AudioQuest Digital Coax cables are designed to minimize distortion across an extremely wide bandwidth. For many applications, the speed of digital communication is important. Most visibly, “speed” is about transferring large files as quickly as possible or carrying enough data for HD video.
For Digital Coax audio “speed” is critical not because of how-much how-fast, but because time relationships within a digital stream are critical to the reconstruction of the analogue waveform that brings information, music and joy to our ears. Time-based damage (jitter) to this information within the data package makes the sound small and flat instead of 3D, harsh and foggy instead of smooth and clear.
Available Lengths: 0.75m-5m
The digital coax series of cables from AudioQuest are:
- WEL Signature
WILD digital cables feature 100% silver solid conductors. A 0.41mm gauge is supported by a hard-cell foam dielectric, a carbon-based multi-layer noise-dissipation with 2 x EMI absorption and Cold-Welded, Hanging Silver Directly Over Machined Red Copper termination.
The Diamond cables are the first in the range to feature AudioQuest’s 72V DBS Black (dielectric bias system).
As you move up through the range to WEL signature, the conductors, noise dissipation and shielding all improve to improve clarity through reduced distortion and cross-talk between other cables.
SOLID PERFECT-SURFACE SILVER (PSS) CONDUCTORS
Perfect-Surface Technology applied to extreme-purity silver provides unprecedented clarity and dynamic contrast. Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS) is AudioQuest's highest-quality metal. Solid conductors prevent strand interaction, a major source of cable distortion. Extremely high-purity Perfect-Surface Silver minimizes distortion caused by the grain boundaries that exist within any metal conductor, nearly eliminating harshness and greatly increasing clarity compared to OFHC, OCC, 8N and other coppers.
CARBON-BASED 7-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM (NDS), 2 X EMI ABSORPTION
100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment’s ground reference requires AQ’s Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent most RFI from reaching the equipment’s ground plane.
DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM WITH RADIO FREQUENCY TRAP
All insulation between two or more conductors is also a dielectric whose properties will affect the integrity of the signal. When the dielectric is unbiased, dielectric-involvement (absorption and non-linear release of energy) causes different amounts of time delay (phase shift) for different frequencies and energy levels, which is a real problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. The inclusion of an RF Trap (developed for AudioQuest’s Niagara Series of power products), ensures that radio-frequency noise will not be induced into the signal conductors from the DBS field elements. (DBS, US Pat #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1)
HARD-CELL FOAM INSULATION
Hard-Cell Foam (HCF) Insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry. Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy. Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Hard-Cell Foam Insulation is similar to the Foamed-PE used in our more affordable Bridges & Falls cables, and is nitrogen-injected to create air pockets. Because nitrogen (like air) does not absorb energy and therefore does not release any energy from or into the conductor, distortion is reduced. In addition, the stiffness of the material allows the cable's conductors to maintain a stable relationship along the cable's full length, producing a stable impedance character and further minimizing distortion.
COPPER FOIL + 100% PSS-SILVER SPIRAL SHIELD
COLD-WELDED, HANGING-SILVER DIRECTLY OVER MACHINED PURE RED COPPER TERMINATIONS
- Metal: Solid 100% Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS)
- Gauge: 21 AWG
- Geometry: 75 Ohm
- Dielectric: Hard Cell Foam
- Noise Dissipation System: Carbon-Based 7-Layer NDS, 2x EMI Absorption
- Jacket Colour: Navy Blue Braid
- Termination: Cold-Welded, Hanging-Silver directly over machined pure Red Copper
- Shield: Copper Foil + 100% PSS-Silver Spiral