DHC Symbiote SE
Type 2 Litz OCC Cryo Copper IEM Cable
For most IEM types & all terminations
DHC's highest performing IEM cable has arrived. The first (but certainly not the last) litz IEM cable in the audio world, the Symbiote SE represents the ultimate companion for any in-ear monitor and our flagship.
DHC "Peptide" cryo type 2 OCC copper litz - one of our finest creations and our favorite stranded wire. The base metal is ultrapure OCC copper as with our other wires, but with the performance and durability advantages of litz. DHC's Litz wire is a construct of extremely fine strands - 105 to be exact - in a specific winding configuration. Each strand is individually insulated for additional surface area, reduced AC losses, and decreased skin effect and other deleterious electrical phenomena. Litz protects the metal with an invisible, ultra thin coat of enamel that makes oxidation impossible, so the strands will stay beautiful with a perfect surface into the foreseeable future. This makes the Symbiote SE a worthy investment in durability and sound quality. "Peptide" is insulated with inert, ultra clear polyethylene which keeps the construct in its intended configuration - only polymer based litz constructs will perform consistently. Deep cryogenic treatment squeezes every ounce of performance out of the wire.
Not to be confused with a "litz" braiding pattern - which is simply slang for a round 4 strand braid - litz in the context of the Symbiote SE refers to a cable with individually enameled strand laid in a specific pattern to improve its electrical qualities.
The Symbiote SE is available in clear, transparent-black, or a combination of the two wires for a custom appearance. We also offer the Symbiote SE with a square or round braid. Many prefer the round braid's appearance, but the square braid occupies a smaller volume and is also very nice. The Symbiote SE is slightly larger than our original Symbiote cable due to the complexity of the litz construct inside the wire, although the square braid helps make up the size difference. We also offer a 2-wire Symbiote SE "Micro" cable if you want litz OCC performance in a ludicrously small package...
The Symbiote SE uses durable metal terminations rather than plastic-overmolded plugs. These plugs last longer, are easier to replace, and allow completely custom cables rather than ones made in batches, so we have the creative freedom to build your cable to order. If you'd like to customize your cable in any way beyond what is listed on this page, many options are free of charge, just ask.
The Symbiote gets its own custom "Peptide" heatshrink to denote its unique wire. We offer the Symbiote for JH, UE, and Westone (or any IEM that uses this sort of cables - 0.78mm pins), UE TF10 (or IEMs with 0.75mm pins), Sennheiser IE8, Shure SE215/425/535 and UE900 (IEMs with MMCX snap-on coaxial connectors). If there's an IEM you aren't sure about we can provide a recommendation.
We have a wide array of our favorite terminations - from the light and versatile DHC black aluminum mini plug to terminations from Valab, Viablue, and Oyaide for all the rhodium, gold, and carbon fiber you can handle. We support all balanced amplifiers and gear with the latest plugs from RSA to iBasso and beyond.
Our "Capsid" carbon fiber-trimmed CNC-machined aluminum y-splitter is a free option on our IEM and headphone cables now. This splitter is very small, weighing next to nothing, and exists to make our cables look and feel awesome. We still offer DHC logo heatshrink if you would prefer an even smaller option.
Symbiote SE "Micro"
Want a ridiculously tiny Symbiote cable? Using the wonders of litz, we can divide up the strand bundles in a single strand of Peptide to use 1 wire per channel instead of two. This is one of the smallest aftermarket IEM cables. It works out to being a 27 awg IEM cable like this - with pure litz OCC copper inside, it is substantially higher performing than stock cables, and sounds terrific to our ear, despite its diminutive size.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 22 October, 2012.