Like any other CLINAMEN cable, the RIGEL power supply cable is born from the study of the possible geometry aimed at limiting the picking up and irradiation of electromagnetic and radio-frequency fields, as well as minimizing the problem of vibrations, both the self-generated mechanical ones when the current goes through it and those picked up from the surrounding environment.
RIGEL takes its name from the supergiant blue star in the constellation of Orion. This is also shown in the printing on one of the two golden plates, where the asterism of the constellation is reproduced, and beta Orionis (Rigel) is highlighted.
Rigel combines great sonorous performances with an appearance taken care of down to the tiniest detail. This approach is the common denominator of the whole Clinamen production.
It is built in the length of 1.5 meters. We think that shorter lengths are less efficient in fighting the pollution of the electrical network. Bigger lengths are unattainable if we want to maintain the quality of the coil, because the latter is carried out completely by hand to be able to keep all the parameters under control.
The coil geometry has been studied to have the best combination of parasite parameters of the cable (it would be nice to void them all but physics doesn’t let us…) in order to maximize the propagation speed of the signal going through it.
The choices are supported by listening sessions aimed at fine tuning the most neutral and balanced possible cable, through a process of feedback and iterations with design to achieve the desired result.
The basic structure of the Rigel cable is made of the parallel of 9 + 9 twisted conductors per pole. Both the total section of the copper per pole and the section of the individual conductor have been thoroughly evaluated in order to find the right compromise on the whole sonorous spectrum, with scientific methods. The total section of the conductors for each pole is 3mm².
The conductive material in the Rigel cable is Teflon insulated silver plated copper. This conducting core is covered by 7 overlapping layers, four for mechanical damping, 1 for shielding and 2 for covering/protection.
The mechanical damping is achieved through alternately placed Teflon.
The damping of EMI/RFI as well as electrostatic disturbances is guaranteed by a sleeve made from MONEL (Nickel-Copper).
The elegant shells are made from tone wood (padouk), they are wax polished with screen printed plates. They host elements aimed at limiting electromagnetic interferences.
The electrical terminations of the cable are implemented with top of the range plugs and sockets. Both the network plug and the IEC socket are built through the turning of aluminium blocks with CNC machines and their body is made of real carbon fibre. The terminations are golden.
The outer sleeve of the RIGEL cable is black nylon with inserts made from red lacquered copper wire, aesthetically very elegant (the sleeve you can see in the picture is out of production).
The price of the Rigel cable is 1,000 Euros , delivered in an elegant laser cut and printed wooden box.
The Rigel is a particularly neutral cable, equipped with very fast low register and many harmonics, in the right quantity. The medium-low range is full; the peak is very large in frequency, full of information, contrasting but never tiring. The width of the sonorous scene in the three dimensions is quite remarkable. It is a very neutral cable suitable to any circumstance.
Notes for usage:
For best cable performance at least 20 hours breaking in with musical signal are required.
The cable enjoys an extremely high mechanical flexibility due to the construction with multiple paralleled conductors and Teflon insulation. Nevertheless we actively discourage tight radius bends which would ‘stress’ the conductor.
During the installation tight coils must be avoided. Lay the cable in the most linear possible way, taking care not to lay it parallel or too close to signal cables. If the cable rests on the floor we suggest using wood spacers to keep it away from it.
Recensione del cavo Rigel apparsa su Fedeltà del Suono 212 di Agosto a pagina 42 a firma di Alberto Guerrini.
Italian magazine" Fedeltà del Suono" n 212 Rigel review:
FDS 212 Clinamenaudio Rigel.pdf