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When Chord launched the original Rumour in 1996, it was one of the smallest speaker cables available (16 AWG), yet it sounded a lot bigger than it looked, carried detail and dynamics really well and was more coherent than many other cables around. As people got over the size and listened, rather than looked, it became a very popular cable – and apart from cosmetic amendments, it remained unchanged for many years.
The size, the colour and the performance mean it’s still a popular cable. The Chord ShawlineX shielded speaker cable shares the same conductors.
Previous versions of Rumour speaker cables used PTFE insulation (often referred to as Teflon™) and until the arrival of Taylon®, this was Chord’s “go to” material. Although expensive, PTFE offered the best performance.
Material technology is constantly developing and improving and alternatives to PTFE are now available. While the high cost of Taylon® prevents Chord from using this in all of their ranges, they were able to find a suitable family of insulation materials known as XLPE (Cross-linked Polyethylene). One version of this material looked particularly interesting and following listening tests, proved to be clearly better than the PTFE in Rumour speaker cable – now known as RumourX