Audioquest Water Analogue Interconnects
Now that you’ve had a chance to really get to know and appreciate the new AudioQuest River Series models, the remarkable Red River, Mackenzie and Yukon – Audioquest go and replace the incredibly successful original River Series models using the same new materials, techniques and processes which make the less expensive River cables so very effective. Welcome to the Audioquest Elements…Water, Earth, Wind and Fire!
Water, Earth and Wind are each highly evolved versions of their respective predecessors, Columbia, Colorado and Niagara. The variables that distinguished the previous 3 models from each other remain the same in the 3 new models:
Water uses PE (Polyethylene) Air-Tubes over solid PSC+ copper conductors, as did Columbia. Earth uses FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) Air-Tubes over solid PSC+ copper conductors, as did Colorado. Wind uses FEP Air-Tubes over solid PSS silver conductors, as did Niagara.
As with the Rivers, the Elements employ Triple-Balanced Geometry and asymmetrical signal and ground impedance. When used single-ended with RCA plugs, the 1 larger conductor is used for positive and the 2 single-gauge-smaller conductors are combined to provide a ground reference which has 59% lower impedance than the signal conductor. When used balanced with XLR plugs, the 2 smaller conductors are used for the 2 positives (inverted and non-inverted), and the single larger conductor is used for the beneficially lower impedance ground reference. Whereas almost every other “balanced” cable uses its shield as the ground reference, AQ Triple-Balanced cables use a separate dedicated shield that is only connected on one end. By the way, as one’s system evolves, AQ Triple-Balanced cables can always be reterminated (for a fee) from RCA to XLR or vice-versa.
And, as with Columbia, Colorado and Niagara, AudioQuest’s DBS (Dielectric-Bias System) is a very important contributor to the Elements cables’ lack of an inherent sonic signature, enabling a quieter “blacker” background and greater dynamic contrast.
Now, the differences between the 3 previous Rivers and these 3 new Elements:
Water, Earth and Wind are all 1mm thicker than their predecessors: This extra room has been put to very good use. The walls of the Air-Tubes are 60% thicker and much stronger. This ensures that even if the cables are bent and tortured, the structural integrity of the Air-Tubes will be maintained. Keeping the tubes round minimizes distortion-causing proximity between conductor and insulation. The rest of the increased diameter has been used to significantly upgrade the NDS System (Noise Dissipation System).
The previous 4-layer NDS system in the Rivers has been replaced with 6-layer system employing both an additional Carbon-Loaded absorbing layer, and an additional reacting metal layer. The purpose of NDS is to shield-the-shield, to reduce the amount of RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) that reaches the shield. The less bad energy reaching the shield, the less noise gets dumped on the ground plane of the equipment … the all important reference-ground against which the signal is modulated. Any modulation of the ground plane is effectively a modulation of the signal. Thanks to the 2 extra NDS layers, RFI reaching the shield is reduced by an order-of-magnitude compared to the previous models.
Water, Earth and Wind use all-new plugs, designed by AudioQuest from the ground up, and using the same expensive new tooling that makes possible the superb plugs introduced on the Red River, Mackenzie and Yukon cables. We are able to use better materials throughout the range than was previously possible, and to make more forceful cold-weld connections.
- Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Conductors
- Triple Blanced Geometry (Seperate ground-reference conductor)
- Polyethylene Air-Tubes
- Carbon Based 6-Layer Noise Dissipation System
- 72V Dielectric-Bias System
- Black/Blue Braid Cable
- Cold Welded, Hanging-Silver Plating directly over High-Purity Red Copper Plugs (RCA or XLR)
- Custom Lengths are available upon request.