Audioquest Water Interconnects
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.