DVCC cables are entirely made by hand. This includes cutting insulation, preparation of wires, soldering and assembly. All this meticulous care and attention to detail is aimed at making he connection as reliable as possible. From their site, “The way cables attach to G&H plugs may look old-fashioned and not as secure as using a wire lock or plastic covering the plug housing and a portion of the cable but rest assured that nothing short of an atom bomb is going to remove that plug from the big chunk of soldered shield wire.”. Here they’re almost certainly referring to the Neutrik jack strain-relief which I can testify is ‘bomb-proof’ – I’ve been using them for almost 30 years with no failures. More detailed information and photos of how DVCC put their cables together can be found on their website. Because all assembly work is perfromed by hand, DVCC can supply truly bespoke cables – any length with any connector, whether it’s a 10½’ cable with two angle plugs or a 7′ cable with one straight plug and one angle plug in nickel plate. It’s nice to see a manufacturer who takes pride in their work and has something genuinely useful to bring to the table.
I’ve been recording with these cables during summer for my own music and to make sound samples for the Effectrode website. The cables are electrically very quiet, which is down to a semi-conductive layer between the inner core’s jacket and the spiral wrapped copper shield. This virtually eliminates the “crackles”, “pops” and other noises when handling or moving the cable (technically known as triboelectric and microphonic effects).
As well as being quiet, there’s something I like about the sound of these cables. They’re clear, full and well balanced in comparison to my Klotz cables with Neutrik jack – which have been my reference for almost 30 years. This may because the DVCC cables are lower noise and there is less loss of high frequencies.
More sound clips coming soon!
Cables are a critical part of the signal path in any guitar rig, however it’s easy to overlook the fact that they are not ideal conductors and therefore have an effect on tone quality. The capacitance of the dielectric can cause loss of top-end and introduce noise into the guitar signal. The connection between the cables and the jack-plugs can add further noise and is also a potential point of failure. These noise and reliability problems become even more significant in a more complex setup, such as an effects pedal board where there are more cables in series. Using well constructed cables manufactured from quality materials reduces these problems as far as it’s practically possible. Also, it’s worth highlighting that just knowing these cables are made by a reputable and knowledgable manufacturer, such as DVCC gives me peace of mind and, more importantly, I like what I hear in them – they’ve now become a permanent part of my recording set-up.