Black Cat Cable & INDIGO DarkStar

ABOUT

In 1992 Chris Sommovigo introduced to the world the first truly precision-made 75 Ohm digital coaxial cable under the brand name “ILLUMINATI,” and has since designed more than a dozen other digital cables for the market – either for the Illuminati brand, for Stereovox, or for other brands (such as Kimber Kable and i2Digital). His digital cable designs remain among the most sought after and popular designs in the world, and reasonably so: he has proven himself as an effective designer producing positive results.

In 2000, he introduced a new brand: STEREOVOX. Under this marque he examined new concepts in analog signal transfer for high end audio systems, very purposefully exploring the brute-force aspects of mitigating Skin Effect to extremes. The result of that expedition was a catalog of cables that met with 10 years of critical acclaim for their extraordinary performance. His original SEI-600 and LSP-600 were considered among the very best in the world at the time.

During this time Chris introduced a novel concept in conductor technology: the thin-walled, pure copper microtube: CuTube™ for short. At a scant 0.035″ in outer diameter with mere 0.008″ thick walls, annealed dead soft using the purest copper available for tubing, CuTube proved to be the closest thing to a “magic bullet” in Chris’ design portfolio at the time, and it would go on to inform many products throughout the history of Stereovox.

His Xhadow RCA and XLR connector designs were also considered some of the world’s finest, and have even inspired a few copycats!

2008 saw the introduction of a new brand from Chris: STEREOLAB™

Drawing from his ongoing development of specialty conductors (including improvements to CuTube™), and introducing newer technology conductors, the AERON™ dielectric and insulation system, InterPole™ micro-woven conductors, and QuieTex™ noise reduction/absorption technology), the new marque from Chris is his most exciting yet, as it is the umbrella for BLACK CAT CABLE

Like his other brands that came before, BLACK CAT CABLE remains a small company with a limited output of specialty cables that always radiate from the same core, artisanal ethos. Each cable is personally built by Chris Sommovigo to ensure that Black Cat standards are maintained.

Black Cat does not produce many thousands of cables per month, nor do we provide our products to hundreds of dealers and distributors … we aren’t able to meet that kind of demand due to the highly specialized nature of our in-house manufacturing processes.

That translates to extremely high-quality audio cables manufactured to high standards using select raw-materials, unique processes, custom tooling and machinery, and the unmistakable touch of the inventor’s hand.

Helping You Build A Better Time Machine
Each of our cables are designed to help you build a better Time Machine, and are personally hand-made to order by Chris Sommovigo, designer & proprietor of Black Cat Cable.
ABOUT BLACK CAT CABLE

In 1992 Chris Sommovigo introduced the first truly precision 75 Ohm digital coaxial cable for high end audio under the name ILLUMINATI legendary designs that have stood the test of time.

BLACK CAT CABLE: A small company with a limited output of specialty cables radiating from the same core ethos: each cable personally built by Chris Sommovigo to ensure that standards are maintained. We don’t produce thousands of cables per month, or provide products to hundreds of dealers¦ we aren’t able to meet such demands due to the highly specialized nature of our processes.
This translates to extremely high-quality cables manufactured to high standards using select raw-materials, unique processes, custom tooling & machinery, and the unmistakable touch of the inventor’s hand.

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All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.

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Coppertone FLATWAVE Interconnect RCA only

1.0m pr $350. 1.5m pr $425. 2.0m pr $500. 2.5m pr $575. 3.0m pr $650. 3.5m pr $725. 4.0m pr $800. 4.5m pr $875. 5.0m pr $570.


Coppertone FLATWAVE Speaker Cable:

1.5m pr $425. 2.0m pr $500. 2.5m pr $575. 3.0m pr $650. 3.5m pr $725. 4.0m pr $800. 4.5m pr $850. 5.0 pr $950.


