Impedance Matching in Cable

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Impedance Matching in Cable 2018-06-07T17:49:54+00:00

Impedance Mismatched? It Has Happened To Us All

When audiophiles listen to their newly purchased components at home, they often find the sound quality doesn’t match up to what they heard in the store. The sonic characteristics that persuaded them into buying the machine in the first place have just vanished. This all too familiar situation, often leads to most audiophiles blaming the remainder of their system for “not being as good as the one in the store”. The end result is often more upgrades and further misinformed or ill-advised investments.

The Nuts And Bolts Of It:

Brand / ModelOutput impedance
Arcam CDS2747 Ohm
Arcam CD73150 Ohm
Arcam CD3650 Ohm
Mark Levinson N390S10 Ohm
NAD C542150 Ohm
NAD C521 BEE300 Ohm
Schiit MODI 275 Ohm

Many audiophiles are not aware that the performance gap between what they hear in the shop and what they hear at home is a direct result of impedance mismatching between the new machine and the rest of their system.

Impedance matching is a complex technical issue in audio as different circuitry designs produce different input and output impedance. What makes it worse, is that the same manufacturer can have different output/input (I/O) impedance standards across their range of products due to design changes/updates. (See table below).

While some manufacturers are willing to disclose the I/O impedance figures, most are not too keen. In the 80s and 90s, most audiophile equipment accurately published them. Nowadays, impedance numbers have disappeared from most spec sheets. The result is an audio market full of confusion, myth, and plenty of frustration. Unless the entire audio system is from the same manufacturer within the same product line, it is most likely that impedance mismatching will exist. Most audiophiles are paying 100% for their systems but are only hearing 70% of its full potential.

The Cable+ Synergises any audio system:

The Burson Cable+ removes any impedance mismatching by acting as an isolation platform between any source components (CD, DVD, Media Player) and downstream amplification (preamp, integrated amp, active speakers). It is designed to Increase signal transmission efficiency and unlock the potential of any system.