Audioquest Angel Interconnect
While theoreticians debate whether the true nature of the universe is analog or digital, one constant in our audiophile galaxy is that the music, dialog, and sound effects which reach our ears is analog. In order to preserve this precious cargo, AudioQuest has designed a range of analog interconnects optimized for the single-ended world. Bridges & Falls take advantage of years of carefully balancing design and material selection in order to bring you a series of interconnects which, as much as possible, "Do No Harm" to the original audio signal. To respect different budgets and honor the wide breadth of applications, AudioQuest offers seven models of these new multi-application low-distortion analog interconnects. All include AudioQuest’s proven design expertise featuring: better metals, superior geometry, and our exclusive Noise-Dissipation System. For the upper four models, we employ Air-Tube Insulation, while the top three models use AudioQuest's amazingly effective Dielectric-Bias System (DBS). Great sound and great pictures, music that consumes you, movies that transport you around the universe ... all come from honoring the original signal. An unavoidable fact-of-life: Every component and cable in a system causes some amount of distortion. These aberrations add up, like layers of foggy glass between you and the image. The goal of high quality components and cables is to be like clean clear panes of glass, altering and distorting the information as little as possible. Some of the most fundamental distortion mechanisms are honored and addressed by AudioQuest’s 4-Elements. Any improvement in these areas of design and materials results in less damage and a more effective, immersive experience. Solid Conductors Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands is one of the greatest sources of distortion in normal cables. Separate solid conductors prevent interaction between strands. Insulation In addition to insulating, all conductor coatings are also a “dielectric.” Signal flow is slowed down and distorted by a dielectric, making the choice of mate- rial, and AQ’s Dielectric-Bias System, very important. Geometry The relationship between conductors, whether of the same polarity (+ & +) or opposite polarity (+ & -) af- fects many electrical and mechanical parameters, in- cluding capacitance, inductance, RF Interference, etc. Metal Quality Conductor material quality has a pronounced effect on the signal passing through. Different materials have more or less impurities, grain boundaries, surface irregularities, etc. DBS System High-frequency engineers often believe that “low-frequency” audio is just so simple ... but in fact, it is very difficult to handle a multi-octave audio signal without damaging the time relationships that define individual sounds. Even when multi-channel audio is packaged as a single-channel digital stream, as in HDMI, USB, FireWire, Coax, AES/EBU, Toslink, etc., time-based data corruption, known as “jit- ter,” causes unfixable damage to the information package. In addition to insulating, “insulation” is also a “dielectric.” This means that it interacts with any nearby electrical signal, slowing down the signal. Absolute speed is not itself rel- evant, but when insulation is un-biased, it slows down different frequencies and different amplitudes by varying degrees, a significant distortion mechanism. AudioQuest’s DBS creates a strong and stable electrostatic field, which saturates and po- larizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the dielectric, and the multiple nonlinear time-delays. Sound appears from a surprisingly blacker background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. Because DBS creates a field, but does no “work,” the DBS pack’s batteries will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check.
Metal: Solid Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS) Conductors RCA Plugs: Cold-Welded Direct-Silver Plated Pure "Red Copper" Geometry: Asymmetrical Double-Balanced (lower impedance) Dielectric: FEP Air-Tubes (FEP is a Fluoro-Polymer) NDS: Carbon-Based 3-Layer Noise-Dissipation System
Ratings & Reviews
by Donald Scarinci
The analog signal is the most fragile in the path and requires the best possible cable. This is it.