Unfortunately, the process used to create these monocrystal metals was slow and prohibitively expensive until the development of new, less costly (though nothing like cheap) manufacturing procedures made commercial use feasible. (Technically and sonically, monocrystal metals were always superior; they just cost too much to market.) In Absolute Dream, the monocrystal silver core conductor is shielded with helically wound Kapton and Teflon dielectrics. (Kapton, of course, is the selfsame stuff that loudspeaker- manufacturers use for voice-coil formers.) The core is further shielded by two braided layers of silver-plated monocrystal copper and gold-plated monocrystal silver. Four of these coaxes are twisted into the dual braided layers of each cable— two signal-bearing coaxes and two for use in Crystal’s patented “Bridge technology.”
I’ll be honest: While I can follow the construction of Absolute Dream this far, its “Bridge system” eludes me. It has something to do with lowering resistance to minimize signal loss, filtering ultra-high-frequency noise to prevent amplifier oscillation, and doubling up the return path of the cable to neutralize ground leakage. Like every other part of Absolute Dream, its purpose is to lower noise, enhance low-level resolution, and improve imaging, but I’d be lying if I said I understood how it does these things.
In keeping with Absolute Dream’s all-in construction, the van der Kley-Rijnvelds chose to terminate their cable with extremely expensive Furutech Alpha connectors, which use OCC rhodium- plated conductors housed in a gorgeous carbon-fiber/eutectic (yeah, I had to look it up, too—it means “a material of greatest fusibility, i.e., with a melting point lower than that of any other alloy of the same materials”), non-magnetic-copper housing.
All lead connections are made via silver solder and crimping.
As I said earlier, to look at a length of Absolute Dream cable, interconnect, or power cord (all of which share these same extraordinary parts and construction), one would never guess that it is so rigorously and complexly engineered. It looks more like a strand of gold/silver jewelry than audio wire. But then that was Gabi’s intention: to hide the engineering beneath something beautiful to see, exceptionally light and flexible to handle, and sonically without peer.