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 humble building housing the Skogrand team.
Surrounded by forest but with a spectacular view of the valley below – here is the place where the Skogrand team comes up with the audio cable designs that is rapidly turning the collective gaze of the audiophile world towards this exact spot. And looking at the Skogrand Cables’ workshop one can’t help but feel the pull of fascination towards this manufacturer that has given such invigoration and joy to audiophiles around the globe through offering their insights on signal transfer to the audio market.
Owner Knut Skogrand recalls sitting on his father’s lap listening to classical music on vinyl as a child. His father taught him how to feel the moods, the colors, the patterns, dynamics, overall structure and intent of the creator of the music. Skogrand also tells about watching his mother dance in the living room to her Johnny Cash tapes – from her he learned the passion for making and listening to music.
"I am originally – and at the core of my being – a musician. Working as a musician for decades I have performed within many settings live, in studios and at rehearsals, always feeling a kind of urgent lack of silence. Growing up in the peaceful countryside and living in the serene mountain hills of Norway I have grown accustomed to filtering sound through a mesh of tranquility and sonorous peace – having sounds around me standing out as meticulously shaped entities from a perfectly silent background. This is something I have strived to reconstruct in my musical thinking and performance but never fully achieved.
What I have experienced both as a performing musician and as a conscious listener is that the various cabling I have encountered often has a tendency to constrict and distort the signal being put through them – often to an extent that it has to be artificially corrected by applying studio/live effects. It has always seemed a rather backwards procedure to me.
So what I have wanted to create is cabling that is so utterly true to its source or the components it connects that they alter or diminish the signal to the least degree possible.
The initial thought was that complicating the cable construct was to complicate the signal path. To let it pass unaltered would mean to put as few hindrances in its way as absolutely possible. That way you may truly distinguish what each and every component of your setup is capable of - which parts of your audio chain deserving to be cherished and kept as cornerstones and which components needing an upgrade or replacement. When as a listener and/or a performing musician you no longer have to suffer from cabling distorting the full capabilities of your setup or performance you are free to refine and distill experience.
We wanted to push past the limits of signal transfer speed and signal preservation that was already lined out by our other cable models. With the work already put into our other models we knew there were ways to push performance even further.
With the Purist Ignis cables we have gone even further than with our previous cable models in stripping away obstacles in the signal path. Simplicity at this level is an extremely time consuming and costly process that has landed us substantial funding from several government branches. Energy and signal transfer at these speeds and with this accuracy is a way of “stepping aside” or “getting out of the way” in any audio chain. It has been my biggest goal for many years, and it is a truly gratifying experience that working together with an international team of highly skilled artisans and scientists as well as musicians and audiophiles from all over the world has enabled us to realize this goal." - Knut P. Skogrand, founder and owner of Skogrand Cables commenting on the creation of the SC Purist Ignis cables.