Norman Audio

Kimber Orchid AES/EBU Digital Cable

“Expensive, but the best AES/EBU link JA has used. J-10 loved the Orchid’s midrange liquidity and detail, but preferred Illumination’s S/PDIF cable overall. SD (almost) doesn’t equivocate: “Probably the best out there for now….A stunner!” RH and RD are also fans. New lower price usefully brings this cable in reach of more music lovers.” – Stereophile Recommended Components, April 1999.

“Then I installed a Kimber Kable Illuminati Orchid digital interconnect. KABOOM! The Illuminati and the AC conditioning made all the difference in the world. The improvement was vast. The objectionable smoothness was gone. The Resolution Enhancement mode presented a wealth of detail. The sound grew bigger, more vivid, more impressive. Tonal balance, timbre, and overtone information were spot-on. The bottom had more fullness and extension. The mids were fleshed out and the treble quite extended, without glare or harshness. There was no grain to speak of. Violins sounded more like themselves. (I find this impossible to describe; they simply sounded more real.) The PT’s presentation had now transformed. It was a close second to my analog source.” – Marshall Nack, The Stereo Times, March 2001.

An AES/EBU cable of exceptional achievement, the Kimber Orchid has captured the passions of digital devotees and the respect of analog enthusiasts worldwide; both for recording and playback. The Orchid is smooth and detailed with amazing transient attack. Only the finest materials are used in the Orchid’s construction and the technology is proprietary. Orchid is sold in 1/2 meter increments and is only available factory terminated with “studio grade” XLR type connectors with silver plated contacts.

Only available with XLR-type connectors featuring silver-plated contacts.


  • Proprietary balanced technology
  • AES/EBU cable
  • Studio grade XLRs
  • (Cp) parallel capacitance: 47.10 pF @ 20 kHz
  • (Ls) series inductance: 1.06 µH @ 20 kHz
  • (Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.331 Ω
  • (Xt) total reactance: 0.134 Ω @ 20 kHz
  • Frequency response ± 0.5 dB dc – 20 MHz


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