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BD5004 



manufacturer Marantz 
Price $ POA 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductThe BD5004 is the extension of the Marantz Blu-ray player line up to a more affordable price category, without sacrifying Blu-ray or DVD quality. The BD5004 offers full Profile 2.0 / BD-Live specification, meaning that it has a network connection for downloading additional content on movies like extra scenes, alternative ends, interactive games, actors information or director comments from the internet. DVD’s can be upscaled, de-interlaced and outputted as 1080p via the HDMI1.3a port. To ensure high quality analogue video output on component level a 297MHz/12bit video DAC is implemented. The new design with the centered mechanism will perfectly fit to the Marantz receiver and amplifier line up. Supported media’s are DivX HD, JPEGs, WMA and MP3, and for the purist enjoying music from CD Marantz applied a Pure Direct / Audio Exclusive Mode. •Playback of Blu-ray Disc, DVD-Video and CD, DVD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, DivX HD, AVCHD and JPEG HD •BD-Live Profile 2.0 •HDMI 1.3a •Deep Colour •IP-conversion and up-scaling to 1080p •Output of all raw HD Audio data via HDMI •2ch audio down-mix •SD Card •Remote Control  
 
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BEDROCK (2 mtr pair) Speaker Cable Factory Terminated  



manufacturer Audioquest 
Price $ 555.00 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductThis double quad-helix “Flat Rock” cable does not look normal on the outside, and it is not at all normal on the inside. A sophisticated combination of extraordinary materials and extremely refined design lets Bedrock rock… to equally honor all types of music. CONDUCTORS: All eight of Bedrock’s conductors are solid. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the single greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat harsh, dirty and confused sound. Solid conductors are the most important ingredients enabling Bedrock’s very clear sound. Whether a conductor is solid or stranded, skin-effect is a prime distortion mechanism in speaker cables. Bedrock very simply keeps this effect out of the audio range by using conductor sizes that are below the threshold for audible distortion. SST (Spread Spectrum Technology): Any single size or shape of conductor has a specific distortion profile. Even though radially symmetrical conductors (solid round or tubular) have the fewest discontinuities, any particular size does have a sonic signature. SST is a method for significantly reducing the awareness of these character flaws by using a precise combination of different size conductors. The four different SST-determined conductor sizes used in Bedrock allow an exceptionally clear, clean and dynamic sound. METAL: Bedrock’s PSC (Perfect Surface Copper) has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal processing technology protects the wire’s surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low distortion conductor. For fifteen years AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior metals; yet even we were surprised by the huge leap in performance. PSC clearly outperforms previous AQ metals that cost over ten times as much. All drawn metal exhibits directionality, whether in hardware store wire or in the best AQ cable. We wish we could design away this awkwardness. Since we can’t, we pay close attention to optimizing performance by clearly marking the cables and our terminations. Please watch for these markings when installing any audio cables. GEOMETRY: The relationship between conductors defines a cable’s most basic electrical values (capacitance and inductance). However, even when those variables are kept in a reasonable balance, the relationship between conductors can be varied in ways that greatly effect the sound. The dual spiral construction of Bedrock allows for significantly better dynamic contrast and information intelligibility than if the same conductors were run in parallel. The specific 4-cross geometry used in each half of Bedrock maximizes this advantage. In addition, Bedrock is an exceptional Single-Biwire cable. When the halves are separated at the speaker end, the double quad-helix design turns Bedrock into a true double-biwire set thanks to the magnetic autonomy of each quad-helix. On it’s own; one quad would be a little lightweight in performance as it is biased towards treble finesse. The other quad is biased toward the bass; it’s more forceful and lacking ultimate resolution. Together they form a completely optimized full range design, which was the first priority; but when separated the dual helixes let Bedrock be a maximum performance double-biwire in a single cable. INSULATION: In a low level cable the insulating material significantly affects the cable’s performance. However, in a speaker cable the electrical effect of insulation is almost only heard as a dry irritating sound prior to a cable being fully “run-in” … technically “adapting to a charged state.” The term “break-in” does not apply because taking away the charge will slowly return the cable to its “new” condition. The insulation’s mechanical (hard vs. soft) properties make an important difference in stranded cables. The harder the better in order to minimize strand movement. Since solid conductors don’t need hard insulation, they can take advantage of the vibration damping advantage of a softer insulation. The four negative conductors in Bedrock are insulated with partially conductive carbon-loaded polyethylene. This remarkable material damps radio-frequency garbage from being fed back into the amplifier. The sonic benefit is exactly the same reduction in hash and better dimensionality that comes whenever RF garbage is reduced in an audio circuit. TERMINATIONS: AudioQuest offers a wide range of high quality connectors that allow Bedrock to be securely attached to any type of equipment. “Quality” is in the low distortion sound, not necessarily in the eye-candy effect. AQ ends are either a dull looking gold or silver because these metals are plated directly over the connector. There is no shiny and harsh sounding nickel layer underneath. AQ spade lugs are soft because better metal is soft, and facilitates a higher quality connection. AQ spade lugs are available in several sizes. AQ Benda-Pins fit all equipment, except pieces requiring a banana plug or BFA connector, in which case the AQ Crimp BFA/Banana provides unprecedented performance at a fraction the cost of those not-so-good sounding big eye-candy versions. A combination of these major ingredients, and many more subtle details add up to explain how even a reasonably priced cable like Bedrock can sound so good. SPEAKER CABLES: DOUBLE QUAD HELIX SERIES BEDROCK .335 in x .709 in. (8.50 mm. x 18.00 mm.) BASS TREBLE 16 19 21 18 DOUBLE QUAD HELIX DESIGN Overall: 2 x 12 AWG (3.19 mm2) Treble Group (2 x 16 AWG): 2 x 21 AWG Solid Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) Conductors 2 x 18 AWG Solid PSC Conductors Bass Group (2 x 14 AWG): 2 x 19 AWG Solid Long-Grain Copper (LGC) Conductors 2 x 16 AWG Solid LGC Conductors PVC Insulation (Positive Conductors) Carbon Loaded PE Insulation (Negative Conductors) Mild Red PVC Jacket Solid Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) 4 Size SST HyperLitz Conductive- Dielectric Double Quad Helix 
 
