19th June 2013 – Atlas Cables, the Engineering-led British audio and video cable manufacturer, announces the launch of its Ascent 3.5 MKII speaker cable. As the entry point to Atlas’ Reference range of audiophile cables, the Ascent 3.5 MKII employs similar design characteristics to its range-topping Mavros and Asimi cable ranges. Available from June 2013, Atlas Ascent 3.5 MKII has a UK SRP of £200.00 per stereo meter and can be purchased in ready-terminated sets using Atlas’ unique cold-weld connectors.
It’s all about purity
All cables ‘lose’ information. However, good cables produced using the purist copper and manufacturing techniques lose the least. Atlas only uses the purist quality copper in its products with the Ascent being no exception. Utilizing Atlas’ Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) 7N (99.99999% pure – the highest purity available) copper technology, where each strand is ‘pulled’ from a single copper crystal enabling electrical signals to flow with the least deletions, Ascent 3.5 MKII uses 3.5 sq mm cross section of the finest stranded copper to create its conductor.
And the materials
The best dielectric of all is air, as it has very little effect on the performance of the copper conductor. However, this is not very user-friendly so conductors have to be shrouded in a protective ‘jacket’ to insulate them from possible short-circuits and the negative impacts of oxidisation etc. Experimentation has proved that poor quality dielectrics (insulation materials) reduce the velocity of propagation of the signal, resulting in a sound that is biased towards the low and mid frequencies of the audio spectrum.
Having spent years researching the effects different dielectric materials have on conductors, Atlas, with its suppliers, has developed a way of coating conductors with Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP), a type of Teflon that mitigates the velocity of signal issues that cheaper dielectric materials exhibit. The lower melting point of FEP critically also allows the perfect crystalline structure of OCC copper to be maintained during the manufacturing process. Previous crude attempts at coating OCC with PTFE often resulted in damage to the conductor’s structure.
The resulting increase in performance brings a better balance to the whole audio spectrum. Bass integration with the mid and high frequencies is never out of balance with the overall presentation far more transparent and accurate.There are cosmetic differences between the original Ascent 3.5 and the new MKII version too, as it is now finished in the same grey fabric cover as the rest of the Ascent range.
Hand built in Scotland
As with all of Atlas’ cables, Ascent 3.5 MKII is hand built at its factory in Scotland. This time consuming yet necessary process means that all Atlas Cables achieve the very highest levels of finish and is why they are guaranteed for five years from point of purchase. A vital part of the construction is Atlas’ terminations and users have the choice of Atlas’ own expanding rhodium plugs or OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) spades. Both connectors employ ‘cold-weld’ technology where no solder is used so that the integrity of the signal is maintained from the cable through to the terminal.
Commenting on the new Ascent 3.5 MKII, Kevin Kelly, Managing Director of Atlas Cables, said, “We are constantly looking at ways that we can improve our products to give our customers the most faithful reproduction possible. The upgrade to the Ascent 3.5 to MKII status has been brought about thanks to our continued research into the effects different materials make to the performance and we are delighted with the results.”
Atlas Cable’s Ascent 3.5 MKII speaker cable is available from June 2013 in the following factory-manufactured lengths:
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with Expanding Rhodium plugs - 2.00m - £795.00
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with Expanding Rhodium plugs - 3.00m - £995.00
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with Expanding Rhodium plugs - 5.00m - £1,395.00
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with Expanding Rhodium plugs - 7.00m - £1,795.00
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with teflon dielectric OCC Spades - 2.00m - £795.00
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with teflon dielectric OCC Spades - 3.00m - £995.00
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with teflon dielectric OCC Spades - 5.00m - £1,395.00
Atlas Ascent 3.5 Speaker Cable with teflon dielectric OCC spades - 7.00m - £1,795.00
Custom lengths are also available – please contact Atlas Cables for details.
For further information, please visit Atlas Cables on-line – www.atlascables.com
Review samples are available from June 2013
Atlas Cables contact details:
Atlas (Scotland) Ltd
Unit 1, Block 11,
Glencairn Industrial Estate,
Tel: +44 (0) 1563 572666
Notes For Editors
Atlas Cables originated in Scotland in 2001 to bring high quality no-nonsense cabling solutions to audiophiles the world over. Their range of hand-made cables consists of interconnects, loudspeaker cables, digital cables and video cables (including HDMI) along with a new range of mains products. Recent technology and testing developments have meant that they can now show real answers to questions posed about the effects that cables have and the importance of the materials used in the design. Atlas cables are priced from £45 and are available in over 30 countries worldwide.