The latest OCC Version of the classic Equator Interconnect from Atlas.
Building on the huge success of its predecessor, the all-new Equator Integra now utilises the same ultra-pure OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) copper as its higher-end siblings. By offering an increase in performance yet maintaining the same excellent value for money, the new Equator Integra is a true class-leader at its price point.
Atlas only uses the purist quality copper in its products with the Equator Integra being no exception. Utilising Atlas’ Ohno Continuous Cast (OCC) 5N (99.999% pure – the highest purity available) copper technology, each strand is ‘pulled’ from a single copper crystal, enabling electrical signals to flow with the least deletions. A co-ax design, Equator Integra uses 60 stands of OCC copper to create its signal conductor, which is enclosed in gas-foamed PEF (Foamed Polyethylene), which delivers a more inert and consistent dielectric.
To prevent any RFI (Radio Frequency Interference), which is all too common in today’s homes thanks to the proliferation of WiFi and Bluetooth communications, the dielectric is encased within a superbly constructed double screen to provide maximum resistance to RFI, which can raise noise levels in a poorly shielded cable. The cable is finished with a pearl white outer jacket.
The Equator Integra is fitted with Atlas’ proprietary Integra non-magnetic RCA plugs. The low mass Integra connector features a solder-free, cold-weld connection, optimised to create a coherent, continuous signal path. Each Integra plug features gold-plated conjugate brackets, which spring open on insertion and wipe clean the signal path. To maintain a clean signal path, simply remove and re-insert them periodically.
As with all of Atlas’ cables, Equator Integra is hand-built at the company’s factory in Scotland. This time consuming yet necessary process means that all Atlas Cables achieve the very highest levels of finish and is why they are guaranteed for five years from point of purchase.
The result is a beautifully balanced interconnect that offers a large three-dimensional soundstage and fine levels of resolution without any sense of exaggerated ‘detail’. Ultimately, the Atlas Equator Integra is designed for owners of systems who wish to retain the signature sound yet aspire to unveil more detail, dynamics and openness that would only normally be achieved by changing expensive system components.