CryoGold-Ag™ uses a mix of rare gold plated PC-OCC copper and pure silver fine strand wires. The fine wires are twisted using our H-Wound™ high pitch technique giving the wire a perfectly uniform and round construction before extrusion.
Both raw conductors are cryo treated and are put through our Ultra-Sonic7™ cleaning process before stranding and extrusion takes place. When dealing with high purtiy wires at these fine sizes, fine particals, oils, and drawing residue left on the wire can greatly effect performance so we take great care every step of the manufacturing process to ensure wires are prestine before processing. Each lead is hand assembled with our OFHC Rhodium/Silver plated Fitclips™ using a minute amount of high silver content (8% pure silver + copper) solder.
Designed for the most demanding tonearms on the market.SPECIFICATION
● Pure Silver Conductor 99.9999%
● Gold Plated Fine Strand PC-OCC Conductor
● H-Wound twist construction
● Slow feed tight pitch processing
● 40mm x 4pc
● Weight per 40mm lead 0.17g
● Individual single strand size 0.06mm/0.08mm
● High frequence signal transfer
● Deep-Cryogenic treated before extrusion process
● Fitclilps™ OFHC, Silver plating followed by Rhodium plating.
● Ultra-Sonic7™ cleaning/thermal break-in process
● Fits all vintage and modern tonearms which use detachable headshell leads.
Deep Cryo™ Treatment
All of the conductors used in our cables undergo Deep Cryo™ treatment before the insulation is extruded over the metals. Our research has proven that the conductor—and only the conductor— benefits from cryo-treatment. Materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC™), Teflon™, PE, and Silicon™ can all be adversely affected by cold-temperature annealing. Cryo-treating non-conductors and insulating materials can cause them to break down and become brittle.
The purity, size, and molecular structure of each conductor determine the specific temperature within the -186ºC to - a 196ºC range that we cryo-treat it at. Zavfino’s research into cold temperature physics has proven that the absolute lowest temperature is not necessarily the best for cryo-treatment.
This is a two-stage process. In the first stage we draw the bare conductor through a ceramic die into an ultrasonic cleaning chamber that bombards the conductor with multiple ultrasonic frequencies. This emulsification process removes all debris from the surface of the wire down to the molecular level and leaves absolutely zero residues.
UltraSonic 7 High Voltage / Thermal Break-in
This is a two-stage process. In the first stage we draw the bare conductor through a ceramic die into an ultrasonic cleaning chamber that bombards the conductor with multiple ultrasonic frequencies. This emulsification process removes all debris from the surface of the wire down to the molecular level and leaves absolutely zero residues. After each individual wire is processed, we strand it into bundles and then subject the bundles to further treatment. During the second stage of the ultrasonic burn-in, we increase the voltage to a higher level that’s just below the threshold of the conductor. This adjustment in temperature allows us to get a unique “break-in effect” normally associated with cables that have had 30 to 40 hours of signal and/or current run through them.
Zavfino’s H-Wound™ + Zero Strand Loss:
Drawing on more than 18 years of manufacturing experience, Zavfino has developed a remarkable new technique for twisting stranded wire tightly around a central solid-core conductor. An electrical phenomenon commonly known as the “skin effect” occurs when electrons move through any solid core conductor. Higher frequencies travel along the outside (the skin) of the conductor faster than midrange and lower echelon frequencies. This results in smeared PRaT, muddled instrumental timbres, and an unnatural sound. Zavfino’s new H-Wound™ manufacturing technique negates the skin effect. Originally developed by OEMs Siemens and Klangfilm, Zavfino uses a customized transformer wire-stranding machine. We further modified the gears in this machinery to create windings at a slower RPM ratio with a much tighter pitch. This patented manufacturing process enables us to twist the wiring at the tightest pitch possible without overlapping the wire strands. Most wire-stranding machines can only fabricate windings up to a maximum of 300 twists per meter. Setting the bar far higher, Zavfino’s patented H-Wound™ cable winding machine creates a pitch rate of 14,000 to 16,000 twists per meter; which is unmatched by any other audiophile cable maker. Zavfino’s new Zero Strand Loss™ manufacturing technique protects the bundled conductors from being damaged during stripping and termination. By ensuring that each core has zero chipped, cut, or mangled strands, we can guarantee that each insulated core is 100% identical. For audiophiles, the sonic results of tighter windings and Zero Strand Loss™ conductors are cables with quieter backgrounds, remarkable timbral accuracy, lifelike PRaT, jaw dropping mid-range resolution, and superior low frequency extension. Our new H-Wound™ stranding technology allows us to protect the delicate electrical signal being transferred through our cables.
Easily the best $ I spent upgrade-wise. A $900 cart (Gold Note Donatello Gold) deserves "more than" the standard headshell leads.
Bought these with minimal expectations, and was blown away. Will never use anything else, on any headshell / cart combo.
Excellent and worthwhile upgrade. I thought my existing headshell leads were good quality. But the Zavfino Cryogold-Ag are definitely superior. The sonics were better across the spectrum. No downsides or trade-offs that I could detect. Highly recommended!
Outstanding construction quality. Truly balanced tonality with outstanding mids, clear and tight bottom end and detailed highs.