AudioQuest Analog-Audio Interconnect Cables – Elements Series (Fire) 72V DBS
In technical terms, fire is an event: the rapid oxidation of a material in the chemical process of combustion, which releases heat and light into the surrounding environment. What we commonly think of as “fire”—the often mysteriously beautiful and strangely hypnotic fireplace flicker of white, yellow, or red-orange glow—is actually just the visible part of the fire’s flame, which contains the superheated byproducts of the fire’s incomplete exothermic reaction, which releases visible light as excess energy is released.
The cherry-red flame of a smoldering campfire is around 700 degrees Celsius; the deep orange flame of a candle, lit at the bedside or to fill a living room with gentle aroma, is around 1000 degrees Celsius; and the dazzling white flame created by a meteor as it enters Earth’s atmosphere is often over 1500 degrees Celsius! While the fire is often thought of as a destructive event, it may also be a powerful tool for managing and improving farms, forests, and wetlands: While fire damaged woody plants, it aided the growth of fruit-bearing shrubs and forage-producing grasslands, as Native Americans learned. Of course, the special potential of fire has long been recognized: Humans are said to have started using fire to heat meals some 1 million years ago.
Fire is generally associated with vigor, aggressiveness, and passion among the classical elements. Prometheus, a cult hero in Greek mythology, disobeyed the gods by giving humanity the gift of fire, enabling progress and civilization. Fire personalities are those born under the astrological signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius: they are outgoing, exuberant, and, like our good friend Prometheus, rebellious, passionate, bold, and heroic. It’s no surprise that we’ve always been drawn to fire. Fire is a terrifying, revered, and adored force that propels us into the unknown, illuminates the darkness, and guides us back home.
Solid Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS) Conductors
When Perfect-Surface Technology is used on ultra-pure silver, it creates an unmatched level of clarity and dynamic contrast. AudioQuest’s highest-quality metal is Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS). Strand interaction, a significant cause of cable distortion, is avoided with solid conductors. Exceptionally pure In comparison to OFHC, OCC, 8N, and other coppers, Perfect-Surface Silver eliminates distortion produced by grain boundaries that exist within any metal conductor, almost eliminating harshness and considerably boosting clarity.
FEP Air-Tube Insulation (FEP Is a Fluoro-Polymer)
An incomplete circuit consists of any solid material that is close to a conductor. Energy is absorbed by wire insulation and circuit board materials (loss). Some of this energy is retained, then released as distortion later on. Air, on the other hand, absorbs almost little energy, whereas FEP is the best extrudability solid insulation, absorbing significantly less energy than other materials. The use of FEP Air-Tube insulation, which has nearly no air surrounding the solid conductors, improves the focus and dynamics of an audio system.
Dielectric-Bias System with Radio Frequency Trap
All insulation between two or more conductors is dielectric, and its qualities have an impact on the signal’s integrity. Dielectric-involvement (absorption and non-linear release of energy) generates varying amounts of time delay (phase shift) for different frequencies and energy levels when the dielectric is unbiased, which is a serious difficulty for multi-octave audio that is particularly time-sensitive. The inclusion of an RF Trap (designed for AudioQuest’s Niagara Series of power supplies) ensures that the DBS field elements do not generate radio-frequency noise into the signal conductors. (DBS, US Pat #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1)
Triple-Balanced Geometry (Separate Ground-Reference Conductor)
Because we use a distinct ground-reference conductor in our Triple-Balanced Geometry, the shield of the cable is never used as an inferior conductor. The cable’s three conductors ensure that the positive and negative signals have equal superior, low-distortion conducting routes, whether equipped with RCA or XLR plugs.
Carbon-Based 8-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS)
It’s simple to get 100 percent shield coverage. The Noise-Dissipation System from AQ is required to prevent captured Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) from altering the equipment’s ground reference (NDS). Traditional shield systems absorb noise/RF energy and then drain it to component ground, modulating and distorting the essential “reference” ground plane and causing signal distortion. The alternating layers of metal and carbon-loaded synthetics used by NDS “shield the shield,” absorbing and reflecting the majority of the noise/RF radiation before it reaches the ground layer.
WEL-Type Double-Contact Cold-Welded Reusable plugs, Hanging-Silver Plating Directly Over Machined Solid Extreme-Purity Red Copper
This plug design allows for a completely heat-free connection between the cable and the plug. The connection between the plug and the conductors is created with AQ’s Cold-Welded System, which delivers a superior connection while maintaining the conductor’s structural integrity. A combination of high pressure at the point of contact and the use of copper- or silver-impregnated paste is referred to as the Cold-Welded System. (The silver conductors on Wild Blue Yonder are coated in the silver paste.) There are also XLR plugs available.
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