The INSPIRATION HYBRID is a new product in our state of the art FUSION SERIES of audio interconnects and loudspeaker cables which incorporate our new developed highly advanced FUSION conductor material.
The INSPIRATION HYBRID’s main application area is to serve as a highest quality twin lead loudspeaker cable, though it equally exels when used for biwiring or as an interconnect.
The INSPIRATION HYBRID’s design incorporates a number of unique features which widen its field of application and improve performance compared to regular twin lead loudspeaker cables:
The cable is equipped with a heavy shield.
The signal leads are placed in a so-called star quad configuration.
The cable contains a separate central ground lead which, if applicable (*), is intended to serve as ground connection between loudspeaker cabinet and amplifier ground.
The above mentioned design features avoid possible audio signal interference caused by external electromagnetic noise radiating into your power amplifier’s signal (feedback) path, entering through the loudspeaker lines.
Furthermore, when using digital (switchmode) power amplifiers, any radiation of residual noise from the loudspeaker lines is prevented.
As such, these measures help to keep your system’s noise floor down, thereby allowing it to reveal more detail.
(*) Remark: Some loudspeaker manufacturers now equip their loudspeakers with a separate ground connection: e.g. Tannoy with their new Dimension range TD-8, TD-10 and TD-12 and for sure others to come.
The stranded signal lines are made of our new developed highly advanced FUSION conductor material and are furthermore embedded in a conductive layer containing our Linear Structured Carbon ®.
The sonic result is a very detailed signal transmission with a superb spacious character.
There is no sign of any sonic harshness or lack of definition.
The jacket and insulation throughout the cable are made of HULLIFLEX ® 4, a very rugged insulation material which provides outstanding protection.
Listen and be inspired !
In The INSPIRATION HYBRID four star quad configured signal lines surround a central ground lead.
The signal lines are intended to be pairwise combined to form a twin lead loudspeaker cable with a total cross-section area of 2 x 3.94 mm² and a resistance of 2 x 1.4 Ohm/100 m.
The central ground lead is intended to serve as an optional ground connection between any amplifier and loudspeaker’s ground terminals.
Next to the signal lines’ star quad configuration and separate ground lead, additional protection against R.F. interference is provided by the cable’s heavy braided screen, which should be grounded at the amplifier side and be left disconnected at the loudspeaker end.
Having four signal lines, The INSPIRATION HYBRID is also suitable to be used as a biwiring loudspeaker cable;
(Total cross-section area: 4 x 1.97 mm²; Resistance: 4 x 2.8 Ohm/100 m).
Next to our standard sales units (see specifications below) The INSPIRATION HYBRID is also available on 50 m. reels fitted with end-caps to prevent any entrance of chemically polluted air.
Shipping: 1 x 50 m. reel in a 310 x 310 x 290 mm. box with a total shipping weight of 12.2 kg.
The INSPIRATION HYBRID
Cable Type: Screened 5 conductor
Conductor Material: FUSION TECHNOLOGY: amorphous Cu/Zn/Ag alloy + HYBRID: Linear Structured Carbon ® saturated layer(s)
Design Purpose / Application Area(s): Highest quality loudspeaker cable / Exotic DIY interconnect
Eff. Conductor Ø / Eq. AWG No. / Strands: Each signal lead: 1.97 mm² / ~AWG 14 / 98
Ground lead: 0.56 mm² / AWG 19.6 / 7
Screen: 4.45 mm² / AWG 10.7 / 252
External Diameter / -Dimensions: 11.5 mm.
Resistance (20 °C / 68 °F): Two red or blue signal leads combined: 1.4 Ohm/100 m.
Central ground lead: 3.2 Ohm/100 m.
Screen: 0.45 Ohm/100 m.
Capacitance: 318 pF/m.
Characteristic Impedance: -
Insulation / Dielectric Strength / Test Voltage: Cores: HULLIFLEX ® 4; Jacket: HULLIFLEX ® 4 / 300 Vrms min.
Connector Types Suitable: As twin lead loudspeaker cable: Our 5.0 mm. Ø cable entrance diameter Bus type Universal Speaker Connectors; Custom mountable on any length ordered;
As biwiring loudspeaker cable: Our 3.0 mm. Ø cable entrance diameter Bus type Universal Speaker Connectors or our DIY Screw-On Speaker Connectors; Both custom mountable on any length ordered.
Standard Sales Units / -Lengths: 50 m. reels; With connectors mounted to specifications: any length; Without connectors: please consult your van den Hul dealer or the van den Hul distributor in your country.
Jacket Colour(s) Available: Gold tone
The two internal red leads should be combined to form the loudspeaker + connection.
Likewise, the two blue leads should be combined to form the loudspeaker – connection.
If applicable, the black central ground lead should connect between the power amplifier and loudspeaker’s dedicated ground terminals. (Else it can be left disconnected).
The cable screen should be connected to the power amplifier’s dedicated ground terminal (or chassis) and should be left disconnected at the loudspeaker end.
If it is impossible to connect the screen to any ground terminal (or chassis screw) at the amplifier, the screen should be connected to the amplifier’s loudspeaker – terminal of the channel in question.
Related Articles & Papers:
“Van den Hul The INSPIRATION HYBRID”; A short product review of our The INSPIRATION HYBRID loudspeaker cable. Translated from German magazine Image HiFi, issue 3/’02.
The FUSION SERIES; A short paper introducing our newly developed highly advanced FUSION TECHNOLOGY conductor material which forms the basis of our new FUSION SERIES of loudspeaker and interconnect cable products.
Our unique CARBON & HYBRID TECHNOLOGY: In this interesting “question and answer styled” article A.J. van den Hul discusses the vulnerable properties of metal audio cables in general and goes into great detail about his newly developed HYBRID and LINEAR STRUCTURED CARBON ® audio cable technology. This article answers many important and often posed questions about van den Hul’s audio cable technology and philosophy.
Our CABLE FAQ: In this interesting and comprehensive “question and answer styled” document, A.J. van den Hul treats a wide field of frequently asked cable issues in high-end audio and video as well as many other related applications and subjects. A treasure of useful information for anyone dealing with cables in any hi-fi situation. Browsing through it will certainly give you new ideas and insights...
HI-FI TIPS AND HINTS: “Hear out your hi-fi system”; A.J. van den Hul has composed a collection of more than 100 useful hi-fi tips and hints helping to improve your sound quality at home. You most certainly will come across some practical ideas you had not thought of before...
Our AWG to METRIC conversion chart converts American Wire Gauge numbers to metric diameter, cross-section area and resistance. Some rules of thumb helping you to learn AWG resistance and diameter by head are included.
Hi-fi News & Record Review’s A VAN DEN HUL PROFILE interview, though dating from 1990, provides excellent background information on van den Hul’s patented LINE-CONTACT PHONO STYLUS, its invention and philosophy. Furthermore, van den Hul’s AUDIO CABLE PHILOSOPHY is discussed in detail.