Audio and Digital Cables
We offer several interconnect cables, all of them recommended by us at UHF. Buy any of them in standard length (except for closeouts and special orders), and you can return them within 21 days for a refund, less our shipping cost.
All prices shown are in Canadian dollars.
The BIS Audio Vivat
This remarkable cable is a lot more affordable than previous super-interconnects we have tested, but with performance that is simply extraordinary. When we reviewed it, it still bore the name "EXP" (for experimental), but we proclaimed the experiment a revelation, and asked that it please be put into production. And here it is. The connectors are ETI's acclaimed Bullet plugs.
ORDER BIS-V-1, 1-meter pair BIS Vivat, $950. Click to buy
ORDER BIS-V-2, 2-meter pair BIS Vivat, $1230. Click to buy
The BIS Audio Expression
We reviewed this cable in UHF No. 88 (you can read the review in PDF here). BIS designer Bernard Brien isn't one to talk about how he makes his cables, beyond the fact that he buys individual wires, not finished cables, and he listens to the cables he makes. The connectors are ETI's, one of the new generation of low-mass connectors.
ORDER BIS-V-1, BIS Expression 1m interconnects, $480 Click to buy
ORDER BIS-V-2, BIS Expression 2m interconnects, $640 Click to buy
THE BIS Audio Accès
We know that not everyone has the budget for the very best cables, at least not right away. We heartily recommend discarding the wires included with even some top audio gear, and getting at least the BIS Accès. It comes with Canari connectors, with BIS Audio’s usual precision soldering.
ORDER BIS-A-1, BIS Accès 1m interconnects, $160 Click to buy
ORDER BIS-A-2, BIS Accès 2m interconnects, $208 Click to buy
The BIS Audio Furia
Yes, they look just like the cheaper Accès cables, and they have the same Canari connectors too, but the higher density copper makes a highly audible difference. If the price won’t kill your budget, we recommend these fine cables.
ORDER BIS-F-1, 1 meter pair BIS Furia, $260. Click to buy
ORDER BIS-F-2, 2 meter pair BIS Furia, $338. Click to buy
The Alpha S14
In our review of three single-crystal speaker cables in UHF No. 85, This remarkable cable revealed itself as being of high-end quality, rivalling our own reference cables. We can make you up a set with the connector of your choice (see below, though we strongly recommend the Furutech FT-212, in either gold or rhodium plating), for $170/metre. (Note that a 3-metre pair includes 6 metres of wire).
ORDER S14 speaker cable, $39.95/metre. Click to buy
The Alpha S25
This is our newest loudspeaker cable, terminated at UHF's own workshop to the length you need and with the connectors you prefer. In our review of three single-crystal speaker cables in UHF No. 85, This remarkable cable revealed itself as being of high-end quality, rivalling our own reference cables. We can make you up a set with the connector of your choice (see below, though we strongly recommend the Furutech FT-212, in either gold or rhodium plating), for $170/metre. (Note that a 3-metre pair includes 6 metres of wire).
ORDER Alpha S25 speaker cable, price per metre of wire: $170 Click to buy
The Atlas Hyper Bi-Wire
This is the last of our cables from Atlas in Scotland, and once it’s gone we won’t be getting any more. It sounds very good, but it has one more advantage: it includes two pairs of wire, one pair for the lows and another for the highs. The low-frequency wires are stranded, and fat enough to carry high current. The high-frequency wires are thinner, and they are solid-core, optimized for their role. Note that these cables are priced per metre of wire. Thus, a 3-metre pair of cables require 6 metres of wire.
ORDER Atlas Hyper Bi-Wire, $54.95 per metre. Click to buy
Top-grade jumpers for your speakers
Do your speakers come with two sets of binding posts, one set for the lows, and one for the highs? If you're using a single pair of cables from your amplifier, you won't want to use those flat gold-colored plates linking the two sets of posts. You can get jumpers that are independently made, but most are expensive, or awful, and usually both. So we've launched our own jumpers. The wire is single-crystal, which means each copper strand is a single crystal of metal. And the connectors are from Furutech. You have a choice of connectors. You can choose high-quality gold-plated spades. Or you can choose bananas, which connect under pressure. Or you can order them with spades at one end and bananas on the other. They're about 15 cm long. Custom lengths are available on order.
ORDER: UHFJ-B, two pairs of jumpers with locking bananas, $189 Click to order
ORDER: UHFJ-S, two pairs of jumpers with spade connectors, $179 Click to order
ORDER: UHFJ-H, two pairs of jumpers with spades and bananas, $184 Click to order
Choose connectors for your Alpha S4 or Hyper Bi-Wire
These are our lowest-cost connectors, from Nakamichi.
Nakamichi's basic bananas, set-screw installation, no solder. Set of four, free with cable, $20 a set of four without.
ORDER NAK-B. Click to buy
From Furutech, sets of locking bananas, or spades, plated with gold or rhodium
Bananas that lock under pressure. Easy to install. Two sets screws are provided for the electrical connection and the strain relief. Turn the back button on the bananas, and they will open up to connect under pressure.
ORDER: FP-202G, set of four locking gold bananas, $99 Click to buy
ORDER FP-201G, set of four gold spades, $99 Click to buy
ORDER: FP-202R, set of four locking rhodium bananas, $120 Click to buy
ORDER FP-201R, set of four rhodium spades, $120 Click to buy
Are these the world’s best connectors?
From Furutech, the new low-mass, high-performance connectors. We now know that hanging a huge chunk of metal on the end of a cable does not give the best performance. But some low-mass connectors are relatively fragile. Furutech's new low-mass connectors have massive metal bodies for protection, but they are insulated from the circuit. Turn the collar to lock the banana in place. The contact parts are pure copper, plated with either gold or rhodium. Effective, and beautifully machined.
ORDER: FT212G, set of four locking gold bananas, $149 Click to buy
ORDER FT-212R, set of four locking rhodium bananas, $179 Click to buy
ORDER: FT-211G, set of four gold spades, $135 Click to buy
ORDER FT-211R, set of four rhodium spades, $149 Click to buy
Which plating should you choose?
Gold is a very good electrical conductor, and it doesn’t tarnish. On the other hand, it is a soft metal, and it can wear away with repeated plugging and unplugging. Rhodium is still a very good conductor, it doesn’t tarnish, and it is very hard and durable.
We lent an ear to a number of "economy" digital cables, and even some that weren't all that economical. Our ears perked up when we discovered the Bullet. In most digital systems, it is exactly what you need, and we recommend it warmly. The length if 1.5 metres, of course.
ORDER BIS-BD-1.5 $210 Click to buy