Chord Leyline is a good all-round speaker cable and it’s been designed to work particularly well over long lengths. We’ve heard serious music systems connected with 30 metre runs of Leyline speaker cable and sounding really good.
The key to this excellent performance over long runs is the plating process applied to the oxygen free copper conductors. This helps Leyline to carry the precious audio signal with minimal loss and that’s what makes Leyline such a good choice for high-quality multi-room installations.
Leyline is more than a good cable for multi-room and home cinema systems though. Its size and its performance means it works very well with compact hi-fi systems and it’s a brilliant way of boosting the performance of some of the lifestyle home cinema systems available. Even those systems with impossibly small looking speakers can be improved with a cable like Leyline.
Leyline is white and has a diameter of only 6 mm, making it really easy to install and simple to hide out of view. It is easy to hear the improvement and hard to see the cable!
Chord Leyline speaker cable came into being during the first wave of home A/V installation. Amplifiers for all rooms were often installed in one place. This meant long (and sometimes very long) runs of speaker cable throughout the structure. It also meant that the cable had to be discrete and affordable. There were already a lot of cheap cables available, so we needed to develop something better. Size restrictions meant using 16AWG conductors. Long runs meant using a twisted pair design – which suited us as we already using twisted pair geometry to produce speaker cables anyway. Cost ruled out silver-plating or using PTFE, so after much thought we settled on oxygen free copper conductors and low-density polyethylene insulation for conductors.
The problem came with longer runs and a loss of high-frequency detail along with space and coherence. We solved this by tin-plating the conductors. It wasn't overly bright cable and would now carry high-frequency detail over longer runs. The final version of Leyline featured tin-plated oxygen-free copper conductors, low-density polyethylene insulation, a twisted pair conductor configuration and a protective PVC outer jacket. The only change made between then and now is that the PVC outer jacket has been changed to polyethylene as it’s a low smoke, zero halogen material (LS0H), meaning Leyline can be installed in public buildings.
Leyline is also a great choice for rear speakers in bigger systems. It can be used with pretty much whatever level of speaker cable you choose for the front speakers, with no loss of overall balance.
low smoke zero halogen
twister pair configuration
1.5mm diameter multi strand oxygen free
low smoke zero halogen crush resistant outer jacket
discreet 6mm diameter
|Shielding||None. Low smoke, zero halogen, polyethylene outer jacket|