Advancing audio cable technology is uncharted territory so the Transparent design process is more like scientific discovery than it is like pure engineering. Transparent's product development can't be based upon existing formulas and equations because such models do not yet exist in audio cable design like they do in amplifier and speaker design. Transparent has created their own unique design model based upon filter theory. The Transparent model is supported by thousands of hours over the past 15 years of observation through listening under controlled circumstances, quantification of these observations through measurements and description, and finally the consistent replication of results through precise manufacturing techniques that insure that every cable product performs as intended.
This ongoing research and development of the design model has been punctuated by 4 major technological advances over the past 15 years; i.e., first generation Transparent products, XL Technology, MM Technology, and MM2 Technology. In addition to network advances, these technologies have been characterized by improvements to the construction of the cable itself, connectors, termination techniques, soldering techniques, mechanical resonance damping in cable design and connections and in networks and housings, parts, and materials.
Every Transparent audio cable design begins in a well-equipped test laboratory. Transparent measures the electrical characteristics of each length and type of raw cable that will serve as the platform for each design. Each type and performance level of raw cable is manufactured to Transparent's precise specifications of conductor materials and size, geometry, and insulating materials.
The Transparent filter network built into each audio cable optimizes the inherent electrical characteristics of the cable so that it becomes a more ideal conduit for music frequencies. During the filter design process, making frequent measurements helps quantify each sonic development. When a cable and its network are ready for production, measurements define the required electrical characteristics of the finished product for it to achieve its intended performance characteristics.
During the observation phases of development, Transparent meticulously correlates each measurement taken during the design process with very specific listening criteria. This quantification is the most time-consuming part of designing. Two very important design tools insure that the listening and design team's observations of performance are accurate: the Transparent Music and Film Studios in Saco and Falmouth, Maine. The studios allow the Transparent listening and design team to perform listening evaluations of cable designs on a wide variety of different equipment in an environment that has been specifically designed to have neutral sonic characteristics.
After the listening and design team determines that a design has achieved the desired level of performance, the design team and product engineering staff then map out the specific steps, measurements, tools, and techniques that are required to manufacture each Transparent audio cable design to its exact specifications.
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