“The new conductor layout makes a surprising difference. This performs like it should cost quite a lot more.”
The new conductor configuration in the Chameleon VEE 3 works as well on the XLR version as it does on the RCA cable. It has a profound effect on just about every aspect of performance that is important to a properly immersive musical experience.
The multiple sets of silver-plated conductors gives us the opportunity to start applying a little bit of ARAY magic to the Neutrik XLR terminated Chameleon. The conductors are connected using a special silver solder and highly effective braid and foil shield works effectively to high frequencies.
XLR connections used to be exclusive to high-end components. Increasingly a lot of far less costly equipment has balanced outputs and the Chameleon will show you how much performance you really are getting. It’s more than you think.
Listen to the Chameleon VEE 3 XLR with: Gary Louris “True Blue” from the album “Vagabonds”.
Hear: The acres of space the musicians give each other and the outstanding pedal steel guitar playing.
Listen for: When this track works, the Chorus will send shivers down your spine.
The Chord Chameleon VEE 3 uses Chord’s established Chameleon SilverPlus cable. The conductors though have been re-configured into a single signal and dual return configuration to improve definition and timing. The multi-stranded silver-plated oxygen free copper conductors are insulated with FEP, a combination of materials that improves signal transfer at frequency extremes. A cotton fibre conductor wrap reduces mechanical noise and a fully floating high frequency effective, high-density braid and foil shielding combination minimises signal loss through interference. The shields are surrounded by soft PVC to further reduce mechanical noise and this is protected by a hard PVC outer casing.
The Chameleon VEE 3 cable gives us a chance to experiment with conductor configurations. There are four sets of silver-plated conductors within the Chameleon’s outer jacket, plus an extremely effective dual-layer shield. This gives us a chance to terminate the Chameleon XLR in an unconventional way but one that produces particularly good results. The Chameleon VEE 3 RCA is often described as a giant killer cable and the same is true of the Chameleon VEE 3 XLR cable.
Use it with
The Chameleon VEE 3 is a remarkable interconnect with a set of performance characteristics that are associated with high end cable designs. There is the DNA of Sarum within the Chameleon’s design and build. This means that the Chameleon VEE 3 is a remarkably transparent cable that gets used and enjoyed in a wide range of systems from entry level to high end. It is a very good way of finding out what the components in your system are doing and often discovering that they are quite a lot better than you thought.