AudioQuest Analog-Audio Interconnect Cables – Bridges & Falls (Golden Gate)
Analog-Audio Interconnect Cable is named after the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which was once the longest suspension bridge in the world.
In all Bridges & Falls, you’ll find better metals and more sophisticated technologies — including Air-Tube insulation, Dielectric-Bias System, and Noise-Dissipation System — at lower prices than ever before.
Note: All cables in our Bridges & Falls Series place their left and right channels in a single jacket, and feature our Asymmetrical Double-Balanced geometry with separate high-quality positive and negative conductors. This design allows for a thin, flexible, and uniquely versatile high-performance cable that can be terminated with a variety of today’s connections, including 3.5mm (male or female), DIN, and RCA. Do keep in mind, however, that, by necessity, the plugs on Bridges & Falls cables are fairly close together. If the L and R inputs of your components are more than 3″ (7.6cm) apart, please consider models from our Rivers or Elements Series.
Asymmetrical Double-Balanced Geometry
Asymmetrical Double-Balanced Geometry, which was designed exclusively for single-ended applications, has a reduced ground impedance, resulting in a richer and more dynamic experience. While many single-ended cable designs merge the ground and shield into a single path for cleaner, quieter performance, Double-Balanced designs separate the two for cleaner, quieter performance.
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) Conductors
Despite the fact that AudioQuest has long been a leader in the use of excellent metals, we were astounded by the dramatic improvement in performance obtained by Perfect-Surface Copper’s extraordinarily smooth and pure surface (PSC). PSC clearly outperforms previous AQ metals that cost ten times as much. The surface of the wire is protected at every stage of drawing and production thanks to patented metal-processing technology. High-purity low-oxide copper becomes a wonderfully low-distortion conductor when kept as soft, pure, and smooth as possible. One of the most common types of distortion in old cables is electrical and magnetic contact between strands, which produces a harsh, unpleasant sound. The extraordinarily clean, natural sound of Red River requires solid conductors.
Getting 100% shield coverage is straightforward. To avoid collected radio-frequency interference (RFI) from affecting the equipment’s ground reference, noise-dissipation from AQ is necessary. Traditional shield systems absorb noise/RF energy and then drain it to component ground, generating signal distortion by modulating and distorting the critical “reference” ground plane. The shield is “shielded” by Noise-Dissipation, which absorbs and reflects the majority of the noise/RF energy before it reaches the ground layer.
Cold-Welded, Gold-Plated Terminations
Solder is not used in this plug design, which is a common cause of distortion. Instead of solder, a high-pressure technique is used. Because the ground shells are stamped rather than machined, the metal used for them can be chosen for minimal distortion rather than machinability.
An incomplete circuit is formed by any solid material that is close to a conductor. Energy is absorbed by wire insulation and circuit board materials. Before it is released as distortion, some of this energy is held. Due to its high air content, Foamed-PE produces substantially less out-of-focus than other materials because air absorbs almost no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a low distortion profile.