Driving through the rural parts of eastern Norway, leaving the small Olympic village Lillehammer behind, heading further up the valley and taking a right turn you will find yourself on a steeply climbing dust road that eventually will bring you all the way up the mountain side to the small Skogrand Cables workshop. It is a place of peace. The quiet and serene surroundings offer a harmonic backdrop to the building housing the Skogrand team.
Surrounded by forest but with a spectacular view of the valley below – here is the place where we come up with the audio cable designs that is rapidly turning the collective gaze of the audiophile world towards this exact spot with raving reviews in audio publications on four continents and thankful customers that cherish their purchases whole heartedly. It is not for everyone to own one of the Skogrand artifacts. Their performance alone makes them almost priceless, and the meticulous craftsmanship and intriguingly beautiful design makes them even more desirable. The metallurgy of the solid core wires is property of only three manufacturers worldwide. And the sound reproduced through these cables is if not other worldly then at least as close to the limits of possibly flawless presentation as can be. Skogrand Cables receives government funding from several branches of the state due to the signal transfer research done to achieve this. The signal transfer speed in these cables is literally the fastest in the world equaling the speed of light. The signal preservation through the cables is complete rendering distortion to virtually zero.
The ground thesis is that minimal obstruction gives ultimate performance. Anything that stands in the way of the signal in its path will alter it, hindering it on its way between the components and giving it a wide range of challenges to overcome if it is to survive in a form complete enough to reproduce sound in an acceptable fashion.
Starting out making what was to become the Skogrand cables – also nicknamed “So Grand” by reviewers and customers - the first task at hand was stripping away barriers. Simplifying - giving the signal a straight path with as few obstacles as possible.
Within the Skogrand audio cables the wires are suspended in a vacuum within the cables, never touching the cable walls. This among other solutions is part of the artful process of giving the signal a free flow opportunity.
We ornate the finished Markarian 421 and Purist Ignis cables with our signature design of silk brocade cable sleeves custom tailored to each customer’s desire. This makes not only the performance extraordinary, but also gives an individual look to each cable pair.
This is what some of our reviewers in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia write:
"Incredible lack of noise...a level of inner detail and dynamic contrasts that I have not experienced before...it imparts no restrictions, signature or personality on a system. Its only goal is to faithfully reproduce what's coming downstream."
"As close to perfect as I have heard. Their ability to unravel inner detail, the level of focus and ability to unravel complex passages are just outstanding - A Revelation."
"Huge dynamic shifts coupled to micro dynamic shading, this is sound of the highest order."
"Smooth as can be yet loaded with the finest microscopic detail the extent one can realize musical discovery is infinite. Textures from top to bottom are both ripe and exceedingly well defined."
"Spectacular in resolving individual notes - The new reference in speed and dynamics."
"Fantastic definition and delineation of the instruments."
"Exceptional performance, spectacular detail - a joy."
"Remarkable clarity without deteriorating into sterility, gorgeous and delicate tonality."
"Brilliant dynamics, superior overall tonal balance. Exceptional leading edge, outstanding realism."