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AudioQuest Digital Coax cables are designed to minimize distortion across an extremely wide bandwidth. For many applications, the speed of digital communication is important. Most visibly, “speed” is about transferring large files as quickly as possible, or carrying enough data for HD video. For Digital Coax audio “speed” is critical not because of how-much how-fast, but because time relationships within a digital stream are critical to the reconstruction of the analog waveform that brings information, music and joy to our ears. Time-based damage (jitter) to this information within the data package makes the sound small and flat instead of 3D, harsh and foggy instead of smooth and clear.
Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. This is an incredibly cost effective way of manufacturing very high-quality digital coax cables.
Hard-Cell Foam insulation is used exclusively in most of AudioQuest’s video and digital audio cables. Similar to Foamed-PE, it is nitrogen injected to create air pockets. ‘Hard’ foam is used because the stiffness of the material allows the conductors in the cable to maintain the same relationship with each other along the full length of the cable, thus ensuring that the characteristic impedance of the cable is consistent.
Shielding always plays an important role in any cable design, but the shield on coax interconnect plays an especially important role because it functions not only as a shield but a return path as well. Because of this, AudioQuest pays special attention to the shield’s metal quality and the fabrication techniques as both will affect the sound and the picture.
100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment’s ground reference requires AQ’s Noise-Dissipation System. Noise-Dissipation System prevents a significant amount of RFI from reaching the equipment’s ground plane.
Purchased this Audioquest interconnect to connect my old Marantz CD player to a DAC which hopefully would give the player a fresh lease of life. First impressions of the cable after removing it from the box, was that it was very well made but thinner than I had expected. However, after a week of use it now makes the CD player sound much better than when using the built-in analogue outputs, this is particularly noticeable with higher sounding notes and when playing piano. Money well spent I think!
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Bought the AES/EBU 110 ohm version to connect my Musical Fidelity M1 CDT to my newly acquired Musical Fidelity M1 DAC. Much better performance than the previously used 75 ohm RCA connected cable (another manufacturer). Very good result. Performance far better than before. Highly recommended.
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Used between my I-thing dock and my DAC. Such an easy upgrade. Sound is more spacious,lively and easier to listen for longer period of time using headphones.
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