Arctic Cables certified and genuine UP-OCC (Ultra-Pure-Copper Ohno-Continuous-Cast) Litz type-6 conductors, enamel-coated wire.
This custom-designed UP-OCC cable is produced for us by Neotech, one of the largest OCC wire producers in the world.
Neotech is one of the few OCC wire manufacturers that produce certified and genuine pure copper and pure silver OCC wires.
This cable is probably the best sounding cables in its price category. Its price to performance ratio is exceptional.
It can easily compete against other cables on the market that cost three times its price.
Our cable suits those who are in pursuit after an accurate representation of sound. It improves upon the existing without altering the sound signature.
It is as transparent as it is musical. The cable is highly engaging but never fatiguing.
This cable adds a magical layer to the listening experience, and the recording comes to life through the headphones.
The bass becomes much tighter with a superb bass slam; the sound is less flat with the added heft. The sound is less
diffused and more robust, it does not demand your attention as all of the details are there without an added brightness.
The mid-range of this cable is genuinely remarkable. Male and female vocals alike sound marvelous. The highs are airy and contribute with
their accurate portrayal of reflections to the perceived imaging. Upon using this cable, there would be a considerable increase in the soundstage's
width and depth.
This cable is also incredibly soft, flexible, and lightweight. It is very comfortable to use.
• Ultra-low capacitance
• Durable, soft, low microphonics cable sleeves with excellent flexibility and comfort
• High-quality Neutrik / Furutech connectors
• Terminated with Cardas Silver-Quad-Eutectic solder wire
NEOTECH UP-OCC TECHNOLOGY
The unidirectional UP-OCC has no electric resistance and practically no crystal boundaries. Accordingly, it can transmit electrical signals faster,
and with less distortion than ordinary OFC and silver wires.
All of these features make the pure OCC copper and silver the state-of-the art conductor materials for the audiophile cable industry.
THE BENEFITS OF UP-OCC
• A true unidirectional copper crystal that is as free from impurities as possible to prevent corrosion
• Flexibility and fatigue resistance without impairing conductive characteristics
• Low electrical resistance
• Rapid signal transmission
• Non-crystal boundaries
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 4-WIRE AND 8-WIRE
The 4-wire cable type is made out of 4 conductors, and the 8-wire type is made out of 8 conductors. Sound-wise, the 8-wire cable adds
more body and resolution.
WHAT IS UP-OCC WIRE?
UP-OCC stands for Ultra-Pure, Ohno Continuous Casting.
The UP-OCC process for refining copper was developed and patented by Professor Ohno of the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan.
The license to use this manufacturing process is incredibly popular for the production of wire and cable products for the audio/video industry.
In conventional processing, hot molten copper is poured into a cooled mold for extrusion, resulting in multiple, fractionated crystal structure.
While the copper may be "pure" in the sense of measuring gas impurities in the copper in comparison to standard copper refining techniques,
Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) has undesirable effects that lead many to use more expensive materials such as silver for their conductive strands.
As developed for A/V cable use, the OCC process utilizes a heated mold for casting and extruding, with cooling taking place in a separate process,
the result is a larger crystal size and increased purity that approaches the 6N, 99.9998%!
Looking at it another way, traditional copper has oxygen impurities of 200 to 500 parts per million (PPM), while traditional OFC copper reduces that
to less than 10 PPM. With the OCC process, the figure is cut in half to less than 5 PPM of oxygen,
and less than 0.25 PPM of hydrogen (compared to 0.5 PPM for OFC).
With these results, the OCC process creates "ultra-pure" copper.