The Coppertone Loudspeaker cable uses tin-plated copper conductors that are loved by so many for their classic sound and arranges them in a coaxial dual-tube arrangement based on a dual-layer helical wind with braided nylon-multifilament fibers between the layers. Inside the tube is our unique FLATWAVE conductor,
The new Flatwave conductor is a small, pure copper ribbon that we flatten in-house with a precision rolling machine. The flattened conductor is then rolled through our Airwave tooling, shaping it into a sinusoidal form so that it will remain substantially suspended in air once hand-placed within Coppertones thin-walled PTFE tube. Our XOX direct-plated pure copper bananas terminate to the speaker cable for unimpeded signal transfer.
Although this is a very compact design, don’t be fooled by the size! Each pole sums to ca: 15 AWG

Reviews
The Black Cat entry level Coppertone RCA interconnect and banana terminated speaker cables are simply amazing bargains. We think they redefine the entry level high end cable price to performance ratio. ~ Fair Hedon
From a customer in Zagreb:
Good evening, To whoever might be bothered to read: I am what you – presumably – call a budget music lover. I life time vinyl collector, Detroit techno afficionado from Eastern Europe, I’ve always invested money in black wax rather than “the other stuff”. Regardless, even if when I wanted to invest in something that WhatHiFi and similar would review, or deem worth owning, it’d cost 25 records worth… Which is a no-no in my book. Plus, I am a welder in Zagreb (Croatia), so already buying records is taking food off my table, let alone accessories.
Anyways, as every person who holds their record collection dear, my dream was to provide my precious vinyl with the best possible accessories I could afford. For years, stuff like Nodost or Transparent has been a wishful thinking type of a deal for me. Watching cables cost as much as a bulk of a collection you spent years building seemed ridiculous. Anyways, Mr. Sommovigo and his products have always been there at all the festivals, all the presentations, all the you-name-it as the real, connoisseur stuff once all the hype and glamour is gone.
Well, could be, I thought, but given the fact the man sells cables at a price that exceed my yearly rent, I always thought this stuff would be something I’d always be hearing and reading about, but never touch.
Not to prolong. Today, I am a proud owner of the Black Cat speaker cable and Interconnect, the Coppertone series. I know that to you guys it might be the cheapest thing you’ve ever done, but trust me, you have finally enabled me, if even for a moment, the entrance into this “high end” world. Although I paid through the nose for it at the HD Multimedia shop, I wanted to give you all a HUGE virtual hug and a massive THANK YOU for putting out on the market something for the common man, if you so wish to put it. The cables are first league, top tier material, here’s to another few decades, and I might even move up to the more expensive ones.
Sincerely yours, Martin
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From a customer in Ohio:
AWESOME CABLE!!!!  It’s earned the coveted “Eight Thumbs Up! award.
I have 2 golden-eared audio buddies that are extremely reliable when it comes to listening and reporting exactly what they hear. My wife gets the same description.
We ALL heard the same differences when compared to my [famous cable brand redacted] that have been in place since they first came out “ probably 25 years ago. As I mentioned, the [famous cables] were the highest rated interconnects at the time¦but times, and cable development have moved ahead.
What differences did we hear?
In direct comparisons to the [famous cables], the Coppertones have more air, better transients “ especially above 3khz, better defined instrument locations, and tighter bass response and decay. Better in every conceivable way, actually. I don’t even want to think what your more advanced (read expensive) cables can do …
It really is a significant improvement over my long-loved [famous cables]. I’m actually quite surprised “ pleasantly, of course.
~ Dave J.
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3230 Interconnect RCA/XLR

1.0m pr $850. 1.5m pr $1025. 2.0m pr $1200. 2.5m pr $1375. 3.0m pr $1550. 3.5m pr $1725. 4.0m pr $1900. 4.5m pr $2075. 5.0m pr $2250.

3230 Speaker Cable

1.5m pr $1025. 2.0m pr $1200. 2.5m pr $1375. 3.0m pr $1550. 3.5m pr $1725. 4.0m pr $1900. 4.5m pr $2075. 5.0m pr $2250.

REVIEWS

From a customer in New York City:
Hey Chris,
Just wanted to say thank you for the cables and that I hope you are enjoying a fantastic weekend.
… for now, feeding a Chord DAC direct into a pre-production LTA Ultralinear with volume control into even my woefully inefficient backup Spendors and the cables sound great, great, great (and are truly beautifully crafted).
My [famous name] and [exotic brand] cables don’t hold a candle to these. They just sound live. What you do is so appreciated.
Many thanks from a happy customer,
~ Alex

All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.

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This is a multilayered cable that begins with a 6mm core of pure cotton rope sourced from Japan. This is central to the cable as a means of creating a core that is mechanically damped. Around the core is a braid of 32 bare, pure copper strands at 30 AWG each (summing to 15AWG), then an interstitial layer of braided multifilament nylon, a secondary layer of 32 braided copper wires – same as the interior layer of wire – and finally an overall braided jacket of nylon.

