Product Summary:The Nanotec #308 "Wonderful" Power Cable uses the most advanced copper in the world (called PC Triple C), coated with a micro-layer of gold and silver nanoparticles. Compared to Nanotec #309, the #308 has a higher gold concentration, which gives it a bit more midrange presence. These are offered as finished cables with the connector type of your choice or bulk cable.... Click To Read More
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#308 Wonderful Power Cable By Nanotec Systems
The Nanotec #308 “Wonderful” Power Cable uses the most advanced copper in the world (called PC Triple C), coated with a micro-layer of gold and silver nanoparticles. Compared to Nanotec #309, the #308 has a higher gold concentration, which gives it a bit more midrange presence. These are offered as finished cables with the connector type of your choice or bulk cable.
The Japanese have been masters of metallurgy since the days of the Samurai sword. The Nanotec #308 contains 105 strands of advanced copper in each of the three conductors, so it’s an excellent choice for extremely high-current applications, even on a 20A circuit. This is a prime example of Jaguar’s mission to offer our clients the most cutting-edge technology and this is one of the first products on the market to use it.
- Please, understand what Nanotec is, and don’t be fooled by the cost of these cables… A very well-known brand of audiophile cables builds a speaker and power cable with nanoparticles supplied by Nanotec Systems, from cable also manufactured at the Furukawa plant in Japan, using Continuous Crystal rather than PC Triple C copper, and premium connectors… they look beautiful but the cost is $4,000 for a 1.8M power cable and $7,000 for a 3.0M pair of speaker cables.
The PC Triple C Copper in #308 is the updated version of Japanese Continuous Crystal Copper, referred to as Lined Array Copper. Audiophiles have long known about Ohno PCOCC copper…PC Triple C Copper is the next generation copper, produced nowhere else in the world but Japan’s Furukawa plant…it yields an even smoother, more focused, and detailed sound.
Nanotec’s secret is its ability to apply its nanotechnology at a Japanese manufacturing facility that produces millions of meters of cable each year for a number of high-tech applications. Tremendous economies of scale allow costs much lower than a company of this size could normally achieve and with world-class quality. Compared to Nanotec #308, the #309 has a higher concentration of silver, which gives it a bit more nuanced and high-frequency detail and a bit less midrange body.
At Jaguar, we use Nanotec power cables throughout our reference system, because when a sub-$1K power cable sounds as good as others costing 2-5X as much, you’ll gladly direct the money you save into other parts of your reference system. With Furutech NCF connectors, Nanotec power cables are suitable for components priced as high as $100K, including any source component, and with 9-gauge conductors, the most power-hungry amplifiers.
Note: According to Nanotec, power cable lengths shorter than 1.8M (6.0ft) will experience a reduction in noise-canceling performance. Custom lengths longer than 5.0M are available, which is ideal to run a long cable to an outlet on a dedicated circuit.
“Nanotec Systems soaks these conductors in a colloidal liquid of 1.5 x the density of their first liquid as used on earlier cables. For the Power Strada #306 the ratio is 95% gold to 5% silver. These particles are truly nano in size to vary from 3.5 to 8millionths of a millimeter.”
“Nanotec has apparently done it again. They’ve moved up another rung on the quality ladder whilst sticking with their proven ideology of providing affordable quality through sheer ingenuity.”
Comparing to the high-priced Crystal Cable – “In the Crystal Cable the shininess of silver put the music in a spotlight. The Nanotec more bathed the music in a floodlight.”
Connector Plating Selection:
- Rhodium connectors have a leaner mid-range than Gold, which highlights the higher frequencies and sounds faster and more neutral,
- Gold has more mid-range presence, sounds fuller, warmer and is the best choice for gear with a bit of a treble edge that needs to be tamed,
- We recommend having a selection of cables with rhodium and gold connectors, so you can use the type that sounds best with each particular component,
- To maximize the combination of performance and budget, use the Furutech FI-50 NCF connectors on your mains cable (and sometimes the power amplifier) and the Jaguar AC connectors on the components.
Connector Selection: Our cables are built with our own connectors, which cost approximately the same as the Furutech FI-11 but have nearly the same build and material quality as the much more expensive FI-50. The blades have a high-purity copper core, then silver plating, and finally either gold or rhodium plating. Furutech NCF connectors are a better choice for true high-end components but they significantly increase the cost of the cable.
Break-In: The #308 and #309 require a minimum of 200-250 hrs of break-in play. The cable will sound flat with restrained dynamics up until the moment it’s fully broken in. Just keep racking up the hours until the nuance and detail start to sound free and effortless.