Introducing Van den Hul
29 years of legendary cables sold in 70 countries.
Few audio companies have enjoyed the
worldwide success and earned the reputation for excellence that Van den
Hul has. Van den Hul is one of the most respected
names in high end audio.
Based in the Netherlands, Van den Hul is a
world leader in terms of innovation, engineering, manufacturing, quality, performance and value.
Van den Hul is one of the very few companies which actually owns patents
for it's proprietary technologies. Proof of their market leadership is
demonstrated by the fact that Van den Hul is currently distributed in 70
different countries worldwide.
Bluebird Music is delighted
to present the legendary Van den Hul products to US and Canadian customers through our
network of value added retailers of fine audio.
Van den Hul is a technology driven company
always searching for the better way and never taking the 'easy road'. As
a result of many years of extensive research and development Van den Hul
now has a broad range of unique, high quality products and owns numerous
patents for these innovative designs.
Some of Van den Hul's proprietary
technologies include Linear Structured Carbon® (LSC),
Hulliflex®, production of
the world's first completely non-metal cable, Fusion technology, and the
VDH Type 1 stylus. In addition, with years of experience, Van den Hul
has perfected the art of wire manufacture. By investing in the best
equipment for their European plants and by strictly controlling the
manufacturing process, Van den Hul has been able to assure the superior
quality of their products.
Below is a brief description of key VDH
technologies. To download a complete discussion click on the
Interconnect and Loudspeaker Cables brochure icon below.
Linear Structured Carbon®
LSC is an uninterrupted chain of carbon
atoms perfectly aligned in individually insulated fibers. The LSC is
applied as a coating over the conducting wire and improves signal
transmission by performing electrical bridging on a micro-scale and thus
converting the external magnetic field close to the conductors into an
electrical signal again. The resulting sound is incredibly pure, clean
and very three dimensional with extremely high resolution. VDH is the
exclusive worldwide owner of the patent on LSC.
In many cables plasticizers in the outer
jacket break down over time, usually in only about six months. This
allows air and chemical impurities in the atmosphere to enter the cable,
which causes the conductors to oxidize resulting in an unpleasant and
harsh sound. This problem is compounded as the cable is bent. Therefore
the cable jacket needs to be flexible enough to maintain a closed system
even while being subjected to the stresses of bending. Van den Hul recognized that this internal oxidation was a
common problem ruining the performance of high quality audio cables and
decided to find a solution.
Hulliflex was developed. Hulliflex is a unique material used in the
outer jackets of VDH interconnects and speaker cables and in some cases
as an internal insulator as well. Hulliflex is an inert material which
provides a 100% completely closed environment for the cable thus
protecting your valuable investment. As a halogen-free material
Hulliflex is also environmentally friendly. VDH is the exclusive
worldwide owner of the patent on Hulliflex.
In their pursuit of making the best cables
possible, Van den Hul adheres to four major design principles. First,
materials must be of very high purity. Impurities lead to oxidation
which inhibits electron flow and leads to a harsh sound. Secondly, VDH
believes it is extremely important to make wire slowly. Slower drawn
wire leads to a more consistent structure with better conductivity. VDH
believes a slow drawn copper wire will sound better than a hurried
Next, during the manufacturing process the
wire must be subjected to the absolute minimum of bending. Thus at Van
den Hul plants the hot drawn wire is rolled onto massive oversize drums to
preserve its structure. The fresh drawn wire should be insulated as
quickly as possible after drawing to keep environmental pollutants off
the wire. It is impossible to keep virtually all impurities off the wire
but the LSC coating can compensate for the air or impurities that do get
into the cable during production.
Van den Hul also has developed specialized
techniques for applying silver on copper wire. VDH uses a thick
mechanically applied coating of high purity silver coating. (VDH's
unique Fusion technology is explained in the Interconnects section of
this web site.)
Naturally it costs a lot more to manage and
equip a factory to make wire so meticulously, but fortunately Van den
Hul can amortize those costs over literally thousands of miles of wire sold in 70
countries around the world.
Through their superior manufacturing
techniques, generous use of silver materials and unique LSC and Hulliflex
technologies, Van den Hul cables are designed to deliver an outstanding
audio performance for many years. Whereas other cables can experience
sonic degradation after a relatively short time, Van den Hul cables will
literally last a lifetime and they will sound as good in five years as
they did they day you bought them.
All VDH products are very environmentally
friendly. VDH cables are Halogen free and carry Europe’s prestigious
Green Care certification. All packaging is environmentally friendly as