Elite Core CSM2
Elite Core's CSM2 Custom Shop mic cables are hand-built by skilled technicians in Elite Core's facility in Conway, Arkansas, USA. Only the finest available materials and most effective techniques are used. Every detail - the cable construction, the connector choice, the solder, the flux, the shrink tube, the testing, and the packaging, are each carefully chosen to create the finest stage and touring microphone cable available.
CSM2 cables are hand terminated in their Custom Shop with Genuine Neutrik XX series connectors. Their standard is the black connectors with silver contacts. The XX series is the next generation of the worldwide accepted standard of XLR cable connectors. The successor of the X series offers several new features which make it more reliable, easier to assemble and improves contact integrity as well cable strain relief.
The two primary stranded inner conductors each have 20 strands of 0.12 bare copper. While many cable companies will lower cost by using inferior materials here (like aluminum with a copper coating), Elite Core CSM is pure, from the inside out. And you can hear the difference.
Inner Conductor Insulators
The insulator that was chosen to separate the two inner conductor cores is Polyethylene, or PE. This insulator is a part of a class of polymers known as polyolefins. Elite Core Audio chose PE over the less expensive old-fashioned PVC because it has the lowest dielectric loss and highest initial dielectric strength of all thermoplastic insulators. PVC would have been cheaper. They weren't trying to build the world's cheapest cable, they set out to build the best. XLPE, while it is more resistant to high heat, has more dielectric loss than PE. With careful attention to their selection of soldering equipment and the temperature and methods used to solder, the PE was the obvious choice because of its extremely low dielectric loss characteristic. The PE is firm, strips well, and maintains a constant diameter with ease. Elite Core Audio selected a red and a white color for the two insulators.