Chord Cobra cable consists of two sets of stranded oxygen free copper conductors with a polyethylene insulator and overall lapped shield around both sets. The two sets of conductors are twisted together. The reason for this is that twisting the two conductors helps to reduce interference. One set of conductors is used to carry the signal and the other set is used to make the return signal path. This means that the Cobra cable is of a balanced design (signal and return conductors are identical).
Cobra Plus uses cotton conductor spacers to minimize vibration-generated noise and the outer jacket is chosen because it provides a high degree of mechanical damping. This helps to minimize any handling noise. The color of the outer jacket is British Racing Green.
As with Chrysalis, Cobra Plus is a very compatible cable that suits most equipment. It produces a sound that is dynamic, detailed and easy to listen to. Unusually for an interconnect at this price point the Cobra 3 places voices and instruments in a surprisingly solid and believable sound stage. It will work happily in music and audio/video systems, and is particularly good with slightly bright CD players. In fact Cobra Plus will work well in just about every application and is rapidly becoming regarded as something of a bargain.
Cobra VEE3 has a wider bandwidth than Crimson. This translates as lower bass and higher treble. At the same time, whilst allowing more detail, the geometry and shielding of the cable combined with higher quality copper means that the information is presented in a manner that is obviously more detailed than the Crimson but also has a pleasing naturalness. A lot of cables that are described as natural achieve this at the expense of detail, but the Cobra VEE3 manages quite a rare trick of combining naturalness and detail.
The CableCobra VEE 3 is similar in construction and configuration to Crimson VEE 3 but with a crucial and performance-improving difference. Cobra VEE 3 conductors are constructed from multi-stranded silver-plated oxygen free copper conductors and the conductors are insulated with FEP, a material with very similar performance characteristics to PTFE. This combination of materials is used extensively in Chord cable designs. We find that it improves signal transfer across a wide bandwidth, particularly noticeable at frequency extremes. The balanced conductors are held in place with cotton spacers to reduce mechanical noise and protected with a dual layer high frequency effective foil and braid combination shield. The shielding is surrounded with a soft PVC to provide further mechanical damping and this is protected with a hard PVC outer jacket.
The PlugsThe Chord Cobra VEE 3 is fitted with Chord’s custom VEE 3 RCA plug. The ABS outer shell and the unique silver-plating process applied to the contact areas of the plug improve signal transfer across a wide frequency range. The signal return surround provides a secure high pressure contact with all types of RCA sockets. The centre pin is insulated with PTFE and the design of the plug and ABS outer shell provides good strain relief without compressing the cable and compromising performance.
Use it withCobra VEE 3’s silver-plated, FEP insulated conductors and high frequency effective dual layer shield, combine to carry a signal with a high degree of accuracy. There are a lot of digital to analogue converters that offer a surprising level of performance in relation to their cost. Cobra VEE 3 would be an excellent cable to use both with these and some of the entry level CD players that are available. It will go some way to allowing you to hear the performance that these products are capable of, particularly in terms of detail and dynamics.