Audioquest Diamondback 3.3 Feet Analog Audio Interconnect, Model DIAMOND1M
Many sophisticated design techniques superior materials and an exceptional termination system combine to make Diamondback possible. The result will put more than a scare into most cost-no-object cables. 1 meter (3.3 Feet)
- Design Basics: Diamondback is Double-Balanced. This means there are identical insulated conductors for the positive and negative connections in addition to a separate conductor underneath the 100% coverage foil shield. The great advantage of this design over even the very effective symmetrical conductor system in AQ Sidewinder and Copperhead is that the shield is only attached at one end providing extremely effective shielding without contaminating the quality of the negative conducting path.
- Conductors: Both of Diamondback's conductors are solid. Electrical and magnetic interaction between strands in a conventional cable is the greatest source of distortion often causing a somewhat dirty harsh sound. Solid conductors are fundamental toward achieving Diamondback's very clean sound.
- Metal: PSC (Perfect Surface Copper) has an astonishingly smooth and pure surface. Proprietary metal processing technology protects the wire's surface at every stage of drawing and fabrication. When high-purity low-oxide copper is kept as soft pure and smooth as possible it becomes a wonderfully low distortion conductor. For fifteen years AudioQuest has pioneered the use of superior metals; yet even we were surprised by this huge leap in performance. PSC clearly outperforms previous AQ metals that cost over ten times as much.
- Insulation: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then released as distortion. Diamondback uses air filled FPE (Foam Polyethylene) insulation on both conductors because air absorbs next to no energy and Polyethylene is low-loss and has a benign distortion profile through the audio range.