Innovative cables from Japan
You don’t have to reach for the stars, you can just plug them in and experience music. Sternklang cables offer an extreme calm and a downright atomically condensed image of the instruments. These sensitive and equally sensitive cables are very special in approach and result.
What the developer and founder Koji Teramura says about his innovation
The concept of star sound cables is “maximizing the rate of energy metabolism” or “minimizing the load on the cable conductor (cable wire)”. We believe that the sound quality of an audio cable is determined by the balance between the “vibration characteristics” of the conductor and the “load” acting on the surface of the conductor per unit area. The “load” is generated by the mass of the insulator and the contact pressure of the insulator on the conductor. The insulator has three tasks: it should insulate, stop the resonance of the conductor and not transmit external vibrations to the conductor. The amount of load required to stop the resonance of a conductor is proportional to the multiplication of the “modulus of elasticity” and the “mass” of the conductor. The “modulus of elasticity” is determined by the “material and cross-sectional shape” of the conductor. From our experience, we have drawn the following conclusions. Conductors that require only a “low” load to prevent resonances have a lively sound. And the attenuation of high-frequency signals with low amplitude (rich in spatial information) is reduced. Moreover, the idea of “an insulator that does not transmit external vibrations to a conductor” actually does the opposite. The cable made with this idea actually traps the energy of the external vibration into the cable and attenuates the music. Our cable therefore eliminates the idea of the “insulator that does not transmit external vibration to a conductor”. The conductor of the Ephemera series is a copper foil with a thickness of 0.035 mm and a width of 7 mm. Compared to round wires with the same cross-section, it has eight times the surface area and extremely low elasticity. Therefore, the load per unit area required to stop the conductor’s resonance is 1/8 or less of the round wire. The Sarume series introduced the concept of ephemera into a coaxial geometry that is resistant to noise and challenges the frontier of “energy metabolism” as a cable that uses a round strand. For the conductor, an alloy of silver and gold with low elasticity is used. It seems to us that a strand of an audio cable is not a solid body, but a living organism in which numerous cells breathe. Each cell has its own vibration-damping function and they all work together. The numerous cells should therefore not be suffocated with insulators.