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COLORADO (1 mtr pair) Audio Interconnects Factory Terminated  



manufacturer Audioquest 
Price $ 999.00 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductSOLID PSC+ CONDUCTORS: Solid conductors prevent strand interaction, a major source of cable distortion. Extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries which exist within any metal conductor, nearly eliminating harshness and greatly increasing clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other coppers. PE AIR-TUBES: Air is the best insulation because it does not absorb and later release energy. The PE Air-Tubes used in Colorado have almost nothing but air around the PSC+ conductors. DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #7,126,055): All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is un-biased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuests DBS creates a strong stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. The DBS packs batteries will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check. NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM: 100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipments ground-reference requires AQs Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent most RFI from reaching the equipments ground-plane. TRIPLE-BALANCED: The 3 conductors in Triple-Balanced Colorado cables insure that whether prepared with RCA or XLR plugs, the positive and negative signals have equally low distortion conducting paths. The 100% coverage shield is never used as an inferior conductor. COLD-WELD SYSTEM: Novel plug design enables a perfect heat-free connection between cable and plug. XLR plugs are also available. 
 
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COLUMBIA (1 mtr pair) Audio Interconnects Factory Terminated  



manufacturer Audiquest 
Price $ 515.00 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductNOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM:  100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment’s ground-reference requires AQ’s Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent most RFI from reaching the equipment’s ground-plane. SOLID PSC+ COPPER:  Perfect-Surface Technology applied to extreme-purity copper eliminates irritation and provides tremendous clarity. DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #7,126,055):  All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside.  When insulation is un-biased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS creates a strong stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. The DBS pack’s batteries will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check. PE AIR-TUBES:  Air is a nearly perfect dielectric. Once the DBS is attached (for 2 weeks), the normal irritation caused by un-biased Teflon is eliminated. TRIPLE-BALANCED:  Optimized for RCA or XLR COLD-WELD SYSTEM:  Novel plug design enables a perfect heat-free connection between cable and plug. XLR plugs are also available. ____ 
 
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COPPERHEAD (1 mtr pair) Audio Interconnects Factory Terminated  