This is a fairly ideal geometry expressed in excellent materials that runs circles around the usual suspects!
Terminated with XOX direct-gold-plated pure copper bananas.
XOX Spade-adapters optional.
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• “My first reaction to this cable was a resounding WOW! I have used many different brands of cables that were in the 3-4k range and these were just far and away the best for clarity and 3-D imaging! It is definitely a “you are there!” soundstage.”
~ Guy Bombardier / Quebec, CA

“The 3202 has raised the bar high and set a new benchmark in its class. BravoIt’s an amazing cable. It doesn’t even sound like it was built at a price!”
~ Timothy N. / Singapore

“… perhaps the [3202]’s greatest strength – unraveling all the information and clarifying musical lines. A congested mass becomes understandable individual players with light on them. Soundstaging is big and spacious with lots of depth.
… the effect of my Black Cat wired phono system is mesmerizing.”
~ James D. // ON, Canada

” …without doubt the best decision I have  made when buying an interconnect. If you are thinking about a new cable then in my opinion don’t hesitate as it just makes you want to play more albums than you possibly did before even right through.”
~ John S. // UK. 

It all works. I love these and what they do with our music. I can’t recommend these highly enough. A solid audition to those who are looking for the best, but cannot afford the multi-thousand-dollar options. A true reference cable for under $5.k”Dave Clark, Positive FeedbackÂ

“The Black Cat Cables 3202 and 3232 are first-class connectors that you should consider for fine tuning between high-quality components – especially when you need resolution, dynamics, precision, and control.
The speaker cable Black Cat 3232 is a real price-performance tip. If clarity and resolution are required, this connector is far ahead of the pack. I would rate the NF cable Black Cat 3202 even a class higher.With their striking openness, detail, unrestrained dynamics and precise control, the optically inconspicuous connectors also play in the top league of low-frequency cables. Again, the price seems more than fair considering the bidding.” ~ MARTIN MERTENS, Fairuadio.de

“So, thinking about Chris Sommovigo’s cables, think about them in the context of expensive, elaborate systems. That’s where they belong. As I see it the 3202 and 3232 truly deserve out RED Fingerprint.” ~ Wojciek Pacula, High Fidelity


ULTRANOVA Mk. II Speaker Cable
1.5m pr $4150. 2.0m pr $5100. 2.5m pr $6050. 3.0m pr $7000. 3.5m pr $7950. 4.0m pr $8900. 4.5m pr $9850. 5.0m pr $10,800.
SPECIAL ORDER PRODUCT: LEAD TIME = 4-8 weeks

The ULTRANOVA Mk. II started its life out as an experimental build for a closely-knit group of Black Cat friends in Asia – guys who have extraordinary taste, and who wanted more than just a taste of “Stargate” in a less expensive package. I loved the outcome so much that I decided that it was time to update Ultranova to Mk. II status!
Instead of using a pure silver ribbon, Ultranova Mk. II uses 21awg 99.999% pure silver wire that is Nami-processed to create the undulating wave form. Then InterPoleâ„¢ conductors are carefully hand-run over the undulating silver, supported at the peaks of the sinusoids and, together, form a pseudo-ribbon.
This assembly of conductors is then run down the center a low-density, microporous Teflon/air tube that has a very light-gauge “Faraday Cage” style shield.


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ULTRANOVA Mk. II RCA or XLR

1.0m pr $3200. 1.5m pr $4150. 2.0m pr $5100. 2.5m pr $6050. 3.0m pr $7000. 3.5m pr $7950. 4.0m pr $8900. 4.5m pr $9850. 5.0m pr $10,800.

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The ULTRANOVA Mk. II started its life out as an experimental build for a closely-knit group of Black Cat friends in Asia – guys who have extraordinary taste, and who wanted more than just a taste of “Stargate” in a less expensive package. I loved the outcome so much that I decided that it was time to update Ultranova to Mk. II status!
Instead of using a pure silver ribbon, Ultranova Mk. II uses 21awg 99.999% pure silver wire that is Nami-processed to create the undulating wave form. Then InterPoleâ„¢ conductors are carefully hand-run over the undulating silver, supported at the peaks of the sinusoids and, together, form a pseudo-ribbon.
This assembly of conductors is then run down the center a low-density, microporous Teflon/air tube that has a very light-gauge “Faraday Cage” style shield. The entire cable form is jacketed in Nylon multifilament, and then terminated to your preference of RCAs or XLRs.
LOVECRAFT Reference RCAs // OYAIDE Focus-1 XLRs
All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.

