Transparent Audio - High End Cables


The accuracy of each audio cable, digital cable, power cord, and power conditioner is critical to the overall performance of a music or home theater system. All of these vital links are the least visible components in your system, but they comprise the longest signal path in your system, and so they have a significant impact on the entire presentation of the music that your system plays.


If not properly designed, the cables, power cords, and power distribution in your system can act like conduits for noise that interfere with your system’s ability to reveal music fully. Typical wire acts like an antenna and is capable of transferring frequencies into the gigahertz range and beyond.

For the best audio and power signal transmission this ultra high frequency bandwidth is unnecessary and actually introduces noise. Unwanted noise can also interfere with delicate, high-speed digital signals.


Noise is like a layer of gauze obscuring subtle dynamics, harmonics and the spatial qualities of a performance. It also adds energy to high frequencies and harmonics leading to an unnaturally lean tonal presentation that does not honor the rich natural balance of live music. Transparent audio cable and power cord filter networks and power conditioning filter technology eliminate this antenna effect, thereby helping these critical links transfer their desired frequencies more accurately and efficiently. Transparent digital cables use a combination of shielding, cable construction, and grounding schemes to eliminate noise. With Transparent Noise Reduction Technology throughout a system, the rich tonal balance, dynamics, and spatial qualities of live music can take your home listening experiences to whole new levels.


Precision geometry controls noise and helps Transparent consistently create audio cables with our desired electrical characteristics. It is the key difference between Transparent and the many audio cables that are available that are merely off-the shelf designs with a brand name printed on custom-colored jackets.

The construction of most audio cables is loose and uneven which results in more noise and inconsistent signal transfer characteristics. In lesser cables, the copper strands are loosely bundled. Most cable manufacturers also do not go to the trouble or expense of using adequate fillers to hold the conductors in place within the cable jacket, and the jacket itself is also most commonly a simple tube that does not hug the cable package. Conductors in these poorly constructed cables easily shift position within the jacket when the cable is pulled or flexed, thereby changing the cable’s intended signal characteristics.

By contrast, even with Transparent's most basic audio cables in the Hardwired lineup, every Transparent Audio Cable is precisely designed and manufactured to exacting specifications. Transparent uses OFHC copper, proprietary lownoise dielectric insulating materials, and twisted pair technology in all audio cables. The copper strands in each conductor are uniformly twisted to precise specifications, and the signal conductors themselves are uniformly twisted with properly sized and positioned soft, vibration-damping fillers to achieve the consistent noise-nulling effect of + and – conductors. In addition, the cable jacket is pressure-extruded around the conductors and fillers to hold everything firmly in place.

As performance level increases, so does the level of complexity increase in the use of geometry to stabilize the cable design and to insure optimal performance in the audio range. This design approach creates an ideal conduit for powerful and quiet audio signal transmission and a stable design platform for Transparent Network Technology.

These extra manufacturing steps and materials cost a little more than typical cables to manufacture, but Transparent's superior construction results in less noise and optimum audio signal transfer.


Every type of cable has its unique balance of electrical properties. Typical cables have electrical properties that make them inherently superior at passing ultra-high frequencies, not audio range signals. Transparent Audio Cables have built-in low pass filter networks that balance out the inherent electrical properties of each cable design to create a better conduit for audio range signals. Transparent Network Technology is the result of decades of listening and measurement research. After numerous technology mileposts, the Transparent design model has become highly evolved and increasingly more precise. With each generation, Transparent has been able to offer customers more listening enjoyment and more value.