manufacturer Audioquest 
Price $ 139.00 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductAt first glance, Copperhead's design looks like a traditional coaxial cable. However, PSC copper and many other very important differences each contribute to Copperhead having such unprecedented ease and clarity in an affordable cable. DESIGN BASICS: Copperhead has identical conductors for the positive and ground connections. Underneath the 100% coverage foil shield is a bare conductor, exactly the same as the insulated center conductor. The conductor under the shield does double duty as a low distortion audio connection, and as the drain wire connecting the shield to ground. CONDUCTORS: Both of Copperhead's conductors are solid. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty harsh sound. Solid conductors are fundamental toward achieving Copperhead's very clean sound. METAL: PSC (Perfect-Surface Copper) has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal processing technology protects the wire's surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When highpurity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low distortion conductor. For fifteen years AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior metals; yet even we were surprised by this huge leap in performance. PSC clearly outperforms previous AQ metals that cost over ten times as much. INSULATION: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation, circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. The general cable industry ranks insulating materials by loss, with little regard for distortion. AudioQuest ranks materials by damage to an audio signal. The PVC used in Copperhead has too much loss to be used in a quality video cable, but it has a very benign distortion profile through the audio range, keeping Copperhead's sound pleasant and natural. TERMINATIONS: Precision gold plated plugs are carefully attached with the very best solder. Through choice of flux and metallurgy, AQ solder has been optimized to make a low distortion connection. All solder, including "silver solder," is a lousy conductor. The difference you hear between solders is a result of connection quality. AQ Solder does not have a high silver content because the more silver there is in solder, the more difficult it is to make a good connection. 
 
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CV-6 (2 mtr pair) Speaker Cable Factory Terminated  



manufacturer Audioquest 
Price $ 555.00 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductCV-6 might look like a normal round cable, but inside is a fully optimized combination of extraordinary materials and extremely refined design. CONDUCTORS: All six of CV-6’s conductors are solid. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the single greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat harsh, dirty and confused sound. Solid conductors are the most important ingredients enabling CV-6’s very clear sound. Whether a conductor is solid or stranded, skin-effect is a prime distortion mechanism in speaker cables. CV-6 very simply keeps this effect out of the audio range by using conductor sizes that are below the threshold for audible distortion. DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (patent pending): Unfortunately, because insulation stores and releases energy, it is also a “dielectric.” In a cable application, all released energy is distortion. The misnomer “break-in” is often used to describe the pronounced improvement in performance as the dielectric adapts to a charged state as the cable is used. Whenever a cable does not have a charge on it, it is re-adapting to an uncharged state; it is becoming new again. By maintaining a 36 volt dielectric-bias, far above the voltage of delicate audio signals, the DBS system provides considerably better transparency and dynamics than is possible even from a cable in continuous use. It takes a couple of weeks for the DBS system to reach maximum performance. Since DBS battery packs are attached when Everest cables are first terminated, Everest will be approaching or at peak performance by the time it is installed in your system. Since there is no “load” on the two standard hardware-store batteries, they will last for years. A test button and LED allow for occasional verification of battery performance. SST (Spread Spectrum Technology): Any single size or shape of conductor has a specific distortion profile. Even though radially symmetrical conductors (solid round or tubular) have the fewest discontinuities, any particular size does have a sonic signature. SST is a method for significantly reducing the awareness of these character flaws by using a precise combination of different size conductors. SST has enabled CV-6 to be the biggest possible six conductor cable that avoids audible skin-effect. METAL: CV-6’s PSC+ (Perfect Surface Copper+) has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal processing technology protects the wire’s surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low distortion conductor. For fifteen years, AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior metals; yet even we were surprised by the huge leap in performance. PSC+ clearly outperforms previous AQ metals that cost over ten times as much. All drawn metal exhibits directionality, whether in hardware store wire or in the best AQ cable. We wish we could design away this awkwardness. Since we can’t, we pay close attention to optimizing performance by clearly marking the cables and our terminations. Please watch for these markings when installing any audio cables. GEOMETRY: The relationship between conductors defines a cable’s most basic electrical values (capacitance and inductance). However, even when those variables are kept in a reasonable balance, the relationship between conductors can be varied in ways that greatly affect the sound. The spiral construction of CV-6 allows for significantly better dynamic contrast and information intelligibility than if the same conductors were run in parallel. The Circular Array geometry used in CV-6 maximizes this advantage. INSULATION: In a low level cable the insulating material significantly affects the cable’s performance. However, in a speaker cable the electrical effect of insulation is almost only heard as a dry irritating sound prior to a cable being fully “run-in” … technically “adapting to a charged state.” The term “break-in” does not apply because taking away the charge will slowly return the cable to its “new” condition. The insulation’s mechanical (hard vs. soft) properties make an important difference in stranded cables. The harder the better in order to minimize strand movement. Since solid conductors don’t need hard insulation, they can take advantage of the vibration damping advantage of a softer insulation. TERMINATIONS: AudioQuest offers a wide range of high quality connectors that allow CV-6 to be securely attached to any type of equipment. “Quality” is in the low distortion sound, not necessarily in the “eye-candy” effect. AQ ends are either a dull looking gold or silver because these metals are plated directly over the connector. There is no shiny and harsh sounding nickel layer underneath. AQ spade lugs are soft because better metal is soft, and facilitates a higher quality connection. AQ spade lugs are available in several sizes. AQ Benda-Pins fit all equipment, except pieces requiring a BFA Banana plug, in which case the AQ Crimp BFA Banana provides unprecedented performance at a fraction the cost of those not-so-good sounding big “eye-candy” versions. A combination of these major ingredients, and many more subtle details add up to explain how even an affordable cable like CV-6 can sound so good. SPEAKER CABLES: CIRCULAR ARRAY SERIES CV-6 Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) DBS Anode (+36V) CIRCULAR ARRAY DESIGN Overall: 2 x 13 AWG (2.65 mm2) 2 x 20 AWG Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Conductors 2 x 18 AWG Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Conductors 2 x 16 AWG Solid PSC Conductors DBS Anode (+) 36V DBS Battery Pack Included DBS Cathode (-) 1 Silver-Plated Drainwire + Foil Shield Charcoal PVC Jacket (UL CL-3 rated) Black/Red/Blue Braid Circular Array 4 Size SST Hyperlitz 
 
