Audioquest Water Interconnects
WaterWater—refreshing, soothing, cleansing water—covers more than 70% of our planet’s surface and is the only substance in nature to appear naturally in all three common states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We know water as the nuclei of comets in space; as vapor in the soft clouds of our blue sky; as the crystals that form the many intricate patterns of snowflakes; as vast glaciers atop our planet’s most tempting and challenging mountains; as brilliant, white icebergs drifting freely in artic oceans; as freshwater rivers that course through our land; as aquifers in the soil beneath our feet. On the molecular level, water can form large numbers of hydrogen bonds, giving rise to an unusually high surface tension and extreme capillary force, which, in turn, allows water to move upward through narrow tubes against the force of gravity—a life-giving property relied upon by all vascular plants, including our greatest trees: aspens, oaks, and redwoods. Fascinatingly, the boiling point of water is highly dependent upon the barometric pressure of its environment: Water at the top of K2, for instance, will boil at a temperature different than that of water taken from the Mackenzie River, while the ocean’s deepest waters, near geothermal vents, can reach temperatures of hundreds of degrees and yet remain liquid.
According to Aristotle, among the classical elements, water held a special place between wind and earth, being both cold like earth and wet like wind, but stood distinctly at odds with fire. And people born under the astrological signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are thought to have dominant water personalities: nurturing, sympathetic, and imaginative. Today, of course, we cherish water for all that it is, and know it best as the one thing that quenches our thirst when all else fails.
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ Conductors (PSC+)Solid conductors prevent both strand-to-strand contacts and magnetic interaction, major sources of distortion. Surface quality is critical because a conductor can be considered as a rail-guide for both the electric fields within a conductor, and for the magnetic fields outside the conductor. The astonishingly smooth and pure surface of all AudioQuest’s Perfect-Surface metals nearly eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to all other premium coppers. The extreme purity of PSC+ further minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist within any metal conductor.
Ratings & Reviews
I have a mastering studio so I require a great deal of resolution and clarity in my playback system. I had been using Mogami Studio Gold interconnects for some time when a trusted audio engineer told me about the AQ Water XLRs. I must admit that getting six pairs of 2 meter cables at a cost of over $4,500 was enough to question his wisdom, but he had never misled me before. I remained skeptical until I installed the last pair. Holy cow! The difference was not subtle. The digital noise was gone. The background is now totally black. We turned the system volume all the way up (610 watts per channel) without any signal. Nothing! Not a hint of hiss. Brushes on top hats or snare now sounded like brushes on sound hats and snares even in the furthest background. Vocal breathiness was exactly where wanted it. Trumpets sounded clear and strong. Strings had one of the harshness I hear in the vast majority of systems. We could identify specific acoustic guitars and pianos. Did I mention the totally black background? I just ordered a set of these for my home entertainment system. Enough said.
Due to the complexity of my system I need seven pairs of interconnects of varying lengths. A daunting number when looking to upgrade, but I needed to assure myself the cables were not influencing my mastering efforts. After auditioning two pairs of numerous cables I chose these. The system I use for my studio is very resolving as it it needs to be for mastering recordings through it. I needed to be able to maintain that but resolution but wanted smooth out some of the digital hash that invariably creeps in. Without nearly tripling the price of these nothing even came close except the AQ Earth and they were double the price with a barely perceptible audio difference. TheDBS system AQ uses is remarkable. Only by turning the power to producing over 550 watts per channel was there even a hint of background RFI/EMI noise. That produces nearly 123 Db of sound pressure. Even at that level the hiss was barely perceptible. Talk about a black background. Highly recommended.