Snake River Audio Cables

Snake River Audio COTTONMOUTH GOLD Speaker Cables

Snake River Audio COTTONMOUTH GOLD Speaker Cables

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We custom-build our Cottonmouth Gold speaker cables using our 24k gold/red copper conductor, and WBT-0681Cu (spades) or WBT-0610Cu (banana) connectors. We can build your cables with any configuration of connectors that you need for your system. After submitting your order, PLEASE email us to let us know which connectors you need on the amp, and which connectors you need on the speaker.

RECIPE - GOLD
Any precious metal used in your system's cables, or anywhere else actually, will have an effect on your music. The tonality, clarity, dimension, as well as many other factors, can all be greatly affected by which metals are used, as well as the quality of those metals. For example, silver is a very fast metal, with the lowest impedence rating of all precious metal used in audio today. The effect silver can have on music is to enhance the speed and clarity of what's being played. Details become crisper, soundstage can gain depth. Meanwhile, gold and copper can affect the richness and character of the music. A full room-filling boldness, musicality and smoothness, as well as a wide soundstage. Some have said that silver is lean and clean, while gold is rich and lush.

For our Cottonmouth Gold series of cables, we only use pure 24k gold, overlaid a minimum of 80 microinches onto pure oxygen-free, high-density red copper. This ensures that you are getting the absolute best quality materials your music deserves.

Best for: Lean-sounding digital and solid state systems that could benefit from the warmth and musicality that 24k gold provides. Brings that "non-fatigue-ing" factor into play, and lets you listen to music for hours, not minutes. - Not recommended for systems that are already really warm and heavy, as these might make them too lush.
 
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WHY CRYO?
Quick disclaimer: This is a very simplified explanation of the cryogenic process as it applies to electrical components of audio. We know and value the effects this process has on our products. But if you'd like a deeper more detailed explanation, you may have to consult a cryogenicist.

The raw materials used in ANY equipment, whether it's cables or tubes, or razor blades - all contain a harsh degree of residual stress. The process used to make wire itself is very stressful and straining on it's core materials. Then add to it the stresses of manufacturing that wire into a cable, soldering and twisting, etc. A cryogenic treatment relieves these stresses, and allows your equipment to perform above and beyond untreated models of the same. Resistance ratings are lowered and capacitance is improved.

The cryogenic process is well used in the audio world, from components to tubes, to cables, and with good reason. If you've ever seen how wire or some components are made, you can imagine what it's doing to that metal on a molecular level.

A very simplified analogy would be to think of two rows of numbers. The top row has numbers 1 to 5, while the second row goes from 6 to 10. Well, even through all the beating the metal takes, electrons try to stay loyal to the other atoms/molecules where they were connected before. But because everything has been twisted and reconfigured, the electrons might be trying to go from 1 to 7, then up to 2, back to 6, then over to 3, etc. Not a very efficient way to travel.
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The cryogenic process utilizes liquid nitrogen, and very slowly lowers the temperature of the metals down to 320 degrees BELOW ZERO. It's actually so cold, that the electrons themselves practically quit moving. After being held at that temperature for a time to completely break any bonds those electrons had previously, the metals are then very slowly brought back up to normal temps. The effect that this has, is that when the electrons start moving again, they connect to the atoms/molecules closest and strongest to them, instead of wherever they were connected previously. Now, your electrons go straight from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4, etc. This results in lower capacitance and impedance. A much more efficient piece of conductive metal, which in audio, gives you better performance in your cables.
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How does a cryo treated cable compare to an untreated model? Well, don't just take our word on this - feel free to search for yourself. There are many different accounts out there where a cryo treated cable performs better. The most common benefits attributed to cryogenically treatments are;
  • Much more in-depth, focused three dimensional soundstaging
  • Enhanced dynamic range
  • Upper range notes are cleaner, more precise with less distortion
  • Vocals are much more exact and clear
  • Improved bass speed and articulation

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DESIGN - EDDIE TWIST
The "Eddie Twist" (named after our beloved headphone-wearing snake mascot) method of our speaker and power cables takes advantage of, and maximizes the effects of two principles, dielectric and surface area or skin effect. By maximizing the surface area of our conductors, we greatly reduce the opposing eddy currents an A/C signal can create. But wait? How can you maximize surface area? There's only so much surface to be had, right? Well, we looked at traditional methods of wire stranding, and realized there was a simple way to do this. However, it's very time and resource consuming, and ends up utilizing more precious metal wiring.. which is likely why the mass-production cables aren't done this way. Take a look at the pictures below.

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Most multiple strands cables are simply twisted all together at the same time. The end result is a very tightly woven group of conductors with much of their surface area actually touching each other. Our "Eddie Twist" method twists only one pair of conductors at a time. Then the pairs are twisted together, which gives you a cross-section that shows a much greater amount of surface area, touching nothing else.
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Now, let's talk about dielectric. To simplify, a dielectric is a non-conductive material that's used around and between your wires, to keep them from touching each other and shorting out. The problem, is that most non-conductive dielectric materials out there also absorb electrons, ie your music signal. Spread that dielectric all the way down the length of your cables, and that could be a problem. It's common knowledge that the absolute best dielectric possible.. is air. Just plain old air. If you could run bare wires from your amp to your speakers, with no dielectric at all, that would be the best scenario in regards to dielectics. However, that's really not feasible.

However, we designed a method to take advantage of our Eddie Twist configuration, and create a whopping 85%+ air dielectric in our cables. Think of a triangle, inside of a circle. Now make that circle slightly larger, and only two points of that triangle will ever be touching the circle at any one time. The rest of that triangle.. is open to the air.
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The principles of dielectrics and skin effect can be (and are) argued constantly on internet forums and chats. Our approach is simple. There's an old saying that says, "the proof is in the pudding". We simply invite you try our cables, and pit them against any other product out there. We are very confident in what we do. Over the years, we've had many skeptics of these principles, who have not only come back to us admitting that we're on to something.. but then backed it up by purchasing second, third, or fourth cables.
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