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DBP1610 



manufacturer Denon 
Price $ POA 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductFull support of Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio BD-Live support (Profile 2.0) AVCHD support DivX HD support HDMI Control (CEC) Ethernet port for BD Live and firmware updates Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio HDMI output A dedicated 2-channel audio output High quality 24-bit/192kHz audio converter High quality audio parts strictly selected for high quality sound Pure direct mode Denon’s high picture quality circuitry HDMI V 1.3a 1080p/24 video output from Blu-ray Deep color support “x.v.Color” support 3-D digital noise reduction HDMI source direct mode to output native resolution of the disc I/P conversion and 1080p scaling for standard DVD Picture adjustments Independent digital and analogue block design GUI (Graphic User Inteface) Glo-key remote controll Remote In/Out connection Remote lock mode Versatile Disc Formats Playability BD-ROM (BD Video) DVD-Video DVD+R/RW DVD-R, DVD-RW (VR mode supported) Audio CD CD-R/RW MP3, WMA audio, JPEG written CD-R/RW Kodak Picture CD Fuji Color CD Digital Media Support BD-Live support to download and stream bonus content. SD Card slot on front panel for bonus content, playback of MP3, WMA, and JPEG files AVCHD format support to playback BD discs made from HD camcorders DivX HD support Newly designed center-drive mechanism High rigid chassis construction HDMI resolution select on front panel Audio S/N 115 dB Total harmonic distortion 0.004% Dynamic range 100 dB Power supply AC 240V, 50 Hz Power consumption 30 W (Standby: 0.3 W) Dimensions W x H x D 434 x 106 x 309.3 mm Weight 4.1 kg 
 
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DBP2010 



manufacturer Denon 
Price $ POA 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductDolby TrueHD Dolby Digital Plus DTS-HD Master Audio 1080p/24 video output HDMI V1.3a Deep Colour xvColour Anchor Bay High bit i/p converter and Scaler up to 1080p BD-Live (Profile 2.0) AVCHD support DivX HD support HDMI Control (CEC) Ethernet port for BD Live Ethernet update function is not available on Australian and New Zealand models, Disc playback is not guarrenteed if this advice is not followed HDMI Source Direct mode 7.1ch analogue audio outputs with full decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Dedicated 2-channel audio output Bass Management for 7.1ch analogue output High quality 24-bit/192kHz audio converters for all 7.1ch + 2ch analogue outputs Pure Direct Mode Independent audio block design to reduce interferences 3-D Digital Noise Reduction 12-bit video encoder with NSV (Noise Shaped Video) User friendly GUI Glo-key remote controller Remote In/Out Connection RS-232C Connection Remote Lock Compatible discs BD-ROM (BD Video) DVD-Video DVD+R/RW DVD-R, DVD-RW Audio CD CD-R/R MP3, WMA audio, JPEG written CD-R/RW Kodak Picture CD Fuji Color CD SD Card slot on front panel for bonus contents,playback MP3, WMA, and JPEG files High Rigid Construction and Mechanism PAL/NTSC AudioS/N 115 dB Total harmonic distortion 0.004% Dynamic range 100 dB Dimensions W x H x D 434 x 106 x 309.3 mm Weight 4.9 kg 
 
