Inspired by Natural Magnificence
That the smallest flower can display as much strength as the tallest skyscraper is not an indictment against humanity. Instead, it is a testament to humankindís vast potential: to engineer a beauty rivaled only by Earthís natural magnificence. This is AudioQuest's inspiration for Earth interconnects.
Earth interconnects feature AudioQuest's Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) conductors, a 72-volt Dielectric-Bias System (DBS), a Carbon-Based 6-Layer Noise-Dissipation System (NDS), FEP Air-Tube Insulation, Triple-Balanced Geometry, and Cold-Welded Hanging-Silver Directly Over Pure Red Copper Plugs.
Earth is available in either an unbalanced version with RCA termination or a balanced version with XLR termination.
Solid Perfect-Surface Copper+ (PSC+) Conductors
Solid conductors prevent both strand-to-strand contacts and magnetic interaction, major sources of distortion. Surface quality is critical because a conductor can be considered as a rail-guide for both the electric fields within a conductor, and for the magnetic fields outside the conductor. The astonishingly smooth and pure surface of all AudioQuest's Perfect-Surface metals nearly eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to all other premium coppers. The extreme purity of PSC+ further minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist within any metal conductor.
All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest's DBS creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays that occur. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. The DBS battery packs will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check.
Carbon-Based 6-Layer Noise-Dissipation System
Water's Carbon-Based 6-Layer Noise-Dissipation System shields the shield, reducing the RFI contamination of the equipment ground plane so that airborne noise doesn't spoil your sound.
FEP Air-Tube Insulation
Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then later released as distortion. All of Earth's conductors use Air-Tube insulation because air absorbs next to no energy, and FEP is the best extrudable solid insulation and absorbs less energy than other materials. The FEP Air-Tubes used in Earth have almost nothing but air around the solid PSS conductors. (FEP is a Fluoro-Polymer.)
Triple-Balanced Geometry is a hallmark of AudioQuest cables. Proper ground-reference conductor prevents using the shield as an inferior ground-reference conductor.
Cold-Welded Hanging-Silver Directly Over Pure Red Copper
This plug design enables a perfect heat-free connection between cable and plug. The connection between the plug and conductors is made using AQ's Cold-Welded System, which provides a superior connection that ensures that the structural integrity of the conductor is kept completely intact. The Cold-Welded System refers to a combination of high pressure at the point of contact. Either unbalanced RCA or balanced XLR plugs are available.
Because all drawn metal is directional, all audio cables are directional. AudioQuest analog and digital audio cables are all controlled for correct directionality. For the best sound, please use the cable with the arrows pointing from source to receiver or component.