Crystal Cable/Siltech Visit
All photos taken handheld in ambient light with Sigma DP2 Merrill and Sigma DP1 Merrill cameras.
© Jonathan Valin
Gabi Rijnveld, the guiding force behind Crystal Cable.
Mini Arabesque in Gabi's office in Arnhem.
A portrait of Bela Bartók sits on the cabinet in Gabi's lovely office.
Edwin Rijnveld, the guiding force behind Siltech, holding a prototype SAGA phonostage.
Crystal/Siltech's mutual facility outside Arnhem.
Arabesque in listening room in Crystal/Siltech facility.
The crossover of the Crystal Arabesque is built into the speaker's base (note the high-quality Mundorf parts).
Mini Arabesques in the Crystal/Siltech listening room driven by Edwin's superb Siltech SAGA system electronics.
Edwin's ingenious Apollo LightDrive and Thor Voltage Modules from the SAGA System amps.
Interior of Crystal/Siltech facility.
Spools of tonearm wire.
A spool of solid silver wire.
€350k winding machine used to twist different gauges and types of wire into a single Crystal/Siltech cable.
Winding machine twisting different strands into one cable.
The twisted cable is wound onto a spool inside the winding machine (the wire on the spool will later be cut to length and terminated).
The step-by-step process of making a Crystal Cable "Piccolo" Interconnect begins with a meter length of appropriate twisted wire.
RCA plugs are attached by screw to the ends of the wire.
Strands of the wire are then soldered to the contacts inside the plug.
Protective insulating endcaps Are then glued to the RCA plugs.
The finished interconnects are next tested for continuity.