Posted on 5th December, 2018


Furutech has just outed a pair of new power cables that they tell us are designed for the demanding listener.

Furutech has spent many hours gathering extensive feedback from musicians and recording professionals in the process of developing its new power cables.

Based in Tokyo, the company’s design team has amassed a considerable body of expertise (as well as a raft of patents) in what they call “pure transmission.” In other words, they have been looking at how to preserve the integrity of the signal path and deliver an end result that is accurate, honest and uncompromised. To achieve this, the team has put the magnifying glass on every element of power transfer. Afterwards, innovative engineering solutions to well-known problems such as contact resistance, EMI and RFI rejection are applied.

Furutech understands that no matter whether you’re a professional musician or a music lover, an audiophile or a recording engineer, you’ll be looking for similar qualities in your audio and AV systems.

They put it like this:

Verisimilitude to the original event, a sense of engagement promoting suspension of disbelief, and a visceral immersion in the audio and video experience.

The Empire

Furutech Empire

The new Empire power cable features the company’s innovative ‘PC-Triple C’ power conductor. Furutech used a proprietary forging process involving repeated rounds of metal folding – not unlike the method used to create the katana, the famous Japanese Samurai sword. However, in this case, the company applies variable levels of high pressure to high-purity oxygen-free copper (OFC), resulting in a forging process that would be the equivalent of folding the steel of a katana tens of thousands of times.

The reason for such a process is that it ensures the crystal grain boundaries deep inside the copper are rearranged allowing the electrical current to travel through the signal path more smoothly.

A low capacitance, audio-grade PVC dielectric surrounds each of the Empire’s three 45-strand conductors. The three are then encased in an inner sheath created from lead-free, audio-grade PVC impregnated with electrically conductive carbon particles to dampen the cable and reduce the adverse effects of static on the audio signal.

Finally, the resulting cable is then screened from external RFI pollution by way of a conductor shield constructed from a multi-strand OFC wire braid. An ultra-flexible outer sheath, again in lead-free, audio-grade PVC, surrounds the shield and the complete assembly is then housed in a sturdy outer sleeve of braided nylon yarn.  

The Empire power cable is finished with Furutech’s renowned gold-plated power connectors that feature their patented Floating Field Damper grounding system.  The Floating Field Damper has all the metal screws in a connector tied to ground via a metal ‘bridge’ to prevent the flow of noise and significantly reduce distortion.

The Roxy

Furutech Roxy

The Roxy features a 37-strand silver-plated OFC conductor for each of live and neutral plus a 37-strand OFC earth core. Like the Empire, it includes five distinct layers of insulation and protection. An audio-grade polyethylene dielectric surrounds each of the three conductors, and the three are then encased in all-natural materials: a cotton inner filler wrapped in a paper barrier layer. Finally, like the Empire, the Roxy is finished with an ultra-flexible outer sheath in lead-free, audio-grade PVC and a sturdy, nylon yarn braid outer sleeve. Again, it is topped off with Furutech’s high-quality connectors.  

In both the Empire and the Roxy, all metal parts are treated with Furutech’s trademark two-stage ‘Alpha’ cryogenic and demagnetisation process, designed to render all metals stress-free, stable and highly electrically conductive.

Price and availability

Furutech’s Empire and Roxy power cables are available now priced at £327 and £233 respectively (including VAT). Cable length 150cm approx.


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Jay Garrett

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