An absolutely beautiful and amazing speaker cable.
PERFECT-SURFACE SILVER: Kilimanjaro uses extremely high purity Perfect-Surface Silver (PSS) conductors. All conductors are solid, which
prevents strand interaction, a major source 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 Perfect-Surface
eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to other premium coppers or silvers. Because silver-plated strands, or anything
less than the highest purity silver, often have an obnoxious tweeter-in-your-face quality, if you have heard any such cables, you will likely be
stunned by the pleasure and sonic purity of PSS silver.
DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (patent pending): Unfortunately, because insulation stores and releases energy, it is also a “dielectric.” In a cable
application, all released energy is distortion. The misnomer “break-in” is often used to describe the pronounced improvement in performance as
the dielectric adapts to a charged state as the cable is used. Whenever a cable does not have a charge on it, it is re-adapting to an uncharged
state; it is becoming new again.
By maintaining a 72 volt dielectric-bias, far above the voltage of delicate audio signals, the DBS system provides considerably better
transparency and dynamics than is possible even from a cable in continuous use. It takes a couple of weeks for the DBS system to reach
maximum performance. Since DBS battery packs are attached when Kilimanjaro cables are first terminated, Kilimanjaro will be approaching or
at peak performance by the time it is installed in your system. Since there is no “load” on the two standard hardware-store batteries, they will
last for years. A test button and LED allow for occasional verification of battery performance.
COUNTER SPIRALING “EARTH FEATURE” GEOMETRY: Kilimanjaro and the other AQ “Earth Feature” cables have an inner circular array
of positive conductors spiraling in one direction. Around this inner group, are the negative conductors, spiraling in the opposite direction. Even
while the positive and negative conductors are crossing each other instead of being parallel, the relationship between the positive and negative
groups is fixed and non-changing, adhering to one of AudioQuest’s most basic design tenets: consistency. The result is an astonishing clarity,
like focusing a camera lens you had no idea was so far out of focus.
SST (Spread Spectrum Technology): Any single size or shape of conductor has a specific distortion profile. Even though radially symmetrical
conductors (solid round or tubular) have the fewest discontinuities, any particular size does have a sonic signature. SST uses a precise
combination of different size conductors in order to significantly reduce the audibility of these character flaws. The four different SST-determined
conductor sizes used in Kilimanjaro allow an exceptionally clear, clean and dynamic sound.
CONDUCTIVE INSULATION: The five negative conductors in Kilimanjaro are insulated with partially conductive carbon-loaded polyethylene.
This remarkable material damps radio-frequency garbage from being fed back into the amplifier. The sonic benefit is exactly the same reduction
in “hash” and better dimensionality that comes whenever RF garbage is reduced in an audio circuit