Oyaide | From Tradition to Innovation
A New Standard of Excellence
While other manufacturers were busy reworking existing AC connector and receptacle designs to adapt them for audio, Oyaide’s engineers, whose knowledge of physics and materials is second to none, set out to examine each component employed in exhaustive detail to determine what approach would yield the best result.
Thus their connectors would have to be designed and built “from the ground up”. In the process they have defined a new standard of excellence.
What are the most important considerations for a secure AC electrical connection?
1.) Appropriate Hardness: The contact material must maintain its exact shape over time without any adverse effect to the sound
2.) Appropriate Springiness: The material should have the ability to rebound from the compression of first contact and expand to make firm long-term contact. This is highly important as a superior contact has the ability to eliminate vibration due to the movement of electrons (current) or electromagnetic fields (signal) through the contacts. For clean transport, secure contacts are crucial.
4.) Appropriate Choice of plating materials: The type of materials, their combinations and thickness must be carefully chosen
5.) Surface finish: At a microscopic level, where metal meets metal, the more flat and uniform the final finish, the greater the level of contact. Strict control of surface quality, including uniformity of plating thickness, is a must for cleaner sound quality.