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DIGITAL CABLES

SILVERSTAR! 75 Mk. II!
The raw cable is manufactured to my specifications by a military/aerospace contractor in the USA that I’ve been doing business with since 1994, and then post-processed and terminated right here in my workshop.
Mk. II now includes a secondary (silver-plated copper shield, addition of RFI rejection material, and an overall braided jacket from multifilament nylon.

Terminated with 75 Ohm BNCs / Includes Black Cat RCA adapters

Silverstar (SPDIF only)

Universal (BNCs with adapters)

1.0m $350. 1.5m $475. 2.0m $600. 2.5m $725. 3.0m $850.

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All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.

DIGIT 75 is a lite trickle down from TRÃN, where I’m using some of our QuieTex materials and techniques to create an RF and EM insulative blanket of sorts in order to help defray the effects of RF/EM from without and within. It’s an electrically precise 75 Ohm coaxial cable with an outstanding bandwidth.
Terminated with 75 Ohm BNC, includes Black Cat 75 Ohm RCA adapters.

Reviews


The Digit is the best cable I have heard from Chris. This is an absolute must audition for those in need of a reference SPDIF. The Artisan of Kanagawa has reached a whole new level of magic. ~ Lee Scoggins / Part part-time audiophile

In 2010 I released the first-ever Black Cat Cable product, and it was a little 75 Ohm digital cabled named Veloce – it quickly gained a wonderful reputation for being a wonderful performer, and was celebrated for being something of a sure thing by Srajan Ebaen of 6moons.com when he said:
¦ that makes the Veloce a sure thing for all but the excessively monied. Sure things in as uncertain a sector as high-end audio are always welcome. When sure things cost only a little, they become sure things for sure.â€

“At first I thought I had lost something – and then immediately after, I began to realize the extra information (detail), that the increased smoothness of your cable had initially made MORE, seem LESS. My mistake! It is magnificently musical and satisfying. A huge tonal palette, and bass I never heard before. Wow. You sure know what you are doing. I am so glad I ordered it! … I was surprised. Seldom does a component create such a totally positive change.”  ~ Lew Wells, customer (Silverstar! 75 Mk. I)

Silverstar! 75 was the evolution of the Veloce, and had been a major underground favorite for good reason “ it bested some of the most expensive SPDIF cables out there, and was a steal by comparison!


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TRON Reference Digital Cables

All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.
TRON Signature Digital Cables are among the very best in the world, bar none, regardless of price. ALL TRON digital cables are manufactured with quite heavy-builds of our QuieTex noise reduction materials, which entails time consuming processes of difficult-to-work-with materials.

TRON Mk. III SPDIF Cable: highly precise 75 coaxial cable surrounded by two full layers of QuieTex noise reducing materials. BNC:BNC standard (direct;y soldered RCAs available as a custom order, please inquire)/

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TRON USB Cable: a twin-run of precision 45 microcoaxial data lines are run down the center of a Teflon/Air tube. InterPole conductors are braided along the outside of the tube in counter-rotating helices to form the Power and Ground poles. A heavy-build of QuieTex materials ensures black-hole-like noiselessness.

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TRON AES/EBU Cable: a twin-run of precision 55 microcoaxials are run down the center of a double heavy-build of Quietex layers, resulting in an extraordinarily noiseless performance. Oyaide Focus-1 XLRs.
TRON KLK: Pure, 50 Ohm coaxial cable surrounded by a heavy build of QuieTex layers, ensuring noiseless performance for your advanced, external clocking device.

1.0m $2300. 1.5m $3050. 2.0m $3800. 2.5m $4550. 3.0m $5300.

Mini TRON SPDIF

Mini-TRØN is a direct trickle-down product from TRØN, where I’m using some of our QuieTex materials and techniques to create an RF and EM insulative blanket of sorts in order to help defray the effects of RF/EM from without and within. It’s an electrically precise 75 Ohm coaxial cable with an outstanding bandwidth.Terminated with 75 Ohm BNC, includes Black Cat 75 Ohm RCA adapters.

1.0m $1150 1.5m $1450. 2.0m $1750. 2.5m $2050. 3.0m $2350.


Digit-USB & (AES/EBU)

1.0m $875. 1.5m $1100. 2.0m $1325. 2.5m $1550. 3.0m $1775.


All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.

