Kimber Kable launched their brand new Axios range of headphone cables at CES in Las Vegas over the 6th-9th January. The vast CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the premier event of the industry year and is often the home of significant product launches. In that vein, Kimber decided to use the event to premiere this superb new range. Axios takes the concept of a high end headphone cable to another level and represents a huge step forward in Kimber’s quest for superb sound from personal audio sources.
The range consists of a growing selection of dedicated cables for headphones from premier manufacturers such as Sennheiser, Audeze, HIFIMAN, Sony, Mr Speakers and Beyerdynamic. Each cable uses dedicated connections with matched hardwood accents to complement each headphone model perfectly.
Nate Allen, designer of the new cables, told us:
”The first products that Kimber Kable designed were the 8 wire and the 16 wire speaker cables – such as 4PR and 8TC. The design for AXIOS is based on these original products. The headphone cable starts with an OFHC copper wire braid, comprising 16, individually-insulated 24-gauge strands. The really clever part is where there’s a seamless transition to tw
o, eight-braid tails. To accomplish this, we developed an entirely new hand braiding process for remarkably precise and uniform braids within the transition. This is no easy task. The design team braided over 100 cables before the method was perfected and ready for production. It means that there’s no solder joint to impair the signal, and rather than simply twisting the tails together, the famous Kimber Kable weave is maintained.”
”We’ve also worked really closely with the headphone manufacturers to develop the connectors. All connectors feature hand-polished wood accents which are matched cosmetically to the headphones. For example, take the cable we make for the Audeze LCD-3. The connectors are finished with zebrawood to complement the LCD-3’s appearance. The cables look as good as they sound”.
The cables can be formatted in the most common and traditional ‘Y’ format – A single stereo plug at the headphone amplifier end which then splits out in to two cables connected to the left and right headphone speaker. Select 1Y format for this option.
AXIOS can also be configured as a 2Y cable if you have a balanced headphone amplifier with two outputs. The cable will have two connectors for the left and right audio signal at the headphone amplifier end and two connectors for the left and right audio going into the headphones. Cables can be fitted with 3.5mm mini jack; 6.35mm (1/4″) jack; or 3 pin or 4 pin XLR.