What changes can I expect when using GUTWIRE in my system?
GutWire will improve the overall resolution and tonal balance of your system and provide:
•incredible soundstage that extends in height, width and depth.
•low frequency response that is accurate, deep, powerful and authoritative.
•real-life midrange that is natural and musical.
•amazing 3D imaging with body and texture.
Do GutWire cables use any capacitors or inductors?
GUTWIRE cables do not use any capacitors, resistors, coils or inductors in their construction that would alter the frequencies the cable delivers and limit the flow of current.
Are there any advantages of cold-welding (aka crimping) the terminations?
GUTWIRE cables do not employ any soldering in the termination process of the power cables or the balanced interconnects (Click HERE to see what we are using). During our research and extensive listening tests, we realized that crimping is surely better than soldering. The cables with crimped terminations demonstrate a much wider and more open soundstage along with better micro and macro dynamics and faster transient attack.
How long does it take to break-in a GUTWIRE cable?
A GUTWIRE cable needs about 50 hours of burn-in time to get 75% of their optimum performance, and it will continue to improve the sound for up to 100 hours.
I want to upgrade the cabling in my system but I don't have the money to do it all at once. Which cable should I upgrade first?
When upgrading the cables in your system, it is advisable to start with the one that draws the most current. Upgrade the power cable at your amplifier first, then the one at pre-amp or DAC; and your transport for the last. For interconnects, it is logical to start at the source first. Upgrade with a GUTWIRE digital or line level interconnect, then your speaker cables.
What is the purpose of the clip that comes out of the IEC/RCA connector?
The clip is connected to the outer shielding of the cable. It gives the option of floating or grounding the outermost shielding. All of our cables feature multiple shielding in the design. In our extensive listening tests, the ability to float or ground the outer shield affects the sound dramatically. We give you, the listener, the option of fine tuning the sound to best suit your system.
Your cables seem to be putting a lot of emphasis on shielding, why is that?
Living in a world full of electronic pollution, we don't know how to predict RFI and EMI. Background noise, grounding problems and electrostatic noise can be largely eliminated with well shielded cables. Cables without proper shielding will no doubt hinder system performance.
Is there a difference between a balanced (XLR) interconnect and a single-ended (RCA) interconnect?
In a balanced circuit, there is a positive signal, an inverted signal and a separate ground. In a single-ended circuit, there is a positive and a negative signal. The negative signal acts as a ground, too.
Our balanced interconnects are completely different from our single-ended interconnects. Each balanced interconnect has three conductors and two separate shields. Our single-ended interconnect has two conductors and two separate shields. Some of the balanced interconnects on the market are not real balance design.
Why are the Speaker Cables made of four individually jackets instead of two?
Physically separating the positive and negative signals reduces cross talk, capacitance and colorations between cables. Although it is much more expensive to manufacture, the result sound is amazingly good.
Should I use "cheater plugs" if I have a ground-loop or polarity problem?
We do not recommend using "cheater plugs" except for testing the absolute polarity of the component. Once the absolute polarity of the component is determined, it is advisable to change the polarity ( if necessary) inside the male IEC of the component. The use of "cheater plugs" would degrade the performance of our power cables.
Ground loop is usually caused by the difference in electrical potential between component grounds. Using more than one electric outlet and the use of cable television is also a common cause of ground loop. Installing dedicated electrical outlets to audio system can also largely eliminate the problem. DO NOT make modifications to your equipment unless you are a qualified electrician.
I've heard a "theory" that the IEC plug of the power cord should be able to jiggle around the IEC port on the component so that the cable can resonate/oscillate with the AC current. Is that true?
15A 110V AC electricity does not provide any room to "jiggle" around. We believe every connection should be tight and solid, whether it is a low-level signal (RCA or spade lug) or AC electricity. It is the reason why we use the best connector/plug in the world.
I had the notepad/soundpad for 2 years. It seems it had flatter quite a bit since I bought them. Why is that?
This is normal. Every notepad/soundpad have a life-span of 2-3 years. They will gradually reduce to nothing at their end of life-cycle. It is a consumable product.
Your AC line conditioner does not have any surge protection build into it. I am living in an area that have severe thunderstorm. What is your solution?
The reason why we do not put any fuse or surge protection into our AC line conditioner is that any additional components that added to the circuit will degrade the sound. For customer who need surge protection, we would recommend changing the AC receptacle on the wall that have build-in surge protection. Hubbell made such device.