AudioQuest Analog-Audio Interconnect Cables – River Series (Red River)
There are two Red Rivers in North America: one in the north and one in the south. Many people have lived along the Red River South, which was once the border between the United States and colonial Spain and is now part of the border between Texas and Oklahoma.
Although the Red River North is formed by the confluence of rivers in North Dakota and Minnesota, it has Canadian history. The Métis, who had French and aboriginal Canadian blood, were among the first inhabitants in the Red River North. In 1869, the Métis launched the Red River Rebellion, a challenge to the Canadian government that finally resulted in the foundation of the province of Manitoba.
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper (PSC) Conductors
Even though AudioQuest has been a pioneer in the use of superior metals since the beginning, we were shocked by the tremendous leap in performance achieved by Perfect-Surface Copper’s unbelievably smooth and pure surface (PSC). Previous AQ metals that cost ten times as much as PSC clearly outperform them. At every stage of drawing and production, proprietary metal-processing technology protects the wire’s surface. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as soft, pure, and smooth as possible, it transforms into a fantastic low-distortion conductor. The electrical and magnetic contact between strands in a traditional cable is one of the most common types of distortion, resulting in a harsh, unpleasant sound. Solid conductors are essential for Red River’s extremely clear, natural sound.
It’s simple to get 100% shield coverage. Noise-Dissipation from AQ is required to prevent collected radio-frequency interference (RFI) from altering the equipment’s ground reference. 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. Noise-Dissipation “shields the shield,” absorbing and reflecting the majority of noise/RF energy before it reaches the ground layer.
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.
Cold-Welded, Gold-Plated Terminations
This plug design eliminates the use of solder, which is a common cause of distortion. The approach uses a high-pressure technology instead of solder. The metal used for the ground shells can be chosen for minimal distortion rather than machinability because they are stamped rather than machined.