I have reviewed cables and accessories from many different types of companies, including one man operations, modest sized operations, and established larger firms. Each has their own approach, and each has certain advantages. Small companies can deal direct with customers and provide a more personal approach and personalized recommendations. Larger, name brand firms may have economies of scale, which allow them to control costs and offer a larger variety of products at all price points. Regardless, I can say I have had good experiences across the board, especially when the designers are dedicated to maximizing sonics, and rely on valid engineering principles instead of fads.
Furutech Co. Ltd -- founded in 1988 and based in Japan, but with offices and facilities around the world -- is a very well established entity. They make a dizzying array of products across a wide spectrum. These include high-end and expensive vinyl accessories, power distribution and filtering products, top shelf connectors, plugs, parts, and even car audio products. Under their recently established ADL brand, they now make cutting edge headphone amps and DACs.
Perhaps Furutech has made their biggest impression stateside with the analog cables and power products. These have long been highly regarded and well reviewed. The respect for the Furutech cable brand stems from the fact the company is known to use impressive engineering and advanced materials in their designs. No claims of magical properties, no trying to reinvent the wheel with bizarre concepts, and no absurd marketing campaigns.
I received in for a review a complete Furutech Flux cabling loom, including RCA terminated interconnects, spade terminated speaker cables, and a bunch of power cables. I decided to introduce the cables in series, starting with the interconnects, then installing the speaker cable, followed by the power cords on all components. This turned out to be a good strategy, as I was able to see what each set of cables was contributing. A word of note: these are not entry level cables. They come with a substantial price tag, and are the most expensive cables I have had in my system to date. The prices, as of publication, are $2600 per meter pair of RCA interconnect, $3600 per pair of eight-foot speaker cable, and $1800 per two-meter run of power cord.
Furutech Technology Cable and Connector Technology
Below are some of the proprietary technologies Furutech says makes the Flux series unique. Far more extensive information is available on the Furutech website.
Piezo Ceramic & Carbon: A special material in the products combines two “active” materials: Nano-sized ceramic particles and powdered carbon. Only nano-sized ceramic particles effectively couples with carbon powder. Nylon and fiberglass are incorporated as well forming an extremely effective, well damped, mechanically and electrically non resonant connector body. They are electrically damped as well.
Piezoelectric effects are the key: Furutech’s design is based on employing nano-sized polycrystalline ferroelectric ceramic particles exhibiting electro-generative properties; mechanical pressure creates an electrical charge forming a bridge between electrical and mechanical oscillation.Carbon powder exhibits thermal-conductive characteristics that interact with the charged ferro-ceramic particles converting their energy into heat that’s conducted away and released from the surface of the connector body.
Furutech’s Two-Stage Cryogenic and Demagnetization: Furutech developed a low-temperature two-stage process that significantly improves every facet of audio and video performance. The treatment begins during the manufacturing process with a deep, conditioning cryogenic freeze of all metal parts. Using high-end refrigerants -- liquid N2 or He.