Eletech Cable Guide – 2021 Update

Eletech has created a lineup of gorgeously crafted high end cables. Inspired by the works of Raphael, their product designs evoke Renaissance art depicting Classical and Ancient Greece. Eletech has three cable series, Virtues, School of Athens, and Parnassus, with prices ranging from $199 to $2399 – each series ramping up the quality, rarity, and purity of the conductors. All of Eletech’s cables use a kevlar core and Eletech’s proprietary solder formula to ensure optimal performance and sonic integrity through every contact and connection point in the cable.

The two key materials used in a cable's conductive wires are copper and silver. Copper is known for its warmth and full bodied character, but is slower overall as a conductor than silver. Silver tends to more fully communicate the mids and highs of the signal, providing added clarity and air, because of its faster harmonic transfer. Eletech provides a mix of pure copper and silver cables, as well as mixed conductors, and more exotic materials like palladium and gold in the Iliad.

Virtues

The Virtues series includes Fortitude and Prudence cables. Both cables have a type-4 litz geometry and use 26 AWG (American Wire Gauge) wire. They use OCC copper and silver plated copper for the conductors. The OCC (Ohio Continuous Cast) process eliminates any grain in the copper or silver making a smoother, more conductive wire than the standard OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) process used for many stock headphone cables.

Fortitude is a pure OCC copper cable. Copper is known for its warm sound, and can be the perfect cable material to smooth out brightness or sibilance.

Eletch Fortitude Cable

 

Prudence is made from OCC silver plated copper, which provides a balance of the warmth of copper and the higher degree of harmonic transfer from silver.

Eletech Fortitude

 

School of Athens

The School of Athens series features Socrates and Plato (we’re still waiting on Aristotle). Both cables use Eletech’s “Maximus Efficiency Strand geometry” and 24 AWG wire. They use monocrystal silver and copper which goes a step beyond OCC such that each wire has a single continuous crystalline structure with no impurities or interruptions in the conductivity.

Socrates uses 7N purity bespoke monocrystal copper to create the highest possible quality and purity copper cable possible. This keeps the warmth of a copper cable while having the same level of harmonic transfer as some silver cables.

Eletech Socrates

 

Plato uses bespoke monocrystal silver, providing an incredibly high level of purity and conductivity. Silver’s faster conductivity provides a brighter more open sound which can help balance out the low end or mitigate muddiness.

Eletech Plato

 

Parnassus

The Parnassus series is Eletech’s top of the line cable offering. It includes the Iliad and the Aeneid. These cables use a combination of type-5 Litz and Maximus Strand geometry along with 24 AWG wires. The Parnassus series uses a mix of previous metals including gold, silver, and palladium.

Iliad uses monocrystal silver, palladium plated silver, and gold wires, and is the first cable to use palladium plated silver in its conductors. The mix of conductors provides all the best characteristics of a silver while providing additional body in the signal to balance out the lower mid and bass performance.

Eletech Iliad Cable

 

Aeneid uses gold plated silver wires, alternating between type-4 Litz, and Maximus Strand geometry. The goal of Aeneid is to provide the purest, fullest possible transmission of the original signal, while providing the largest possible soundstage and most accurate 3D image.

Eletech Aeneid

Finding the Right Cable

There are a few reasons you might be shopping for cables. You might just want to replace your stock with a nicer cable, or possibly get a new termination. Maybe you're looking for a more serious upgrade to your sound, or to bring out specific aspects of your headphones or IEMs.

If you're just looking for an upgrade to your existing cable (whether for sound quality, look/feel, or termination), the Virtues series is where you should look first. The Virtues Series is competitive in price point with many other premium cable lines, and exceeds many similar cables in terms of build quality and value. The Prudence's silver-plated copper provides a balanced sound that reveals detail both in the highs and the lows. The Fortitude is warmer, bringing out stronger mid-bass slam and smoothing out the top end.

If you know what you like in a cable, and are looking for a premium pure silver or copper, School of Athens has what you need. With the ultra-high purity monocrystal copper Socrates or monocrystal Silver Plato, you can get cables with ultra high performance and stylish looks.

For the ultimate in balanced across the board performance that will bring out the best in your top of the line IEMs, the Parnassus series has the ultimate in materials and design. Parnassus series cables aren't just some of the best sounding cables ever made, they are true works of art, made with care from the finest materials available.

Our Selection

At Bloom, we provide Eletech’s complete line of cables in either MMXC or 2-pin with 3.5mm unbalanced termination, and 2.5mm and 4.4mm balanced termination. Additionally, we provide the Virtues series with a variety of over-ear headphone connections. You can purchase Fortitude or Prudence with connections for 3.5mm, 2.5mm, or mini-XLR headphones, and with 4-pin XLR terminations. 6.3mm adapters are included with 3.5mm termination.

We also offer Eletech's ProAdapt series of adapters. If you're looking to change the termination of a high end cables, you want to use a similar premium material for the adapter. The ProAdapt series provides adapters with the same materials and level of construction and quality as Eletech's School of Athens and Parnassus cables.

We’re looking to grow our selection of cables in the future, and can also deliver special orders for lengths, connections, or terminations that we don’t currently have in stock. Our goal is to provide you with as many cable upgrade options as possible to unlock the full potential of your IEMs and headphones.

Starting Price

Conductor

Wire Gauge

Geometry

Connections/
Terminations*

Fortitude

$199

OCC Copper

26 AWG

Type 4 Litz

IEM and Headphone

Prudence

$249

OCC Silver-plated copper

26 AWG

Type 4 Litz

IEM and Headphone

Socrates

$699

Monocrystal Copper

24 AWG

Maximus Efficiency Strand

IEM

Plato

$999

Monocrystal Silver

24 AWG

Maximus Efficiency Strand

IEM

Iliad

$1799

Monocrystal silver, palladium -plated silver, gold

24 AWG

Type 4 Litz

IEM

Aeneid $2399 Gold-plated silver 24 AWG Type 4 Litz, Maximus Efficiency Strand IEM

 *All cables can be special ordered in any length/connection/termination