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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For Sky, these include Perfect-Surface Silver PSS solid conductors, which are said to minimize “distortion caused by grain boundaries that exist within any metal conductor,” and Teflon Air-Tube insulation, which has “almost nothing but air around the PSS conductors.
And then there are AudioQuest’s latest interconnects and speaker cables, which use the company’s Dielectric-Bias System DBS and thereby carry the banner of specialization in a very obvious manner. Once acclimated to Volcano, I swapped it out for Cardas Golden Reference speaker cables and put in the Audiqouest Sky interconnects in order to isolate their sound and you think audio reviewing is all fun? Preamps come with outboard power supplies, and mono amplifiers handle only one channel of information at a time.
I mentioned this to a rival cable manufacturer, who promptly said that it makes complete sense because the cables’ dielectric would hold a charge “maybe for days,” so unplugging the DBS battery packs would do little or nothing in the short term. I feel confident in proclaiming AudioQuest Sky a reference-level interconnect, one of the very best on the market, and a sure Reviewers’ Choice. Sky is AudioQuest’s top-of-the-line interconnect, while Volcano is a step down from Everest in terms of speaker-cable offerings.
I’m not similarly in awe of Volcano speaker cables on their own, but I can certainly recommend them, especially with Sky interconnects, in which case the end product is definitely greater than the mere sum of its parts.
Yes, the cynical among us would say that cable companies like AudioQuest change their product lines simply to spur sales, but these cynics are often blinded by their own dogma and won’t admit that they may not have all of the facts.
SoundStage! Equipment Review – AudioQuest Sky Interconnects and Volcano Speaker Cables (3/)
Hearing a favorite recording sound more spacious and liquid is a treat that Sky and Volcano deliver every time. Instead, it was astounding. Normally when I review interconnects and speaker audiioquest, I use the two together as a system exclusively.
After that I reinserted Volcano and went completely AudioQuest. I used AudioQuest Sky and Volcano with a distinguished lineup of reference-level components: Given this, Audioauest thought it prudent to use both separately and then together, so I could report on any differences I hear in their presentations and then how well they work together.
Volcano resides between these two hues — a very light gold, let’s say. Best Product Debut Review Summary Sound Volcano “has a big, robust presentation that’s not particularly light or dark, fast or slow. During aydioquest 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 skyy, even audioqurst its products have seemingly sold at a brisk pace.
It sounded just a touch sweet when compared to the bulk of speaker cables I’ve heard, some of which sound more whitish and others more coppery. But even this does not happen immediately; as I found out, you’ll need to give the DBS system a couple of days at the very least, presumably to recharge the dielectric completely.
The DBS consists of an insulated anode and uninsulated cathode inside each cable run that are connected to a pair of 36V battery packs affixed to the cable’s downstream end.
If you endeavor to experiment, just be sure you give the dielectric ample time to drain and charge, which means that quick swapping will prove nothing. Its bass was very good, though not quite up to the sheer power and slam of that of the networked speaker audioquet I’ve used.
The battery packs keep the cable’s dielectric constantly charged with 72V DC and thereby ensure that the dielectric never drains its energy as distortion, providing “considerably better audoiquest and dynamics than are possible even from a cable in continuous use. The eight positive aurioquest eight negative conductors spiral counter to each other, the band of negative conductors on the outside of the positive conductors, so that the conductors cross each other instead of run parallel for the length of the cable.
However, in combination with Sky, Volcano took on a slightly lighter, more energetic character that I preferred to Golden Reference. I’m no engineer, so I can’t comment with any sort of credentials about AudioQuest’s Dielectric-Bias System, but I can say that it sounds like it works. Speakers, for instance, can comprise more than one cabinet per channel, and CD and LP playback may require more than one chassis each.
Volcano sounded very good from the beginning, and I can’t say that its sound changed over time. Home Audio Equipment Review.
If I could choose either and not have to pay for them! It was as though there were more sonic pixels and they were nudged closer together, presenting a soundscape that was sharp, rich and vibrant all at the same time.
It seemed apparent from the outset that AudioQuest’s claim that its DBS kept the cables in sk ready-to-use state was the truth. Five years parts and labor.
While you can put together a fine audio system that has as few as four separate audioquesy CD player, integrated amp, and a pair of speakersyou can also buy digital rigs that have that many chassis by themselves. It sounded just a touch sweet. We audiophiles split reproduction not only into different components, but those components often consist of separate chassis that are optimized to perform a few functions exceptionally well. Sky’s conductors are welded at amps to the interconnect’s RCA or XLR connectors, both of which are a deep blue and have the cable’s name audioquets on their outer casings.
Comparing the sound of these two cable sets is an exercise in unearthing and explaining subtlety, as sonic differences were never huge. It was difficult to sit still and not throw on CD after CD whose inherent expansiveness would be enhanced. In summary, I couldn’t fault Volcano, but I didn’t find any one thing about its sound that I thought stood out, which begs the speculation that it seemed to do everything well.
I especially like the RCAs, which are not locking types but still fit snugly around the jack, and the flexibility of the cable itself. The smoothness, air and quietude these cables bring to music are very convincing and, moreover, seductive.
Features Sky uses audioqurst Silver PSS solid conductors, which are said to minimize ‘distortion caused by grain boundaries that exist within any metal audioqueest and Teflon Air-Tube insulation, which has ‘almost nothing but air around the PSS conductors. Detail is never thrust audioquestt you — there is no forwardness or aggression — but every musical gesture, no matter how small, is present and accounted for.
It’s the same with DBS, up to a point. Specialization applies to audio cables as readily as audio electronics and speakers. It’s hard to convey in words the effect of this confluence of air, smoothness and blackness, but it was very easy to hear.