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DHC Symbiote SE - Premium type 4 litz IEM Cable

Starting at: $259.00







Symbiote SE 
Premium type 4 litz OCC IEM Cable





Pure OCC copper litz "Peptide", silver-plated copper litz "Hybrid," and new combination litz "Synergy"

The Symbiote SE is a beautiful and compact IEM cable.  It features an all-new, custom litz wire and performance that will shock and surprise you, in an ultra-flexible, ultra-light package that demands to be seen.  It is nearly as compact as Fusion and Silver Peptide, our new reigning champions of compactness, with a larger 23.5awg wire size making a four-wire braid the optimal configuration.  The Symbiote SE features a brand-new type 4 litz with a core of proprietary dampening material at the center to improve electrical performance and refinement.  

We now offer this cable with a remote/mic option for iPhone/Android/Astell&Kern and other phones with standard TRRS headset connections (4 pole 3.5mm plug).  This option is $30, we have kept this item very close to its cost to us, and adds a lot of extra assembly time, but we know many of you have wanted this option for a long time.  Keep in mind that all remote/mic cables will be terminated with a 3.5mm TRRS 4 pole mini plug, and will work fine with both cell phones and regular audio jacks on amplifiers.  Remote functionality works great with AK240 and other A&K products!


Models:

For JH/UE/Westone and any IEM with a 0.78mm pin cable (UM, Rooth, Heir, and much more)
For UE TF10
For Fitear
For Sennheiser IE8

For new Westone IEMs and all Shure IEMs - fits UE900 too
Not sure if it'll work with your IEM? Email us.

Terminations:
We prefer the DHC Elite bronze mini plug with gold or rhodium plating.  
We offer balanced terminations for RSA SR71b, ALO RX MK3, AK240, and iBasso 
For AK240 - coming soon - we have a custom balanced 2.5mm plug with beadblast aluminum shell - the best!
Many more terminations available - if you don't see it, email us.

Materials:

The essence of the Symbiote SE is our newest litz wire series, the Peptide v2.  It comes in three flavors - Peptide pure OCC copper, Peptide Synergy which has three copper bundles and three silver-plated-copper bundles, and Peptide Hybrid which is a new & improved version of the beloved original Symbiote SE Hybrid - an all silver-plated-copper OCC litz wire.  The three varieties offer greater choice for the sound signature, while maintaining accuracy and fidelity.  Our Peptide Hybrid SPC litz will never make the sound harsh, it is simply a more "forward" sound while our Peptide OCC copper litz is dead neutral and a bit more laid back.  

* Pick Peptide pure OCC copper for optimum neutrality *
* Pick Peptide Hybrid silver-plated OCC copper for maximum fun & intensity, great for dull-sounding headphones*
* Pick Peptide Synergy for a balance between neutral and fun*


Peptide v2 is a more compact, 23.5 awg wire that we designed from the ground up, with a larger wire gauge size than before, optimal for four wire braids, but with a very efficient insulation design which prevents excess bulk. The strand size is the smallest featured in IEM cables for maximum flexibility and surface area, with one of the highest strand counts in a IEM litz wire.  The polyethylene insulation has been redesigned for maximum optical clarity, silky smooth feel, and flexibility without microphonics.  Each strand is made of ultrapure OCC copper or OCC copper coated in a secondary layer of pure silver.  The litz strand is then enameled with an invisible, razor-thin layer of enamel, preserving the integrity and beauty of the wire's surface forever.  

Peptide v2 has a industry-first design to extract maximum performance - a type 4 litz - you see it here first!  Our type 4 litz consists of six spiraling bundles of OCC litz strands wrapped around a core of proprietary dampening material, chosen for its lack of triboelectric interaction with the litz wire's enamel coating.  In this way we endeavor to avoid the formation of electrical charge on the wire's surface.  Type 4 litz reduces mechanical vibration between the strand bundles and avoids allowing the signal to exist in the electrical dead spot at the center of a wire.  This sort of litz construct is used in communications and electrical systems in only the most sensitive applications.  

The strands are arranged in bundles with a specific configuration designed to expose each strand equally to the center of the wire and the outside of the wire.  This keeps the wire's impedance more consistent, and the individually insulated strands function as one massive surface for the signal to travel upon.  Litz design as a whole makes skin effect and AC losses non-issues.  The wire is cryogenically treated by the manufacturer for enhanced strength and electrical performance.

We have extensively tested this wire with a variety of equipment from home gear to portable.  Peptide v2 offers an incredibly intense listening experience without fatigue.  Treble detail and bass impact are heightened with this design and soundstage gains in all dimensions.  Its physical attributes are optimized for portable and IEM cables, but it is a remarkable pairing with full-size headphones such as the LCD3 and HD800 as well as in interconnects.  

We offer the choice between a square braid and a round braid.  A square braid occupies the smallest volume, while a round braid has a very pleasing aesthetic.  



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 & lighter option.  

Capsid splitter: 4.2 grams
DHC logo shrink: 0.7 grams
Both options weigh very little.  The weight of the splitter is in between a US penny and a US nickel in weight.  However, if you are very sensitive to weight, stick with DHC logo shrink.







The Symbiote SE is available with an integrated one-button remote/microphone that lets you do play/pause/back/forward/activate Siri as you listen to your music or chat on the phone.  
This requires the remote/mic 3.5mm TRRS plug for the cable's termination - this plug will work great with normal mini jacks like headphone amps as well as with remote/mic jacks like on cell phones.
The remote can take the place of the y-split or be mounted below the y-split - email us after ordering to customize your cable layout.


 


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 14 November, 2012.