Complement4 – DHC’s Original Flagship
Starting at $599.99 for your custom OCC litz cable.
Available Copper or Silver configurations
“Nothing else was even a close second…”
– Mike Mercer, PFO, THFR, Occupy Hifi
“It’s my favorite cable.” — Alex Rosson, Audez’e, Shinola Audio
New 2016 Comp4 Silver review @ Inearspace!
“…more transparent than any other cable I own…while some cables may seem warmer or brighter or have more emphasis in a certain region, I think it is simply a colouration that this does not have, making this sound more balanced but free…does magical things with the HD800, my reference headphone.” — Sonny Trigg, Inearspace
New 2016 Comp4 Silver review @ Audiobacon!
“Wow…so this is what holographic means…extremely low noise floor, like infinite black…enormous soundstage…absolutely boundless…bass is hard and tight…ridiculous transparency…insane amount of extension…all actors have their own space, allowed to create their own air, and imaged to perfection…an engaging and high energy cable…it’s being there with the music.” — Jay Luong, Audiobacon
Complement4 is the evolution of our original Complement cable. It is a no-holds-barred home cable that is still very portable for anyone who wants crazy performance on the go. More affordable than our Prion4 ultimate flagship while compatible with a greater selection of portable terminations, and available for a wide range of budgets in copper and silver embodiments.
Our original model – pure OCC copper litz. Supreme performance and value. 14 bundles of pure OCC copper in our unique Complement4 construction.
Comp4 Silver: Performance beyond copper. Our OCC silver conforms to no stereotypes, and never stops surprising us with its ability to extract a complete musical picture from the source material. The rise and decay of notes are the fastest we’ve heard, the bass is incisive and free of bloat and dullness, and the treble is delicately articulated without glare. The midrange extends deep into one’s head and brings complete immersion. Three words to describe the sound performance – confident, effortless, free. Silver Complement4 uses 14 OCC silver bundles and offers the most insight into the performance.
Our lineup: Complement4 is our light & flexible flagship, with superior ergonomics to previous Complement designs. We focus on damping and the microenvironment inside the wire instead of heavier metal shielding – the Complement4 design is lightly shielded with carbon-based materials, for a black background and terrific isolation of details. Complement4 exceeds the performance of previous designs, while being much more comfortable and flexible than before; the silver Complement4 is just about the best sound we’ve ever heard our headphone amps produce, with the exception of the DHC’s ultimate Prion4, while besting it in ergonomics and compatibility.
Custom sleeves. These flagship cables offer the best custom sleeves we have ever offered, with many potential styles. Our custom black and silver fiber sleeves are sleek, tough, nonmicrophonic, and beautiful to behold. We also offer special sleeves with metallic tracer threads. Pictured above is white + antique gold metallic, with many others also available.
Carefully chosen terminations. Complement4 represents our best, most undiluted home cable solution – but it’s comfortable enough for most applications. We hand-pick our favorite connectors, which are precisely matched to this cable’s unique design.
Introducing – the Integrated Wire. An integrated wire offers a complete multilayer construction around each signal wire, machine-made for consistency and hand-finished into a cable built to your specifications. The goal is to create conditions around the internal litz copper or silver strands that allows them to perform to their true potential. This series of machine-applied, precise layers is DHC’s original design.
Most of the features adopted by other headphone cables originated at DHC.
First OCC silver headphone cable – Silver Complement, 2009.
First shielded, multi-layer dampened headphone cable with separate left/right cables – Complement, 2009.
First solid-insulated OCC litz wire – Molecule SE, 2012.
First headphone cable with conductive polymer shielding insulation – Complement2, 2013
First headphone cable with conductive anti-static center core – Complement3, 2014
First headphone cable incorporating an insulated cotton-dielectric wire – Complement4, 2014
Carbon-polymer outer shielding insulation. This material, pioneered by DHC, allows us to throughly shield each Integrated Wire without the use of heavier metal shields, for a featherweight, purist flagship cable. It blocks a wide bandwidth of interference while being light & flexible.
Flexible Teflon secondary dielectric layer. This minimal-absorption, high dielectric strength material allows us to maintain the integrity of the inner litz construct while optimizing the cable for the perfect balance of low inductance and capacitance. The evolution of Complement4 to using Teflon helped reduce its size by 60% while improving its performance all-around. Complement4 is now greatly lighter & more flexible than previous DHC flagships.
Pure cotton primary dielectric layer. A cable-industry first. DHC offers the first ever litz cable with a matrix of cotton braided around the litz strands inside a durable, insulated cable. The result is a cable with cotton as its true primary insulation – a material that does not add or subtract charge from the strands, damps vibration, and offers superior dielectric strength to practically everything – without the strands or constructs being vulnerable, as the cotton-encased litz construct is protected in the outer layers.
22awg pure OCC type 4 litz. An unprecedented array of 14 bundles of ultrapure single-crystal litz bundles are arrayed into a cylindrical-tube layout inside each Complement4 Integrated Wire. This design greatly reduces skin effect as each strand is kept close to the surface as the bundles rotate 360 degrees, equalizing impedance throughout the wire from end to end. Each tiny strand of OCC litz is coated in an invisible, razor-thin enamel layer which prevents oxidation and cross-talk between strands, eliminating diodic junctions and their resulting propensity for energy storage. This is our most substantial conductor to date and is more than ample for all audio systems.
Type 4 conductive/damping core. DHC helped introduce type 4 litz with our Peptide V2 type 4 litz wires – an optimized version of the type 2 litz with a core of damping material at the center, keeping the litz strands out of the wire’s “dead spot” at its center, and aiding in litz’s prime goal of equally distributing each strand between the wire’s surface and its interior. With Complement4, we take the damping core type 4 model to another level with our conductive core – a DHC innovation. The core is made of a proprietary resistive material which absorbs any internal static buildup, while also allowing vibration damping on all sides of the litz strands – they are “sandwiched” between cotton and this core – the perfect internal environment.
Complement’s channel isolation. Each channel’s pair of Integrated Wires is isolated into individual sleeves, and we typically do not twist these channel pairs together, providing separate cables for 3-pin XLR models and two separate cables ending in a 4-pin XLR or 1/4″ plug otherwise. In this way, soundstage integrity is preserved. Other configurations are possible – email us – but separate cables are ideal.
Interconnect synergy. Try our matching Spore4 Interconnects.
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