Now that you’ve had a chance to really get to know and appreciate the new AudioQuest River series models, the remarkable Red River, Mackenzie and Yukon – we go and replace the incredibly successful original River Series models using the same new materials, techniques and processes which make the less expensive River cables so very e ective. Welcome to the Elements... Water, Earth, Wind and Fire!
As with the Rivers, the Elements employ Triple-Balanced Geometry and asymmetrical signal and ground impedance. When used single-ended with RCA plugs, the 1 larger conductor is used for positive and the 2 single-gauge-smaller conductors are combined to provide a ground reference which has 59% lower impedance than the signal conductor. When used with XLR plugs, the 2 smaller conductors are used for the positives (inverted and non-inverted), and the single larger is used for the befeficially lower impedance ground reference. Whereas almost every other "balanced" cable uses its shield as the ground reference, AQ Triple-Balanced cables use a separate dedicated shield that is only connected on end end.
And, as with Columbia, Colorado and Niagara, AudioQuest’s DBS (Dielectric-Bias System) is a very important contributor to the Elements cables’ lack of an inherent sonic signature, enabling a quieter “blacker” background and greater dynamic contrast.
Water, Earth and Wind are all 1mm thicker than their predecessors: This extra room has been put to very good use. The walls of the Air-Tubes are 60% thicker and much stronger. This ensures that even if the cables are bent and tortured, the structural integrity of the Air-Tubes will be maintained. Keeping the tubes round minimizes distortion-causing proximity between conductor and insulation.
The rest of the increased diameter has been used to significantly upgrade the NDS system (Noise-Dissipation System). The previous 4-layer NDS system in the Rivers has been replaced with a 6-layer system employing both an additional Carbon-Loaded absorbing layer, and an additional reflecting metal layer. The purpose of NDS is to shield-the-shield, to reduce the amount of RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) that reaches the shield. The less bad energy reaching the shield, the less noise gets dumped on the ground plane of the equipment... the all important reference-ground against which the signal is modulated. Any modulation of the ground plane is effectively a modulation of the signal. Thanks to the 2 extra NDS layers, RFI reaching the shield is reduced by an order-of-magnitude compared to the previous models.
Water, Earth and Wind use all-new plugs, designed by AudioQuest from the ground up, and using the same expensive new tooling that makes possible the superb plugs introduced on the Red River, Mackenzie and Yukon cables. We are able to use better materials throughout the range than was previously possible, and to make more forceful cold-weld connections.
Red River's plugs use gold plating over selected brass, the least expensive comination AudioQuest will ever use, though also exceptional quality. Mackenzie's and Yukon's plugs makes the big leap up to Hanging-Silver Plating applied directly over high-purity Purple Copper.
And, where Columbia, Colorado and Niagara used Direct-Silver Plating OCC (Ohno Continuous Casting) copper, Water, Earth and Wind employ Hanging-Silver Plating directly over extreme-purity Red Copper. The Hanging-Silver process requires each part to be individually clipped to a hanger before it is dipped into a silver bath. Thechemistry of the plating bath is superior to what is possible in a normal plating drum. While silver oxides are always 100% as conductive as the silver underneath, and should not be feared, a nice benefit of Hanging-Silver parts is that they stay shiny many times longer before a little cleaning is cosmetically desirable.
You might have wondered why we announced the new model Fire at the opening, and then haven’t mentioned it since. While Fire shares many of the attributes discussed above, Fire is also a signicantly different cable. Fire is a full- edged member of the now Fire-Wild-WEL family.
FREE CABLE BURN-IN SERVICE OPTION USING THE NORDOST VIDAR MACHINE WHEN YOU PURCHASE THIS CABLE FROM FUTURESHOP.CO.UK
- Audioquest Water, 2 RCA to 2 RCA Audio Cable
- Length: 1.5m
- Metal: Solid Perfect Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Conductors
- Geometry: Triple Balanced Geometry (separate ground-reference conductor)
- Dielectric: Polyethylene Air-Tubes
- Noise-Dissipation System: Carbon-Based 6-Layer (NDS)
- 72v Dielectric-Bias System
- Termination: Cold-welded, Hanging-Silver Plating directly over High-Purity Red Copper Plugs (RCA or XLR)
- Jacket Colour: Black/Blue Braid
- Lifetime Warranty
- SAME DAY DISPATCH BY FIRST CLASS POST (If ordered before 4.30pm Mon to Fri)
We are pleased to offer a free cable burn-in service for this cable when purchased through us. The Nordost VIDAR cable burn-in machine combines three different functions all in one operation:
- It neutralises charges that build up around the cables and the insulation
- It provides a very wide band and deep conditioning into the conductor core, which produces changes in the way signals pass through the metal.
- It ultrasonically conditions the surface of the conductors.
The VIDAR uses a proprietary combination of composite and complex signals to condition the cables. Parts of the signal oscillate at ultra-low frequencies, while other parts are in ultra-high ranges which extend beyond the range of video frequencies. The signal bounces in a ping-ping ball-like fashion from one end of the cable to the other. During the burn-in process, ultra-low frequencies penetrate deep into the core of the cable. The ultra-high frequencies zip along the surface. This method of signal transmission a set up beat harmonics, or heterodynes, between the two complex waveforms. In the digital domain, this would be referred to as aliasing products. These beat frequencies penetrate all layers of the cable.
The design of the circuitry also has a unique feature which drives electrons above the conductor into the dielectric (or insulation) area. The VIDAR not only sends ping pong signals along the cable, it also sends a similar signal from the centre core to the outer shield in the case of interconnect cables. This function neutralises the electrical charges discussed above.
So what does that all mean to me?
The end result of conditioning cables with the Nordost VIDAR is improved sound staging, increased detail, and an overall more musical presentation.
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