X8 22AWG 6N5 OCC Litz Pure Copper
22AWG 8-wire configuration
Cutting-Edge Single-Crystal 6N5 OCC Pure Copper
Type-4 Litz Geometry
Cryogenically & Enamelled Treated
Custom Ultra-Soft And Flexible TPU Insulation
Mundorf Supreme Silver solder
X8 wire construction offers higher resolution, extended width and depth, improved detail, and better bass extension.
Arctic Cables' certified and genuine UP-OCC (Ultra-Pure-Copper Ohno-Continuous-Cast) Litz enamel-coated wire.
This custom-designed ~22AWG star-quad four-conductor UP-OCC cable is produced for us by one of the largest OCC wire producers in the world.
This cable is probably the best sounding cables in its price category. Its price to performance ratio is exceptional. It can easily compete against other cables on the market that cost three times its price.
Our cable suits those who are in pursuit after an accurate representation of sound. It improves upon the existing without altering the sound signature.
It is as transparent as it is musical. The cable is highly engaging but never fatiguing.
This cable adds a magical layer to the listening experience, and the recording comes to life through the headphones.
The bass becomes much tighter with a superb bass slam; the sound is less flat with the added heft. The sound is less
diffused and more robust, it does not demand your attention as all of the details are there without an added brightness.
The mid-range of this cable is genuinely remarkable. Male and female vocals alike sound marvelous. The highs are airy and contribute with
their accurate portrayal of reflections to the perceived imaging. Upon using this cable, there would be a considerable increase in the soundstage's width and depth.
This cable is also incredibly soft, flexible, and lightweight.
UP-OCC TECHNOLOGY (2016 article)
The unidirectional UP-OCC has low electric resistance and practically no crystal boundaries. Accordingly, it can transmit electrical signals faster
and with less distortion than ordinary OFC and silver wires. These features make the pure OCC copper and silver the state-of-the art conductor materials for the audiophile cable industry.
WHAT IS UP-OCC?
UP-OCC stands for Ultra-Pure, Ohno Continuous Casting.
The UP-OCC process for refining copper and silver was developed and patented by Professor Ohno of the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan.
The license to use this manufacturing process is incredibly popular for the production of wire and cable products for the audio/video industry.
In conventional processing, hot molten copper/silver is poured into a cooled mold for extrusion, resulting in multiple, fractionated crystal structure.
While the copper/silver may be "pure" in the sense of mensuring gas impurities in the copper/silver in comparison to standard copper/silver refining techniques, Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) has undesirable effects that lead many to use more expensive materials such as silver for their conductive strands.
As developed for A/V cable use, the OCC process utilizes a heated mold for casting and extruding. With cooling taking place in a separate process, the result is a larger crystal size and increased purity that approaches the 6N, 99.9998%!
In another way, traditional copper/silver has oxygen impurities of 200 to 500 parts per million (PPM), while conventional OFC copper/silver reduces to less than 10 PPM. With the OCC process, the figure is cut in half to less than 5 PPM of oxygen and less than 0.25 PPM of hydrogen (compared to 0.5 PPM for OFC).
With these results, the OCC process creates "ultra-pure" copper and silver.
THE BENEFITS OF UP-OCC
• An accurate unidirectional copper and silver crystal that is as free from impurities as possible to prevent corrosion
• Flexibility and fatigue resistance without impairing conductive characteristics
• Low electrical resistance
• Rapid signal transmission
• Non-crystal boundaries