Ultimate Analog Interconnect
Pear Cable believes its ANJOU Interconnects are some of the best
analog interconnects in the world, period. Meticulously designed
and tested, with no expense spared in either the cable materials
or construction techniques, the result is a sonic marvel. The design
philosophy behind the ANJOU Interconnects begins with rigorous consideration
of applicable scientific and engineering principles followed by
real world testing. The goal is to procure the most accurate sound
possible. For those curious about the technical aspects of the design,
a technical overview is provided below. For detailed cable information
please see the cable design section
of this website which focuses on the Anjou Analog Interconnect.
Of course technical explanation can only go so far, at some point
there is no substitute for hearing the product for yourself.
ANJOU interconnects employ ultra high purity (99.99%) solid gold
conductors. It is extremely important for interconnects to maintain
a smooth, impurity free conductor surface to maintain signal integrity.
Both copper and silver conductors corrode in air over time creating
a thin layer of either copper oxide or silver sulfide. Both of these
contaminants have vastly different electrical properties from their
metallic counterparts, which will cause signal distortion in interconnects.
All dielectric materials, including Teflon, are permeable to oxygen,
which means that over time, the copper or silver conductors will
become damaged. This is especially problematic at the termination
ends where heat is frequently applied from resistance welding or
Ultra Low Capacitance
ANJOU Cables have one of the lowest capacitances of any analog interconnect
in the world. High capacitance is one of the most detrimental electrical
properties an audio interconnect can possess. It is a fundamental
electrical property that causes energy to be absorbed and later
desorbed from signals passing through a cable. ANJOU cables reduce
the signal degrading effects of capacitance to near zero.
All ANJOU cables feature cold welded terminations locked to the
connector with a setscrew. Cold welding is a welding process performed
under high pressure or vacuum without the use of heat. If a connector
and its associated wire are crimped with precision made “dies”
and the appropriate amount of pressure is applied, a cold weld will
take place. When done properly a gas tight connection that is often
stronger than the parent materials is the result. Cold welding is
superior to both resistance welding and soldering due to the fact
that no heat is generated which can cause unwanted deformation and
ANJOU Cables use Pear Cable “Perfect Twist” technology.
“Perfect-Twist” is a proprietary conductor arrangement
optimized to provide ultra low cable capacitance while still blocking
noise pickup. “Perfect-Twist” noise rejecting geometry
prevents the need for a shield around the two core conductors. The
elimination of the outer shield allows reduced cable capacitance
for increased signal accuracy. Anjou Cables utilize two 36 gauge
pure gold conductors in a “balanced” configuration.
Solid conductors are employed instead of stranded to avoid unwanted
haphazard magnetic field interaction and other uncontrolled electrical
Do NOT buy handmade cables! Do not be fooled by competitors who
claim that handmade cables are superior. Audio cables are precision
electrical devices. The ONLY way to ensure that you are receiving
the precision necessary to ensure repeatability and accuracy is
to insist on machine made cables. All ANJOU interconnects are produced
on proprietary custom designed and built machinery. The greatest
cable design in the world is absolutely worthless if it cannot be
produced reliably to design specifications.
Teflon/Air Dielectric System
The cable dielectric, or material that surrounds the conductor,
is extremely important. Pear Cable has developed a proprietary dielectric
system that is comprised solely of PTFE Teflon and air. The dielectric
is important because it soaks up and then releases energy as the
audio signal flows through the cable. This energy transfer is a
direct form of sonic degradation. The ANJOU dielectric system keeps
this degradation to an absolute minimum.
The mechanical integrity of a cable is a critical, but often overlooked,
design element. There are two major reasons why mechanical robustness
is necessary in high performance cables: stability of the cable
electrical properties and minimization of noise producing phenomena
such as the triboelectric effect. Simply put, if components inside
the cable move relative to each other as the cable is flexed, the
electrical properties change. This can make one cable in a pair
sound different from the other. The triboelectric effect occurs
when conductors vibrate. In brief, this vibration causes energy
to be absorbed and desorbed from the audio signal, causing distortion.
Many leading cable designs employ the use of inferior mechanical
construction techniques such as air tubes to house conductors. Pear
Cable considers these designs to be absolutely unacceptable. ANJOU
Cables feature solidly engineered support systems to ensure mechanical
ANJOU Cables feature Topline WBT RCA crimp connectors. Widely considered
to be the best connectors in the world, these jewelry-grade connectors
feature German precision-machined copper bodies plated in gold and
ruthenium. A patented collet system allows the plugs to be “locked”
in position to prevent distortion from vibration. For more information
see WBT’s website (www.wbtusa.com).
All ANJOU cables undergo a comprehensive quality control check before
they leave Pear Cable. Key electrical parameters are tested in addition
to visual and mechanical integrity checks. As a Pear Cable customer,
you are assured that you will receive your product in pristine condition.
Made in the USA for superior quality
This product details page is intended to be a brief technical overview.
For a more in-depth understanding of the technology behind ANJOU
cables please see cable design.