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DBP4010 



manufacturer Denon 
Price $ POA 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductUniversal Blu-ray disc player Plays Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio discs Original New S.V.H. Mechanism DENON LINK 4th Edition for jitter free HDMI audio Advanced AL24 Processing Multi Channel for premium PCM processing New High-bit Anchor Bay ABT2010 video processor Direct Mechanical Ground Construction Thorough vibration resistant 6-block structure for thorough protection against interference caused by electrical and or magnetic fields DDSC-HD (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit-HD) Support of Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio 7.1 analogue output Separate 2 channel analogue output Completely separate analogue and digital video circuits Denon Pixel Image Correction (D.P.I.C.) 3-D Digital Noise Reduction To optimise effects for both SD and HD content BD-Live support to download and stream bonus content SD Card slot on front panel for BD Live bonus content playback MP3, WMA, and JPEG files AVCHD format support to playback BD discs made from HD camcorders Graphical User Interface Glo-key remote control unit WEB interface for Control & Remote Maintenance 1080/24p output HDMI Source Direct mode HDMI 1.3a supporting Deep Color, “x.v.Color” Vertical Stretch DivX file playback (Ver. 6) "BONUSVIEW" function HDMI Control (Consumer Electronics Control) 3 standby modes Power Saving/Normal/Quick Start Gold-plated analogue output terminals HDMI resolution selection on front panel IR Remote In/Out connection RS-232C connection Main Specifications Playable discs BD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, Super Audio CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW Playable discs for PC file CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R AVCHD DVD-R DVD-RW SD Memory Card SDHC) miniSD Card microSD DivX DVD-R DVD-RW CD-R CD-RW MP3, WMA, JPEG DVD-R DVD-RW CD-R CD-RW SD Memory Card (including SDHC)/ miniSD/ microSD HDMI Output video resolution 576/50i, 576/50p, 720/50p, 1080/50i, 1080/50p, 1080/24p VideoSignal system PAL/ NTSC Audio S/N 125 dB Total harmonic distortion 0.0008% Dynamic range 110 dB Power supply 230 V, 50 Hz Power consumption 55 W Power Saving Standby mode: 0.3 W Dimensions W x H x D 434 x 137 x 383 mm(incl. protrusions) Weight 10.0 kg 
 
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DIAMONDBACK (1 mtr pair) Audio Interconnects Factory Terminated  



manufacturer Audioquest 
Price $ 195.00 
Category AudioQuest 
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Notes on ProductMany sophisticated design techniques, superior materials, and an exceptional termination system combine to make Diamondback possible. The result will put more than a scare into most cost-no-object cables. DESIGN BASICS: Diamondback is Triple-Balanced. This means there are three identical insulated conductors, in addition to a separate conductor underneath the 100% coverage foil shield. When used with XLR connectors and balanced electronics, the two positive signals (inverting and non-inverting) and the negative, all get the same low-distortion conducting path. The shield is attached to chassis ground through the case of the XLR, providing extremely effective shielding without contaminating the quality of the negative conducting path. When Diamondback is fitted with RCA plugs, two conductors are used together for the much higher potential across the negative connection, providing a substantial performance advantage. The shield is only attached at one end, providing total shield coverage without compromising the negative conducting path. CONDUCTORS: All of Diamondback’s conductors are solid. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of distortion, often causing a somewhat dirty harsh sound. Solid conductors are fundamental toward achieving Diamondback’s very clean sound. METAL: PSC (Perfect Surface Copper) has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal processing technology protects the wire’s surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When highpurity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure and smooth as possible, it becomes a wonderfully low distortion conductor. For fifteen years AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior metals; yet even we were surprised by this huge leap in performance. PSC clearly outperforms previous AQ metals that cost over ten times as much. INSULATION: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation, circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Diamondback uses air filled FPE (Foam Polyethylene) insulation on both conductors because air absorbs next to no energy, and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile. Thanks to all the air in FPE, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials. TERMINATIONS: Diamondback’s plugs are Resistance Welded to the cable in a process which sends 8,000 amperes of current through the junction of conductor and plug for 33 millionths of a second. The heat resulting from the resistance of the metals locally liquefies the conductor and the plug, creating a single material alloy where the two meet. An ideal connection that puts any solder to shame. Diamondback’s gold plated RCA plugs use a patented design that eliminates the distortion caused by the extra contact inside most plugs. Because the ground shells are stamped instead of machined, the metal can be chosen for low distortion instead of for its machinability. A combination of these major ingredients, and many more subtle details add up to explain how Diamondback can sound so clean, clear and dynamic. 
 
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