The first thing I need to stress here is what Entreq cables focus on (or more importantly what they don’t focus on). They do not present themselves as a vivid, up front and “in your face” warts and all cable, like some well known brands do. They major on focus, poise and the natural presentation of music without any grain or harshness.
So, if you are looking for major excitement with big dynamics then Entreq possibly isn’t for you, but if you put value on your systems ability to naturally recreate musical presentation with accuracy, focus and poise with superb texture and coherency, you’ll find Entreq to be a truly addictive experience.
All of their signal cables have a short fly lead with a 3.5mm socket on the end, this provides you with the ability to ground the signal cables as well. This is a fundamental aspect of the Entreq cables, you are only getting the full story of what is possible with an Entreq interconnect once it is grounded Checkout the guide to the ground boxes and ground cables
As you move up the range of signal cables the level of transparency and musicality increases significantly, Challenger is the most popular cable, which sits right in the middle of the range. It’s incredibly natural and musical and I can genuinely say I can’t recall anyone who hasn’t heard a Challenger and not ended up buying one, although Discover and Konstantin still offer formidable performance at their respective price points.
Someone once said to me after a demonstration – “It’s so natural and uncoloured, it’s as if there is no cable there at all”
Characteristics of Entreq Cable Design
1 Separate cable for positive and negative signals
2 Asymmetrical design
3 Positive and negative cables are spun clockwise and anticlockwise respectively.
4 Adapted lengths to minimise the antenna effect.
5 DIC Dedicated contacts so the area on the mass of the contact areas correspond to the cable area.
6 Wood in the contact framework. Non-magnetic and non-conductive.
7 Only pure copper and silver in the signal paths. No alloys
8 Drain wire instead of shielding in order to connect to a pure earth point (External Earth Drain System)
9 Cotton covering instead of synthetic materials
10 EEDS External Earth Drain System*
*This entails the shielding / drain wire not being connected to the device’s negative pole, but is connected to another external earth point, i.e. a ground box!
This way, we drain off the interference/noise that the shielding absorbs to the ground outside of the signal paths, instead of the usual mixing it together with the signal wire at the connection to the devices.
All of the above factors are important and contribute to the performance you get, but particular attention should be paid to points 8 and 10.
Entreq signal cables are not shielded unlike most other cable brands. In a shielded cable you will find the interference/noise is kept within the shield/drain (it’s still within the cable!) the Entreq method takes away this interference/noise to the ground box so the cables are free of any pollutants/noise getting in the way of delicate signal!