This is where IKIGAI audio wants to help. IKIGAI audio is about giving you happiness thru your music listening. Giving you the motivation to listen more and longer. This will not only give you a short term benefit. Music also has a mindfulness healing. Reducing stresses and anxieties which will have a much longer benefit.
Ikigai does not mean everything needs to be GREAT and XXL. Ikigai means also having and seeing the pleasure in the little things of life. This is why IKIGAI audio doesn't put much effort in the BIG and BOLD bling - bling of the cables. There is no sonic benefit and it raises the prices.
IKIGAI produces the logo rings in house. IKIGAI believes in local production as much as possible to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible. The logo ring also shows you the way how to connect your cable. The side were the ring is mounted is the music source i.e. your cd player when it's connected to your amplifier. It also shows you the serial number of your cable. This should match your invoice and user manual. If you have any doubt if you have a real IKIGAI cable, please contact us.
On the left you see pictures of a KANGAI power cord and speaker cable. It takes more then a day of work for a power cord and even two for a speaker cable! Carefully twisting and using my goldsmith knowledge, to change the 5N silver leads to sonic perfection.
Not only does it have a triple EMI/RFI screening (Airspace approved) it also uses a special sleeve minimizing unwanted vibrations like sounds "hitting" the cable and contact noises from hifi racks and your stereo system.
The unique grounding system runs from plug to plug ensuring full EMI/RFI protection. It also has the possibility to connect the SUGURE and KANGAI speaker cable EMI/RFI shield. This grounding system is a great free upgrade for your speaker cable when engaged!
IKIGAI audio uses almost solely ETI Research KRYO and BRYO series and WBT termination.
If you have a favorite brand in termination i.e. Furutech, don't hesitate to request. We can make a cable with your favorite brand.
For our Kinzan level interconnect cables, we invested heavily in a new wire to connector bonding technique. The connector contacts are welded to the cable wires to form a point to point connection loosing contact resistance and keeping the material properties on a same, high level.
Every SUGURE, KANGAI and KINZAN cable have a special re-crystallization process. This process has a very large impact on the sonic quality of the cable. The process gives the cable a more relaxed signature then you have ever heard before. There is no edginess in the music any more. No loss in dynamics, control, details. The music is just there as it was recorded. The process also reduces the burn-in time. Typically the cables still need a break in period of approx. 100h.
IKIGAI audio makes for each cable a dedicated logo ring. On this ring you will find some important information:
The rings are made on a lathé out of aluminium. They are grinded and polished to create a mirror finish. We use a fiber laser to engrave the information on the rings.
IKIGAI audio beliefs in a total IKIGAI experience. Therefore the packaging of the cables is a feast to unpack. Giving you joy in every step.
All packaging materials have a low carbon footprint. IKIGAI audio only uses recycled paper, bamboo logo, recycled fiber bag and cork inlay. All items are produced within the Netherlands, reducing transport to a bare minimum.
We also use little differences in packaging for our levels. i.e The logo on top of the box is made out of Bamboo for our SUGURE level and Rosewood for our KANGAI and KINZAN levels.