AUDIOFOIL MUSIC CABLE SYTSTEMS

 

Welcome to Verastarr, an Audiophile cable company founded by music passionates and design purists that have created the first audio cabling and connection system in existence to carry high integrity design technology all the way through 100% of the audio signal chain.  While others try to explain the precarious balance they maintain between dissimilar metal, solder, plating, skin effect, stranded wire, and describe how they deal with it, Verastarr decided to innovate and reinvent the RCA and XLR and Binding post,  and eliminate all the offenders. Therefore making it impossible for tthose materials to cause distortion, eddy currents, time smearing and phase shift. For the first time in the history of music playback, there is a connection system that is capable of claiming

  • NO Dissimilar metal whatsoever from one pcb in a component to the other pcb in the next. 
  • NO solder whatsoever
  • No crimps or set screws
  • No heavy chunks of metal like binding posts
  • No stranded wire
  • No plated connectors or wire

Founded in 1992 by Mike Powell in Atlanta, GA. USA we take the preservation of music signal to a complete 100% integrity level, which has not been done until now. There are shortcomings of the legacy industry protocol, that we have identified and eliminated. This gives you, the listener or redcording professional a complete level of confidence that your connection system is at the highest level currently possible. We completely expect immitators to jump on the bandwagon, but it has originated here, so you are in the best place you can be to adopt this new technology. This technology is called SingleTech, bacause there is only one way to do anything with 100% integrity of design.  SingleTech uses a proprietary carrier of music signal called the AudioFoil, and the AudioFoil uses a connection method called Zeronnect. This forms the triad from which 100% integrity of music signal arises 

 

SingleTech = A signal connection and transmission protocol of the highest order, dedicated to zero compromise in the pursuit of musical excellence.

AudioFoil = The evolution of wire into a flat foil form that is optimized for music by way of higher efficiency and lower distortion.  

Zeronnect = The connection interface that is not a connector at all. By nature, all connectors are lossy, so the Zeronnect simply does the job of compressing signal conductors together without being a conductive member of the assembly. This is possible only with AudioFoils. 

 

The story - 

No matter how expensive or amazing a High End cable is, every single one of them becomes "dumbed down" at the connector. Not so nice when you just paid $10K. What you get is a half measure at best.  You see 100% integrity of transmission and connection dictates the following ; No dissimilar metal. Herein lies the impossibility. Think of a connection between 2 components that is only one metal. It does not exist. Somewhere you hit solder or plated metal, and in the case of unplated copper, oxidation that is non conductive. 

Lets take the current inadequecies of the legacy connection scheme a little deeper and more direct. 

Solder = running our delicate music signal through a glob of lead/tin and a myriad of other lossy metals. This mix is a slurry and cools in haphazard fashion, usually at a transition between different metals with different electrical charachteristics causing eddy current, low level resistance which alone are enough for us to desire elimination of solder alltogether. SingleTech accomplishes this

Plated metal - this isually meand gold plated brass and if youre lucky solid Copper. The only problem with this is the mass of the metal used. Its a large chunk usually.  Do you see brass wire cables ? right, then why run the signal through a large chunk of brass ?especially Gold plated Brass, again, eddy currents ensue, perhaps capacitace depending on the part, the long and short of it is that its bad for signal any way you slice it.  Zeroconnect eliminates this.

Break points - the perfect conductor between two compaonets is a single AudioFoil (or until now single wire) from one pcb inside component A to the other psb inside componaet B. This is not done since we must move componets around, ship them, etc. well the legacy connector system causes a break 12 times if plug is at PCB and 6 times if its directly soldered to pcb in both components, in every break there is loss. Whether its crimp, solder or the simple RCA or XLR interface, there are losses and distortions. Especially at the connector interfece. because everyones machining tolerance is a little different, so only in the case of locking RCA is this addressed and those are hard to use at best. XLR, there is no fix, you get what you get and hope for the best. Even on locking type the surface of that RCA pin is rough with inclusions so it is still lossy.. With SingleTech the break points are reduced to only 2 inbetween components, so even the best legacy connection has 200% more breaks than Singletech does which means quite a bit more loss. 

Intregrity at connector interface. 

The ony existing connector to address this is the locking RCA, a connector that takes 2 hands to operate, while a great idea, it still has plated metal and may or may not have solder. Everything else counts on perfect matc hed machining to fit nice and snug meabing when the pin goes into the plug it does not amke 100% complete contact. Zeronnect addresses this by itilizing a variable prtessure clamping mechanism which presses 2 mirror polish Audiofoils together for not only a 600% larger contact surface area but a true compression fitting for the absolute lowest loss conencrtion interface known today 

Internal cable connection interface. - This is inside the cable where it connects wit the plug. This again, either uses solder or a set screw, and in the case of set screw is plated brass and if you're lucky plated copper, Usually it is a beryllium copper or Tellurium copper to make it stronger for machining, but those alloys make the copper less conductive. 

 

Why Foil ?  Its simple. Exponentially larger surface area if you can imagine a round wire the high frequency rides on the skin. The higher the frequency the worse it gets. In the case of plated materials your high frequency rises in the plating at a different rate of propogation than the metal underneath it, this casuses a smearing in the time domain, this is the kind of noise that you dont know is there until its removed. Then you cant believe you did not hear it. 

So not only is foil a more efficient conductor due to massive surface area, but it is very flexible and light. Many high end cables are not only stiff, but heavy. This causes stress on the jacks and may even break them. Not to mention near impossible to route our AudioFoils can even fold ober on themselves if you want to make a 90 degree angle to change the cable routing direction. Furthermore foil is much easier to treat passively for noise reduction. In other words one of our features on the Stetement is a flat Quartz resonating wafer. impossible to use on a round wire and this wafter needs to be flat to work, quartz sand will not react the same way a specially tuned , cut quartz wafwer will 

 

Our foil making process. We have developed a process for producug our foils that starts with pure metal ingots or grains or both. during the fasbrication process we use very heavy very smooth steel rollers that roll the material over and over, until it is a uniform thickness at our specification. We also perform a process that leaves the edges with a radius rather than straight cut. This reduces distortions vs a straight cut edge. The AudioFoil comes off the rolls with a mirror finish, not a blemish on the surface anywhere. Buring the rolling process there are tiny fractures created in the cyrstalline structure of the metal, these cracks or feractures are actually gaps on a molecular level and are resistive in nature. Sp one of our post processes is deep heat annealing where we come to the edge of its melting point, this actually causes the tiny gaps to flow together and the crystals to be come longer and more uniform, again increasing the ability for the foil to transmit signal with little to no loss whatsoever. To enhance the heat annealing, we then cryogenically freeze our AudioFoils to -300 degrees  for 48 hours with 24 hours to get down to temp, then 24 hours back up. So its 4 days in the liquid nitrogen freezer. this shrinks the metal, further reducing the gaps between one another as well as relaxing the metal and relieving the stresses caused by rolling. Finally the Audiofoils are  sent to have a high teck thinb film polymer bonded to it. This means no adhesivewhat little charge goes into the dielectric is immediately released much faster than a round wire extruded insulation, efen PTFE and FEP.  After that in some models we adhere an anti vibration rubber layer, not on;ly does this absorn vibtationm it mass loads the foil so it does not resonate with the rooms airborne vibrations. Some of the designs get shield layers at thios point an dwith a solid foil shield added you get 100% coverage, unlike a braid shield.  Finally the protective outer Jacket is applied. 

 

Some of our models come with special AudioFoil holders that maintain the foils in the vertical position and get them off the floor, these cable hjolders also absorb any static charge that may have developed on the surface of the AidioFoil outer jacket .