In 1992 Chris Sommovigo introduced to the world the first truly precision-made 75 Ohm digital coaxial cable under the brand name “ILLUMINATI,” and has since designed more than a dozen other digital cables for the market – either for the Illuminati brand, for Stereovox, or for other brands (such as Kimber Kable and i2Digital). His digital cable designs remain among the most sought after and popular designs in the world, and reasonably so: he has proven himself as an effective designer producing positive results.
In 2000, he introduced a new brand: STEREOVOX. Under this marque he examined new concepts in analog signal transfer for high end audio systems, very purposefully exploring the brute-force aspects of mitigating Skin Effect to extremes. The result of that expedition was a catalog of cables that met with 10 years of critical acclaim for their extraordinary performance. His original SEI-600 and LSP-600 were considered among the very best in the world at the time.
During this time Chris introduced a novel concept in conductor technology: the thin-walled, pure copper microtube: CuTube™ for short. At a scant 0.035″ in outer diameter with mere 0.008″ thick walls, annealed dead soft using the purest copper available for tubing, CuTube proved to be the closest thing to a “magic bullet” in Chris’ design portfolio at the time, and it would go on to inform many products throughout the history of Stereovox.
His Xhadow RCA and XLR connector designs were also considered some of the world’s finest, and have even inspired a few copycats!
2008 saw the introduction of a new brand from Chris: STEREOLAB™
Drawing from his ongoing development of specialty conductors (including improvements to CuTube™), and introducing newer technology conductors, the AERON™ dielectric and insulation system, InterPole™ micro-woven conductors, and QuieTex™ noise reduction/absorption technology), the new marque from Chris is his most exciting yet, as it is the umbrella for BLACK CAT CABLE
Like his other brands that came before, BLACK CAT CABLE remains a small company with a limited output of specialty cables that always radiate from the same core, artisanal ethos. Each cable is personally built by Chris Sommovigo to ensure that Black Cat standards are maintained.
Black Cat does not produce many thousands of cables per month, nor do we provide our products to hundreds of dealers and distributors … we aren’t able to meet that kind of demand due to the highly specialized nature of our in-house manufacturing processes.
That translates to extremely high-quality audio cables manufactured to high standards using select raw-materials, unique processes, custom tooling and machinery, and the unmistakable touch of the inventor's hand.