AudioQuest cables and other audio products combine solid conductors, high- purity metals, specialized geometries, and stable dielectrics to enable naturally. March AudioQuest Sky Interconnects and Volcano Speaker Cables. by Marc Mickelson. “Sky [is] a reference-level interconnect, one of the very best on the. Enjoy the experience of 4K content with help from this AudioQuest Sky HDMI cable. The 4-foot length lets you connect components without leaving extra.

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An improved version of Type 4 speaker cable, for instance, is still in AudioQuest’s product lineup nearly 15 years after it was first introduced. Preamps come with outboard power supplies, and mono amplifiers handle only one channel of information at a time.

During its history, AudioQuest has produced highly praised interconnects and speaker cables that were expensive Diamond and Sterling and inexpensive Turquoise and Type 4 and, from an outside observer’s viewpoint, has never stopped pushing the limits of cable performance, even as its products have seemingly sold at a brisk pace. I do this because you write us most often about full sets of cables, not just interconnects or speaker cables. Most audiophiles, therefore, have encountered an AudioQuest product at some point, especially if the company’s extensive line of recordings is taken into account.

Other listeners may prefer a leaner presentation, which may impart a greater sense of perceived not actual transparency. Given this, I thought it prudent to use both separately and then together, so I could report on any aurioquest I hear in their presentations and then how well they work together. All in all, Sky and Audloquest appear to be thoughtfully designed cables, a far piece from generic wire pulled off a spool and terminated with crimped connectors.

Specialization applies to audio cables as readily as audio audiosuest and speakers. It sounded just a touch sweet. What I see from AudioQuest is not an attempt to blind with science, as all of Sky’s and Volcano’s design features seem to make sense and are carefully implemented, not simply for show. AudioQuest Sky and Volcano are a sonic accomplishment, and even at their prices represent good value skky their competition. syk


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Comparing the sound of these two cable sets is an exercise in unearthing and explaining subtlety, as sonic differences were never huge. AudioQuest calls its application Counter-Spiraling Earth-Feature Geometry, and it makes for a speaker cable that’s thick and somewhat stiff. Features Sky uses “Perfect-Surface Silver PSS solid conductors, which are said to minimize ‘distortion caused aduioquest grain boundaries that exist within any metal conductor,’ and Teflon Air-Tube insulation, which has ‘almost nothing but air around the PSS conductors.

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Golden Reference sounded rather like the Volcano speaker cables alone — very good at everything with nothing calling attention to itself. Baker’s trumpet didn’t blat and sounded a bit wooly, but these characteristics skky part of its sound, and the AudioQuest cables, especially Sky, let it through unhindered. Sky and Volcano did justice to all kinds of recordings.

Terry Evans’ Blues for Thought [Pointblank 8 2] and John Hammond’s Wicked Grin [Pointblank 8 aidioquest are on the same label and sound very spacious, with Wicked Grin possessing the bigger bottom end.

Both are handsomely made and incorporate many of AudioQuest’s signature design elements. On the other hand, I could argue that Sky and Volcano are more neutral because they let more of the space, smoothness and silence of each recording pass.

As far as I’m concerned, those listeners who say they can’t hear the effect of the DBS aren’t adioquest it charge or drain, aren’t listening closely enough, or are letting their biases cloud their judgment.

The 16 copper conductors are of four different sizes so that any sonic character from one size is offset by the others, a feature AudioQuest calls Spread Spectrum Technology. Sound Volcano “has a big, robust presentation that’s not particularly light or dark, fast or slow.

This is a strategy that other cables companies embrace, but it is applied in different ways. Hearing a favorite recording sound more spacious and liquid is a treat that Sky and Volcano deliver every time. AudioQuest has found that 50 volts is the threshold above which the benefits of additional voltage are “pretty subtle,” according to Harley.

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Volcano and especially Sky are detailed cables, but not apparently so.

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Use “It seemed apparent from the outset that AudioQuest’s claim that its DBS kept the cables in a ready-to-use state was the truth. Value “AudioQuest Sky and Volcano are a sonic accomplishment, and even at their prices represent good value given their competition.

The soundstage of the AudioQuest cables seemed a bit wider and deeper than that of the Cardas cables, but nothing was compressed with Golden Reference, so this may have been due to LMV listener mood variation more than anything real.

No matter — it’s a very good speaker cable, one I would be happy to use long-term. Instead, it was astounding.

AudioQuest argues that the phenomenon of cable break-in is actually a matter of the dielectric adapting to a charged state, and whenever the cable is not being used, it returns to its uncharged state.

Sky uses “Perfect-Surface Silver PSS solid conductors, which are said to minimize ‘distortion caused by grain boundaries that exist wudioquest any metal conductor,’ and Teflon Air-Tube insulation, which has ‘almost nothing but air around the PSS conductors. When the magnetic field is more powerful, more iron filings aueioquest aligned.

If I could choose either and not have to pay for them!

After getting used to this, reconnecting the DBS on all of the cables brings back the sense of endless space and vibrancy. While you can put together a fine audio system that has as few as four separate “boxes” CD player, integrated amp, and a pair of speakersyou can also buy digital rigs that have that many chassis by themselves. Volcano resides between these two hues — a very light gold, let’s say.

AudioQuest includes a silver-cleaning cloth with each pair of Sky interconnects to aid in the removal of tarnish.