AudioQuest Sky Interconnects
- RCA to RCA
- XLR to XLR
- Prices shown are per pair
- Also available as singles (such as centre channel or subwoofer) at 50% of pair price, please contact us for details
- Please note longer length pairs of these interconnects are available to special order, please call us
All of Sky’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 Sky's very clean sound.
PERFECT-SURFACE SILVER (PSS)
Sky’s Perfect Surface Silver (PSS) 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 the wonderfully low distortion PSC conductor used in many AudioQuest models. Beginning the same process with ultra pure copper makes possible PSC+ copper’s even more focused and free-flowing sound. PSS’s extreme transparency is made possible by applying Perfect Surface Technology to ultra pure solid silver. For fifteen years AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior metals; yet even we were surprised by the huge leap in performance made possible with Perfect Surface Technology. PSC and PSC+ simply outperform all previously available metals at any price. PSS is the ultimate example of how far this remarkable technology can take us.
DIELECTRIC BIAS SYSTEM (DBS) (US patent 7,126,055)
Greatly improved performance is made possible by a constant 72 volt charge on all Sky’s insulation. Similar to how the earth’s magnetic field makes all compasses point north, the AQ DBS system creates an electrostatic field which causes the molecules of the insulation to all point in the same direction. This minimizes the multiple nonlinear time-delays. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. Because DBS battery packs are attached when Sky cables are assembled, Sky does not require any additional run-in period. Because there is no load on the easily replaceable batteries, they will last for years. A test button and LED allow for occasional verification of battery performance.
The 3 conductors in triple-balanced Sky cable 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 audio conductor.
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. Sky uses air filled Teflon insulation on all conductors because air absorbs next to no energy, and Teflon is the best extrudable solid insulation because it absorbs less than other materials. Thanks to all the air in Teflon, it causes much less of the out-of-focus effect common to other materials.
Sky’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. Sky’s 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. Sky's RCA and XLR connectors have silver thickly plated directly over the plug parts, without the intermediary nickel layer common to almost all other plugs. Silver plating provides the best possible connection, regardless of plating on the equipment jacks.