AudioQuest Digital Coax Cables
AudioQuest Digital Coax cables are engineered to minimize distortion over an exceptionally wide bandwidth. In numerous applications, the swiftness of digital communication is paramount. Typically, “speed” relates to swiftly transferring large files or transporting ample data for high-definition video. However, in the context of digital coaxial audio, “speed” is vital not in terms of quantity or rapidity, but due to the critical significance of temporal relationships within a digital stream for the reconstruction of the analog waveform that delivers information, music, and pleasure to our ears. Time-related impairments (jitter) to this information within the data packet lead to sound that is compressed and two-dimensional rather than three-dimensional, harsh and muddled instead of smooth and clear.
Solid 1.25% Silver Conductors for Enhanced Analog Performance Solid conductors eradicate distortion between strands, a major contributor to distortion in cables.
Metal-Layer Noise-Dissipation Achieving complete shield coverage is straightforward. However, preventing captured radio-frequency interference (RFI) from modulating the equipment’s ground reference necessitates AudioQuest’s Noise-Dissipation technology. Conventional shielding systems generally absorb and then redirect noise/RF energy to the component ground, causing modulation and distortion of the vital “reference” ground plane, subsequently leading to signal distortion. Noise-Dissipation “protects the shield,” absorbing and reflecting a significant portion of this noise/RF energy before it reaches the ground-connected layer.
Foil + Silver-Plated Braid Shield Cold-Welded, Gold-Plated Terminations This plug design permits a solderless connection, a common source of distortion. Instead of solder, the process employs a high-pressure technique. Since the ground shells are stamped rather than machined, the choice of metal is based on low distortion characteristics rather than machinability.
Hard-Cell Foam Insulation Hard-Cell Foam (HCF) Insulation ensures the precise geometry of signal pairs. Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is effectively part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy, with some of this energy being stored and then released as distortion. Hard-Cell Foam Insulation is similar to the Foamed-PE used in our more budget-friendly Bridges & Falls cables and is nitrogen-injected to create air pockets. Since nitrogen (like air) does not absorb energy and does not release any energy to or from the conductor, it minimizes distortion. Moreover, the material’s rigidity allows the cable’s conductors to maintain a stable relationship along the cable’s entire length, resulting in a consistent impedance characteristic and further reducing distortion.