All of its offerings, from the mains via the interconnects to the speaker, FireWire and video cables, are variations on the same ultra-thin theme of ca. 3mm diameters. And, all Crystal cables exhibit a silvery appearance that telegraphs through a transparent but very tough outer jacket.
It is a rather revolutionary step to enter the high-end cable market with a product this different.
Over 90% of all other cable makers follow the trend wherein good/better/best equates to thick/thicker/thickest, wherein their best offerings boldly veer past the garden-hose format into sewer-sucker pipe territory. Perhaps it required a woman to really think outside the box and combine two different technologies (aeronautic/space and metallurgy) to achieve her admirable goals of combining highest possible quality with the physically smallest possible package?
Every modern airplane and of course all space shuttles, satellites and interplanetary probes are filled with miles and miles worth of cable. These cables must be strong, lightweight and shielded as powerfully as possible. They have to survive the physical vibrations of the planes and the temperature extremes of space travel. Every ounce of weight saved from plane or probe can be converted into payload. Cables, especially complexly shielded ones, used to be heavy. Yet shielding in these applications is hyper crucial – just imagine the potentially catastrophic effects of EMI or RF interferences affecting just one of the countless on-board computers. For these reasons, heavy industrial research has led to cable insulation and shielding that employs exotic materials like Dupont’s Kapton and Peek foils and Carbon fiber. These materials and specific applications thereof meet the needs for lightweight, ultra-strong and heavily shielded cables. Hence that’s one of the technologies employed within Crystal cables.