.8 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.14 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Slinkylinks (7-8-04) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 20 Feet 9.0 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.02 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 49.7 milli-Ohms/Foot
      8.3 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.02 micro- Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      7.7 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.02 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
AViC Model 11 (9-7-04) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 9 Feet, 10 Inches 42.5 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.08 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 3.7 mill-Ohms/Foot
      41.0 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.09 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      40.1 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.08 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Nordost Valhalla  (10-12-04) Analog Audio Interconnect (RCA/RCA) 5 Feet, 9 Inches 40.2 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 466.1  micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 40 milli-Ohms/Foot
      37.2 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 455.7 micro- Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      5.5 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 401.7 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Accell Ultra Audio (10-11-04) Analog Audio Interconnect (RCA/RCA) 6 Feet, 6 Inches 40.2 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.24 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 49.9 mill-Ohms/Foot
      40.3 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.24 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      40.3 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.24 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Accell  Ultra Audio (10-11-04) Speaker Cable (Pin/Pin) 15 Feet 18.0 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.23  micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 10.0 milli-Ohms/Foot
      16.0 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.24 micro- Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      13.6 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.24 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Blue Jeans Cable (3-16-05) Component Video (RCA/RCA) 26 Feet, 4 Inches 16.9 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.11 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 9.7 milli-Ohms/Foot
      16.9 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.11 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      17.1 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.11 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Cobalt Cable Ultimate (5-15-05) Component Video (RCA/RCA) 49 Feet, 3 Inches 25.6 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.11 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 10.0 milli-Ohms/Foot
      25.7 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.11 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      25.7 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.11 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Cobalt Cable Ultimate (5-1-15-05) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 16 Feet, 10 Inches 19.9 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.21 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 2.2 milli-Ohms/Foot
      15.5 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.21 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      13.6 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.20 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Nordost WyreWizard Dreamcaster (6-20-05) Analog Audio Interconnect (RCA/RCA) 6 Feet, 10 Inches 48.3 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.14 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 2.6 milli-Ohms/Foot
      48.2 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.13 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      48.2 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.09 micro-Henries at 100 kHz  
Nordost WyreWizard Dreamcaster (6-20-05) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 15 Feet 22.5 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.13 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 6.4 milli-Ohms/Foot
      21.9 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.12 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      21.5 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.12 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Wireworld Ultraviolet 5 (8-15-05) Component Video (RCA/RCA) 26 Feet 2 Inches 18.6 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.12 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 35.0 milli-Ohms/Foot
      18.6 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.12 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      18.8 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.12 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Wireworld Horizon (8-15-05) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 16 Feet, 6 Inches 45.1 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.06 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 5.5 milli-Ohms/Foot
      44.8 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.06 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      43.8 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.05 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Alpha-Core Goertz Triode Quartz Silver (9-12-05) Analog Audio Interconnect (RCA/RCA) 6 Feet, 9 Inches 91.4 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.05 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 27.7 milli-Ohms/Foot
      90.3 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.03 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      88.0 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.05 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Alpha-Core Goertz Python AG2 (9/12/05) Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 4 Feet, 9 Inches 346.3 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.03 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 23.8 milli-Ohms/Foot
      343.0 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.03 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      339.1 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz

 

0.05 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Cinema Cables Kordz Vortex (10/27/05) Interconnect (RCA/RCA) 7 Feet 25.06 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.17 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 24.0 milli-Ohms/Foot
      25.08 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.17 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      2.95 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 310.16 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Cinema Cables Kordz Spectrum 2.2 Mk II Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 17 Feet 15.67 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.23 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 6 milli-Ohms/Foot
      14.89 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.22 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      14.27 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.21 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Nordost Heimdall

(4/21/06)

Interconnect (RCA/RCA) 7 Feet, 4 Inches 34.07 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.15 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 44.2 milli-Ohms/Foot
      33.93 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.18 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      33.89 pico-Farads/Foot at 100 kHz 0.14 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
Nordost Heimdall

(4/21/06)

Speaker Cable (Banana/Banana) 7 Feet, 4 Inches 7.22 pico-Farads/Foot at 1 kHz 0.17 micro-Henries/Foot at 1 kHz 4.8 milli-Ohms/Foot
      6.92 pico-Farads/Foot at 10 kHz 0.16 micro-Henries/Foot at 10 kHz  
      Would not give reading (too low to measure) 0.15 micro-Henries/Foot at 100 kHz  
           

 

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