Frequently asked questions

What distinguishes VOVOX® sound conductors from other cables?

A) The concept

VOVOX® sound conductors' design and production are based mainly on material science and not electrical engineering.

B) The goal

VOVOX aims for a pristine signal transmission which does not lose information during the process. This goal can not be achieved by taking measures that influence the sound for specific applications, e.g. by offering a special cable type for a certain instrument or musical style. The results of such measures only appear to be an improvement, since they will never help reach the goal of an unaltered signal transmission. All measures taken by VOVOX have one purpose only: To remove hurdles on the way to achieving a flawless signal flow.

C) The technical realization

VOVOX® sound conductors differ in various aspects from conventional cables. While some of these differences are obvious, others are hidden and will remain the company's business secrets.

  • Solid core conductors: Conductors made of solid wires
  • High purity, high tech plastics
  • no plasticizers
  • no PVC
  • no colour pigments
  • Use of an additional conductor for ground, having the same high quality as the signal conductors
  • Unusually large spacing between the conductors
Do VOVOX® cables have a directionality? How can I recognize the correct alignment?

Yes, there is a directionality. The correct alignment is marked by the VOVOX® label. In order to get optimal results, connect the end of the cable with the VOVOX® label to the signal receiver. If you visualize the signal flow as an arrow, the label is located at the tip of the arrow. In case of sonorus patch cables, the connector marked with the VOVOX logo goes to the signal receiver. Most newer cables (except XLR) additionally have a orange sleeve at the connector that goes to the signal receiver.

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In which cases it's better to use shielded or non-shielded cables?

One has to be aware that shielding means to compromise to a certain amount on sound quality. Therefore we look at the shield as a necessary evil. Generally speaking, we suggest using 'protect' sound conductors for applications in which interference would otherwise cause problems. In all other cases, the non-shielded 'direct' versions should be favored.

protect S sound conductors:
Shielded, balanced sound conductor for situations in which absolutely no risk of interference can be taken, e.g for live concerts or live recordings.

direct S sound conductor:
For balanced signals in the studio
 
protect A sound conductor:
Unbalanced cable for amplified musical instruments. These are always shielded.

Speaker cables:
Due to the high signal level, they usually do not need to be shielded.
What’s the difference between VOVOX® link and VOVOX® sonorus?

VOVOX® link is the original sound conductor: the cable, that we offer ever since we founded VOVOX. VOVOX® sonorus was brought on the market later, by virtue of new insights and progres in materials research. This is our reference line.

Since both cable families are based on the same concept, the cable design is quite similar. However, whilst the conductor wires of VOVOX® link consist of silver plated copper, those of VOVOX® sonorus are based on ultra-pure copper and are additionally covered by a fine netting of natural fibers.

With both cable families we aim for the same goal: to transmit signals as losslessly and purely as possible. With VOVOX® sonorus we may come a bit closer to this objective than with VOVOX® link. The spacial imaging becomes even more three-dimensional with sonorus, the sound has altogether an even finer resolution, is more natural.

Visually the cables of both series can be distinguished very easily: cables of the link series are coated with a fine, black netting which, depending on the type, is interlaced with a gray or blue marker yarn. The sonorus cables are braided gray/black, whereupon the structure looks a bit coarser. Here we use orange and white marker yarns.

How is the length of a cable measured?

There are different ways to indicate the length of a cable. At VOVOX, we usually measure the length of the piece of cable from which we confectionate the complete cable. Dependig on the form and length of the connector we therefore get slightly different lengths from tip to tip.

Therefore it is important for custom made cables that we know exactly how the desired legth is to be comprehended.

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How should VOVOX® sound conductors be treated to make sure they will reach their maximum lifetime?

VOVOX cables are robust. Nevertheless it is recommended to handle them with some care:

  • Do not fold or knot the cable
  • Try to avoid a very small bending radius
  • It is not recommended to coil the cable around one's elbow (as electricians sometimes do): This may ruin the cable over time. In addition, this does not allow an orderly coil as the cable becomes twisted and will attempt to free itself from this position.
  • Carefully choose the kind of connector that suits you best: Using a 90° right angle plug will often reduce the mechanical stress on the instrument as well as on the cable. Like this it contributes to longer service life of both, cable and jack.
How big is the influence of the cable's length on sound quality?

Though this question seems to be simple, it is quite complicated to give an answer that is correct in all cases. Here is some general information:

      • In the case of passive speaker cables, the influence of length on the sound is quite large. The longer the cable, the bigger the loss of sound quality.
    • In the case of instrument cables and patch cables, the influence of length is quite noticeable.
    • In the case of line cables, the influence is a bit smaller, but still clearly noticeable.
      • In the case of balanced cables, the influence of length is relatively small.
  • In the case of digital cables, from a certain length onwards, the error rate increases and the transmission becomes insecure. However, the critical length depends on various factors and is therefore difficult to denote globally.
How long is the duration of guarantee?

VOVOX grants a guarantee for 3 years. In the normal case, defect cables are getting repaired, in exceptional cases they are replaced.

No guarantee shall be provided for defects that result from improper or unintended usage.

Why are VOVOX® RCA plugs not gold plated?
Gold protects contacts durably from oxidation and enable consistant low contact resistance. Concerning sound quality, we found out that gold can also have adverse effects. In the case of connectors that are rarely removed, gold is a good choice. Instument cables however, are inserted and removed very often, which continuously removes oxyde layers mechanically. Practical tests have proven that – if sound quality is the main criteria – gold doesn't necessarily offer the best results. For this reason we do not use gold plated contacts for the VOVOX®phone plug.
Does VOVOX offer plugs with muting function?
Many musicians are looking for plugs with automated muting function. These help avoid annoying pops and squeals when hot swapping instruments. We take muting very seriously. For this reason, we are convinced that plugs with muting function are satisfactory only in case they are durable, and the muting function works in 100% of the cases. In our experience, no plug on the market can actually fulfil this requirement. As we don't like doing things halfway, we shall not offer plugs with muting function before we are fully convinced of their quality.
Are VOVOX® sonorus drive speaker cables better for guitar or bass amps?
They are optimal in both cases. Basically the task the cable has to fulfill is the same for electric guitar and bass. The dimension of the square section of the cable is big enough to feed also powerfull bass amps.
Does it make sense to replace one cable with a VOVOX® sound conductor in a chain of standard cables if all other cables have not been replaced?
The sound quality achieved is the sum of the different parts making up the audio chain. Regarding a chain of cables, it would be wrong to think that the cables with the poorest quality will represent a "sound bottleneck" limiting all other cables. In fact, all parts contribute to the final result to a certain degree. Consequently, it's possible to achieve a gradual improvement with each replaced cable in a chain. Nevertheless, the amount of influence to the overall sound varies between cable sections.