Some people will go to extraordinary lengths to get the best quality audio equipment, whether it's building a levitating turntable, erecting your own personal pylon, or buying a 24k solid gold music system.
But for audiophiles with expensive tastes, there's a new cable for the Christmas wishlist: the limited edition Atlas Mavros Ultra SE Interconnect.
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So why does this interconnect have such a high price tag? For a start, only 50 sets are being made; each purchase comes packaged in a special Atlas presentation box, complete with a signed limited edition authenticity certificate.
Then there's the build. The Mavros Ultra features goldplated Ultra RCA plugs, and is made with Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) grain-free copper which aims to reduce corrosion and claims a lower electrical resistance.
The interwoven conductors are covered by an electrostatic screen with copper shielding braid, which Atlas says decreases electromagnetic interference and noise.
For the dielectric (a polarising insulator), the cable has a microporous Teflon tape wound around the copper conductors, covered by a protective PolyEthylene sleeve. This aims to offer greater manufacturing consistency and wider bandwidth.
There's no doubt it's a pricey piece of kit, but if you're tempted, and have a taste for the expensive, take a look at our award-winning Temptations too. Or you could spend even more on the ChordMusic cable...
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