DIGIT USB is a very different take on the ordinary/mundane USB architecture that you’ll find even in some of the most expensive luxury-level USB cables available. In this instance, it provides twin 45-ohm highly precise micro-coaxial cables with real silver-plated copper-foil shielding (NOT metallized plastic mylar!) for the data lines, run within a PTFE (Teflon) tube. Power and Ground are run in a separate layer in counter-rotating helices using my Matrix-32 Interpoleâ„¢ system, and then an overall jacket is woven around the whole form.

Reviews

“Hi Chris Just to let you know the Digit-USB has been cooking for a couple of hundred hours now and it has made a profound impact to my music listening. I have had many high end usb cables come and go but yours is staying. Clarity, speed, black backdrop etc. all the usual cliches apply in spades here, many thanks.”~ John Norton

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All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.
DIGIT AES/EBU is the trickle-down AES/EBU from the TRÃN level digital cables, with single-layer interstitial QuieTex materials and techniques to create an RF and EM insulation in order to help defray the effects of RF/EM from without and within.
Dual-55 Ohm twin-coaxials with outstanding bandwidth. AES/EBU extreme performance, outclassed only by TRÃN.
Available with Neutrik XLRs

POWER CORDS

PC-1 (Okaide 004 Cord Caps)

1.5m (US Plug 15a IEC) $850. 1.5m (Schuko Plug 15a IEC) $1100. 2.0m (US Plug 15a IEC) $1325. 2.0m (Schuko Plug 15a) $1550.

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All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.
Twin-Coax power cord boasts a twisted pair of these: A pseudo-tube braided conductor is separated from an overlaying shield by a densely braided nylon multifilament yarn. The inner conductor is composed of 128 silver-plated copper conductors + 128 bare copper conductors (36awg per conductor) summing to approximately 12awg PER POLE. Shields/ground plane sums to approximately 9AWG.
OYAIDE 004 Series  (IEC, 15A NEMA, Schuko available.)

PC-X Power Cord (Oyaide 004 Cord Caps)

1.5m (US Plug 15a IEC) $1450. 1.5m (Schuko Plug 15a) $1700. 2.0m (US Plug 15a IEC) $1950. 2.0m (Schuko Plug 15a) $2200.

PC-2 (Oyaide 004 Cord Caps)

1.5m (US Plug 15a IEC) $2000. 1.5m (Schuko Plug 15a) $2250. 2.0m (US Plug 15a) $2500. 2.0m (Schuko Plug 15a) $2750.

All of our cables are made to order by Chris Sommovigo, personally. Please allow 1-3 weeks for shipping.
Twin-Core power cord suspends a fully-annealed (dead soft) 14awg 99.999%PURE SILVER solid-core conductor within a double-shielded air/teflon tube, and a dead-soft 14awg pure copper enameled solid core conductor in a separate double-shielded air/teflon tube. Each line is individually jacketed, and then these are twisted together by hand. The shields are continuously conductive with the ground-plane, and sum to 9awg.
OYAIDE 004 Series  (IEC, 15A NEMA, Schuko available.)

ACCESSORIES
The XOX Spade-to-Banana adapter has been a long time “in the works” and is finally released!
I know a lot of my customers have been eagerly awaiting this product. Thank you for your patience.
TWO OPTIONS:
Precision-machined non-magnetic brass, high-polished and then plated in Gold … superb performance! $80.
Precision-machined pure copper, high-polished and then plated in Rhodium … as good as it gets! $225.
Sold in sets of FOUR (4) pcs.

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BLACK CAT BNC:RCA Adaptors
$30.

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INDIGO : DarkStar

INDIGO DarkStar Digital Series

SPDIF

1.33m (75 BNC) $11,999.

1.33m (75 RCA) $11,999.

AES/EBU

1.33m (Oyaide Focus-1 XLR) $14,999.

USB

1.0m 19s 800ms $14,999

INDIGO DarkStar Interconnect (RCA/XLR)

1.0m pr $27,995.

1.5m pr $31,495

2.0m pr $34,995.

2.5m pr $38,495.

INDIGO DarkStar Power Cords

1.0m $18,995.

1.5m $21,995.

2.0m $24,995.

2.5m $27,995.

3.0m $30,995.

INDIGO DarkStar Speaker Cable

1.0m pr $35,995.

1.5m pr $41,995.

2.0m pr $47,995.

2.5m pr $53,995.

3.0m pr $59,995.

EXPERIENCE PERSONALIZED CUSTOMER SERVICE! 

Mike Phalan
Gestalt HiFi
24 Sunlit Dr West
Santa Fe NM 87508
By Appointment
gestalthifi@gmail.com      
808.640.8947