In 1982, Sony presented us with the slogan “Perfect sound forever,” accompanied by the notion that “it’s just digital, so all CD players sound the same.” This was disproven, and the qualitative differences between players became an accepted truth. Next came separate transport and DAC combos, with the idea that “all S/PDIF digital audio cables sound the same…” until that too was refuted. Now, the frontier has once again evolved. Is digital audio truly just ones and zeros? We don’t believe so, and once you’ve had the opportunity to listen to the Forest USB, you won’t think so either…
Available Lengths: 0.75m, 1m, 1.5m, 3m, 5m
Solid 0.5% Silver Conductors
Solid conductors minimize the harmful effects of both electrical and magnetic strand-to-strand interaction. For digital cables, whose signals are of such high frequency that they travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor, increasingly thick layers of silver plating are applied to AudioQuest’s Long-Grain Copper (LGC) conductors to further improve Noise-Dissipation. Placing the superior metal on the outside of the conductor produces the greatest benefit on overall performance—a superbly cost-effective way to maximize a digital cable.
Hard-Cell Foam Insulation (HCF)
Hard-Cell Foam (HCF) Insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry. Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy. Some of this energy is stored, then released as distortion. Hard-Cell Foam Insulation, similar to the Foamed-PE used in our more affordable Bridges & Falls cables, is nitrogen-injected to create air pockets. Because nitrogen (like air) does not absorb energy and therefore does not release any energy from or into the conductor, distortion is reduced. Additionally, the stiffness of the material allows the cable’s conductors to maintain a stable relationship along the cable’s full length, producing a stable impedance character and further minimizing distortion.
All Conductors Controlled for RF Noise Directionality
All conductors are controlled to minimize directional RF noise, ensuring a cleaner signal transmission.