|Warranty length||2 years standard (5 years on registration)|
|Product Award||What HiFi Award 5 Stars|
Conductors: 2 x 14AWG
Material: bare stranded copper
Insulation: FEP in twisted pair
Inner Jacket: White PVC inner jacket
Outer Jacket: Transparent PVC outer jacket
Shield: 2 x Foil Shield
Outer diameter: 10.5mm
Available: unterminated lengths, terminated
Termination: 4mm banana, spade or BFA plugs
Chord Clearway speaker cable borrows key ideas from our recent development projects. Clearway refines 30 years of Chord know-how into a ground-breaking, highly affordable new speaker cable.
Noise Reducing Engineering and Design
Chord Clearway speaker cable features two contra-wound high-density foil shields. Like many Chord speaker cables, the twin foils, combined with the twisted-pair configuration, make for a level of shielding that is effective to high frequencies. Finally, a clear protective PVC jacket is applied, which again serves to further reduce any mechanically induced noise
PTFE insulation Material
During the development of Clearway, valuable research was carried out in relation to the behaviour of conductors and different dielectrics (insulation). For a long time, we have understood the importance of the relationship between conductor materials and insulation, and its silver-plated speaker cables make extensive use of PTFE as an insulation material. The type of insulation doesn’t just affect a cable’s ability to carry signals accurately, it also has an effect on the tonal characteristics that the cable brings to the system. This often takes the form of an unwanted increase in bass frequencies, which directly limits a system’s ability to produce music with coherence and involvement.
Oxygen Free Copper
Typically, cables that use oxygen-free copper as a conductor material will use either polyethylene or PVC as an insulating material. What sets The Chord Company’s Clearway speaker cable apart is its use of FEP: a derivative of PTFE with very similar performance characteristics. Compared to polyethylene, the FEP-insulated Clearway carries both detail and dynamic information markedly more accurately. The tonal properties of the cable are also considerably more neutral.
The FEP-insulated conductors are built from multi-strand oxygen-free copper and are arranged in a twisted-pair configuration to reduce interference. The two conductors are then protected with a layer of soft PVC (which was chosen over polyethylene because of its flexibility), in order to correctly space the shielding in relation to the conductors and to minimise any mechanically induced noise.
High-performance shielding is specified and just like the award-winning Carnival SilverScreen, Chord Clearway speaker cable features two contra-wound high-density foil shields. Like many Chord speaker cables, the twin foils, combined with the twisted-pair configuration, make for a level of shielding that is effective to high frequencies. Finally, a clear protective PVC jacket is applied, which again serves to further reduce any mechanically induced noise.
'Best speaker cable 2016' (What Hi-Fi Magazine 2016)
'Chord hasn’t created a speaker cable that’ll make your system sound its cleanest or most detailed, but an understanding of what makes music enjoyable means the positives far outweigh that. For; Helps tie instruments together, aids dynamics and musicality.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)
'That foil beneath its transparent PVC jacket acts as a shield, which Chord says is particularly effective at blocking harmful high-frequency interference. What it’s protecting is a pair of stranded copper wires, twisted together. And the effect upon our reference system makes for very interesting listening indeed.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)
'Listening on, however, we find the Clearway helps the system better stitch the instruments together; it’s more rhythmic, more dynamic, more musical.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)
'Often, we’d tend to say cleaner amounts to better. Detail, space, frequency range; those things matter, and if the Clearway were lacking in those respects it wouldn’t be given five stars. But what matters more is the knitting together and musicality, and that’s where Chord has this right for the price.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine October 2015)